Elementary, the CBS television network’s version of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, premiered September 2012. Elementary is an American crime drama series loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective. When it first aired, the show piqued interest and gained a steady track of viewership, in part due to its surprising twists. First of all, Sherlock is living in and solving crimes throughout New York City, and while Dr. Watson is still a doctor in terms of professional background, the former surgeon is a woman. The third season of Elementary is set to return in the fall of 2014 and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Fans can watch Elementary online to catch up on previous episodes.
Sherlock Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard and a recovering drug addict. He is now living in New York City and assisting the NYPD after his fall from grace. In the beginning, there are subtle hints that Sherlock’s move to the States also had a lot to do with a woman he loved named Irene. Sherlock’s wealthy father hires a sober companion, Dr. Joan Watson, to live with his uncooperative and highly eccentric son as he recovers from drug addiction.
After having lost a patient during surgery, Watson accepted the job as a safe way to help patients. However, following Sherlock around town opens her up to the exciting world of investigative police work, and slowly but surely she becomes his trainee-turned-partner. Sherlock also finds Watson’s medical knowledge to be of great value.
Cast of Characters
Sherlock Holmes is an absolute genius when it comes to the art of deduction. He also has a variety of strange hobbies, habits and fascinations, such as startling Watson in the mornings by sitting at the foot of her bed. Sherlock’s ramblings and quirkiness often infuriate his colleagues, but he gets the job done, and for that, they remain not only grateful but impressed.
Dr. Joan Watson is Sherlock’s sober companion turned partner. Hired to help Sherlock stay drug-free, Watson later lies to Sherlock about her contract as sober companion having been extended. Despite Sherlock’s constant irritations, Watson enjoys working with him. Unbeknownst to her, he already knew of her predicament and eventually offers a position as his apprentice. Sherlock uncharacteristically tells Watson how much he appreciates her helping him to remain focused and how much she means to him.
NYPD Captain Thomas Gregson, played by Aidan Quinn, was once assigned to Scotland Yard to observe their counter-terrorism bureau’s operations. It was during this time when he met Sherlock, someone he genuinely admires and respects but is a prickly thorn in his side.
Detective Marcus Bell, portrayed by Jon Michael Hill, is a junior officer who works closely with Captain Gregson, Sherlock and Watson. Bell was initially against getting assistance from Sherlock but quickly recognized his talents and warmed up to seeking Sherlock’s advice on matters.
Mycroft Holmes, played by Rhys Ifans, is the detective’s older brother and, for a while, a secret love interest of Dr. Watson’s. The two brothers shared a bitter relationship for years until Mycroft tried to reconcile with his younger brother. Even with Mycroft’s many attempts, the road to reconciliation was a long one. Mycroft, a recurring character, is a culinary expert who owns a chain of restaurants.
Season 1: When Dr. Joan Watson first meets her client, Sherlock Holmes, she learns that he actually escaped from rehab on the day of his release. The case he is working at the time turns out to be the work of a serial killer. Orientation for these two is a struggle. Watson is frustrated by Sherlock’s lack of trust, secretive personal life and meddling ways, which leads her to threaten to quit. However, Watson is in too deep. She is intrigued by a chance of pace in career, and Sherlock begins to test her deductive skills since she obviously has a knack for solving crimes as well. Their main conflict throughout the season is overcoming differences to catch a serial killer named Moran, who was involved in the disappearance of Sherlock’s former lover Irene.
Season 2: Lestrade, Sherlock’s former partner, has gone into hiding after being seen threatening a murder suspect with a grenade. Sherlock and Watson travel to London to find him. While there, they run into Sherlock’s estranged brother Mycroft. Not long after the pair return to the States, Detective Bell gets shot trying to protect an insensitive Sherlock from a man out to kill him. Incapacitated and limited to desk duty, Bell’s resentment of Holmes lasts for several weeks. Mycroft comes to town, and while there, Watson is kidnapped. He and Sherlock must work together in order to rescue her, and Mycroft reveals he actually works for MI6. Watson is rescued, but Mycroft, who has faked his own death, must never contact either one of them ever again. A crushed Sherlock Homes accepts a position with British Intelligence MI6 after Watson gave her firm decision to move out of his brownstone.
When Season 3 returns in the fall of 2014, Sherlock will be coming back to New York City with a new apprentice named Kitty Winter, and Joan will have a new boyfriend while continuing her work with the police. Nevertheless, the relationship between Kitty Winter and Sherlock Holmes will make for some tense situations regarding Sherlock’s relationship with Joan.