Elementary "A Landmark Story" Review: Come on, Irene!

Elementary S01E21: "A Landmark Story"

I barely endured another 100 percent Natalie Dormer-free episode of Elementary. The episode was great, don't get me wrong! Just every minute I expected to FINALLY see her and JLM talking sexily in British accents to each other about brainy stuff. Still, despite her absence, Irene infused this week's episode, which lent a ton of credence to the theory already espoused by several of you apt commenters that Irene Adler IS Moriarity. I know the producers assured us Irene Adler was dead, but remember when the Revenge showrunner swore up and down that Daniel was really killed in that show's Season 1 premiere? Sometimes Paleyfest is a NEST OF LIES. And pardon my conjecture, but perhaps the writers will justify their fibs by saying the "persona" of Irene Adler died when she took the reins of Crime Impresario Moriarty.

It would give some emotional heft to last night's reveal tonight that Moriarty has twice spared Sherlock’s life, particularly in that a heroin overdose intended for him was “canceled”  (something the assassin had never seen before.) If he was already heroin-overdosed, Irene Adler would've already been ‘dead’ (a.k.a. faked her death) by then. Also, as soon as the guy whose photo Sherlock pieced together started talking about Irene, he got popped. Just saying. What do I know? Precious little, actually.

The episode was not without heart, both figuratively and literally. I cannot believe we’re not allowed to show breasts on TV, but a shot of someone peeling away the flesh of a man’s chest to reveal his innards, like so much jam-smeared lunchmeat, is totes bien.

I winced like crazy. I know it’s all translucent red plastic formed by organ-shaped molds using a process not unlike Creepy Crawlers:

But it’s a bit much for me. 

And while Joan said “This is not a MOMENT between us!” as she gracefully carved a man open, there were a weird number of *moments* between the two this week. (I thought it was adorable that Watson was so annoyed by his incompetence during the illicit autopsy that she had to wrest the scalpel out of his hands and do it herself… let us never forget only one person in the room is a certified surgeon.)

While staking out killer bees in the park, Sherlock gave perhaps the most stirring admission of friendship in the series so far, using that intense whisper tone while Lucy Liu reacted like a deer caught in headlights, with Sherlock saying that Watson had been the thing that changed him and her being all, “That’s the nicest thing anyone’s said to me!” and then they silently chewed pierogies. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I do not want to see these two morph into a romantic pairing… but the criteria I use for whether or not they’ve crossed that line is, could I see Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law doing that same exchange? Absolutely. So perhaps they’re dripping a soupcon of romance onto our deducing duo to give things an edge, but certainly no more than male Sherlock-and-Watson pairings have exhibited, and they haven’t yet exceeded the platonic warmth of say, early Mulder and Scully.

I’m certainly hoping that if there is a contemporaneous Irene, she does not affect or complicate this relationship. It gets on my last nerve when a leading female character hates another major female character on sight, on principle, but I’ll save that rant for if it actually happens.

Who am I kidding, though, any interpersonal drama will be welcome if it breaks up the rather dry logistical run. While I did love Sherlock piecing together the photo of the man behind the train with his rapid-shutter SLR (that was so DOPE!)...

...and I appreciated the irony of Sherlock being the device that ultimately sent the killswitch/extortion message to Moran (who is AMAZING both as a character and an actor, I could listen to his soccer hooligan songs all day)...

...ultimately the plot got so technical that it started making me sort of stress. Maybe I was just in a mood for a little more theater and spectacle, and thus the precise tone of  the episode was lost on me, it is May and the trampy Wiccans across the street keep telling me it’s a restless time of year (STILL DOESN’T EXCUSE THE TECATE BOTTLES ON MY LAWN, RAVEN!). And credit where credit is due, the episode tried to liven things up by giving Sherlock his usual quota of wack experiments.

I’m starting to wonder if they write these quirky, colorful, TV-friendly “experiments” mad lib style: Sherlock puts [household item] on [surface in room] and [action word] it with [esoteric weapon]. 

As much as I tease, I wouldn’t mind seeing more of these, if only because they don’t involve exposing breastbones.

So! Do you feel cheated of Natalie Dormer today? Or is the suspense going to pay off in a big way?


QUESTIONS:

… Is Irene still alive?

… Who is Moriarty? (Irene mmmmmaybe?)

… Watson and Sherlock: better as a romance or a bromance?

… Moran: the best ever?

… WHERE IS MY DORMER?!?!

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This episode was really good. The show is not as pedestrian as it was during the first half of the season.

1. Alive. Btw thanks for ruining the casting (Though I shouldn't complain since I'm catching up so late and have started to kinda like the show now)
2. Not Irene.
3. How can the term 'bromance' be logical/applicable for a man and a woman! They are better as friends (and I wouldn't go into a fit of rage against the writers).
4. He was a great character.
5. Screw you again for the spoiler! (Jk. You're hilarious)
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Watson & Holmes may be the ultimate bromance of literature, but Joan & Sherlock certainly are the ulitmate Victorian romance of TV: A loving relationship that doesn't rely on sex to make the couple interesting.

They could spend an entire hour cleaning the kitchen and they are still more fun than any will they/won't they scenario. Kudos to the writers!
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Sherlock and Watson are a quintessential "bromance" in literature and film. I love that Lucy Lu is Watson, and I think she's doing a great job. But I also think that if their relationship slides into romance, it will be a great disservice to the story, to the fans and to Arthur Conan Doyle himself! (okay, hyperbole, but you get me.)
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I feel like making Irene be Moriarty is too 'simple'. We see already that Moriarty likes to hire geniuses to do his bidding. This 'accident/suicide' killer was brilliant an never would have been caught if it wasn't for Sherlock. So, i think that Irene saved Sherlock by agreeing to work for Moriarty and never seeing Sherlock again. This was probably a victory for Moriarty leaving Sherlock a junkie and without the love of his life. Now that Sherlock is recovering and on an upswing Moriarty's interest is piked again. Time for another round.
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1. Alive
2. Don't think so...on the positie it would give a different twist to sherlock mythology, but I don't know if I want her to be Moriarty.
3. Bromance, at least for the first two or three seasons hahaha
4. The best ever..sad to see him go
5. She is at game of thrones hahaha...giving more sadistic tips to Joffrey..
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Yes, Moran was truly wonderful. Sherlock Holmes is such a household name that I still cringe when they say that they are he. I just watched the great movie Time After Time for a book I'm writing and in it H.G. Wells tells the cops he is Sherlock Holmes because being George Wells would give him away - he thinks. But I can live with them being Sherlock and Watson as the show has steadily improved and I suppose my cringing will subside shortly. I really don't care what they do with Irene as long as they do something and I'm trusting them to get it right. My wife still insists on calling her Irini as that's how it was pronounced back then - she's a big fan, btw...
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Okay, I loved this episode. But RIP Sebastian Moran! You and your craziness will be missed. Maybe we can have a revenge plot by his sister. That would be awesome. Now for the review questions.

Is Irene still alive?

If she is, then she is Moriarty. There's just no other way it could work. That or she was using Sherlock on orders of Moriarty. Otherwise why fake her death and go off? So those are the only explanations I can think of if she is alive. (well the only ones that make sense) She's Moriarty, she's an accomplice or she's dead. (nods)

Who is Moriarty? (Irene mmmmmaybe?)

Could be Irene, but traditionally, Moriarty is male. But then again, traditionally Watson is a man, so there's no reason they can't make Irene Moriarty. Although I'd prefer not. It will just irritate me. I'd prefer (if Irene is alive, which I doubt because Natalie Dormer is busy working it on Game of Thrones Y'all) that Irene is an accomplice of Moriarty's with no feelings for Sherlock, and possibly using him in a grand scheme of Moriarty's to take Sherlock down. But of course Sherlock has to win, because I love him too much, so he needs to live it out. LOL!

Watson and Sherlock: better as a romance or a bromance?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Watson and Sherlock should remain strictly bromance. It would just ruin it all for me if they became romantically involved. If we have to have filler, I'd love to see an episode where Sherlock gets all over protective of Watson's love life Big Brother style. All "Break her heart and I'll break your legs" moments. That scene has just completely burned it's self on my brain and I almost have the urge to write a fanfic about it. I know I'm a freak. But as I was saying, platonic not romantic relationship.

Moran: the best ever?

Oh God! How dare they kill Moran. I loved him. He was just so epic. I miss him already. I was looking forward to more epic episodes of him and Sherlock having pow wows in prison. But the revelation that he has a sister is interesting. He was willing to die for her, so it'd be interesting to bring in Moran's sister to want to aid Sherlock in finding Moriarty to get revenge on behalf of her brother. Now that would be awesome. Some epic ass kicking football hooligan, British girl. I vote Gemma Arterton or Emily Browning doing British accents. But I will miss Moran so much, mainly because I wasn't even expecting him and he got to be my fave villain.

WHERE IS MY DORMER?!?!

On the Game of Thrones set? They will be filming series 4 soon, it's already confirmed to be coming back next year. (nods)
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One thing's for sure, this Sebastian Moran was better than the books. There, I said it. Elementary did a better Moran than Arthur Conan Doyle IMO.
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Hey Elementary is epic. I also have to agree with you, having read the books extensively as a child. But you can't blame Doyle really. I mean he wrote those books in... the Victorian times... I think (I so have to recheck that) so characters couldn't have the same sort of substance they might have now. I mean just mentioning a knicker draw in Victorian times was scandalous. LOL!
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Or could Irene be the sister that Moran saved by killing himself - just a thought here...
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If Irene would've been his sister, then Shelock would've never suspected Moran was Moriarty.

Their relationship started because Holmes believed Moran killed Irene and therefore he was Moriarty. He had no reasons to suspect Moran if he and Irene were siblings.
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A thought but I doubt it, because he would have mentioned it when talking to Sherlock. He wanted revenge on Moriarty for grassing him up, if Moriarty had killed his sister then he'd be after him right? He believes Irene is dead himself, so I doubt Irene could be Moran's sister.
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Great episode and it made me want to have an army of bee assassins for myself.
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if we do get to see Moriarty anytime soon and I'm assuming we may not i wanna see who they'll cast as one of the most iconic villains ever
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Bob Newhart...
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I think for now-early on in the series better a bromance but as the series and characters develop i may not be against a romance but i hope it's way down the line -i hope this show gets many more seasons
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I loved your review as usual but next time please don't make plural out of "pierogi" since it already is.
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in your opening paragraph you compare elementary with a soap and as we all know soaps do nothing better than rewrite every whatever they need to suit their purpose.

Solid performances this episode, I was totally transfixed the entire time.

did sherlock not previously make any sort of mention of knowing irene was dead for certain, like finding her or anything? yeah I guess I can't think of it given she's really barely been mentioned at all.

no Idea who moriarty is really, irene seems as good a guess as any given she's the only character we've been told of who hasn't appeared. I miss moran though.

bromance for sure. and this is one area where the writers better stick to their word.

moran absolutely was the best ever. I'm glad this show gave vinnie a good role to help counteract some of the lower budget movies he's been doing of late.

hell with JLM I couldn't help but think about the fact that the two of them had been in some of my favorite british films lock, stock &TSB, snatch and trainspotting, it's better than british royalty in my mind.

meh @ dormer. I only know her from GOT where granted the competition is tough but she is far from the most compelling. I guess I could see her as irene easily enough and perhaaaaaps mortiarty, but I dunno I might kinda prefer someone like natalia tena. who Is who I kept picturing when reading dormer's name because I knew it from somewhere.
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-I believe the suspense will pay off. I don't feel cheated when watching this show. I can honestly say that.
-I think she is still alive.
-That would be wicked. WICKED!
-There are very few platonic relationships on television as of late that are just done right. This. THIS is one of those relationships, one of my favorite platonic relationships on television right now. There is no sexual tension between them, but there is a raw tenderness and affection that's growing.
-Moran is kinda the best.

-I LOVED this episode. If you'd have asked me months ago if Elementary would become one of my favorite new shows of the season, I probably would have hesitated. I went in with some interest because I like Lucy Liu and the premise and all that jazz. I was into it, but I was waiting for the characters to connect more and for things to fall in place. It started off slow but then it hit it's stride and I've just been loving it ever since. I really have. Can we just acknowledge how amazing Johnny Lee Miller is? He's a real treasure. He truly is. He is magical to watch. Truly magical and I have enjoyed him since the beginning of the show and my adoration of him has only grown since then. But also props to Lucy Liu, because she had the toughest job if you ask me. She wasn't welcomed with open arms by those who didn't like the Watson as a female things, and she got a great deal of criticism for those who didn't think she could pull off the role because of her skills as an actress. I think she had a rough go of it in the beginning but she's really come into the role and has been doing a marvelous job. They have great chemistry, it makes the show for me. This episode was one of the best, and yes it was technical and at times I found myself rewinding just to keep up with just what was going on onscreen, watching with chatterboxes does NOT help matters, but it was a great episode.
-So back to the platonic thing. I've pretty much decided that if I'm not married or otherwise involved by the time I hit 40 my arse is totally taking on a companion. I freaking love these two together. I really, really do. Like not too many shows actually do a platonic relationship right, and this is one of the few that actually does. There really isn't much of any sexual tension between the two. The thought of them shirtless hugging doesn't even cross my mind. But what they lack in the sexual tension they make up for in this genuine, raw affection and care that has had the chance to build, be cultivated, and grow. It didn't start off that way, but it blossomed into it, without out once straying to anything remotely close to sexual. That is truly difficult to master on television while still keeping people interested and with the combination of the writing, characters, and the incredible chemistry between JLM and LL they really pulled that off and made something incredible. It's all in the give and take, the fact that they went from this mutual acceptance, to a mutual respect, to a genuine understanding, to care, concern, and love. wholesome, complicated,and yet pure platonic love. And I LOVE it. It's in those give and take moments that tend to fall in Sherlock's hands. He'll give her a compliment or a rare piece of his emotional self, and then he'll take something back, backhanded compliments as normal people would perceive them, He'll give her a peek of what's behind all that chaos and then close the veil just as quickly. Again, Miller is incredible. These moments have been happening more frequently, and I love them. Last week with the confession about his sobriety, and the moment with her gift. This week during the stakeout. His soul bearing confession and difficult admittance, followed by a quick change of the subject or silence. The shock on her face and small smile, followed by her willingness to not broach the subject any further. I adore it all. I think most of the appeal of the show for me is them, their bond. I'm a sucker for intricate, indescribable, complicated, layered bonds. People are complicated creatures, their relationships with one another are even more so. Romantic entanglements that lack depth are too easy to me. Cop outs in some ways.
-I was so happy to see Joan's surgeon skills come back into play. I've been thrilled that she's finally playing a bigger role, she's finally holding her own, because she could have easily run the risk of...well, not. I can honestly see her now as protege and partner, companion and confidante. She wears many hats and does so in such a subtle way. But falling back on her previous profession was this reminder of how much she has grown as a character. I really like that. Plus her having an advantage over Sherlock in something is always welcome in my book.
-I'm probably the only one that was perfectly okay with Bell and co taking a backseat on this one. I'm so interested in the last few episodes, I don't quite have the words to describe it!!
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I think JLM is great as Sherlock in this series ! But I just only realized he also played Jordan Chase in Dexter season 5. I totally missed it. I got to go back and re watch it. He probably was not good enough in that so I totally do not remember seeing him.
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I think its all the more romantic because of the raw tenderness and affection growing between them. Elementary its not a will they/won't they Det show, it's a character study on a connection between two people who genuinely care about one another.
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I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually liked the episode. For once the case/mission did not seem way too simple/pointless/boring/dragged out due to incompetence, and that Holmes actually has something to apply his intellect too. Now if only the rest of the season could have been that way.
I'm actually more interested to see Moriarty than Irene, and I do hope they don't make them the same person, just so that there are more players/factors in whatever larger game they're playing. That might actually give the show more long arc things to focus on than the usually terrible case of the week.
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Pleasantly surprised with Vinnie Jones in this episode...
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Since Watson is female, may be Moriarty is a woman too?
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I'm almost positive Moriartyis Irene by now, the show has pointed all the clues in that direction.
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Great episode. Loved Moran. Imo Irene is alive somewhere but I don't think she is Moriaty.
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By the way, the autopsy scene? Sherlock totally played Watson.
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And they were totally having a moment.
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Seriously, get over Irene. She'll show up in good time. If they've taken a whole season to (almost) reveal Moriarty, they're not going to dump Irene (or Mycroft) on us as well. They're taking their sweet time with the key players.

And bromance. Totally bromance. Rage-quitting the show if romance blossoms.
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Likely
I don't know they may want to maintain the lore somewhere
Bromance or whatever you might call a brother sister dynamic
Maybe but I like Root better as twisted butpleasant psycho
I keep counting the number of episodes that must be left and knowing she is in three episodes and wonder if Elementary will be the last of the winter series that leak into the summer season like that final you have like four days after all the others are done.
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Um, why are we all ignoring the most interesting thing mentioned in this review: The trampy Wiccans living across the street from Lily?
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I really liked this episode. The way moriarty is presented is amazing. Honestly I'm amazed the writers on this show were able to pull it off ( I kind of wish they give Sherlock more oomph factor, you know?). Now for Sherlock and Joan either being a bromance or a romance I would say either way is find with me. I mean people already think they're in love with each other as two men. It just makes sense in this scenario. now Irene Adler as moriarty doesn't really compute. it feels more like Irene Adler's a agent of Moriarty. She may even be alive. so that's my two cents.
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It's true that many people think the male counterparts are in love, whether it's the books, or movies/tv, but that's kinda left to the fans you know? It's going to be quite different if the show goes for a romantic relationship within the show's own canon.
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If it was established that among Holmes's reasons for leaving the UK was the death of (or an acrimonious parting of ways with) his original investigative partner, one Doctor John H. Watson, and that his father purposely selected a sober companion with a similar name to constantly remind Sherlock of that fact, would a romantic relationship between Sherlock and Joan be more palatable? Of course, if a previous Watson did exist, it would be an evil plot twist to have him revealed as Moriarty...
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Moriarty is Sherlock's father.
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I think Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock's father. Hence the M
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Is that not his brother?
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In the Arthur Conan Doyle books and Robert Downey Jr.'s movies too
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If they really want to make this interesting they would make Moriarty Sherlock's father. The Irene in Conan Doyle's stories should be alive, but held hostage against Sherlock. Where's Mycroft btw,he should appear sometime.
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1. Irene is definitely alive. Why tease us with a very important character, cast sweet Natalie to play her, and then bring her back just in some kind of flashback scenes pre-death? She must be around somewhere. But it does raise a question: since solving her supposed death is such a great driving force for Sherlock, what happens when she suddenly turns up alive? And if she was such a central character in Sherlock's life, will he be satisfied with her only turning up for three episodes? (That's the amount of episodes she has been cast for.) What could possibly make Sherlock let her go only after a short rendezvous? Will she be found alive, but die in the season finale?
2. I do not know. But I sure hope it isn't Irene. Mixing the two characters would be unnecessary and confusing.
3. Bromance. Never romance. We do not need another Castle-Beckett or Bones-Booth duo with all the relationship problems that come along with it. Sherlock and Watson works precisely because it is a platonic but good friendship.
4. With this one I disagree. Not best ever, not even close. But I guess it's because I will always remember Vinnie as the bone-headed football (soccer) player, who was as graceful on the field as a bull in a china shop. So every time he is typecast in a role of a hotheaded, aggressive maniac, it reminds me of his career in sports. He might appear amazing in this role, but that's because it's the only role he ever does, so he's gotten practice. To me his grinning face will always just look like the one of a person pretending to be an actor, void of any acting charisma.
5. You have to watch GoT this weekend. If we're lucky, she might appear for a few minutes.
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Is Irene still alive = it would be kind of pointless hiring Natalie Dormer otherwise
Who is Moriarty = Sherlocks nemesis (you should really pay more attention)
Watson and Sherlock: better as a romance or a bromance? = better as friends
Moran: the best ever? = a lackey
WHERE IS MY DORMER?!?! = where did you last see it?
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Is it just me or does this Moriarty sound like Mark Gatiss? If so.. that would be Insane!
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"So! Do you feel cheated of Natalie Dormer today? Or is the suspense going to pay off in a big way?"

Natalie who? Sorry, I love the Adler they chose, I really do, its just the episode was too much fun to complain about it. Starks are always right: The Winter is coming, and so is she.
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Hahaha!! Creepy Crawlers!! I used to have a couple of those ovens and made crap loads of those bugs! Thank you, Lily, for that reference: it brings back good memories.

As for the episode, I very much enjoyed it. Although we've only seen the three henchmen rather briefly, I liked all three of them -- Moriarty makes some nice casting choices. Also, it'll probably get tiring soon if they do it too much, but I continue to love whenever Sherlock and Joan have a moment due to one complimenting or showing respect for the other.

I didn't feel cheated or sad at the absence of Irene Adler in this episode, and yet I also don't think the suspense will pay off in a big way. I think she's alive, will arrive in NY, and stir shit up, but nothing amazing.

And yes, despite my use of a 'shipper name', Watlock is better as a tight friendship and not a romance.
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Troublesome review. How can Irene be Moriarty when we have heard Moriarty's voice at the end of the episode, and it was male voice? Also, even if we didn't, why would anyone funnel two interesting characters into one? Moran IS the best because he is played by legendary Vinny Jones. He was a professional soccer player for many years, and has played in plenty of British movies, most memorably in Lock, Stock and two Smoking Barrels
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I actually like the grandpa serial killer/assassin who uses science to murder. Great characterization. I also liked the autopsy scene. We finally get to see something that Watson is better at than Holmes in terms of technical skills.

I hope they surprise us with Moriarty. I don't want him to be that typical posh British criminal mastermind. They've radically changed Watson and Mrs. Hudson. Why not Moriarty? I was actually hoping he was American but since he talked to Holmes in the end disproves it.
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This is the best episode yet. It's setting up perfectly what's at stake for Holmes, as well as show how much he has evolved since the pilot episode. I'm not gonna lie, I HATED the first two episodes and honestly thought the show would've been canceled before mid-season. I'm glad I was wrong.

The introduction of Moran was a great change of pace, especially since he, despite being a "sledgehammer," is completely different from the last character I saw him play, Scales from the failed 2011 NBC series "the Cape." Scales was a loud, obnoxious brute, where as Moran, despite still being physically intimidating, is more calm and serious. I loved having him come back in this episode, but I really wish the writers don't kill him. Yes, Moriarty is tge "Big Bad" of this series and Moran is just a red herring, but I feel there's more to Moran's story than just being a patsy. He genuinely likes Holmes, and I think he might be a good "tempter," he person who tries to get Holmes off the straight and narrow in order to catch the Big Bad.

F Murray Abraham did a fantastic job as a more intricate serial killer. I'm kind of disappointed that he was captured so early in the episode, but he wasn't the real killer-of-the-week, so I guess it makes sense that Holmes saw through his scheme using his knowledge of bees. It's not the typical "pull the final clue from out of nowhere" tactic that this show has been NOTORIOUS for. Holmes is a bee enthusiast, he established that in the pilot, we see him doing his hobby in several episodes, and it helped bring down Abraham's character. Nicely done, show.

Holmes's talk with Watson in the park was adorable, but in my opinion it wasn't the NICEST thing he said to her. That belongs to the episode "Details," where he reveals that he knew Watson lied to him about being kept on as a sober companion, and he finally acknowledged that he is a better person when she's around him, formally asking her to be his full-on partner. In my opinion that is the official turning point in his relationship with Watson. He first treated her coldly, thinking her as pretty much a burden, he slowly warmed up to her, removing his barriers little by little and every now and then doing something nice for her (such as meeting her family or waiting with her for her ex to show up) but in "Details," he flat out removes all barriers and tells her that he wants her in his life as an equal. Any praise he's given her after that episode is just icing on the cake, and his speech this episode was the cherry.

As for "Who is Moriarty?" I want him to be revealed in the season finale. We've had two red herrings already, (Moran and Douglas) so let's see who he really is and not have him pull a Red John and have him be in the shadows for the ENTIRE series.
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Someone mentioned Moriarty having an 'evil league of evil' and I thoroughly have to agree, it seems like he has minions to do his bidding, so ala Red John of The Mentalist, we probably won't be seeing him anytime soon (and I am perfectly fine with that, I hate early reveals of villains, and Criminal Minds is notorious for this). For some reason the fact that Moriarty has a league of any sort behind him makes me think of The Following, but in my opinion, Elementary is doing it way, way better.
A) I don't think Moriarty is Irene. Too contemporary for me. (I'm a big fan of ANY Sherlock Holmes movie/show/adaptation) That being said, she could be in league with him. Moriarty could also be a woman. That wouldn't bother me.
B) Of course Sherlock knows how to do an autopsy. Of course he would finagle Watson into doing it. She's really coming out of her shell. I'm starting to think she actually likes these random B&E's they do. Look at her family, I'm guessing she never got to have any fun.
C) Kind of annoyed that next week we go back to the trope of Gregson attempting to push Watson back into doing something safe. Let it go Gregson. Let it go Hollywood. If Watson was a male in this, you wouldn't be pushing this. We've established she's not helpless.
D) Soccer Hooligan. LOLS. Will totally miss him.
E) Currently unsure how I fall in the Romance vs Bromance category. You've got established friendship, established living together, established "you're the one that's changed me for the better." Do i see the line crossing happening? Maybe. Do I want it? Not for a goooood long time. We already see them in a "relationship" like setting. Let's not push it yet.
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Honestly, I figure Holmes was just pretending not to know how to perform an autopsy to get Watson to cut again. At least I really hope he was because it's little moments like that I really like (like when Becket pretended not to know the case was about fake money so Castle would feel like he won and she had to let him back).

This was a particularly fun and touching episode. I liked all the little Holmes moments like when he notices a bee and jerked around and all the touching Holmes and Watson bits. I almost wished they stretched it out into two episodes with how many people they went through. I also like how Moriarty seems to have an Evil League of Evil.

I really hope they do not reveal Moriarty until mid next season at the earliest.
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"Honestly, I figure Holmes was just pretending not to know how to perform an autopsy to get Watson to cut again."
I agree. Are we really supposed to believe that Holmes doesn't at least know how to cut into the chest? Watch at least one episode of any cop /procedural/medical show and you know the Y cut.
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i gotta say i seriously LOLed when that woman called that guy a dildo, who says that on tv? was funny as hell
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.. We're not at that episode, yet.

- Of course Irene is alive. "I did not kill her, but I do know what happened to her" confirms that in my mind.
- Moriarty is Moriarty. A character we have not seen yet. Anything else would annoy me.
-Bromance, or friendship. The moment one of them kisses the other is the moment I change channels.
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Could be worse. It could be Robert Downey Jr. kissing Jude Law?
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Considering his past, what has Robert Downey Jr. NOT put his mouth on?
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I'd... Actually be more OK with that. It just seems like something Downey Jr.'s Sherlock would do, just to mess with people. If it happens in a procedural TV show between a man and a woman, you're forced into that entire URST thing.
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In original Sherlock Holmes lore, the truth behind Irene Adler's death at Reichenbach Falls was never fully known. The speculations around her still being alive were many, although she never reappeared. So she might well be alive in the Elementary universe, in fact, I'm counting on it.

But she is definitely NOT Moriarty. The original Sherlok actually met Professor James Moriarty, and I think combining the two would be screwing too much with the mythology.

Moran - Hell yeah! I've been a fan of Vinnie Jones ever since he was the leading player on my old favorite English football (soccer) team - Wimbledon FC (The Crazy Gang - how can you not love a team with a nickname like that?). And Jones was the craziest of them all!
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yeah this is not The Woman, I'm pretty sure that episode WILL contain some Irene Adler
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Uhm... Don´t know what episode you watched, but the one who aired yesterday was called " Landmark Story and was number 21.
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We fixed the listings info, sorry about that.
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No worries :)
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