Sherlock vs. Sherlock vs. Sherlock

Sep 29, 2012
I love Sherlock Holmes.  I think I first fell in love with him when I saw the Wishbone episode: Slobbery Hound (Hounds of Baskervilles).  You remember that cute little dog don't you?  

*Blast from the past alert!*

Lately there has been an out break of Sherlock Holmes.  And I'm not the least bit upset by it.  

But, dear Watson, which Sherlock is the best?! 

In this corner we have the dashing team of Cumberbatch and Freeman in BBC's Sherlock set in modern day London.
Things I love: The use of modern technology.  Sherlock prefers to text over talking on the phone and Dr. Watson's journal is a blog. Having read the incredible stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I appreciate how they modernize the classic stories.  Second seson they did their rendition of the Hounds of Baskervilles.  Happy. We also come across familiar characters like Moriarty (played by the brilliant Andrew Scott), Irene Adler, Mycroft Holmes, and the loveable Mrs. Hudson who insists she's not a house keeper. The characters are splendidly written and cast, and you quickly fall in love with their quirks.

There have been two seasons, but with only 3 episodes at an hour and a half long, I can't seem to get enough.  Thankfully they are on Netflix instant watch so I can get my fix anytime I need it. 

In this corner we have the equally dashing Robert Downing Jr. and Jude Law combination in Warner Brother's Sherlock Holmes movies, set not so modern day London.
Things I love: They also do a marvelous job pulling from the book.  Here they highlight Sherlock's ability to be the master of disguise and being brilliant in almost everything, except being nice to people.  He doesn't get along very well with Watson's wife, but I love the interaction of those two.  So funny.  Again we do see familiar characters from the book, but they have focused so far on Moriarty and Irene Adler.  I'm ok with that.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the battle of wits among the three of them.  Can't wait to see what they do in the next one (which according to IMDB comes out in 2014).

And the newest contender is Miller and Liu in CBS's Elementary set in modern day New York.
Things I love: Maybe love is too strong of a word for this section....

Things I am intrigued by:  (That's better) Watson is a girl?! Hmm....I'm sensing a possible romantic story line in the future.  Let's see where this goes. Another interesting twist....we're in NEW YORK!  Apparently there was some epic and dramatic reason Sherlock is no longer in London (this was brought up by Watson, but brushed over by Sherlock).   Sherlock was just released from rehab.  He will no longer do drugs and Watson was hired by Sherlock's dad to be his sobriety coach-keeper-person.  Interesting.  
He is still his eccentric and horrible-people-person self, but somehow not as charming as the other Sherlock greats. 

Having only seen the first episode (Thursday night at 10) it is too early to give my complete assessment, but I will say this....I'm not in love. 

I was in love after I watched the first BBC Sherlock. Just Sayin'

Not so much here.

To Elementary's defense it's not completely fair comparing it to the other Sherlock Holmes preceding it.  They are obviously trying to take it in a new direction and I'm willing to watch a few more episodes before I decide to not like it.  I'm trying VERY hard to be objective.

Very very hard.

So we'll see.  I am curious to hear your thoughts.  Especially if you haven't seen one or both of the other Holmes.



  1. Totally hooked on the first two :) Am so waiting to find out how Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock survived that final fall! Haven't yet seen the new Elementary, guess I should give it a try, but it's so hard when two such great Sherlocks have already found their way into my heart.

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