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Anonymous asked: Why do you prefer Elementary over Sherlock? Just curious.

deathbycoldopen:

thecaptainsoiree:

pinkhairedlesbianadventures:

Here is why I don’t like Sherlock

so take that into account when I tell you that Elementary modernizes the concept and the characterizations better, in my opinion, does the most amazing and original thing I’ve ever seen a Sherlock Holmes adaptation do with Irene Adler and Moriarty, stars a Woman of Color in a role that would otherwise be taken by yet another white dude, frequently includes queer characters (and doesn’t MAKE JOKES ABOUT IT) includes a Black man in a position of esteem and intelligence, provides a relatively realistic look at drug addiction and recovery, and gives Watson and Holmes a dynamic that is just way more interesting.

this is, of course, my opinion, and I respect that many people enjoy Sherlock, including a lot of my friends, and that’s chill.

but for me, I really liked Sherlock until the 2-year hiatuses gave me enough time to notice every little microaggression, every shitty gay joke, every sexist and racist moment, to the point where I could no longer enjoy it.

Elementary is obviously not a perfect show, but in terms of being not racist, homophobic, or sexist, it’s millennia ahead of Sherlock.

I really liked Sherlock until the 2-year hiatuses gave me enough time to notice every little microaggression, every shitty gay joke, every sexist and racist moment, to the point where I could no longer enjoy it.

Elementary is also, imo, a much richer narrative than Sherlock has ever even tried to be.  You can talk about the fantastic acting, the awesome cinematography, and the more complex cases in Sherlock all you want, but the bottom line is that Sherlock has never been about more than just “look at how clever he is,” with a dash of “ah bromance” and maybe some mirroring between Sherlock and Moriarty.  Elementary, on the other hand, is a pretty thorough examination of the question “can a person really change?” in all of its iterations, whether it’s Sherlock’s addiction, Joan’s change of career, or even Moriarty’s fascination with Sherlock.  Elementary also makes an effort to not just circumvent problematic tropes, but to also address them and subvert them- for example, the trope of the fridged love interest, which is so wonderfully subverted in the finale of season 1.  The bond between Sherlock and Joan is more complex than the equivalent relationship in the BBC version, but because of that it’s also more profound, which also helps make the characters richer and more complex in of themselves.  Elementary also uses the narrative mirror not just between Sherlock and Moriarty but between Moriarty and Joan, between Sherlock and Bell, between Sherlock and Joan, between aspects of the case and the main characters.  All of the flash and excitement in BBCs Sherlock makes it enjoyable to watch, but at the end of the day, Elementary is the show that delivers on the actual content.

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