What troubles me most is how eager everyone is to look past the show's flaws because of their desire to like it. You're not upset that I'm being unfair, it's that I'm being harshly blunt.
When CBS took it upon themselves to modify the character (direct result of the BBC's success) they had 2 choices - A cash grab, resembling every other show on the network & sticking to their 'Paint By Number' formula, or to truly embrace the character the way that the BBC has and give us something new. As NBC proved when they had to cancel PRIME SUSPECT though, people don't really want great cop shows on Network.
I recognize the need for a slow burn as it's a long season, & while the 2nd episode wasn't great, I thought they took a step in the right direction with character development. This week they took 2 steps back. I don't hate the show, I just want it to be better.
My 3 fellow writers here all enjoy the show, isn't that enough? If we all agreed on everything it wouldn't make for a very interesting round table...
Cheerio: thank you & I take no offense
I make no attempt to hide my contempt for CBS, & I freely admit that I don't like how predictable & formulaic all their shows are. But after the pilot I've tried to stop drawing comparisons to the BBC show. This is about a show cashing in on the name of a classic character & being absent the soul the makes said character unique. I'm trying to like the show cause I like the cast & I'm a huge fan of the books, but right now it feels more like THE MENTALIST than Sherlock Holmes.
Look at your own comment, the nicest thing you can muster about the show is: "I don't think it's really as bad as you make it out to be" Not the most ringing endorsement. Why are we so will to settle for mediocre television when there are so many great shows on? Not even talking about HBO, look at MAD MEN, JUSTIFIED, BREAKING BAD, AMERICAN HORROR STORY - they all show us that it can be done better, but we settle for the easy instead.
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