We use to have a family friend who always liked to point out the failings of our English heritage.
Often annoying my dad with his tales about how such-and-such did this better during the war than England, or how so much better it was to do something this way and not the English way.
He was a good friend of my brothers, so we took it all in stride, and my dad, being a better person than I, usually just shrugged his shoulders and moved on.
It was usually done mostly in jest, but after a while it became pointless and grating.
If he really hated everything English and all that the English stood for, why continue to make it the standard for his comparisons?
I find this to be much the same point with those who do not find any redeeming qualities in ‘Elementary’.
If they find it so bad, and so un-Sherlockian, why do they feel the need to keep using it as their basis for comparison to other shows and other Holmes’?
Why must they use it in every argument they make for how Sherlockian well something else is doing. If you hate ‘Elementary’, why compare ‘Sherlock’ to it. Surely a better argument would be made by comparing ‘Sherlock’ to the Brett series.
Their use of ‘Elementary’, it would seem, would be akin to comparing the USA basketball team to one from, say, Pitcairn Island. What would be the point?
I like ‘Elementary’. Is it perfect? Heck no!
Is it how I would have done it? Again, heck no!
But I find it a truer attempt at making Sherlock Holmes than the Robert Downey Junior one.
Jonny Lee Miller’s ‘Holmes’ is at least, I think, an original attempt to come up with something new.
Where RDJ’s ‘Holmes’ is a cross between a bad attempt at being English, too slap-stick and too un-kept and I believe it fails the character of Holmes even more than 'Elementary'.
Did I like the movies? Yes.
Did I think he did a good Holmes? No.
Am I going to pick it apart in such a way that insults those who liked it? I hope not.
But the point is, I will gladly discuss the movies as Sherlockian, knowing my opinions are not the end all in the discussion. And also knowing I want my argument to come off as sincere, yet still open to others thoughts. I want people to want to discuss Sherlock Holmes with me.
If I really hated the movie, I hope I could still discuss it in a civil way, knowing other people may like the portrayal. If I couldn’t at least do that, I hope I could keep my mouth shut.
Isn’t the whole point of being a Sherlockian about wanting to have discussions and debates about the world of Sherlock Holmes? Wanting people actually to want your opinion?
I don’t know if it was my mother who said it, or Mrs. Hudson, but it still holds true,. . . “If you can’t say anything nice. . . .”.