The fictional character Sherlock Holmes, invented by the British author Sir Conan Doyle around 1880, has had many incarnations in books, movies, radio plays, board & video games, comic strips, stage plays and TV series (wikipedia). I have been fascinated by the idea of Sherlock Holmes for decades. The detective stands for rational thinking and the human intellect. Holmes doesn´t depend on fists & guns, he prefers to work with his brain. Holmes solves the criminal puzzles by precisely analyzing the evidence and draws his conclusions by logical reasoning. I guess we all could learn a lot from him and use this smart behavior in most situations of our life.
I like the recent British series "Sherlock" which transported Holmes & Watson into the present. The show is smart, cool and hilarious and has a brilliant cinematography. The forthcoming CBS series also plays in the present and transforms the characters to New York, which gives the story a new angle.
I appreciate very much that the makers of "Elementary" choose Lucy Liu for the role of Dr. Watson (imdb). I have been admiring this fine actress a long time because she´s very cool, smart and sexy.
The choice of a woman who is the daughter of Chinese immigrants seems to me as a reference to the rising importance of China. Holmes is not just getting straight, he is getting multicultural too, in German we use for that the term "multikulti".