“Sherlock” vs. “Elementary”

Benedict Cumberpatch vs Johnny Lee Miller“Sherlock” wins.

My point is I wanted to like “Elementary” more.  Seeing the later first, the Americanized Sherlock seemed to have all the elements (pardon) of the classic in modern times.  I appreciated Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson, a feminist achievement and more interesting relationship dynamic, I believed.  The CBS Sherlock’s disdain for recovery and 12 step meetings while conceding the necessity would be an amusing subplot.  Finally, I was not fan of the BBC’s  producer and writer Steven Moffat.  For reasons beyond the scope of this rant, am convinced his contribution to the reboot of “Doctor Who” hurt more than helped.

Then I saw the BBC’s “Sherlock,” which proves the idiom “God is in the Detail”.  Since its introduction in 2010 there have been only 10 episodes produced.  “Elementary” has had 48 episodes since its debut in 2011, and is constrained by the hour format with commercial breaks, along with a requirement to appeal to a mass audience for ratings.  It is surprising “Elementary” is even as good as it is.

After watching the first two seasons of “Sherlock” had to concede it is comparable to a main course, whereas “Elementary” is, at its best, an  appetizer or dessert.  More often it is a popcorn snack.

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