Like many Sherlock Holmes fans I had mixed feelings about the BBC's plan to make a modern-era Holmes adaptation, and was once again rather doubtful when CBS announced that they were going to film what sounded worryingly like Sherlock: New York City edition. But since BBC Sherlock won me over within about five minutes of its first episode, I decided to keep an open mind when it came to Elementary. I can understand people who don't like the idea of a US-set Holmes (particularly one that exists within the strictures of an episodic crime procedural), but I have no worries whatsoever regarding the casting of Lucy Liu as Watson. If Holmes and Watson are still platonic friends -- which the Elementary showrunners have already assured us will be the case -- then in a 21st century setting, it shouldn't matter that Watson is a woman. Will this be a close adaptation of Conan Doyle's vision? Probably not, but it isn't as if the existence yet another Holmes can retroactively damage any of the hundreds of other versions we have to choose from.
|The PLAGIARISM SCARF in action.|
|More of Sidney Paget's Holmes illustrations can be found here.|
|More info regarding BBC Sherlock's coat can be found here.|
review the Elementary pilot, and they expressed an opinion that I've already seen from quite a few people: that Elementary's Holmes and Watson have terrible fashion sense, and/or that Holmes looks like a hipster. To my eyes, it's more like Holmes has no fashion sense -- as in, he literally does not care what he wears -- and Joan Watson is actually quite stylish. Of course, Joan's collection of loose, drapey skirts and cardigans would look absolutely terrible on most people who don't have the build and cheekbones of Lucy Liu, but such is life when it comes to personal style. Personally, I love her Matrix-esque fishnet sweater. And Holmes doesn't so much resemble a hipster as the archetype of what hipsters dream of being: someone who cares so little about clothes that they accidentally end up wearing an ironically-ugly sloganised t-shirt. The only real hipster-fashion moment in the pilot was when he pulled on a waistcoat over his t-shirt (ugh), although the way I interpreted that was that he was literally just putting on any old crap until he felt like he'd reached the optimum quantity of layers for facing the great outdoors.
Oh, and one final thing? I love Elementary Holmes and Watson's coincidental matching plaid outfits.
costumes and set-design of BBC Sherlock, and if you want to read something more in-depth on the costumes of Guy Ritchie's Holmes movies, Clothes On Film has written about both.