Hello and welcome to In Too Deep, where I over-analyse a certain section of pop culture.
A few nights ago my friend sent me this picture: http://mutley2.tumblr.com/post/19825126696/reapersun-american-sherlock-it-could-be For those not clicking on the link, it’s Sherlock Holmes as an American hill-billy. Which got me thinking: what would these stories be about? Would they have been better? And would they be closer to the source material than the American version that turns Watson into a woman?
A Study In Red: John Watson leaves the big city for Small Town USA, where he meets the brilliant Sher’ock Homes and the Sheriff Lestrade. However there has been a murder in the old barn with the strange foreign word ‘revenge’ written on the wall. It’s like it’s in some strange language. But Sher’ock managed to prove that it was the tractor driver that did it, arresting him and going back to play his trusty banjo.
The Sign Of Fours: It’s here we learn of Homes crippling addiction to tobacco, which he spits like a champion. Treasure has been stolen and it’s up to Homes to figure out who did it, culminating in a climatic hovercraft chase across the swamp before finally managing to catch the rascally criminals.
The Dog Of The Baskerville: Actually this one would sort of work in this setting. Replaced the posh British gentlemen with posh farm owners and you’ve pretty much got the same story. Sure Sher’ock has to live out in the middle of the quicksand swamp like the original, but that’s pretty much it really.
The Gully Of Fear: Standard murder mystery really, as Sher’ock tries to find the man that killed another man with the ‘best cow milker of the year’ award. Turns out the man did it because he was part of the Stonecutters and wanted his revenge on them.
Now that we’ve gotten the four novels out of the way, I suppose we should look at the more famous short stories. That is to say, the short stories I can really milk this joke out with.
A Scandal In The Barn: The only canon entry of the woman that bested old Sher’ock Homes, Irene Adler. In this reinterpretation she’s the daughter of a rich Texan who’s come to steal the deed to the farm, after having hidden the deed behind a false panel in the barn’s wall. Sher’ock forever remembers her as the woman that managed to outsmart him.
The Adventure of the Greek Translator: If my memory serves me correctly, this is the first appearance of Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older smarter brother that pretty much runs the country. That and he’s the laziest man in the world, which is why I like him so much (since I too have been called Brilliant, But Lazy a few times in my life). So in this story Mike Ross Homes loses some valuable information and tasks his brother to get it back. While the story isn’t that interesting, a more refined country bumpkin sitting in the White House is.
The Final Problem: Yes it’s the infamous story where Sher’ock Homes fights against his dreaded opposition, the even more rural Jim Moriarty. This evil man has many evil plans, all revolving around the farm in some way or another. Eventually the two of them get into a fight and tumble over the edge of the barn (yes I know it’s not a waterfall, but you come up with a farming equivalent) to their supposed deaths, only to find out that Sher’ock had been hanging onto the gutters the entire time.
So there you have it. A look at what the country bumpkin version of Sherlock would do in the originals place. If you disagree with anything, or have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment. Till next time.