10 Reasons why Elementary Is Far Superior to BBC’s Sherlock:
10) The Magical Speshul White Guy Actually Gets Called Out On His BS
Unlike BBC’s Sherlock who’s consistently a dick to everyone and gets a pass because he’s white and “speshul”, Elementary’s Sherlock, who while is also a dick, actually has gets called out on his antics and there are repercussions for said antics. And true to the original text, Elementary’s Sherlock actually respects human beings even if they aren’t on his level.
9) Elementary Featured Multiple Asians In An Episode Without Epic Racefail
If you saw Season 1 Ep 2 of BBC’s Sherlock, you know exactly the fuckery that I’m referencing.
8) Elementary features a superior Irene Adler/Moriarty
I would explain how but that would be spoilers.
7) The setting takes place in a realistic setting
Unlock BBC’s Sherlock that takes place in a very whitewashed London, Elementary takes place in a diverse New York where POCs can be seen everywhere in the background, as police officers, as execs being interviewed for cases, as recurring characters, in all socio-economic classes from all walks of like.
6) No heterosexist/homophobic jokes
Unlike Writer/Exec Producer Steve Moffatt who makes so many homophobic jokes in Sherlock that making a drinking game out of it could lead to alcohol poisoning, the writers of Elementary keep their comedy a tad more sophisticated and a tad less offensive. Because as an LGBTQ, I just love having my orientation mocked every time I watch a TV show.
5) The writers of Elementary actually know how to write women (of color)
Let’s keep it 100, Irene Adler notwithstanding, BBC’s Sherlock is not a fine example of multifaceted female characters. Dr. Joan Watson is no sidekick and consistently proves herself to be Sherlock’s equal time and time again. And how many shows American or British can say that about their heroines of color?
4) 50 Percent of the Elementary cast is comprised of people of color.
Jon Michael Hill as Det. Marcus Bell (which I love the nod to Joseph Bell, and given to the black guy no less) and Dr. Joan Watson. Both of whom get screentime and stations and agency. More than that, recurring characters are also POCs, OH EM EFFIN GEE, IT’S LIKE THE NAACP UP IN THIS MOTHERFUCKER.
3) A Trans Mrs. Hudson
Elementary not only puts a new spin on an iconic character but she’s also formidable muse and fierce in her own right. And said trans character is played by talented trans actress, Candis Cayne.
2) Frequent shirtless scenes featuring one Johnny Lee Miller
Let’s keep it 100 people, as far as sexy Sherlocks go, Miller’s got it. Case in point:
AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON WHY ELEMENTARY IS SUPERIOR TO BBC’S SHERLOCK
1) LUCY LIU
Elementary features Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. That’s right Elementary has Charlie’s Angel, O Ren Ishii herself. For her inclusion alone, Elementary wins and your argument is invalid.
Keep your White Kahn-Artists and your hobbits, Lucy Liu trumps all.
And I for one cannot wait for season 2 of Elementary this fall.