First tweet: [Elisabeth Ballous @issabitz] “@JeffreyPaulKing @ELEMENTARYStaff @writergeekrhw :do U consider Sherlock’s quirks/genius aligned w/a form o/autistic savant? #AskElementary”
Second tweet: [Elementary Writers @ELEMENTARYStaff] “Like Mycroft said, experts were consulted. There’s been no definitive diagnosis. #AskElementary”
Autistic savants represent only a very small percentage within the autistic community. However, it is a stereotype that is often depicted. Even within Holmesian adaptations.
Also, specifically to Robert - Relying on the word of a non-autistic character re: the potential diagnosis of an autistic coded character (esp. in this case of relying on a non-autistic relative) is not advisable. It sends the message to people that that is okay to do in real life, take the word of a non-autistic relative over an autistic person in regards to their autonomy.
If only there was maybe even a moment’s insight from Sherlock himself upon that matter in the show.
Elementary fans pick the brains of Corinne Brinkerhoff and Rob Doherty, the creative forces behind the hottest US import of the year.
Q: ‘Watson has some very keen observation skills too – she doesn’t seem to be Sherlock’s sidekick, but more so a partner in solving crimes. Why was this decision made?’ – Damien
A: For one thing, when you’ve got an actor as phenomenal as Lucy Liu, you don’t want her standing around observing. And Watson’s medical background naturally gives her a very helpful point of view in solving crime. While she begins as an imposition in Sherlock’s life, he grudgingly comes to respect her as a true partner.
Q: 'Were there any other partnerships in mind – Sherlock is an addict and Joan is his sponsor. Did you consider any other set-ups for their relationship?’ – Oliver
A: Not really, no. Rob started from the idea of Sherlock in recovery and went from there, so Watson-as-sober-companion evolved organically.
Q: 'How far did the novels influence the series?’ – Jake
We’re all fans of the original Sherlock canon, but the intent of the show is not to modernise those stories. It’s more about drawing from the mythology and the spirit of the characters and applying that to new cases. But keep an ear out for direct quotes and references to the canon. We love doling out those Easter eggs to our fellow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle devotees!
Q: 'Will Sherlock’s father be replacing the role of Mycroft? And has Sherlock already known Mrs. Hudson back in England?’ – Joshua
A: We may eventually meet Mycroft, but we’ll likely see Sherlock’s father first. We’ve only alluded to him so far, but he’s a huge part of why our Sherlock is the way he is, so we’re eager to see him come to life. As for Mrs. Hudson, we’ve got a very specific take on that character that we’re excited to introduce later this season.