Season One has just had its finalé here in the Orient – and a second season has been green-lit. GOOD.
CBS originally planned to do a US version of the British show “Sherlock” – but it then occurred they could save money by doing their OWN update. Sherlock’s producer Sue Virtue watched closely, but to no avail – CBS took NOTHING from that also-excellent show (so she COULDN’T sue!)
Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who had earlier WORKED with Elementary lead, Jonny Lee Miller in London – they had swopped rôles nightly, playing Victor Frankenstein and his monster, at the National – but back to Elementary…
The season-closer had Irene Adler and Moriarty turning out to be one and the same person. A great idea, but spoiled by the wooden performance of Natalie Dormer as Irene.
Jonny, as Holmes, gives excellent value. Hot on the heels of his success as a villain-of-the-season in the outstanding “Dexter”, his career in America seems now assured.
While Lucy Liu is surprisingly good as Watson.
But one can think of a DOZEN actresses who would have given a better reading of the sizzling lines Dormer’s character(s) had.
If Season Two of Elementary is to begat a third, the show needs to FORGET those characters – or at least find a way to REPLACE the execrable Dormer…