It’s been awhile since I made tv series entries.
With this worldwide pandemic, this made me watch shows I had put aside for awhile. Yes, one of those is Elementary, an american crime tv series.
A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City. (IMDb)
Elementary was one hell of a crime drama.
I didn’t expect I would like this one.
I dunno if I already expressed this before but I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes. I read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books about the famous detective and pretty much consume any kind of media about him. So yeah, I also watched Elementary.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the series during its early years, as it aired alongside the very popular BBC’s SHERLOCK. Between the two, I was more into the latter.
However, the limited episodes of the BBC series made me want more of it, hence, me checking out Elementary.
The first season wasn’t bad, but it definitely made me compare to the BBC series. However, the more I watch Elementary, the more I got hooked with it.
It’s actually not bad.
The Sherlock Holmes on Elementary is quite amusing himself and he definitely pulled off an eccentric detective. I also like how they turned John Watson into a girl, Jone Watson, and she’s being played by the amazing Lucy Liu. Love it.
The episodic nature of the series was something I was looking for with the BBC’s SHERLOCK. The latter tried to stay true to the novels while maintaining the modern flavor. While Elementary tries to insert the themes and concepts from the novels to modern-day and typical crime drama plots.
I love what BBC did with their series, but it limited my enjoyment of the series. Seeing a 3-4 episode series is very frustrating. That’s why I can clearly say I enjoyed Elementary more over Sherlock.
Over the span of 6 seasons, the series took me all over the place. The plots and arcs they try to tell were not only interesting, but they are also very very hard to solve.
One of the best formula of a crime tv series would be having really really good storylines in every episode. Elementary was able to do that. Though not perfectly.
There are still moments, especially the big important arcs that I think needed time to be fleshed out, but were rushed instead. If you are curious about what I’m talking, I meant the last season.
Compared to the previous seasons, the 7th season only got half the usual number of episodes. That is a sign that the production behind the series needs to hustle and finish the series fast. They need to be able to close properly all of the lingering questions and issues. Usually, they end the season in an open ended ending, leaving the viewers thinking what could happen. And believe me, the 6th season ending could have been a good end, especially at it went full circle.
However, the production team doesn’t want it to end the show that way so they created a plot that was quite extravagant and daring. However, the ending was so rushed it became bad.
I really don’t want to spoil anything but alot of years went by so fast, it was weird. It would have been nice if the last arc were at least 3-5 episodes more to flesh it out properly everything.
Still though, did it affect my overall enjoyment of the series, not really, but I just feel its a waste to have a not so good ending.
Anyway, that is just my opinion.
Elementary is a good crime drama series starring Sherlock Holmes in a modern American setting. His antics and eccentric ideas were fun to see and the characters were well developed in over 7 seasons.
Would I recommend the series to everyone? Yes, especially if you guys are a fan of serial crime tv series and Sherlock Holmes.