There are definite similarities between Jonny Lee Miller's Holmes and Hugh Laurie's House (besides the scruffiness and intense light-colored eyes). Obviously there are bits and pieces all over the eight years of House, M.D. that intentionally connect him back to his ancestor Sherlock.
But like House, Miller's Holmes possesses an underlying edginess; something that drives him to tireless obsession. We understand that there are deep emotional wounds beneath the surface of both men, and without the distraction of work, whether solving medical mysteries or crimes, like the shark, will likely die. That is what always intrigued me about House, and what I see in this incarnation of Sherlock Holmes.
I suppose that is what makes Holmes, in whatever form he takes, so fascinating and endless in possibilities. If you've not had a chance to watch Elementary yet, you can catch up on the official CBS site for the series.
Elementary airs Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS.