Bye-bye, Elementary

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz | April 11th, 2014

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Bye-bye, Elementary

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Back when other mid­dle school girls were read­ing Nancy Drew, I dis­cov­ered Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sher­lock Holmes books and became a life-​long fan.

They used to play Basil Rathbone’s Sher­lock Holmes movies on TV when I lived in Puerto Rico, back in the days when TV sets had no remotes, so I watched those, too, even when Holmes (Basil) ver­bally abused Wat­son (played by Nigel Bruce) in the likes of:

Nigel: How did you solve that, Holmes?
Basil: It was ele­men­tary [snotty/​condescending expla­na­tion fol­lows]
Nigel: I see! Even a child could have solved it!
Basil (sneers): Not your child, Watson.

I’m a mod­er­ate, low-​key, FaceBook-​type fan; not one that joins Sher­lock Holmes fan clubs (I did take a Holmes-​themed walk­ing tour of Lon­don years ago) or remem­bers much trivia, but a fan all the same. In addi­tion to hav­ing read all the Conan Doyle books, over the years I’ve watched sev­eral Sher­lock incar­na­tions, includ­ing Michael Caine in an awful movie aptly named With­out a Clue to Robert Downey Jr.‘s mar­tial arts Sher­lock. The supreme, defin­i­tive, Sher­lock is Jeremy Brett, who was able to develop his char­ac­ter over the years and whose Sher­lock lived in nicely-​appointed Eduardian lodgings.

So last night I thought I’d watch CBS’s Ele­men­tary. Its Sher­lock lives in mod­ern squalor (inex­plic­a­bly he has a $10,000 Viking range but his walls need paint), the plot didn’t exactly grab me, and my room needed tidy­ing up so I watched while doing light house­work. The sus­pect respon­si­ble for some deadly Anthrax poi­son­ings turned out to be some dude with “extreme rad­i­cal lean­ings… They hate the gov­ern­ment, includ­ing the NYPD, but they’re big fans of vio­lence and the Sec­ond Amend­ment.”

Now, in my ripe old age I know pro­pa­ganda when I see it: A love of vio­lence is equal to a love for one arti­cle of the Bill of Rights, because guns. It was 15 min­utes or so into the show, and in my ripe old age I don’t waste time turn­ing off the TV, either.

Bye-​bye, Ele­men­tary.

Over the pond, where they have very restric­tive gun laws, Sher­lock (whose apart­ment is a museum of ugly wall­pa­per) is pack­ing heat, big time.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and cul­ture at Fausta’s blog.

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faustaby Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

Back when other middle school girls were reading Nancy Drew, I discovered Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes books and became a life-long fan.

They used to play Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes movies on TV when I lived in Puerto Rico, back in the days when TV sets had no remotes, so I watched those, too, even when Holmes (Basil) verbally abused Watson (played by Nigel Bruce) in the likes of:

Nigel: How did you solve that, Holmes?
Basil: It was elementary [snotty/condescending explanation follows]
Nigel: I see! Even a child could have solved it!
Basil (sneers): Not your child, Watson.

I’m a moderate, low-key, FaceBook-type fan; not one that joins Sherlock Holmes fan clubs (I did take a Holmes-themed walking tour of London years ago) or remembers much trivia, but a fan all the same. In addition to having read all the Conan Doyle books, over the years I’ve watched several Sherlock incarnations, including Michael Caine in an awful movie aptly named Without a Clue to Robert Downey Jr.’s martial arts Sherlock. The supreme, definitive, Sherlock is Jeremy Brett, who was able to develop his character over the years and whose Sherlock lived in nicely-appointed Eduardian lodgings.

So last night I thought I’d watch CBS’s Elementary. Its Sherlock lives in modern squalor (inexplicably he has a $10,000 Viking range but his walls need paint), the plot didn’t exactly grab me, and my room needed tidying up so I watched while doing light housework. The suspect responsible for some deadly Anthrax poisonings turned out to be some dude with “extreme radical leanings. . . They hate the government, including the NYPD, but they’re big fans of violence and the Second Amendment.”

Now, in my ripe old age I know propaganda when I see it: A love of violence is equal to a love for one article of the Bill of Rights, because guns. It was 15 minutes or so into the show, and in my ripe old age I don’t waste time turning off the TV, either.

Bye-bye, Elementary.

Over the pond, where they have very restrictive gun laws, Sherlock (whose apartment is a museum of ugly wallpaper) is packing heat, big time.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.

 

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It’s Friday and we’ve still 11 $25 tip jar hits from this weeks goal.

We don’t have the offices of an Ezra Klein or investors willing to pay millions to give the White House line.

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