I’ve read the entire Holmes canon, and I’ve always sought within and between the lines for bits and pieces of Holmes’ human side leaking through his rational, uber-objective persona. I’ve found them, of course, and I’d like to think that Miller’s take on the character would infuse Holmes with a bit more of that (and it’s apparent he has, at least in the subtext of his eyes and body language). Sorry, it’s the romantic in me.
Speaking of which, I wonder as well about how they’ll develop the relationship between Holmes and Watson. I can certainly see the potential for sparks at some point, built up over many episodes, but this is Holmes-Watson—friends, confidantes…not lovers (or love interests). I also see Holmes’ curiosity about Watson, and what drove her out of medicine, and Watson’s parallel curiosity about what triggered Holmes last visit to rock-bottom as spurring mutual interest (eventually). I all for romantic subtext, but I hope it stays— subtextual.
If the series develops as strictly procedural, I’m not sure it will maintain interest; after all, there are already so many versions of the story out there, so I hope there is exploration of back stories character development. That’s a tall order to do it right with such an iconic fictional character, especially on network TV. But if the creators keep the right balance between procedural and character drama with becoming neither too soap-opera-ish nor too formulaic, they might just have something.
Elementary premieres on CBS Thursday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET.