Earlier this month, I mentioned that I was really enjoying Elementary, the newest iteration of the Sherlock Holmes franchise, starring Lucy Liu as Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes. Which, by the way, was just given a full season order by CBS. Yay!
Last night, Iain and I finally got around to watching last week's episode (the one in which Sherlock goes missing), and I officially love it. It was a decent enough whodunnit, although the mysteries (while fun) are almost incidental: Liu and Miller are great together, there are a couple of good laughs in every episode, and, in the last episode, Miller's scene with Aidan Quinn (the police chief) was really moving.
And there was this really neat scene, which has just hung with me and I keep thinking about how well it was done, in which Holmes talks to Watson about what life is like for someone who is so sensitive to their surroundings. And Watson, who is becoming Holmes' protégé in the art of observation, is starting to understand that.
It sort of felt a little like a conversation a newbie feminist (or social justice activist of any kind) might have with a mentor.
Anyway, I know I am a huge sap (and you all know I am a huge sap), but I like this version of the classic. I like very much that it invites me to care about Sherlock Holmes. And I happily oblige.