As I was watching the premiere episode of the new Sherlock Holmes show “Elementary” there was something tingling in the back of my head that seemed a bit familiar. Then it dawned on me. Sherlock was using the same deduction perceptions to solve the cases that Shawn uses on “Psych.” Or is it the other way around?
Sherlock Holmes versus Shawn Spencer (Jonny Lee Miller & James Roday)
In “Elementary, “Sherlock uses his powers of deduction to read the clues left behind after a crime has been committed much like Shawn does on “Psych.” The difference being that on “Psych” the “clues” are highlighted (pointed out by a special camera technique) while Sherlock verbally tells how he came to his conclusions. Even though their ends games are similar, Sherlock and Shawn are two completely different characters. Sherlock likes to talk, and talk, and talk. And he talks so fast with that English accent it is hard to interpret what he is saying (for me anyway) which makes it hard to follow the storyline. Shawn is a laid back, comedic guy who gets his point across in his own unique way – by pretending to be a psychic when he is really using his powers of deduction that his dad taught him growing up.
Dr. Joan Watson versus Burton “Gus” Guster ( Lucy Liu & Dule Hill)
Every good detective needs a good sidekick to support him. Sherlock has his new “companion” Dr. Watson, while Shawn has his best friend, Gus. Watson was hired by Sherlock’s father to see him through a conversion period after coming off of drug rehab. In this version of the classic detective story, Watson is a female played by the infamous Lucy Liu. Watson quickly learns how Sherlock’s brain works and not-so-slowly begins to play off his lead and she soon finds herself assisting in his cases. Gus, who has been best friends with Shawn since childhood, is a partner in the “Psych” detective agency and thinks being a detective is intriguing but prefers to keep his day job as a pharmaceutical rep.
“Elementary” versus “Psych”
“Psych” is more of a comedy while “Elementary” is being played as a drama. If I had to choose one or the other, I would choose to watch “Psych” over “Elementary” any day mainly because I personally had a hard time following the dialog on “Elementary.” (And no, turning the TV up louder did not help the accent get any better. The problem was more the speed of talk than the accent. Maybe Jonny can work on that, but I doubt it because that’s how the character seems to work in this particular script.)
“Elementary” airs Thursdays at 10:00pm on CBS.
“Psych” is on the USA Network.
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