August 2012

Category:Sci-Fi

Watch All Five Installments of Doctor Who’s “Pond Life” Web Series

Leading up to the Series 7 premiere of Doctor Who tomorrow night, the BBC has been running a daily webisode series this week featuring Matt Smith,  Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill called Pond Life that documents the lives of the Doctor, Amy and Rory during a gap in which they aren’t all in the TARDIS together. (Translation: It's a tiny little prequel to Series 7.)

Per the official Doctor Who blog, Pond Life is the new mini-adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces. It picks up the story of the Ponds and follows their lives, culminating in a cliff-hanger that leads us into Asylum of the Daleks. The clips are all pretty brief – each clocks in somewhere around a minute in length, but despite that, they’re still really awesome. I’m not usually a fan of webisodes or web series like this, but I have to give the Who team credit, these actually really work.  

Click through to take a look at Pond Life  in its entirety for yourself and let’s talk about it!

Category:Comedy

New Trailer for Red Dwarf X and a UK Airdate!

Big news for those that love great comedy: a new teaser for the upcoming tenth series of Red Dwarf has made its way online – and we finally have launch date for the new episodes too.  The sci-fi favorite will officially be back starting October 4! UK network Dave announced the series’ official premiere date this week, using a…quite innovative social media promotion involving a helium balloon with a curry and a can of lager attached to it being launched into space. (Seriously. I’m not making that up. You can actually watch video of it on the Dave website.)

The tenth series will feature the first new episodes of Red Dwarf on TV since the Back to Earth mini-series in 2009. And if you don’t count that – technically it’s not a full series after all – the sci-fi comedy’s been off the air since 1993! (And here I thought Sherlock fans had it bad with the waiting…..)

Click through to take a peek at the new teaser for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments. Are you excited for the return of Lister, Kryten and company? Or do you think the show’s run its course?

Benedict Cumberbatch Sets the Record Straight About His Downton Abbey Comments

I was actually torn about writing about this little online brouhaha at all, given that I think it’s kind of incredibly silly and mostly pointless, but since I know that many of you are fans of everyone and everything involved in this, it seemed worthwhile. And also it’s just really bizarre, even if I am Team Benedict in almost every general circumstance.

So, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been making the press rounds the past week or so, ostensibly to promote his new BBC Two period drama Parade’s End, which also happens to be an Edwardian World War I series that’s not incredibly unlike another massive costumed hit that airs on a competing network. 

This has led to an unexpected bit of a mess all over the British papers, thanks to an interview Cumberbatch gave (believe it or not) to Reader’s Digest magazine, of all places. This, in turn, immediately followed another bit of a Cumberbatch kerfuffle over an interview quote in which the actor complained he felt overly typecast because of his presumed “posh” background. Oh, Benedict. Just taking it on the chin this month, dearie.

Anyway, in this Reader’s Digest interview – which honestly I cannot believe we are about to seriously discuss something scandalous happening in Reader’s Digest, what year is this – while discussing Parade’s End, Cumberbatch allegedly had some harsh words for the second series of mega-hit Downton Abbey. “We’re living in a culture now that’s revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s,” Cumberbatch is quoted as saying. “Although Downton traded a lot on the sentiment in the last series…but we won’t talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f---g atrocious.” Cumberbatch then goes on to insist that Parade’s End is “more sophisticated” and “more unusual,” claiming that “you rarely see a piece about this class of people that’s this accurate, funny and pointed.”

Cue the internet firestorm. Obviously, Downton Abbey has a huge fanbase, and folks who love the show were pretty justifiably ticked off. I get that – it’s hard to see criticism about anything you love, particularly when it seems to come out of the blue like this and from someone who is probably involved with something else you love, too (Sherlock).  And, somehow, things just got even weirder from there. Click through to see the Twitter wars, read my thoughts on the whole mess and watch Cumberbatch's response on BBC's The One Show.

Category:Drama

Another New Downton Abbey Clip Arrives: Watch the Dowager and Martha Face Off

It seems pretty clear that while everyone ever is eagerly (rabidly? fanatically? intensely?) anticipating the return of Downton Abbey, what we all most want to see in Series 3 is Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess throw down with newcomer Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine.  As Cora’s American mother, Martha will obviously be bringing a new sensibility into the stoic English estate, and seems certain to clash quite frequently with the more traditionalist Violet.

Luckily, we can get another taste of what's in store for us in Series 3 now - Masterpiece has released another new clip from the new season, and it's basically made to satisfy our need to see as much of Dame Maggie vs. Shirley as we can possibly get.

Click through for another sneak peek at the new season for yourself and let us hear your thoughts in the comments. Just 133 days to go! (Sigh.  Yet another reason I wish I lived in the UK!)

 

Britwatch: Torchwood’s John Barrowman Joins the Cast of the CW’s Arrow

Shame on me for not sharing this particular bit of news last week! The one and only John Barrowman – most famous for playing the amazing Captain Jack Harkness on both Doctor Who and Torchwood – will be joining the cast of upcoming CW superhero drama Arrow.

While I am somewhat ashamed (alarmed?) to find myself encouraging others to watch programming on the CW (which, total hypocrite alert, because I do love some Supernatural), I’ve heard lots of good things about Arrow. I skipped this particular panel at Comic Con back in July, but my roommate went and raved about this show for two days afterward. So, that seems promising, at least.

Arrow is an adaptation of DC Comics character Green Arrow, and apparently this particular version is supposed to be short on camp and heavy on actual seriousness and drama. Barrowman has signed on for a recurring guest role in the freshman drama’s first season, and, per Entertainment Weekly, producers are keeping pretty mum about who is character is supposed to be. Word on the street is that Barrowman will play a “well dressed,” “mysterious” and “wealthy” man who is “an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.” I know next to nothing about Green Arrow, as apparently I am more of a Marvel girl these days, but that description certainly screams villain to me. Anyone with more knowledge of this universe care to take a guess?

Truthfully, I would be more excited if this news were that Torchwood were coming back for another season (and that Miracle Day had somehow never existed because it was terrible), it’s still great to see Barrowman getting more work in the US because he’s fantastic and deserves to be a big star here.  So, here’s hoping “recurring” becomes “regular” pretty quickly.

Category:General

The Friday News Roundup: Saturday Afternoon Edition

Happy Saturday, Telly Visions readers! The News Roundup is coming to you on a special day of the week – not for any special reason other than all the online speculation and chatter over yesterday’s Sherlock news basically ate my brain. (And also this whole ongoing squabble between Benedict Cumberbatch and the British press about what he may or may not have said about Downton Abbey, which has been endlessly, pointlessly dramatic. There might be post about this later, just FYI.)

Anyway, it’s a pretty overcast Saturday afternoon here in the DC area (very British actually), so what better time to sit down with a cup of tea and dig your way through the highlights from around the world of TV and entertainment news. Click through for bits and bobs on Doctor Who, New Tricks, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Foyle’s War, Blake’s 7, Parade’s End and more!

Category:Drama

Three Word Tease for Sherlock Series 3 Revealed: What Does It Mean?

Last year, prior to the start of Sherlock Series 2 filming, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss announced  that the “three words” associated with the three episodes of the new season were Woman, Hound, and Fall. From this, we could all immediately extrapolate that the three stories they’d be tackling in the new episodes in some way involved A Scandal in Bohemia, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Final Problem. Pretty straightforward, right?

Well, during the Edinburgh TV Festival’s Sherlock Master Class, Moffat and Gatiss revealed the three words associated with upcoming third series of the show, and I think it’s safe to say that this time around, things are a bit less clear. This time around our official confirmed clues are RAT, WEDDING, and BOW. It’s important to stress that these aren’t episode titles, but more general teases about what we’re likely to see in Series 3. To which I say, seriously, guys, cryptic much?

Click through for some thoughts and theories about what these words might mean for Series 3 storylines, and then let's see what we can deduce about them together!

Category:Drama

Preview Martin Clunes’ New Project: ITV’s “A Mother’s Son”

ITV has released the first teaser for upcoming drama A Mother’s Son. The two part effort stars MI-5’s Hermione Norris, Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes and Doctor Who’s Paul McGann.

Norris plays Rosie Haleton, a mother who comes to suspect that her son Jamie may be involved in a murder after a young girl is found dead in their small community. Rosie is tormented by the thought that her son may be guilty, and wrestles with the question of whether to tell the police about her suspicions. Clunes plays her new husband Ben, and McGann her ex David, and everyone’s relationships grow increasingly strained as Rosie’s suspicions grow and evidence stacks up. Did Jamie commit this terrible crime? It’s impossible to make a solid guess based on what we’re given in the press release, but this certainly sounds like a solid psychological drama to me. (I love watching people freak themselves out by going round and round about some central uncertainty. I think I may be strange.)

Click through and take a look at the teaser for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments. Is this the sort of thing you'd like to see more of from Clunes in the future?

Category:Sci-Fi

Doctor Who Series 7 Premiere Announced - Celebrate with Two New Trailers & Other Whovian Goodies!

We’re ever so close to the premiere of Doctor Who Series 7 –  it was officially announced this morning that the sci-fi hit will return September 1 on both the BBC and BBC America. (Huzzah for same day and date broadcasting!)

Consequently, lots has been happening in the world of Who the past week or so, including the arrival of two brand new trailers, a screening of Series 7 premiere Asylum of the Daleks in London, the release of a bunch of new promotional images and the announcement of the first five episode titles.

Click through for a roundup of all the latest in Whovian goodness – and get started on those countdown calendars now!

Category:Drama

First Look: BBC’s The Paradise vs. ITV’s Mr. Selfridge

The BBC and ITV look set to recreate their 2010 on-air period drama battle between Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, only this time the setting is posh department stores instead of Edwardian drawing rooms. BBC One has released their first promo for an upcoming drama called The Paradise, which ostensibly looks to be an answer to ITV’s Mr. Selfridge, the ten-part series focused on the life of the American founder of Selfridges that’s set to air next year.

Click through to see first look trailers for both The Paradise and Mr. Selfridge – and let the department store wars begin!

Category:Drama

Everyone Get Excited: Here Are Two New Teasers for Downton Abbey Series 3

Finally! UK network ITV has released two new teaser clips for the highly-anticipated third series of Downton Abbey! Both are excellent and both – naturally – feature Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess of Grantham being her trademark acerbic/utterly fabulous self.

While both snippets clock in at about twenty seconds long, for those of us who are feverishly counting the days until the Crawleys return to our television screens, they’re basically like water in the desert. And, yes, it’s a chance to get your first look at Smith’s Lady Violet facing off with newcomer Shirley MacLaine’s Martha Levinson. So, click through and watch for yourself!

Category:General

The Friday News Roundup: Now That The Olympics Are Over Edition

Happy Friday, Telly Visions readers! Welcome back to the Friday News Roundup – we took last week off from this feature, because, let’s face it, there were approximately six things happening that weren’t the London Olympics. But, now that the Games are done, and we’ve all suddenly got a lot more time on our hands, let’s dig through some of the latest bits of information from around the world of British TV and entertainment.

Click through for plenty of interesting bits and bobs on Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Parade's End, Merlin, Elementary, Being Human, Sherlock, Luther, Accused and lots more!

Category:Movies

There and Back Again: Round Up the Latest on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

The other title of this post was basically, guys, I’ve seen twelve minutes of The Hobbit now, so please indulge my need to flail a little bit about this movie and hopefully it will also be relevant to some of your interests?

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit is one of the most highly anticipated movie franchises of the next few years. The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will premiere on December 14, 2012 (coincidence that it’s my birthday? I think not!) with the second installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, slated to hit theaters a year later, and the recently announced third film coming…well, sometime after that.  I also wouldn’t count on that There and Back Again part of the second film’s title sticking for much longer now that we’re dealing with a trilogy either. (Sigh – I liked it!)

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel of the same name, the film stars Sherlock’s Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins alongside the great Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Robin Hood’s Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Being Human’s Aidan Turner as Kili the dwarf, and Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of Smaug the dragon. Many cast members from Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy are also returning including Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee and Elijah Wood.

While The Hobbit now-trilogy isn’t strictly British entertainment, I figure with its British author, largely British cast, and the tremendous amount of crossover going on between this film and British shows we all love, it mostly counts. (Also, as you will be able to discern for yourselves momentarily, I’m kind of a big fan.) So, what’s the latest on all things Middle-Earth? What can we blame the fact that Sherlock Series 3 filming got pushed back on? And what’s up with this whole trilogy thing? Click through for a roundup on all things Hobbit-related and let’s talk about it after.

Category:Online

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Meets The Hunger Games

The Doctor Who fandom is no stranger to fan-made YouTube videos – there are recaps and trailers and odes to favorite characters and romantic pairings, set to virtually every kind of sappy pop song in existence. Yet, still, despite the veritable flood of all manner of Whovian videos online, there still manage to be a few that are just the tiniest bit more awesome than the rest.

This particular Amazing Internet Thing imagines Doctor Who done in the style of popular teen series The Hunger Games, featuring several different Doctors as well as some other familiar faces about to face off in the in the Capitol for a fight to the death.

The clip is wonderfully put together; in fact, it’s so well done you could easily see this as the trailer for an actual episode. And in fact, other than the majority of the characters having to kill each other problem – which surely Steven Moffat could figure out a way to get around – it would probably be the best premise ever for the 50th anniversary. So click through and take a look for yourself!

Category:Drama

Get Your First Look at Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade’s End

The first trailer for BBC Two’s sumptuous-looking costume drama Parade’s End starring Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and The Town’s Rebecca Hall has been released. Finally. The whole idea of Cumberbatch + period drama + romantic angst is basically my personal kryptonite, so I’ve pretty much been refreshing my Google feeds daily for any information about this upcoming series. And in my obviously quite biased opinion, this looks fantastic. Lush and romantic and full of class issues, all the sorts of things that those of us who love costume drama tend to crave.

The five-part miniseries is written by no less than Sir Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia) and is based on a series of four novels by Ford Madox Ford. Parade’s End will follow the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch) and his wife Sylvia (Hall) from the last years of the Edwardian era through the end of the First World War.

Click through, take a look for yourself, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Category:Drama

It's Tiny, But BBC One's Promo for Ripper Street Still Packs a Lot of Atmosphere

The BBC used the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics last night to kick off their promotional campaign for upcoming period/crime drama Ripper Street, with what I assume must be one of the shortest teaser trailers in existence.

“As the sun sets on the Olympics, darkness rises,” intones an ominous sounding voiceover, as three men chase (presumably) a criminal through a shadowy alley. That’s literally it as far as new footage goes, but since Ripper Street is pretty high on my list of 2012 programs I’m excited about, I don’t mind so much. It’s all terribly atmospheric.

Created by Mistresses’ writer Richard Warlow and starring MI-5’s Matthew Macfadyen, Game of Thrones’ Jerome Flynn, The Twilight Saga’s Myanna Buring and Luther’s David Dawson, this eight-part period drama will attempt to make the oft-depicted Jack the Ripper murders interesting again by focusing on the aftermath of the famous crimes instead of identity of the murderer. Ripper Street will dramatize the life of London’s H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the Whitechapel neighborhood in the days following the Ripper killings.

Click through and take a look. There’s certainly not enough (any?) actual footage to make any sort of judgment about the series, but if this sort of thing is your cup of tea, it’s enough to get you excited for more.

Category:Drama

New Trailer for CBS’ Sherlock Holmes Adaptation Elementary

CBS has released a new trailer for their upcoming Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary. This one is very heavy on the Jonny Lee Miller version of Holmes being sort of quirky and strange stuff, but at least seems to have backed off the Holmes/Watson vaguely relationship-oriented tension thing, which is nice.

Is it weird that it bugs me so much that Joan apparently doesn’t get a first name in this trailer? She’s just “WATSON”.  So bizarre. That’s a kind of strange tick throughout the pilot actually – they’re forever calling her Watson, which I suppose is some kind of nod to the canon, but I am having a hard time imagining a woman who enjoys being addressed like that.

Click through and take a look for yourself - Elementary premieres Thursday, September 27. It will be so interesting to see what everyone else thinks of it.

Category:Drama

Preview the BBC’s New Spy Thriller “Hunted”

The BBC has released the first trailer for Hunted, a new contemporary spy thriller from the producers of MI-5 starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Melissa George.  The eight-part series features George as Sam Hunter, an elite operative for a private intelligence company who is trying to untangle the aftermath of an attempt on her life. Of course, the catch is that it might be her own team that’s trying to kill her, and she returns to her firm not knowing who she can trust. Dun dun dun!

George, already a veteran of spy dramas thanks to her turn on ABC’s Alias, seems much more interesting and likeable in this brief clip than she did during most of her run as Sydney’s nemesis Lauren. (Sidebar: I actually like George a lot as an actress, but I will never forgive that Alias subplot.) 

Click through and take a look for yourself!

Category:Online

Amazing Internet Things: James Bond: Friendship is Magic? Sort of.

So, did you all know that My Little Pony is a thing again? Embarrassing personal confession time: growing up this was totally my favorite cartoon; yet, somehow I only realized that ponies are popular again very recently. The animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic kicked off in 2010, but it wasn’t until I went to Comic Con and experienced the phenomenon of “bronies” firsthand (yes, that’s a real thing) that I had any inkling about how big a deal these little animals have become.

What does this have to do with British anything, you may ask? Well, as far as I’m aware, there isn’t a tiny  Union Jack pony on the show yet (though there should be!), but this pony-themed mash-up video is far and away one of the most creative things I've seen on the internet in the past couple of weeks, thanks to Anglophenia.  

The full trailer for upcoming James Bond film Skyfall – or James Bond 23, if you’re counting – was recently released, and a very enterprising YouTube fan has already managed to create a ponified version of Bond called Skydash using Friendship is Magic footage.

Click through to check out Skydash for yourself, and compare it to the actual Bond trailer. You’re probably going to be surprised by the fact that it’s actually kind of awesome. This should not work at all, and yet, it totally does.

Category:Drama

I, Claudius: Coming To WETA UK in September!

Exciting news about a bit of upcoming programming on WETA UK – I, Claudius, one of the most popular British mini-series of all time, will premiere on our all-British sub-channel channel starting September 1st.

For those of you who don’t know, I, Claudius is a thirteen-part series produced by the BBC in 1976 and it’s still one of the network’s most successful efforts. The drama stars Sir Derek Jacobi as Claudius and features a supporting cast that is stuffed full of awesome talent, including Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Patrick Stewart, George Baker, Margaret Tyzack, John Rhys-Davies and more.

Narrated by an elderly Claudius, the story follows the history of Rome from the death of Marcellus, nephew and son-in-law of Emperor Augustus, in the first episode, to Claudius’ own death in its last. (This is somewhere around from 24 BC or so to 54 A.D in Roman history. Ish.) The plot focuses on Augustus’ attempts to find an heir, the machinations of his wife Livia who wants to elevate her own son Tiberius, and what turns out to be several decades’ worth of plotting and double-dealing that culminates with Cladius’s own unlikely rise to power.

If you’ve never seen it before, I, Claudius is so well worth a look! WETA UK will be airing all thirteen parts in two separate blocks – we’ll be running four episodes at a time on Saturday nights starting September 1st. If you would prefer to see your Roman intrigue at a slightly more stately pace, we’ll also be running the whole thing on Mondays, one episode at a time (i.e. Episode 1 will air Monday, September 3 and continue on from there). Pick whichever airing schedule works best for you and mark your calendars now.

Thoughts? Have you always meant to try this classic out? Or are you looking forward to seeing the series again? Let us know!

Category:Drama

David Tennant Talks Upcoming Drama The Spies of Warsaw

During last week’s Television Critics Association Press Tour, former Doctor Who star David Tennant was on hand to get the promotional wheels started for his new upcoming spy drama, a BBC/BBC America co-production called The Spies of Warsaw. Based on the Alan Furst novel of the same name, Tennant will be starring opposite a stellar ensemble cast that includes Torchwood’s Burn Gorman, The Hour’s Anton Lesser and White Heat’s Richard Lintern.

Tennant took the time to appear on G4’s Attack of the Show, where he was most adorable, used his real accent and talked a bit about both his latest project and his time on Doctor Who.  Oh, and there’s also dancing. It’s definitely worth a watch. Click through and take a look for yourself!

Category:Drama

Watch Three New Masterpiece Trailers for Wallander Series 3!

Sir Kenneth Branagh is back on Masterpiece Mystery next month in the highly anticipated third series of Wallander. Based on the character created by best-selling novelist Henning Mankell , the soul-searching Swedish cop Kurt Wallander returns for three new feature-length cases, starting Sunday, September 9.

Branagh, who has been nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in this role, will be once again joined by Sarah Smart (Wuthering Heights) as detective Anne-Britt Hoglund and Jeany Spark (Tess of d’Ubervilles) as Wallander’s daughter Linda. Prime Suspect’s Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is also slated to guest star. 

In the new episodes, Wallander’s hard-won and fragile new hope is put to the test when the most brutal of crimes – and his own demons – are unearthed.  Click through for a look at three just-released previews – one for each of the new Wallander episodes. The new mysteries are titled An Event in Autumn, The Dogs of Riga and Before the Frost.  

They look pretty good! Click through to get your first taste of Wallander Series 3 for yourself.

Category:Sci-Fi

Get a First Look at Merlin Series 5

Fantasy drama Merlin returns for a fifth series this autumn and the BBC has released the first trailer for the upcoming episodes, which features lots of sword fights, dragons, BFF moments and, of course, lots of magic. It looks really, really good! Bonus: The trailer is set to a really awesome Muse song.

Click through to take a look at the first Series 5 promo for yourself, as well as get some details about the direction of the new season.

Category:General

The Friday News Roundup: How is it August Already Edition

Happy Friday, Telly Visions readers! Welcome to August (how???) and the official beginning of the end of summer. Obviously the big news of the day is the Summer Olympics currently going on in London, and how basically everyone in the world is going to be obsessed with them for at least the next week. So, you know, hopefully the News Roundup will at least provide something else for you to look at while you try to avoid seeing swimming spoilers for later tonight.

Click through for highlights from around the world of British entertainment, including Doctor Who, Parade’s End, Rev, Downton Abbey, Spies of Warsaw, The Hour, The Secret of Crickley Hall and more.

Category:Sci-Fi

The Countdown to Series 7 is On – New Doctor Who Trailer and Promotional Art!

The first trailer for the upcoming seventh series of Doctor Who hit the internet this morning and in a word, it's awesome. The show’s producers really weren’t kidding apparently, when they said this season would have a “blockbuster” feel – this clip could probably compete with most movie ads.

The first proper footage from Series 7 – outside of the clips they screened for fans at Comic Con -  is quite impressive, including everything from Daleks to dinosaurs to Weeping Angels to River Song to Detective Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock (sort of). No official date has been announced for Doctor Who’s return as yet, though most people online are speculating that the premiere will happen in late August. (Since BBC America has been screening Who the same day-and-date as BBC One, it’s likely this will hold true in the States, as well.)

Click through for a look at the new Doctor Who  trailer for yourselves, as well as the first bit of (really amazing) Series 7 promotional art.

Category:Drama

Want a First Look at the Elementary Pilot? Read on for an Early Review

CBS held a preview screening and cast Q&A with the stars and writers of their new modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Several thousand of us all got to watch the pilot together and then listen to folks behind the scenes talk about their new project.

Given that I have previously expressed more than a few varied and detailed issues with the fact that this CBS Holmes adaptation exists at all, you may be surprised by what I’m about to say here. Which is, basically, that Elementary – or the pilot at least – is not nearly as bad as I expected. In fact, it’s quite enjoyable.

The pilot isn’t perfect, and it seems apparent that this show will never hit anywhere close to the same level of quality as the BBC Sherlock that’s currently all the rage on both sides of the pond. That said, it’s very watchable, thanks in large part to the great cast. It’s enjoyable enough even that I’m going to give it a couple of episodes to see how it goes instead of just immediately writing it off.  (Trust me, I’m as surprised as any of you about this fact.)

Why? Click through for a more detailed read on my early thoughts on Elementary, as well as a few tidbits about the show’s direction that were let out of the bag during their Comic Con panel.

 

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