Minor spoilers to follow!
|Shanghai 2011: More sci-fi, less ancient Chinese secret|
Secondly, Sarah. She had 'token love interest' practically tattooed on her forehead, but when her man Watson was in danger, she didn't flee or cry - she picked up a bigass piece of metal and started whaling on his attackers. I was pleasantly surprised, and then I felt silly and maybe a little guilty. Moffat created this show, and he's not big on helpless females. Of course she kicked ass when ass kicking was required. I said my silent apologies to Mr. Moffat.
It turns out that faith was short-lived. Later on, Sarah gets into dire peril again... and sits there, trembling and crying, desperate for the men to save her. Wait, what? Where was the girl who'd busted out the crowbar not 20 minutes previous? She was tied to a chair with a crossbow trained on her, and the trigger mechanism was on a crude timer. Since the weapon was aimed at her head, all she had to do was throw her weight to the side and fall over. Horrible death avoided. Except no. She just sat there whimpering and weeping, occasionally looking pleadingly at the equally tied-up Watson while Sherlock fought a Chinese acrobat (lolwut?) and kept trying to untie her before the timer ran out. (For real? The great Sherlock Holmes, paragon of deductive reasoning, couldn't figure out to just knock her over and untie her later? I was hollering at the TV.)
If you want to update Sherlock Holmes, you have to update all the aspects of it. You can't just give him a mobile phone and a laptop and call it modern while leaving every other aspect back in the 1800s. Heck, the challenges of modern China are a hell of a lot scarier than acrobats and masks, frankly. More importantly you have to portray modern women consistently, Sarah can't be smart and brave one time, then a terrified wimp the next. If your story is set in 2011, you can't ask me to buy into the idea that a girl can't act to save herself - especially if you've shown her plunging into the fray of her own accord only a brief time before. Don't even get me started on the hapless Chinese girl.
So, tighten it up, people. It takes more to be a modern-day adaptation than a few gadgets and some slick production values. I'll be watching episode 3 tonight with my fingers crossed.
Note, you can watch all the episodes of Sherlock on Netflix.