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How on Earth do the Americans do it?
on 18 December 2014
How on earth do the Americans do it? This is unquestionably a better and more accurate interpretation of the spirit, if not the letter (London/New York, Watson male/female), of Conan Doyle’s works. Watching ‘Elementary’ feels like turning the pages of a Sherlock Holmes story for the very first time.
Perhaps it’s this. Holmes, as originally written, is a complete outsider. He is almost an immigrant in his own native London. Likewise, Johnny Lee Miller’s Holmes. Aside from the obvious borderline Asperger’s difference, ‘Elementary’s’ Holmes is not only an addict immigrated into the clean and sober world of New York, but he is also a newly arrived Brit in America.
It is his divorce from the rest of humanity that enables him to see it so clearly and objectively. The Brit recovering addict re-emerging, blinking into a sunlit United States so accurately reflects the apartness that Conan Doyle gave him in the original texts. Johnny Lee Miller nails it. Season 2 is surprisingly better than Season 1. Always a good sign of more great seasons to come.