Now I'm still yet to see any of Elementary apart from the pilot but I do recall that my viewpoint had its supporters from amongst the pro-Elementary camp. However, I am now starting to wonder whether the situation still applies.
|Keeping "a weather eye"|
As Mark Gatiss' Mycroft would say, "I've kept a weather eye" on sites that discuss Elementary and I have noticed that its critics have been slightly less harsh about it than they have been in days past. Whether this is because they feel it is improving or because they've just tired of kicking it is something I'm still trying to decide.
However, the critics (by which I mean the public rather than professional critics) are beginning to be less forgiving of Sherlock. Series three, with its pandering to fandom (episode one opening) and extra attention on the lives of its characters away from crime (The Sign of Three), has seen, in my opinion, a change in attitude. Some, once passionate, fans of the show were not shy to express their disappointment in the series and their worries for the future. This was presumably because they felt seriously let down. There was almost an unstated attitude of "I would expect this sort of thing from Elementary but not Sherlock" (and no that's not an opinion on my part).
I too found aspects to series three that I was not entirely happy about but not enough to start calling out for an undertaker to bury it. I hope series four steers more back towards the model of the first two with each episode being firmly about a case. It was, after all, the model that brought Doyle his success. The fact that it was a Victorian model does not make it unfit for purpose.
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