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October 26, 2010


Bourgeois Nerd

A twenty-first century Poirot? Now THERE'S something to ponder! I wonder if one could even do it; he seems to me such a creature of interwar Europe that I don't know if you could translate him to the modern day. And good Lord, can you even imagine MISS MARPLE in the modern day?

I don't know if you've seen Jekyll at all (another Victorian adaptation by Steven Moffat). I think Holmes, and especially A Study in Pink, brings over in another format one of the main clues of Jekyll: the book is a trap, a misdirection. I think that Moffat and Gatiss also want to emphasize how "not" like the book the show is supposed to be; I found the misdirection of the american in the taxi quite telling in that regard.

But I like your analysis of the inversion, it makes a lot of sense. And I hadn't seen the reception history embedded in it; however I will definitely watch out for it when I watch it again.


As with the RDjr version, if this had been another person, not Sherlock, I'd have enjoyed it more. What I mean is, if this were a 21st-century detective with Sherlockian genius rather than a 21st-century Sherlock, viewers wouldn't have a certain set of expectations about the character, the settings and the relationships.

Study in Pink didn't excite me, but I'll give this one more chance before deciding whether or not to watch further.

Mr Punch

"Postmodern bruising"? Excellent.
I liked the show's approach - much better than the movie.

Hercule Poirot is basically the same sort of caricature as Charlie Chan; a 21st-century version would have to be played by a Belgian actor, presumably Jean-Claude Van Damme. Not gonna work.

Sir Orang-Outang

"a 21st-century detective with Sherlockian genius rather than a 21st-century Sherlock"

You might like The Zero EFfect with Bill Pullman. It missed 21st century by a few years but otherwise fits very well. Zero is antisocial and autistic, so he is dependent on the Watson character for all practicalities- like filling income tax forms.


Thanks for introducing this creative reproduction of the famous Sherlock Holmes story! Looking forward to viewing it :)

Ray Girvan

Bourgeois Nerd: "A twenty-first century Poirot? Now THERE'S something to ponder!"

They did ( ) - Alfred Molina on the Orient Express, with satellite comms. If I recall correctly, it was one of the first productions licensed by Chorion after they bought up the Agatha Christie rights and were trying to rebadge Christie for a modern market.

Mary Lanser

I LOVE the "lights off" comment!! Fell out of my chair laughing.


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