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I've been loving Elementary over the past few months, but couple their hints about Sherlock's past with this article and suddenly I have concerns:

The producers have yet to start writing for the actual character, but Doherty says they're already discussing what traits this Adler would need to be yin to Holmes' yang. "As we build our Irene and we get into more detail, obviously, she has to be fairly unique, in that someone like Sherlock found himself attracted to her," he says. (x)

There's a couple of things about this quote that rub me the wrong way, but it comes down to the fact that they seem to be creating Irene based on what would interest Sherlock instead of simply imagining what her character would be like in the universe that they've created. She doesn't need to be redesigned, she needs to be updated, and if they do it properly than Holmes will find her interesting just as he did in SCAN.
I feel like there's been a tendency in the last few adaptations to treat Adler more as a construct than as an actual character like Holmes and Watson. Where Conan Doyle highlighted her similarities with Holmes (their quick intelligence, skill at disguise, and love of music) modern writers have reworked her to stand in contrast. She's on the wrong side of the law, while he's on the right; she's a dominatrix, while he's a virgin, etc. Personally, I don't see them as opposites, attracting or not, I see them as two fascinating people with interests in common and lives apart. I've written about this before, but a large part of my love for SCAN is based on the structure of Irene's involvement with Sherlock and it's irritating to see that constantly being rewritten in order to serve another purpose.

Of course I read something like this and get all grumpy and wonder if I'll end up dropping the show like I dropped Sherlock- and then the newest episode airs and my heart melts like a marshmallow in the microwave. I've built up a lot of affection for this show and its characters, and they'd have to do something pretty damned awful (and ongoing) to get me to quit.

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