TV Club: Elementary: “The Illustrious Client”

When people on the Internet write about Game of Thrones, they have to mark themselves: either they’re someone who has read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire or someone who hasn’t. We split our coverage of the show into “Experts” and “Newbies,” categories that build separate communities and maintain the purity of the experience for the unspoiled.

This doesn’t happen with every television adaptation: in the case of The Walking Dead, for example, the story has veered so far from the comics that direct spoilers are unlikely. There are also cases like Elementary, however, where primarily considering it an adaptation is misleading. Rather than adapting the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and Watson for television—which is arguably the task being undertaken by that other Sherlock Holmes showElementary has recast the characters as twenty-first century television detectives, the pre-existing …

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