Did anyone else notice that there have been at least two (2) instances now (that I know of) where Detective Marcus Bell literally stares into the camera like he’s on The Office after Sherlock has done something very Sherlock-esque
It’s happened in 3x02 and 5x13. If there are more examples please add them
He woke up with a snort, not remembering how he came to be asleep on the library sofa or where the blanket covering him had come from. Sherlock blinked and wiped at his eyes, eventually focusing on the yellow glow emanating from the fireplace and the silhouette of his partner sitting on the ottoman before it. He studied the slope of her back, her hung head …
“One of those nights?” His voice husky with sleep startled her. Joan turned around and looked at him. She cocked her head to the side, shrugged a shoulder and resignedly nodded.
Sherlock turned on his side, scooted closer to the sofa’s back, picked up the blanket and motioned for her. She had accepted his offer of solace in the past and now did so again. Joan stood and made her way towards him. She sat and swung her legs up, silently nestling her back into the warm crook of his body. He placed the blanket over her and lightly placed his hand at her upper arm for reassurance. They quietly adjusted, allowing their bodies to fit, to arch in protection and acceptance of the same.
His voice came to her ear in hushed tones. “Shall I tell you a story? The Tale of the Three Detective Bears and how they thwarted the plans of their evil blond nemesis? Hmm?”
She couldn’t help but smile, “Sherlock …” she chided his silliness.
He felt her shoulders lose a little tension and he continued. "It’s quite a tale. The handsome, virile, debonair British bear saves the day, with bravery and intelligence, bringing Goldiarty down with his ….“
"Excuse me?” Joan smiled and moved her head back closer to his, “I believe it was the beautiful, alluring, highly intelligent Chinese American doctor bear who solved her with insight and saved the …
"Yes, yes … well, that’s one version of the story…” he happily held her a little closer, letting his cheek brush her hair, his arm moved around to encircle her waist.
Joan drew a satisfied breath; her hand moved over his arm . “So who is the baby bear?”
“Clyde.” He answered without hesitation, drawing a small laugh from her.
The fire crackled and a peaceful quiet settled between them. He listened as her breathing slowed and felt her eventually drift off to sleep. He followed her.
Sherlock Holmes on Elementary is definitely a jerk. But he’s also a good person with a deep sense of empathy. Let’s explore how Elementary fits into the legacy of Holmes Adaptions, and how the character is depicted in these complex, contradictory ways.
While I still love Sherlock, I’m now a bigger fan of Elementary. For one, the former has like 10 episodes out, in contrast to the latter’s 100+. It’s not a question of mere quantity, though. Because the adventures of Barcelona Cuckooclock come out so infrequently, it feels like each episode has to be bigger, darker, and more complex than the last one. The first episode was about a series of mass poisonings. The third one is about blackmailers putting people in explosive vests. The last one will probably be about Bastardneck Crumbcake fighting Satan in the center of the earth.
Elementary, on the other hand, can take its time and focus on smaller cases like home invasions, overdoses, hit-and-runs …
What it doesn’t have, though, is a romantic relationship between Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu). They are colleagues who respect each other, and nothing else. In fact, over the course of the show, Watson grows into a full-fledged detective whom Holmes greatly admires, and it’s inspiring to see such character development in a story as done to death as Sherlock Holmes.
But that doesn’t mean Elementary disregards the canon completely. CBS’s Sherlock actually works closely with the police and occasionally expresses his respect for the good work they do, and vice versa, just like in the books. This is a welcome improvement on Sherlock, where Detective Inspector Lestrade has been turned into idiotic comic relief who by now would do anything Bikestand Cocoapuffs told him.