Elementary was dismissed by many either right away or halfway through the first season, but it has every right to join Sherlock, House, and the Guy Ritchie movies as a Sherlock Holmes adaptation with its own legs to stand on. The attention to detail when it comes to addiction and recovery is compelling on its own, but a great lead cast has made Elementary so much more than the CBS procedural everyone thought it was going to be.
Elementary Season 5 Premieres on CBS on October 2.
For those also having trouble accessing the Den of Geek website, the listed reasons are:
Long-form storytelling that leads to richer character development
Watson is treated as Sherlock’s equal & uses her medical expertise
Diversity that doesn’t feel shoehorned in
The Moriarty twist
A realistic depiction of addiction and recovery
Holmes suffers real consequences for his actions
The article also features comparisons between Elementary and BBC Sherlock, as well as a brief history on Elementary’s less than warm welcome into Holmesiana when its premise was first announced in early 2012.
5x02 Worth Several Cities Holmes, Watson & Jon Huertas as Halcon
When the leader of a local street gang abducts Sherlock to compel him to find the person responsible for a hit on his men, Sherlock and Joan get caught in the middle of an international hunt to recover a centuries-old, priceless artifact. Joan debates whether a personal favor Shinwell asks of her is outside her comfort zone. [Jane Alexander returns as C.]