Sunday is “Elementary” with a two-hour event of the series starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson, who are about to go “All In” – just like John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) did three years ago on “Person of Interest”.
During the 2012-13 season, the sophomoric “POI” became the fastest-growing show on television: serving as the lead-in for the freshman “Elementary” on Thursday nights. On “POI”, Reese is an ex-international spy recruited by eccentric billionaire Finch, who created an artificial intelligence entity called the Machine that gives them point of origin of a person of interest who is either the victim or perpetrator of a violent crime. “Elementary” is a modern tale of Holmes and Watson as consulting detectives for the New York Police Department.
Now, both shows have become “Prime Crime” for WGN America. Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson solve mysteries and fight crime by using deductive reasoning and analytical thinking. John Reese and Harold Finch, on the other hand, solve mysteries but prevent crime with the use of science, technology, and surveillance – as well as brains, brawn … and guns. Holmes has found an alluring partner in Watson, while Finch finds Reese alluring … as a partner and friend, which is indeed awkward because Finch has finally found alluring partners in Shaw (Sarah Shahi) and Root (Amy Acker).
Sherlock Holmes and John Reese are superheroes because neither one needs a mask to stop bad things from happening to good people who are considered irrelevant by the forces of law and government. Holmes precedes Batman as the world’s greatest detective (he IS Sherlock Holmes, after all), while Reese is Batman in the Suit (tall, handsome, brooding of a dark knight/urban vigilante). Both are the last call and last resort for people who are in trouble – including those who are in need of an equalizer. Holmes and Reese may act like the Lone Ranger, but they’re never alone. Finch and Watson may be their faithful and loyal companions, but they’re nobody’s sidekicks.
They may not be faster than a speeding bullet or have the ability to leap over tall buildings in a single bound like Metropolis’ Man of Steel Superman (with the exception of Reese, perhaps?), but Holmes/Watson and Reese/Finch are more powerful than a locomotive in their never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way.
Everybody deserves champions like Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson and John Reese & Harold Finch.
“Elementary” has already been renewed for a fifth season, as “Person of Interest” returns Tuesday, May 3 for its fifth and final season.