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Better and Better,
This review is from: Elementary - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
It's nice to see a fresh look at the Sherlock Holmes character. So-called Holmes purists dislike the contemporary setting, that Holmes has progressed from a drug addict to a recovering addict and that Dr Watson is a woman. They balk at the New York setting and presumably also bemoan the loss of the deerstalker hat, Inverness cape and curly pipe.
In fact the hat, pipe and coat are not mentioned in the Conan Doyle canon. The hat and coat first appeared in a Sidney Paget illustration for "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" in 1891 and reappear in "The Adventure of Silver Blaze" in 1893. They also appear in a few illustrations from The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The curved pipe was added by the stage actor William Gillette. Indeed, it was Sidney Paget's physical portrayal of Holmes that informed casting decisions for decades to come. Recently Dominic Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Lee Miller have broken a century-old mould of Sidney Paget inspired casting - Basil Rathbone, Douglas Wilmer, Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett.
But to look for the differences is to miss the overwhelming similarities - the intellect and moral determination that Johnny Lee Miller absolutely nails. And it misses the biggest similarity of them all, the chemistry between Johnny Lee Miller's Holmes and Lucy Liu's Dr Watson. Contemporary New York is every bit as fascinating as Victorian London. The New York brownstone is a perfect match for 221b Baker Street and New York's finest are a tad livelier than Scotland Yard's plod, but not by much.