Obviously, you know and love the BBC television series, Sherlock. If you don’t, I don’t even know why you’re here. Go buy the series on DVD, steal it from a friend or fly to England and watch them film it live. I don’t really care, just watch it.
Obviously, Sherlock is about the famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. Instead of being set in medieval Pakistan or wherever the original book was set, this series is set in 21st century London. Sherlock solves crimes and insults people, Watson fetches his tea and gets insulted by people.
Knowing that a happy Adam is not a sustainable thing the universe has conspired to take my Sherlock joy and transform it into Holmsian rage. The US television network, CBS, has decided to do their own version. It will be set in New York and entitled ‘Elementary‘.
You know, from the famous quote “Elementary, my dear Watson.” The one that Holmes never said.
Ok America, enough is enough. You did it to The Office. You did it to Death at a Funeral. You’ve done it to countless other non-American things. Can’t you just leave enough alone? Why do you insist on putting an American spin on everything good in this world?
Are our accents too hard to understand? If an American hears the word ‘colour’ do they scrunch their faces up in confusion until its pronounced ‘color’? Are the networks afraid of what will happen if their audience discovers that other nations have film studios as well?
CBS, I think you should have given your audience a chance. You never know, they might find the English accent quaint and charming. Have faith in your people, somebody has to.