Last week during Comic Con, CBS gave panel attendees the opportunity to screen the pilot for their upcoming new series Elementary, a modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic character Sherlock Holmes. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the pilot and especially Jonny Lee Miller's take on Holmes. CBS shared a couple of new photos for the series, one of which shows a scene from the pilot, and the other is a promotional photo showcasing the two leads.
The Elementary pilot does two things well. The first is that it introduces us to Holmes (Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) as they're introduced to each other. He's a detective. She's a former surgeon and his new "sober companion." We soon learn that they have some unresolved personal issues, and it seems likely that their friendship will eventually force them to deal with these things. The second part of the set-up comes in the format of the show. In addition to getting to know the two lead characters, the procedural/investigation aspect of the series is also introduced and that side of the story holds up just as well as the other. CBS may have a winner on its hands with this one. Those who like Sherlock Holmes and are willing to keep an open mind on looser adaptations of the characters might want to check this out when it premieres in the fall.
This first photo gives us a look at the leads in the pilot episode. As you can see, Sherlock likes to dress down sometimes.
And this is the new promotional photo of the two characters.
I like it much better than the original still of Holmes and Watson, which had a sort of portrait quality to it, but seemed a bit too posed to be interesting. Having seen the pilot, this one seems a bit more fitting to the series, with Watson season comfortably on the chair and Holmes sprawled out on the floor amidst a lot of books.
Elementary is set to air on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. this fall on CBS.