It’s a metaphor, see: you hold a pen with your homework in front of you, but you don’t do it, you don’t give it the power to do its killing
It irks me when people decry Elementary’s Sherlock because he says/does things BBC Sherlock never would, under the assumption that BBC Sherlock is somehow extremely similar to canon Holmes.
He is NOT canon Sherlock Holmes; fundamentally he’s not even anything like canon Holmes because he’s written as if his powers of deduction are some kind of supernatural ability that makes him super duper special and justifies him treating everyone else like they’re idiots, and somehow means that it’s alright for the other characters (I mean John) to just take shit from him without question. Canon Holmes always, always reiterates how his deductions are simply that, they’re methodical thought processes, he even says to Watson, “You know my methods. Apply them.” (The Sign of Four). He wants people to understand that despite his obvious talent, it’s just about being observant and looking out for the right things.
And although he does express how ‘simple’ he thinks others sometimes are, he knows to still treat them with respect! Even though Watson’s narration portrays him like he’s awesome in every sense, Holmes himself never acts like his abilities make him somehow better than everyone else. In A Study in Scarlet he says (something like) “if I show you too much of my method, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all.” He doesn’t think that he somehow has the right to be an asshole. Maybe if Moffat and co could look at the character objectively rather than as a stand in/vessel for their smugness they could relate that. Or maybe they are writing a fundamentally different Sherlock, in which case, why do they have to snidely suggest their show is “truer”?
Anyway, back to point, Sherlock Holmes solves cases to help people as well as curbing his boredom, he’s a detective because he has a sense of justice, he wouldn’t bother to apply his skills to the work he does if he didn’t believe in exacting justice for the crimes committed against clients. This is demonstrated in the way that he treats most of his clients kindly and expresses sympathy for them throughout the case. (I think this is one aspect that comes through so well in Elementary yet it’s the one that people attack the most, but believe it or not, Sherlock Holmes is NOT supposed to be a massive dick.) Shoot me if that’s not 5000 miles away from BBC Sherlock’s toddler-“sociopath”-asshole characterisation. Again it seems like this characterisation is created by the writers so they don’t have to spend time actually developing his relationships with others, instead it can be like, ‘oh, that Sherlock… he treats people like shit and has no respect for anyone but its hilarious and ok because john still loves him. no homo. haha”
Both shows have their strengths and weaknesses, but Elementary’s weaknesses are not the ‘changes they made from BBC Sherlock’ and definitely not in the characterisation. Superficial elements like the gender of the characters and the setting are not the measure of a good adaptation; capturing, the spirit and meaning of the story and characters are. In adapting and continuing the best aspects of canon, especially Sherlock’s characterisation and his relationship with Watson, I think Elementary excels. And I haven’t seen any other adaptation (beside the recent films and the Disney mouse one) but I’m sure they all do it better than BBC.
tldr; elementary sucks because sherlock would never [insert bbc sherlock characteristic] is not a good argument at all.
in stories featuring aliens, they’re always like “on my planet this never happens!” or “in my culture, this differs from your human culture.” and that’s neat and all because i like worldbuilding and all that jazz but wouldn’t it be fun if they just. couldn’t do that?
i want a story where humans encounter an alien who frustrates them because they don’t know enough to tell them anything concrete
like humans will ask “tell us about politics in your planet!” and the alien’s all “uh… hold on it’s been a while since i took gov. um….”
"what sorts of plants grow on your planet?"
"i dunno i grew up in the suburbs. they’re like… purple? idk what you want me to say"
"tell us about the culture on your planet!"
"do you have any idea how many fucking countries are back home, i don’t even know where to begin"
"your planet is obviously much more scientifically and technologically advanced than ours. is it possible for you to enlighten us on certain matters concerning space travel, or would that be a form of interference you must avoid?"
"naw it’s cool, it’s just that, um, i’m a philosophy major"
over 93% of south side chicago is black and yet. like no one on shameless is black i can literally count the black characters with speaking roles on one hand