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First of all, in case you haven't suspected already, I am about to begin another rant. So be prepared. This time, it's about the infamous BBC Sherlock American ripoff called "Elementary."

I must say that I am usually quite proud to be a citizen of the United States of America. I'm proud to be in this country: even if its citizens can sometimes be stupid and ridiculous. But I also have to admit that I have never been more disappointed of a handful of my fellow Americans until this day. I mean...really...what is this crap?

Here, this is the first CBS trailer for "Elementary" on YouTube. You should go and watch it if you haven't already: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrDVSx…

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Ok, now that you're back, we can begin. I'm going to go through every single bit of this trailer...I'm literally going to comb through it, and point out every single thing that I find wrong with it. This is not gonna be in any order of importance...or, I guess, of the strength of my offense. It'll just be as the problems come up. Here we go.

1. The Music
Yes, that's right, people. Before anybody in the trailer even BEGINS TO SPEAK, I have already found a problem with it. The beginning song - the violin melody - is too reminiscent of BBC Sherlock, ACD Sherlock, and ENGLAND IN GENERAL. They wanted to transpose it to America, right? Well that is definitely *not* American music, I can tell you that. On top of that, it's corny and strange. But it doesn't end there. A few scenes later, the music abruptly switches to some 80s hard metal rock song. Which is American, but not at all even remotely Sherlockian. Really. The changes in their theme is giving me whiplash already.

2. The Accents
Even though these people claim to want to put Sherlock in a modern, American setting...HE STILL HAS A BLOODY BRITISH ACCENT! HE IS STILL FROM ENGLAND! ...What the--? You cannot even imagine my reaction to this. There is just...so many levels of hypocrisy to this fact that I don't even know where to begin with peeling them off. If Sherlock is still British, then everything CBS has been trying to do has been a stupid lie! Throughout the entire trailer, they say, "We want to make an American Sherlock." Guess what, idiots? If you grew up in England, and you have an English accent, and you WORKED FOR BLOODY SCOTLAND YARD (which, by the way, I will get to in my next point), just because you moved to America for a handful of years does not make you American. We do not even know if Sherlock has citizenship! And he obviously still thinks of himself as British. When I thought of an American Sherlock, I thought of one with an *American* accent. Not a British one. It's like, they're blatantly copying off British TV, then they try to say that their idea is original, and then they go and make one of their main characters British again. It's like, WTF?

3. Gregson, Sherlock, & Scotland Yard
Like I mentioned before, Sherlock - and now Gregson (and I assume Lestrade will come in at some point) - is more British than American in this show. This completely throws their entire point off course. Not only are the 2 of them *British,* but they also worked for Scotland Yard. Just like canon, and just like in BBC Sherlock. Do I really need to say anything else in this point? No? Yeah, I think you got it.

4. The Coat and Scarf
Yeah. It's true. The bastards took the Cumberbatch Look. They have blatantly stole the black, swooping overcoat - it is exactly the same, I swear. And instead of having a *blue* scarf...they have a red one. Aww. Isn't that sweet? The cute little Americans are original! :iconjohnhahanoplz: I am not amused.

5. Watson's Gasp
When the body in the safe-room is revealed, a woman who is clearly Watson turns away with a horrified gasp. *sigh* Even in this convoluted version, it's been established that Watson is a doctor - a surgeon who went to med school, if not a practicing doctor. From what I can assume, they also made her an army doctor. That means that she has seen her share of bloodshed. In canon - and BBC Sherlock - Watson is rarely fazed by dead bodies: and especially not violence and blood. He's a doctor, for God's sake! Shouldn't it stand to reason that this shouldn't unnerve the fem!Watson (as I've dubbed Lucy Liu's character) as much as it did? This may not seem like such a big point, but it could foreshadow a "weak, helpless, feminine Watson," who just falls into Holmes's arms because he's the masculine, distant hero and all that crap. Which is just ridiculous. Watson needs SPUNK to deal with Holmes - whether that character is male or female, it doesn't matter. They need to be strong. And I really don't know how the hell fem!Watson is gonna deal with her new life with Sherlock Holmes when she can't even handle a little blood. It certainly won't be easy. I mean, come on: I've seen fem!Watsons in FANFICTION who have been tougher than this version.

6. "Sometimes I Hate It When I'm Right"
...In what universe would Sherlock Holmes EVER say this line. Please. Somebody tell me that. Sherlock is famously - or sometimes infamously - a character who is arrogant, cool, collected, brilliant, and above everybody else. And he takes no shame in having absolute glee when he is right and somebody else is wrong. So, tell me, what in God's name would ever make him say a line like this? I mean, really? A *modest* Sherlock? What the--? I can't even...ugh. Sherlock is a show-off! And he prides himself on being so! End of story.

7. The Font
Yeah, that's right. I'm even gonna take a hit at the font of the title of the show. I mean, come on. It's almost the exact same way that "Sherlock" for BBC is written! They probably, legitimately used the same font. The only thing I can seen that is different is the L, and if you think about it, that could just be a ploy (and probably is) to make it seem that they AREN'T copying BBC Sherlock in everything. Which they are, by the way. Also, the whole background of that "title page" looks suspiciously like the pictures in the theme song for Sherlock. The microscope...petri-dish...etc. Coincidence? I think not.

8. Their Attempts To Make it Sound Original
During every single interview of the cast and crew, there was a distinct emphasis on the fact that it was modern day Sherlock IN AMERICA. I checked. Every single one of them said it. The director, the crew members, the cast...every single one. If you just ignore the utter hypocrisy for a second, you can see that the reason for this is because they're defensive. Because they know that they're copying a better show, but they keep trying to shove the supposed "originality" down our throats. The actor who plays Sherlock repeatedly claims that the fact that Watson is a woman makes this COMPLETELY different from any other rendition of Sherlock. Which is, of course, bull. If you just forget about the fact that Elementary is obviously a ripoff of BBC Sherlock, this is not the only rendition of Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson. Take the show Monk, hmm? Sharona Flemming and Natalie Teeger? They were so obviously the female Watsons to Monk's Holmes. For God's sake, Natalie even goes out and blatantly SAYS that in the series! And look at House as well: Wilson may obviously be the Watson character, but there are around 6 other main, supporting female characters that could also be considered a Watson figure. Cuddy, Thirteen, Cameron, Adams, hell, even Chi! And BBC Sherlock? Watson may obviously be a man, but there's also the character of Molly, who could also be considered a strong supporting, "Watson-like" character. The point I'm trying to make is that having a female Watson DOES NOT make their show original.

9. Sherlock Shirtless: A Blatant Plea for Viewers
You see this ploy everyday. You take a man that's relatively good-looking, and then you abuse that attractiveness by taking off his shirt in every scene. You try to lure the teenage girls in with muscles and a rough face. You know what? For half of BBC Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch has nothing on but a purple bath robe. And so many people - teenagers and adults alike - are in love with him and his character. Half of that love is because the man is just a plain god in his sexiness. But the other half is the brilliant way in which he plays the character. I mean, if BBC Sherlock asked me to go out with him, I would probably just die right there: partly from those cheekbones, and partly because of the harshness and depth of his eyes. But I digress. My point is that other adaptations of Sherlock - including ACD's canon - don't need a good-looking Sherlock for people to love him (although I have to admit, it does help). Obviously the producers of "Elementary" think that their version *does* need to be good-looking for him to succeed (which means that they probably haven't developed his character correctly, from what I can tell). And if he's good-looking, American logic dictates that he therefore MUST have his shirt off in the very first trailer that they air. We've seen this with Jacob in the Twilight Saga, for god's sake. I mean, yes, the man is buff. Yes, he is hot. But in the first 5 seconds of Breaking Dawn: Part 1, he already has his shirt off! That's just metaphorically beating the dead horse: and I believe that this is what they're doing.

10. The Tattoos
Also in that scene with the shirtless Johnny Lee Miller/American!Sherlock, it shows that he has tattoos. Many tattoos. As in, all the way up and down the shoulder and back tattoos. Now, I don't know if the actor has tattoos, and he just didn't want to cover them up with makeup, or if it was too difficult, or if it was a decision by the producers. But I must ask you this: can you see Sherlock Holmes going somewhere as rundown and pointless as a tattoo parlor? To get such a ridiculous thing? I mean, really? I can't see it at all. And CBS, if you're trying to make your Sherlock out to be a "bad-boy," I'm gonna tell you right now. It's not going to work.

11. Watson's Medical Malpractice
Now, this isn't stated directly in the trailer linked above, but I do know from another review of someone who read the script that in this version, Watson received a dishonorable discharge because she committed medical malpractice. This is why she says to Sherlock in the trailer, "I'm not a doctor." ...Now, do I really need to explain why this is terrible, horrible, and just all around bad? I think not.

12. Phone vs. Camera
In the BBC version, Sherlock constantly uses his phone for many reasons. To look up information, as in A Study in Pink, or to text John, also first seen in that episode, and for various other reasons. He also uses it on crime scenes. Now, in a scene at approximately 1:50 in the video, i noticed that Sherlock is carrying a digital camera. A ripoff of BBC's phone idea? Obviously. An attempt to incorporate modern technology into their version that hasn't already been taken by Moffat and Gatiss? Definitely.

13. "Detective Javier Abreu"
This character is obviously another ripoff of BBC Sherlock. This time, of its well known and hated character, Anderson. The actor who plays this man states outright that his character doesn't like Sherlock. And we can assume that Sherlock doesn't like him in return. Remind you of anybody? Yeah. I thought so. Now, Anderson has appeared once as a minor character in one of the Sherlock Holmes stories by ACD...so somebody could argue, I suppose, that they got their inspiration from there. But this Detective Abreu is obviously a pretty major character, like Anderson in BBC Sherlock. And the Constable Anderson in ACD's canon was nowhere near as important: he appeared in only one story, after all.

14. The "I'm Sorry," And The Strange Interpretation of Sherlock's Emotions
After American!Sherlock is arrested for supposedly busting Watson's car, he and Watson are on the phone in the jail cell, and he not only apologizes for doing it...he's EMOTIONAL about it. Again, I say, in what universe of believable Sherlock Holmes adaptations would this happen? I mean, in BBC Sherlock alone, it took Sherlock 5 episodes - which spanned like, a year, basically in the show time - to admit that Watson was his best and only friend, in the Hounds of the Baskervilles. And before and after that, he still was rather harsh and cold to Watson...yet in a way that still clearly spoke of their friendship. They're polar opposites...yet they compliment each other so well. Sherlock is cold and distant; while Watson is emotional. They're the perfect balance for each other. In the American version, it's completely different. It seems as if Sherlock is the emotional one who's almost begging for forgiveness...and Watson's the cold and distant one. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? I mean, there is no way that is not weird. How can you have a modest, emotional Sherlock Holmes? It just doesn't work.

15. The Feel of the Show...It's Just...Off
When I watched BBC Sherlock for the first time, I felt something click inside me. I watched that first episode and said to myself, "This is absolute genius. The writers are amazing, the characters have been adapted perfectly, the actors and actresses are completely brilliant, and the modern twist has been applied superbly." I literally fell in love with this show at first sight. Everything about it is just...right. And when I first read A Study in Scarlet, the first one of ACD's canon...I again felt something click deep inside. And the same when i saw Jeremy Brett's movies, and even Robert Downey Jr.'s American films. There's something perfect and loyal and beautiful about every single one of them. But as I watched this trailer...everything just seemed...really off and odd. At first, this perplexed me. I thought that it was just my judgment about all of the things I found wrong with it - including all the other 14 points above, and the fact that they stole it from Moffat and Gatiss. So I went back and watched the trailer with no bias whatsoever. I just tried to imagine this being a show that I have no prior knowledge of the premise whatsoever - a "Sherlock Holmes never existed" scenario, if you will. And I still got that same feeling. So I went to a friend of mine who is well-versed in ACD canon, but hasn't gotten into BBC Sherlock yet (I've been waiting until summertime to "break her in," so to speak). I showed her the trailer. And she agreed with me: there was just something *off* about it. It doesn't have a "Sherlock" feel to it at all! This point is difficult to explain...because it's something that you'll have to feel for yourself. If you take all the points I just made away...if you just look at it as a TV show in its purest form...I still don't like it. I still hate it because it's just plain bad. There's no other way to say it. If you take everything else away...I still truly wouldn't like it, just because it's not good in a general sense. The actor who plays Sherlock isn't very good, and while I have a great respect for Lucy Liu, I just don't think she plays this character well. And they don't have any chemistry at all! And the deductions that Sherlock makes? They don't seem very good as well. He's too calm while he's deducing. He's supposed to be excited, happy, smug, ANYTHING. But in that first scene...all he does is drop a marble, calmly say some things to Lestrade, and then say that he sometimes hates when he's right. How does that make any sense, I ask you.

In conclusion, my fellow Sherlockians say it all: on YouTube, the trailer has already gotten 3000 dislikes. Which definitely overpowers the mere 1700 likes it got. In addition, I'd just like to name a few Facebook comments I saw on the show's page:

~ "Unfortunately, this is rather dull. There is no chemistry between Holmes and Watson. I don't see anything that other detective shows haven't already done. Will be skipping this."

~ "They don't seem to play off of eachother at all. Also, why isn't Joan the tough millitary professional we all have grown to love? Y'know that women can be tough too, don't you CBS?

~ "'Sometimes I hate it when I'm right', said no decent adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, ever."

I rest my case.

~ YecatsCullenLOTR
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animelover91895 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I totally agree with you, this show is just total rubbish compared to BBC Sherlock, -_- it's gonna be really bad >.<
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Kornmod Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I know I haven't seen the series yet, but I too am dreading the female Watson. I were so looking forward to a though, competent female, who could save Sherlock's hide once in a while. But I fear she shall be reduced to a continuous damsel in distress.
CBS had an excellent opportunity to show the competence and expertise of a female soldier, but decided to go with the far more common: A woman must always by a man never the other way around.
Though I am not terribly surprised be this turn of events, I am saddened.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My thoughts exactly. Good job, CBS. Screwing up once again...:iconbravoplz:
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dwarfthrowing Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm In canon books Sherlock does apologyse to Watson (at least once, I am reading them) and I've read him apologysing to other characters as well. It's also said that Sherlock is still British, but that he was addicted and went to rehab in America (and stayed there for some reason). I don't say I like it... No one thing ruins it.. Watson is a woman? Seriously? What the? :T That just ruins it all.. It makes me feel like they just want to throw in some relationship and can't make it gay, because of the amount of people in America who are against it.. Just can't put that on tv? Well then no romance between Watson and Holmes :I
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Awzndree Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
''We want to make an American Sherlock'' They never said that their Sherlock will be an American.

About ''Watson's Gasp'' : totally agree with you!

I very love the preview of ''Elementary'', but you have a few very good points (not all, I think) I just hope that people are mature enough and don't throw their tomatoes in my face.

And no matter that I Iove the preview, I have the same fear that everyone have: Sherlock and Joan in couple (NO! Sherlock Johnnysexual only!!)

(sorry for my english)
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Awzndree Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
About ''3. Lestrade, Sherlock, & Scotland Yard'' It's not Lestrade It's Gregson.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! Thank you! Yeah, I wasn't sure if it was Lestrade or another officer! I'll change that right away :)
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
THANK YOU. I still might end up wasting my time watching this just so I can rant about how bad it is DX But anyway, I don't remember you outrightly saying this but you seem to be well-versed in ACD canon- I believe there might have been one time (see how unlikely this is? XD) that Sherlock said something to the effect of "Sometimes I hate it when I'm right," but it was probably more like, "Well, it's a bit unfortunate that I'm right, but it doesn't make me any less right," which is WAY more Sherlockian. Also, I believe that the "Anderson" character you're referring to may actually be their Gregson.... or at least I heard something about Gregson somewhere, which again, see how unsure I am of all of this? It's because that show is brain-melting material. By Fall I should have season two of Sherlock on DVD. I'll watch that instead.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, yeah, unfortunately, me too. I really wanna watch it just to see how bad it is: but at the same time, I just want to forget about it completely. =_=

Yeah, that line actually does sound familiar! Somewhere back in the recesses of my mind (I really have to go and read all those books again XD Maybe I'll do it while waiting for Season 3 of BBC Sherlock ^^ ). But yeah, that ACD line sounds much more Sherlockian than their "version."

Oh, and another person who commented said that the person who I assumed was Lestrade - the British one in the beginning - was actually Gregson. And that Lestrade so far hasn't been shown in the preview. So, yeah, I corrected it on the journal. But I still think that the "Anderson" character is more like Anderson than canon Gregson.

Lol, yeah, I had to watch all the episodes of Sherlock to recover and wipe this from my brain. -_-
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
I know! Such a conundrum...

Haha, awesome! The only case that I can think of off the top of my head that might fit is The Copper Beeches or something like that. I'll have to read it later to check. I remember a case- The Navel Treaty, I think- and Sherlock said two things that seemed so out of character and yet not at the same time. I was so boggled by the first quote that I reread it five times before it fully sank in. He randomly started talking about why roses were proof of Providence or something like that. XD So whenever I think I see something that's out of character, I always ask myself if it could be the same man who rambles about a rose. XP

Oh, okay. I half want to see it just to see how [poorly] they portray Gregson. XD

I'm going to read and watch Sherlock and look at BBC Sherlock art to wipe it from my brain... though if my best friend hasn't watched the preview yet, I might just make her suffer through it so we can rant together. XD
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WanderingArcher Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I had not seen this, but my reaction to the announcement of an American BBC Sherlock was about the same as yours was to the trailer. I'm American, and I think it's a stupid idea. I know British TV is pretty much better than the crap they come up on this side of the Atlantic, and this is just extra proof of that.

And I totally agree about it not "clicking" like BBC Sherlock. You can feel, with TV shows, with words, even with people, when something is wrong, and all three of those are violently rebelling against one another.

It's just... sad.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:salute: Thank you. I completely agree. The television here is just ridiculous. I've completely sworn it off, in fact: now my TV is just continuously set on BBC America. :XD:
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clemon Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some good points here.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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sorou98 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched about the first half of the trailer, and then turned it off. Even if it has all the right elements that Sherlock Holmes is commonly based of off/put together with, it just doesn't feel like Sherlock Holmes at all.
IMO, it needs to much more nerdy. I want to see the people in charge of the show's love for the ACD material - which I don't.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly! Moffat and Gatiss's love for ACD is basically *tangible,* it's so powerful. And they respect him and his work so much...I agree, I don't see that with the CBS producers.
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shadowkaru15 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
I applaud that you managed to get my feeling down so accurate. I know one shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, or in this case, a show by a trailer, but so far, I'm not impressed.
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Zelda-yaoi-fan Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Actually, when I watched it, the first thought I had was "Well, this looks like a CSI episode". Aaand nothing more... It may be a nice crime TV show, but they can't relate it to Sherlock Holmes.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, there's just nothing special about it. It could be an episode of any of the other hundreds of crime shows out there. It doesn't even feel Sherlockian. It's just...dull, on so many levels. =_=;;
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Zelda-yaoi-fan Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Yes, I think dull is the word... Let's wait and see how they will impress us with their amazing deductions >_>
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
I couldn't agree more! Finally saw this last night and was so frustrated and angry. Lets just hope that this fails the same way every other CBS version (with femme Watson) has failed since the 80s. The scarf thing ticked me off and was so obvious. I guess I don't need to go on since already pointed out the worst pieces.
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HardyExist2Inspire13 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aplause, I bow down and agree.
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BrightBlueWindWitch Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Shame is felt in the hearts of those of us who must admit that we do indeed live in the US. Deepest, sourest, vilest shame.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. :iconfacepalmplz:
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deathtofire Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I hope and pray that the BBC will sue CBS for every penny they have
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that they're trying to look for any things that they blatantly copied...but I don't know if they've found any grounds for it yet. But I'm still hoping: Moffat and Gatiss have to get on this.
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deathtofire Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
I can't even believe they're getting away with it. No offence, but America looks at our shows and says 'That's awesome, better make it American.'
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deathtofire Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Thank you, I am sorry when I say this to you, but sometimes American boradcasters shouldn't be allowed to touch British televison with a 10 foot pole- they fucked up the Office and Life on Mars. I felt sick when watching the trailor. I love your honesty and your respect. I bet the boradcasters will try and make Holmes a Gary-sue and they are.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no, don't be sorry! I quite agree - and I unfortunately am American. They basically screw up everything...even their own ORIGINAL shows. I basically have my TV continuously set to BBC America: I have officially sworn off American TV.

And oh god, if they make Holmes into a Gary-sue...I don't even know what I'll do. But I agree: it certainly seems like that's where they're headed. And if they're planning a romance between Sherlock and Joan...*shudders* Bleh. Just bleh.
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deathtofire Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
I can't believe thay gave him muscules. You can't have muscules without a good diet and Sherlock in the books does not- he never eats. Tattoos? :iconwryplz: That's not right. I can't wait to see what other unquie features they're gonna rip off from the BBC. But wait, could you imgine an American Mrs.Hudson?
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god...an American Mrs. Hudson... O.O :iconcryforeverplz: I just died a little inside.
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deathtofire Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Now the comments on the video are all 'we should give it a go' and 'it doesn't matter if the bbc made it first'- morans all of them
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, thank you. :iconsupertighthugplz: Someone understands.

(Also, not sure if the other people commenting are just tolerant of Elementary, or secret fans of it...:iconfryplz: ).
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deathtofire Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Either way it must be burnt or burned for you. By the way, I too love usuk as it says on your icon
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emmysunshine Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just don't think the actor that will be playing "Sherlock" looks like Sherlock... I don't think I could ever buy it. America just needs to stop taking fantastic British shows and making them suck.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. American TV is just...eh. =_= ;;
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VespertineSun Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Yeah, I just... the whole fem!Watson thing alone was enough to make me go "eh" about the show. I'm not excited at all, and that trailer made me even less excited. The portrayal of female characters in most shows just bothers me and the fact that they made Watson female probably just to play on a romantic interest just bothers me. I am not looking forward to helpless/girly Watson.
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Spirited-Butterfly Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, I'd heard about the disappointments people have had, but I've only recently seen the trailer and I completely agree with you. :\ This is quite a disappointment, to say the least.
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drauthor Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
You are completely and one hundred per cent right. I feel bad for Johnny Lee Miller (I mean, he seems like a brill actor what with his Frankenstein success) but this jut isn't the right part for him. God damn, when they romanticize Sherlock (emphasis of WHEN) they could at least keep a same-gender relationship. By gender-bending John in what is inevitably going to end up as a sappy romance, they've drawn more attention to the fact that a same-sex relationship is not as accepted in America.

You are completely right on the scarf and coat. I saw it on my second and decidedly final watch of the video and got quite pissed off. I mean, come ON!

Benedict Cumberbatch didn't want to slag off 'Elementary' because of Johnny Lee Miller, which is understandable. But I think Moffat is well within his rights to be ticked off that America copied his idea.

Anyway, a brilliant ranty-review hitting every point. :)
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KaiDarknight Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTOOD AFTER WATCHING THE TRAILER!

brilliant rant ever! :salute: I applause you! I agree all of your saying.

I even cried very disappointed after watching the trailer and their behind the scenes clip I mean the show doesn't even click or excites me like the other Sherlock Holmes Adaptations I've ever watched. Plus seeing this "Elementary" even makes other Sherlockian more disappointing. The John Watson I know shouldn't be shock seeing a dead body and a modest Sherlock? Okay now that's even more disappointing ever!

Now I said it I am going back watching reruns of the classic Sherlock Holmes and BBC to remove the Elementary trailer in my head before I am going insanely mad. And no I am not being sarcastic I am insanely blunt and truthful thank you.

Please don't take that as a offence.
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JanecShannon Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would like to say that I agree with you completely. I didn't even know the trailer had been released so I went to watch it before I even read your review of it. I try to be opened minded... Yes, it's a ripoff but I've been trying to keep an open mind. On rare occasion, ripoffs can be even better than the original (very hard to be better than BBC Sherlock so I didn't exactly have high hopes, but I've been trying not to dismiss it right out of hand).

I regret giving it that chance. I got fed up with the trailer. I couldn't even finish it.

I agree that the second it started, I found the music off-putting. When I think modern, when I think Manhattan/New York, hell when I think America... I do not think of a violin/cello duet.

I think the reason BBC Sherlock pulls off the violin's so well for thier theme music is because they've made the music very modern sounding. Before I even saw ASiP, I'd heard the theme and what came to my head was fast chases and quick thinking and danger.

I heard the american one's and was half convinced that surely I'd misunderstood the use of the word "modern" and this was actually a period interpretation in america. :iconjohnhahanoplz:

But, ok ok, a show can manage without great music. I've certainly heard worse.

In every incarnation of Sherlock Holmes I've come to love... Sherlock (or Holmes, depending on which show it is) is graceful. He's confident. He's better than everyone else and he damn-well knows it.

In the trailer/preview thing, Sherlock seems to shuffle around. His movements seem jerky and forced to me. Like he's not comfortable in his own skin. Almost like American!Sherlock is trying to mimic another one rather than figuring out what his own idiosyncrasies are for the character (Gee... I wonder who he's trying to mimic? I certainly can't think of anyone... :stinkeye:)

What I'm trying to say is Yes. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

I just felt like taking nearly 300 words to do it.
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Dragonelf94 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Thank you! I have now shown this to many of my fellow Sherlockian friends! Even as Americans, we all agree.
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
:salute: I'm with you 100 frigging percent.
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YecatsCullenLOTR Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Thank you very much ^^ This was just a rant brought about by my extreme irritation in this show...

I mean, really. It's so incomprehensibly bad. :iconmycroftfacepalmplz:
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
You're welcome. What makes it worse for me is that they're bumping the Mentalist to Sunday nights for this show and that's going to make the Mentalist and season 3 of Sherlock overlap here.
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Since they are going to be late filming season 3 and it takes us forever to get the show over here, you may be ok. There's always the pirate hat if all else fails. At least then you would get an unedited version of the show.
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
True. I always found somewhere to watch it on the Internet (with the exception of Scandal).
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