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James O'Leary
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It's been awhile, a long peaceful while, since the late Kendall J. Pagan has turned his eye on Elementary. He has had some very interesting, informative and entertaining blog posts in the interim, but as he's soon to be attending 221B Con in Atlanta, he probably wants to up his notoriety profile among the attendees--"Oh, there's Pagan, the infamous Elementary-hater." (Mee-oww! the claws come out! Sorry, Kendall, I couldn't resist a bit of cattiness for old-times sake. X's and O's to you.)

Kendall proves once again to be the staunch but oblivious critic of the show that he always was. "Mr. Elementary himself had taken on a new look, with a suit and his hair clippered down to the stubble, making him look more like a Jason Statham character than his typical . . . well, his typical Mr. Elementary look." Points for the Jason Statham dig; points taken away for failing to notice that Miller's Sherlock has been wearing suits consistently since the second season.

"The March 12th Elementary episode, "Fidelity," starts with Mr. Elementary under arrest by some clandestine U.S. Defense intelligence agency, looking a bit old, tired, and haggard... But Mt. [sic] Elementary is quickly freed and running to pee (Really.) so there's no time to dwell on that. Well, sort of . . ." Kendall seems to have some sort of fixation with how the show depicts Miller's eliminations. Perhaps he disappointed CBS doesn't go the whole-hog BBC route (pun alert) and show Miller's stream running freely into the nearest fireplace. Ahh, American restraint. Commercial TV does not have the same upscale class as Masterpiece Mystery, that's for sure.

Kendall's main complaint here seems to be that Elementary has taken two characters from the same story and, egad, used them in separate story arcs. Don't these folks at CBS know the Canon as well as Moffat and Gatiss? You never see them doing that--they know their Canon. No Mary Morstan and Charles Augustus Milvertion/Magnussen together in the same story; no "Final Problem", "Bruce-Parrington Plans" and "Pearl of Death" thrown in to the same scripting Cuisinart set to puree and called genius! Fanboys like Moffat, Gatiss and Pagan know better: "Hopes of seeing Kitty Winter and Shinwell Johnson on screen together, even passing in a doorway, as a nod to the stories CBS supposedly based this series on fade quickly."

Once again Kendall takes his cheap shots: "Morland Holmes gets a mention, but as the show's budget seems to only afford one guest star at a time" and "One does have to give the show credit for one thing, as the ratings dwindle in the latter half of its fifth season: Consistency."

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall." Indeed, as Kendall, and Moffat and Gatiss, know, consistency in characterization and plot in the run of a series, or episode for that matter, hobble genius. When the narcissi look into the the kitchen sink of inconsistency, they see the brilliant reflection of their own causal mind palaces; it's the perceived, not the inherent, that audiences respond to. The consumer is the artist and the artist is the grapheme hodgepodger the consumer finds meaning in.

Euucchh! I've gone too far! what I meant to say is enjoy 221B Con and the panels you'll be on and that someday our paths will cross in the real world and we can share Sherlockian bonhomie.


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While I wasn't a hugh fan of the Kitty Winter arc--I actually thought she was underutilized--I would like to see what happens.

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For tonight's Elementary's episode. The interview starts about 8 minutes in.

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Says Finnish writer-director-producer Juha Wuolijoki, “I got to know representatives of the Conan Doyle Estate, and we were discussing the Sherlock brand; his stay in Scandinavia is in the book, but nobody has done anything about it.” Well, Holmes did not stay in Scandinavia during the Great Hiatus. I travelled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhassa and spending some days with the head Llama. You may have read of the remarkable explorations of a Norwegian named Sigerson, but I am sure that it never occurred to you that you were receiving news of your friend. I then passed through Persia, looked in at Mecca, and paid a short but interesting visit to the Khalifa at Khartoum, the results of which I have communicated to the Foreign Office. Returning to France, I spent some months in a research into the coal-tar derivatives, which I conducted in a laboratory at Montpelier, in the south of France." There are Scandinavian connections to Holmes in the Canon; he had worked for the Scandinavian Royal Family and went to Norway at the end of BLAC, but from other articles I've read about the show, it seems to be a version of CBS's Elementary. We shall see.

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Well-reasoned article at IHOSE Flipboard.

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These days Jonny Lee Miller is 44, married to the American actress Michele Hicks and father of Buster, that aforementioned seven-year-old. He’s also the star of the hugely successful TV show Elementary, an American reboot of the Sherlock Holmes stories that’s contemporaneous with the BBC’s Cumberbatchian version though it substitutes Lucy Liu for Martin Freeman and New York for London.
“We’ve made over 100 episodes and it’s a milestone in television and we’re all extremely proud of that. Lifelong friendships have been made. I’ve been able to put some money in the bank, buy a place to live. And all of those things I do not take for granted.
“And I’ve got to play Sherlock Holmes more than anyone ever has. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is a personal thing for the viewer. But I’m really proud of that and I like what we do with the show.”
Given that he appeared on stage with Benedict Cumberbatch in the Danny Boyle adaptation of Frankenstein (they took it in turn to play the title character and his creature), did they ever discuss all
things Sherlock?
“We don’t swap notes. What I was really keen to do was to try to be as different as possible as you can playing the same dude.
I just didn’t want to be copying him. I didn’t want to be ripping him off. So I went through the books and did my due diligence and tried to put as much information as I could from the books that wasn’t in other performances I’d seen and try to put it into my interpretation.”

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 Can you believe the nerve of the guy writing this?

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Look, I'm a white hetero male, so what do I know? But I've never liked the way the show has treated Molly Hooper. She has been constantly humiliated in front of her friends and the viewers. Excellent article capturing my thoughts on the Molly Hooper subplot in "The Final Problem" and the quotes from Moffat about it...well, let's just say my respect factor for his writing went down a few notches.

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Wow! That was worse than I ever could have imagined coming from the minds of Moffat and Gatiss. Ah, well...it's like all the Alien movies that came after James Cameron's Aliens, you just have to imagine that they don't exist. What's your cut off point for Sherlock? Everything after Series Two? Series Three? May be "The Abominable Bride"? Thank God Cumberbatch and Freeman are such big stars that this fiasco can't touch their careers. #CryingInMyMeersham  
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