Before the BBC/Hartswood Sherlock series, if someone had asked me, I probably would have argued that the Victorian period aspect of Sherlock Holmes was so important that something couldn’t really be Sherlock Holmes without it. Things like House M.D. and Monk were worthy derivatives, but hardly actual stabs at Sherlock Holmes.
Then, in 2010, Steven Moffat and his merry band of incredible actors, writers, and producers messed with my head by making something that is so extremely Holmesian in essence without being at all traditional in setting and period. Admittedly, I’m a convert, and so are scores of my Holmesian friends.
The question is, is it a one-off? Has the BBC successfully liberated Holmes from his time in a way that can be done again, perhaps repeatedly, or are Moffat and co. the only ones who can get away with it? (Here’s looking at you, CBS)
What do YOU think? Let me know in the comments.