The cast of BBC’s Sherlock in a Holmes adaptation set in ACD Canon Era
Oh my god in the commentary for ASIB Mark Gatiss mentioned that the one canon continuity problem they haven’t addressed is the fact that Moriarty and his brother have the same first name. But that they’re “thinking of” addressing it.
Fdlfakhafkda yes please.
Okay listen, everyone needs to calm down about the American/CBS Sherlock Holmes adaptation.
Am I expecting to like it? No.
Do I think it will be any good? Not really, but I haven’t seen it so I can’t say for sure.
I can say with confidence that it won’t be as good as BBC’s Sherlock, but that’s just because, as far as I’m concerned, no TV show has ever been as good as BBC Sherlock. And yes, I mean ever.
MY POINT IS, however, that people need to stop freaking out and saying that CBS is stealing the idea from Moffat and Gatiss because, um, no. Maybe they were inspired by it, sure. But they did not by any means “steal the idea.”
First of all, Sherlock Holmes has been around since… what, 1887? The original stories were set in contemporary times. So, the idea of doing a “modern Sherlock Holmes”? That was Arthur Conan Doyle’s idea.
"But Sarah, all the other adaptations before Sherlock were set in the time period the original books were set in, Moffat and Gatiss were the first ones to adapt it into modern times."
Wrong again. Moffat and Gatiss have actually cited (I believe in a commentary, or maybe a making of video, I honestly can’t remember) that they were inspired by the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films that were set in contemporary times. So, CBS is not stealing from Moffat and Gatiss any more than Moffat and Gatiss are stealing from Universal Pictures.
So sit down, and shut up. I’m not asking you to like it. Once the show airs, I invite you to go ahead and pick it apart and point out all the little things that are wrong with it, as I’m sure there will be numerous problems. But don’t be so ignorant as to suggest that Moffat and Gatiss have some god-given right to modernizing Sherlock Holmes.
And remember - Sherlock Holmes has probably been adapted more than any other literary character. You do not own Sherlock Holmes. This fandom does not own Sherlock Holmes. This will not be the first shitty (or mediocre, or just okay) Sherlock Holmes adaptation, nor will it be the last. So if you don’t like it… just leave it. It’s not worth the time and effort you will expend getting upset about it. If you like it, great! Fantastic! Go on liking it, and don’t worry that you’re betraying Mofftiss or something. If you hate it, don’t freak out or run to tumblr to shit on other people’s joy. Just relax and pop in your Sherlock DVDs and all will be right with the world.