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I thought of another meta discussion topic to help us get through the hiatus to the Christmas Special and hopefully soon after to Season 4. I will assume that, for most of us, we consider the BBC version of Sherlock to be the best on many levels. That is, we probably mostly consider Benedict Cumberbatch to be the best Sherlock Holmes. (Or maybe you don't! Maybe it's Jeremy Brett for you.) This is the place to discuss your favorites of characters, scenes, etc., assuming that you can't name a BBC version as your answer. I suggest that everyone feel free to use their own criteria for judging; so, one person may pick his or her favorite non-BBC Watson based on ACD canon compliance, and the other may pick his or her Watson based on nose shape! It's all fine! ***** I'll start. My nominees for the "Best Non-BBC..." Watson: I'll pick James Wilson from House. There was something delightful about making Holmes and Watson both be physicians and both be department heads that really showed that Wilson was an expert in his own right, in his own field (oncology). And, although there were times at the beginning of the series that I really wanted Wilson to do a better job standing up to House, by the end I was completely sold on the idea that Wilson was 1) a completely irresistible babe magnet (hello, Robert Sean Leonard!), and 2) completely and platonically soul-bonded to House. Irene Adler: Irene Adler from Elementary. Although she benefits from the "twist" regarding her background (which I'll spoiler tag below), Natalie Dormer plays Irene with a smoldering sexuality and absolutely modern confidence in her own abilities that makes me truly believe that she is what Irene would be in the current era. She continually conveys a sense of being in control of her relationship with Sherlock, and, thanks also to Jonny Lee Miller's acting, it is heart-rendingly believable that this women nearly destroyed Sherlock emotionally. Lestrade: Kind of going with a risky choice here, but I'm picking Lisa Cuddy from House. As the Dean of Medicine, she's in charge of keeping House in line, which she does by imposing a series of "time outs" in the form of extra clinic duty. She also deftly uses House's skills for the betterment of the hospital, making sure that House gets the really juicy cases that he wants while handing him those that no other department could solve on their own. "Shoot the Wall" Scene: Robert Downey Jr. wins this one for me in Sherlock Holmes. Sitting on the floor, surrounded by papers and experiments, with a haze of smoke hanging in the air from gunfire and probably not a small bit of smoking tobacco and God-knows-what-else, this Sherlock, has transcended frustrated and moved right along into abject despair. Next stop is clearly lighting the curtains on fire to see what happens when they burn. "Holmes and Watson First Meeting" Scene: The Russian Sherlock Holmes (2013) for the most off-handed meeting ever. If the BBC Sherlock treats the meeting with a combination of humor and gravity at this historic moment, the Russian version clearly could care less about how the men meet, which I find profoundly amusing. Sherlock hands a piece of paper with "221B Baker Street" written on it to Watson, who he has just met, and suggests if Watson is looking for cheap lodgings he can rent a room there for half price. When Watson finally moves in, it's clear that about half the town is also living there, so what's one more?
While bimbling around on the sky site to try to find out when they were going to pick up the rest of Elementary, I discovered that there has been a Spotify playlist made of the music used in the series (link takes you to the sky page). Spotify Playlist
Essentially, Gregson is the Lestrade figure of Elementary. Like BBC Sherlock with Lestrade, CBS have made sure that Gregson is not portrayed as a bumbling, inefficient idiot which pleases me. Having said that I didn't have any major feels for the character up 'til now, and Aidan Quinn hasn't pinged on my radar since he played Daz in Desperately Seeking Susan in 1984 (similar to Rupert Graves not really pinging my radar since he was in Maurice). I watched episode 4 this morning and all I can say is that I have decided I absolutely love Captain Gregson's character. He doesn't make me go wibble like RG's Lestrade, but he is a seriously good bloke. Without being too spoilery he basically tells his Sherlock in this episode that he isn't an idiot and is a detective (it's very relevant to something that I won't detail) and I adore the way AQ plays it. So, for me this show is a keeper. I don't think it will ever eat my brain like BBC Sherlock but I am really enjoying it in the same sort of way that I really enjoy Castle.