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28 September 2012 @ 11:33 pm
'elementary' pilot thoughts  
So I saw the Pilot of Elementary last night. [spoilers] And I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I am easily pleased or I just kept my expectations low, but I actually enjoyed the episode, much more than I thought I would. I'm not in love with it or anything yet [and I did get distracted a few times during the episode], but I like Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes. Since I haven't seen him in anything else nor did I look him up before, I didn't realize he was British, which was a big relief. Some things just shouldn't be changed and Sherlock's British origins are one of them. At least IMO.

I was definitely wary about the idea of 'Joan Watson' [ngl, a part of me would've been really interested in a female Sherlock Holmes], as it sounded like it came straight from a fanfic, but so far, I'm good with it. I think Lucy Liu and Miller had chemistry. At the very least, their dynamic worked for me and I will have to see how they handle the character in the next few episodes to really make a better call on that though, as well as Liu's acting as the character. She was up and down in this one for me.

As far as the case goes, it wasn't anything special, though there were moments I enjoyed. I always do like the 'ah ha' moments that makes Sherlock Holmes so impressive, like the scene where he found the safe room, but I wish there were more of that. I know they had to fit in a lot of plot stuff during a short period of time, while establishing the characters and setting too, so I'll forgive the show if some things felt a bit rushed. Overall, it's just all very mixed for me but at least I will be tuning in next week.


Anyone else watch? What did you all think?
 
 
 
Jen: Impressed Tencinamoncupcake on September 29th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
I loved it so very much. I caught the pilot when it was floating around on the internet and liked it so much that I also watched it on CBS.

The case itself wasn't super duper impressive or ground-breaking, but the character stuff was quality. Joan Watson is love, imo. I am looking forward to seeing more of her and get kind of flaily thinking about 20-22 episodes of Lucy Liu's Watson. Perfect counterpoint to Holmes and the backstory actually really works for me. JLM's Sherlock was likable to me, which is a marked change from ah, other versions out there. He could be an ass and thoughtless, but he also could get when that was happening/happened and own up to it.

So, basically...nailed it. Loved it. Yes, please.
svgurl: oliver finale smilesvgurl on September 29th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Good to hear that there are more fans of the show on my flist! I knew the pilot was floating around, but I skipped it and chose to wait for the episode on TV, since I heard so many mixed reviews about it.

The case itself wasn't super duper impressive or ground-breaking, but the character stuff was quality.
Perfectly summed up! That's how I felt too.

Yes, I agree about how Joan Watson worked with Holmes and how they managed to still get them to balance one another out.

LM's Sherlock was likable to me, which is a marked change from ah, other versions out there. He could be an ass and thoughtless, but he also could get when that was happening/happened and own up to it.
Yes! I forgot to note that, but he really is. I remember thinking how endearing he was in the jail scene. Don't get me wrong, I love all the asshole versions of Holmes, especially Bennedict Cummerbatch's, but this was an interesting change.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
༄ .chernobyl ↯: ▓  sick boy. (trainspotting)ghosts on September 29th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
Ignoring the spoilers but I will be watching it once it downloads only because I love JLM :D

Edited at 2012-09-29 08:51 am (UTC)
svgurlsvgurl on September 29th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you do. :D
Kellylavendergaia on September 29th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I really liked Elementary. I'm not sure how well it would have worked without Lucy Liu though because she is fabulous in every way. JOAN WATSON 4 LYF.
svgurl: ravenclaw sherlock quotesvgurl on September 29th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear! I don't really follow Lucy Liu like a lot of people do [last thing I saw her in was Dirty Sexy Money] but I also don't think anyone could've played Joan Watson like she has. NGL, I think she would've made a good female Sherlock too.