Being raised in a family of private eyes named ‘Holmes’, I was bred to consume and critique the plethoric flow of Sherlock Holmes imitations as they careened by. The truest incarnation of the Great Detective is, without peer, Jeremy Brett. All others are just fun. Jonny Lee Miller fits this bill in spades. In the CBS crime drama “Elementary” he plays Sherlock Holmes, a recovering addict whose one-time sober companion, Joan Watson (played well by Lucy Liu, fluidly filling the once-male role) assists and chronicles his cases. Of all of the humdrum procedural crime dramas on television, I’ve found myself drawn to the CBS show “Elementary”. What may have begun as a familial obligation grew to an appreciation of the creators’ ability to tug at threads not yet before explored without losing any of the elements of the manically dependent genius we all know and respect.
After returning home from a short trip to Phoenix, Wifey and I sat and queued up the latest episode of “Elementary”. In Season 3, Episode 10, entitled “Seed Money” Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a bioengineer who worked for a drug cartel. Initially, the investigation revealed that he was engineering marijuana strains for a large profit. At the moment, the motive seemed to be that Mr. Scientist decided to leave his life of crime and he was offed by his employers. Then, the hyper-aware Holmes observed a rare orchid in the scientist’s lab. Turns out it’s not only stolen, but the rarest flower in the world, valued at $250,000. As they explore his online activities, they find that he had sold this flower to an online auction bidder. Since the item was still sitting on his desk, Holmes and Watson acted on the suspicion that Mr. Scientist had ripped someone off and was murdered as a result. Turns out [SPOILER] this guy was such an amazing genetic engineer that he figured out how to counterfeit the rarest flower in the world. The rest of the story involved an evil corporation and the wrath of a woman scorned. Believe me, I know. A woman scorned trumps an evil corporation every time. No exceptions. All in all, a fun yarn for a Thursday night.
As innovation progresses, fiction writers explore the possibilities of counterfeiting the less-than-conventional sides of the intellectual property world. As we move forward in this unbelievable journey we call life we will continue to see creation and innovation dominate so many areas not previously explored. Decades ago, intellectual property meant logos, words, processes and secrets. Now we are seeing that the possibilities are endless. I pinch myself some days because I am amazed to be witness to what our fathers and grandfathers would never have dreamed of. And those who did dream of it called it science fiction. Here’s to an unpredictable, exciting and volatile future.
Now, I’m going to drink my coffee.