I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. I've read a bunch of the original stories, watched adaptations...there's so much out there based on this iconic investigator. But the question remains as to what my favorite adaptation is, and for that I'd have to say...Elementary.
WAIT. Don't run. Hear me out. (Also, I am in no way saying that we have to share this opinion and I realize that I am in the minority. It's totally fine. I really do enjoy Sherlock, but I like Elementary more.)
1. It's snappier.
It gets to the point better. While I do enjoy the little fandom things in Sherlock, it's easier to feel engaged watching Elementary. Maybe I do have a terrible attention span like most American teenagers, but I think the writing is just...tighter.
2. It allows more time for story arcs.
3. I like Sherlock himself better.
Sherlock is still the detective we all know and love, but the big difference here is that he changes and grows and learns from his mistakes. He's still blunt and straight-forward, but he learns that he can't always get away with that. He learns to be a nicer and more thoughtful person. Yes, it's a struggle and he doesn't stop being, well, Sherlock (which is a good thing), but character development.
4. Watson isn't a passive character.
Holmes trains Watson to be a private investigator and consultant and as the show progresses, she takes on cases by herself. She's smart and competent.
5. Even though Watson is a woman, she doesn't get turned into just a love interest.
What do you think? Which do you like better?