Elementary "Child Predator" Review: Good Episode, But We Could Have Done Without the Kid Murder

Elementary S01E03: "Child Predator"

I find child murder inappropriate for television. I hate to sound like an old killjoy yelling at everybody to get out of her yard, but while I can/have/love to watch murder mystery after horror movie after action film where over-18-year-olds get taken out like mice under a lawn mower, just the sight of a gloved hand gesturing for a child to get in a car is a little too much for me. Elementary tried to find a loophole in the old "Don't use the most heartbreaking crime on earth for entertainment value" rule last night with a twist: The child we saw kidnapped in the opening was actually the mastermind behind all the subsequent child captures and murders. Still, this is just NOT how I like to relax, folks. Aren't there enough compelling ways to kill grown-ups without ratcheting up the stakes to, "Someone has your little girl!"?

To be fair, its not like Elementary was intent on rendering the loss of a child with gritty realism a la The Killing. The parents of the kidnapped little girl were introduced to the audience a few seconds before their televised interview and then got really mad when Sherlock came in and brought the media junket to a screeching halt. Grieving parents need their screentime, okay?! As much as we all loved Sherlock for stopping the interview in the most aggressive way possible (spray paint on the camera lens! Someone tell Lindsay Lohan to carry spray paint in her car and tag paparazzi!):

...but like, why was the family giving interviews so soon? Redonk. And then later they told the police chief he would be the FIRST ONE they'd go after talking to "the press." We got the impression that the second call they made after calling the police was to a PR agency for representation. Simmer, grieving TV parents! Simmer.

As for spotting tiny details and weaving them into a damning narrative, last night's episode was one of the more successful ones we've seen so far. Sherlock's glance at the kitchen led to the discovery of an Anna Nicole-lookalike mistress.

A paint scratch on a parked car told a tale of the kidnapper's van (shudder shudder shudder) and the banter between Sherlock and Watson was simply adorable. "I thought I was just a cavernous expanse between two ears," Watson coyly whispered at one point. After last week effectively drove a wedge between the pair, this week was about Sherlock vocalizing what he likes about Watson and validating her role beyond all the "sobriety twaddle"—she provides a sounding board, she actively assists in supporting him rather than interfering with his process. (Also she's provided several integral clues in the last couple weeks, but that was glossed over.) And how adorable was it when they fell in step doing squats? Lucy Liu gets extra points for doing squats in high heels.

The person in this episode who got a million points was Johnny Simmons, who took a break from the big screen to step into this juicy/thankless role as a child child-murderer, a 19-year-old who was first kidnapped and then used his superior intellect to direct his abductor and commit more and more murders (shudder). He seriously knocked my socks off both as a vulnerable brainwashed abductee whispering sweet nothings across the table from Sherlock and also as a "lettin' the freak flag fly" psychopath with an immunity deal taunting Sherlock in the park. Not to mention that gracefully handled some rather clumsy exposition speeches. I almost felt sad when cops picked him up because having him around a couple more episodes as a small-arc nemesis could have been cool, but hopefully his schedule was too full. Hire him, Hollywood, is what I'm saying! He great!

About the sweet nothings... there was a lot of whispering in this episode. There was a point where they were all watching Adam from behind two-way glass, Aidan Quinn, Watson, and Sherlock, and just whispering up a storm. Two-way glass is soundproof, right? Or was the perp on the other side sitting there thinking, "Is someone swishing around a rain stick on the other side of that mirror? What is going on?"

There was also a full spectrum of topless men last night, the hugely built and fantastically furry JLM bien sûr but also the serial killer appeared topless at a kitchen table in a back brace and it was pretty upsetting. Although, note to casting director/hair person: You did not pick enough of a weirdo for this serial killer. No offense to the actor (in fact, take it as a compliment!) but this is just not the face of a weirdo serial killler:

But you know who WAS weirding it up? Sherlock, who must have been given the direction, "You're not just a tweaker this episode, you're a tweaker on no sleep. Play it BIG!" If you've ever been around someone so exquisitely manic that they haven't slept for four days, you know that the body pulls on weird reserves of energy, making them increasingly jumpy and skittish until it's exhausting to be around them (I know from personal experience, long story, don't ask). In an attempt to capture both this energy and the Sherlock Holmes exactness and precise-itude, JLM was whipping around people and spinning on his heel like a nervous high school kid giving a cheeky presentation he'd worked on for way too long in front of a class. Just pure nerve. Well done, JLM, and also knock it off JLM! You're making me skittish.

Also, as much as I'm warming up to JLM's Sherlock, I fantasize from time to time about the roles of Sherlock and Watson being reversed and Liu playing a cold, icy, Sherlock to JLM's hunky Watson. Sigh! #fantasyseriesreset

So to sum: Aside from the regrettable content of the mystery, the way it was handled and the dynamic between Watson and Sherlock showed real growth and promise. As usual I had almost no patience with the actual B-story mystery going on, but the increasing detail involved in the mysteries and the actors, the characters, and their very cozy flophouse keep me coming back. Also are you THIRSTY GUYS?! Because there were no bees in this episode and don't even tell me tea = honey. Need to see wings and hear buzzing, people. Bet a coke would taste PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW but alas, no bees.

QUESTIONS:

1. Child murder: should procedurals steer clear?

2. Johnny Simmons: a young, male Meryl Streep?

3. How tall is JLM ?

4. Would you feel invigorated or collapse with exhaustion if you did 100 squats in a row?

5. Should stars being stalked by paparazzi fight back by spraying paint on the paparazzi's cameras?

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Your fantasy role swap is genius! They'd be perfect in the opposite roles!
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If you read the papers or looked at any old footage you'd find that a lot of serial killers are simple the "person next door" type. Normal kids, or anyone actually, would run in the opposite direction if someone "looked" like a crazed, demented killer and was beckoning them to come closer.
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-No. It happens and because they tend to interpret real things that happen they don't need to leave it out. It's disturbing, but the world is a disturbing place. It is hard though when you rely heavily on tv being an escapism from real life and boom they hit you with the hard stuff.

- Sure.

- Just between us girls, I've seen him at the monthly meetings that we Vertically Challenged folks have. And he wasn't there to get the cookies off the top shelf. I'm just sayin'.

- I'll take Exhaustion for $100 Alex.

- That would be cool. Or silly string. Silly string would be fun.

It would have been neat if they did a modern interpretation...again, and used a female as Sherlock rather than as Watson. I still don't mind the partnership. I like their budding friendship of sorts, it's platonic but it's fun to watch. I think they're slowly building a pretty decent chemistry between them. The show is pretty solid.
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Bones reminds me of a female Sherlock.
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I actually liked this episode and this episode convinced me that Elementary could be one of the new hit shows this season. I don't think that tv series should stay clear of child murders. They do occur in real life so why shouldn't tv shows remind people to look out and be aware that it's not always just sunshine and rainbows.
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Plus, the show handled it as tastefully as possible. The only child violence we witnessed was when Samuel Abbott pulled a gun on Mariana Castillo when he got cornered by police. We only saw Adam get into his car, without a struggle, we never saw Mariana getting abducted, and all of the other victims were merely mentioned.

Other shows like Cold Case, Bones, CSI, Criminal Minds, etc. have either shown the crime in progress or the results (cadavers, remains, etc). As far as covering a child crime goes, I think Elementary trod as lightly as possible.
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I see that haters still read these recaps. I know guys, this a very fun thing to do! *eats popcorn*



Good episode! Still loving the chemistry between LL and JLM. I didn't know he was that short. :P
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I quite liked this episode... as much as I can like a straight-up police procedural (not including Person of Interest). I've now given up most police procedurals, but I do still watch a couple. I watch Hawaii Five-0 because although the case of the week and the procedures they follow do usually bore me, I find some enjoyment in the over-the-top action the show often provides. I watch Castle because even though the case of the week often bores me, I find some enjoyment in watching the characters -- the two leads in particular. And although I've given up on the fairly similar The Mentalist, I've been able to find enjoyment in Elementary so far because I kind of like the characters and I kind of like the tone of the show. While, again, the cases often bore me, the show is a bit more serious and dark and gritty than The Mentalist, and so far, I've come to like the two leads.

Yes, maybe it'd be best if his name wasn't Sherlock, but I personally don't care. I may as well just treat it as any other name. I'm sure there are some weirdos out there who name their kids Sherlock Holmes -- I can watch thinking JLM's character is just one of those unfortunate kids... who also happens to be a consultant for the police. *shrugs*

Also, I have no problem with police procedurals using kids as victims. Yes, it may be a "ploy" of sorts to have kids' deaths on TV shows, but it also happens in reality. Kids die... often by adults, often by other kids. Considering police procedurals are supposed to be based "in reality", they should by all means feel free to have kids as victims every once in a while (not often).
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I agree with everything in this comment (H50, The Mentalist, Castle, kids in procedurals etc)
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Everyone always says how great and gritty cable drama is and that the age of network television is dying but then complain about issues like this which occur on cable dramas and people praise it for it's realism; just this week in Boardwalk Empire a fourteen year old got shot in the head.
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5. You should follow the paparazzi around, and upload pictures and everything about them on a daily basis. Would also be good for them apart from their personal life as celebs would now get tweets saying, 'just seen paparazzi x down x avenue, he sure loves celeb x.'
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LOL @ the height comparison pic! Fantastic write-up. I just started watching this (out of boredom last monday) and I have not regretted it. They could have the dullest case and I would still watch to be amused by their personalities.
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JLM could totally be 5'11". In the picture provided, LL is angled closer to the camera and wearing tennis shoes, while JLM is barefoot. Imagine that if they were both barefoot, JLM would be about a head taller than LL.
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Thanks for the perspective... that makes sense! :-)
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*I* imagine. Man, that made it sound like I was telling you to imagine the situation. D:
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First - Stop abbreviating words. It's not cute. It doesn't make you any cooler. It's just annoying.

Next - This is my favorite episode. The previous two have failed to come together for me in a meaningful way, but this one really stood out. The relationship between Holmes and Watson was engaging. The story was uncomfortable but in a way that was compelling. I agree that it would have been nice to keep Adam around for a while (and I was really disappointed in how scared he seemed when he knew he was trapped), but I guess they didn't want to keep that kind of crime around in order to not upset those highly sensitive to the like. This episode kept my attention. You're getting there, Elementary.
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First (and only) - that is your own opinion, and there are plenty of people who would disagree. You can't please everyone, and if this is Lily's preferred writing style for reviews, honestly, who are you to tell her it's wrong? If you don't like the way she reviews the show, you do have an option available to you.
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Sooo, because it's his opinion, and because there are probably those who don't share it, he shouldn't voice it here?

Ok, great review, fantastic review, very observant, nicely written, lily you're my hero...enough?

Not only is the abbreviation of words annoying, so is here posting pictures every two lines of text and writing completely dull big letters (supposedly funny, I don't know who lied to her that it was) over them.

Yeah, it is her preferred style. that way she doesn't have to write as much, and mostly her reviews are recaps anyway so this should be, I don't know, some original contribution...
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Also, did you actually bother to read the review? All but one of the pictures illustrated what she had discussed in the paragraph preceding it, so the review actually stands on its own without them. And with that, your "she doesn't have to write as much" theory is debunked and rebuffed. Good day, sir.
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I would say he doesn't have to be a dick about it, seeing as it's worded as a personal slam against Lily, but somehow, I think the concept would be lost on you.
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I agree. Just a minor correction, AriSky is female.



And @AriSky: Writing something negative first doesn't encourage people to read what you have to say (I know I didn't).
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what was the closing song?
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It's "Outta My System" by My Morning Jacket.
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This is one of my favorite new shows this fall and I quite liked this episode. It's never easy to watch "child killer" episodes, but since children are sometimes murdered (sadly) in this world, it's realistic to have an episode on it once in a while. The best part of the episode was definitely the interaction between Sherlock and Watson, as well as Sherlock and Adam. I'll keep watching.
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You have problems with child murderers, I just found out to have a similar problem with asylums. So I think I'm not gonna enjoy American horror story this season.
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The indefinite suspension of peoples' civil liberties without due process?
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anyone got an idea what the big tattoo 26.2 on Sherlock's back means
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He has run a full marathon.
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1. If so, then they definitely need to stop sugar coating rape.

2. ITA. That actor was BRILL. I mean I said it out loud twice and I am usually the one rolling their eyes and pointing out the amateur hour bits of people's performances (ex-industry, force of habit, annoying and obnoxious like an ex-smoker...)

3. Don't know. He looks really scuzzy in this, but I like the character more and more. He is okay without a shirt. They can do that occasionally and I won't complain. He has good abs.

4. It would put me to sleep. I do a workout that includes a bunch of squats and lunges and after I mop off the sweat, I basically pass out. I sleep well, however.

5. I almost think accidentally killing them oops, didn't mean to actually say that out loud.
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Not looking into a critics view point .. I think a lot was done right in this episode. If they keep it up and grow on it, we will see Elementary stick around.

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The theory behind the family giving interviews "so soon" is an attempt to humanize the victim to the abductor and keep them alive longer. Holmes' insight on the case was that it would have the opposite effect for this perpetrator. Also, Aidan Quinn's character is just a captain, not the Chief, that's why he has to get clearance before bringing Holmes in on high profile cases.



I don't have a problem with child abductors (and the child endangerment that entails) being the target on procedurals. Child abductions happen often in the real world & if there was a super-investigator that could bring the victims home alive you'd want them on the case. That said a show that featured primarily child victims would be a downer and would need to be much better than most procedurals to keep me watching.



I didn't pay attention to the actors heights when I watched the show last night, but from the picture presented the given heights don't seem that far off. He is barefoot, she is wearing shoes and appears to come up to between his chin and nose. I think he is further back from the camera standing in the doorway but can't be sure.



When it comes to sticking with the show - I'm still watching for now, but if I miss an episode I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. I don't feel like I'd be missing that much.
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technically... the kid getting into the car wasn't murdered. I think after years of watching the alluded monstrities of the human pysche in criminal minds, this was a bit tame. Although the kid twist worked out because of pretty good casting. gah.... this show... its not going to measure up to Sherlock (i knew that) but its good in its own right as a procedural. The problem is... I kind of wish it would take the risk and really embrace the victorian level gore that came with the sherlock character. Alsooo since no one's pointed this out yet... They lifted a joke from the BBC version. When Sherlock tells watson to leave because she's distracting him, thats almost word for word to what cumberbatch sherlock says in the first episode. (sigh) Im probably going to keep watching only because its right after person of interest but seriously? its gotta do something to stand out.
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Yeah, but that kid murdered a ton of other kids, so , child murder was afoot
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touche... its like the trailer for wreck it ralph the guy says "you wouldn't hit a guy with glasses would you?" then get hit with his glasses.
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Good episode all around. Child murder subject matter does not bother me. Love JLM and Lucy Liu. Benedict Cumberbatch is in a league of his own, so I think JLM is wise in creating a different sort of Holmes.



Two problems with the episode. How is the kid smart enough to turn the tables on the kidnapper and completely manipulate him, yet still dumb enough to climb into a stranger's car.



More problematic, Holmes actually capturing him was pure luck that one of the murders happened while the balloon man was laid up from surgery. If it hadn't been for that coincidence, the killer would have gotten away with it and outwitted Holmes. It should take a better mind than that kids to outwit Holmes.
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I could go into a huge critique of this episode and series thus far. But really it would be just expounding on Safibwana and Tacado's. They are correct, you could pick up any of Elementary's plots from any of the aired shows and place it into virtually any serial crime drama on any channel anywhere in the world. However, some of those shows don't make it so freaking obvious who the actual criminal is. I mean really the second the kid was in the interrogation room you had to know. But alas, like it was said, it isn't bad TV it is mediocre and now that The League is back on it get put into catch on demand.



However, one thing I disagree with Taccado on. Is that Moriarty in this version of Holmes, on this channel will not work. If they were to do that, there would be too many parallels to The Mentalist, to Thomas Jane and Red John. This isn't to say that they won't try this. But nothing I have seen thus far screams that this show is going to go anywhere.



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1. Why not. It happens, multiple times everyday. However, there wasn't the obligatory "hey kids, don't talk to strangers"

2. eh' He wasn't bad. I might be skewed. It wasn't his fault it was obvious that he did it.

3. There is no way he is 5'11'' Maybe 5'9"

4. it is just body squats Lily. If that is all I did I would feel unaccomplished. Throw some pushups in there or just do some Burpees.

5. Sure why not. However, like pushing them or hitting them it will come with litigation.

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great episode

1 Early in the show its a way to show power/ strenght, later might be risky

2 Kidding right?

3 The magic of tv. and perception, and there is something called perception so he's between 1 inch and 100 feet

4 Actually the exercise thing works , but after a while you crash

5 Definitely. It would make things interesting
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There was not a single moment in this episode that said to me "the character on the screen is Sherlock Holmes" and two or three that said to me "in no way could this character be Sherlock Holmes". This is the episode that convinced me they just shoulda named the characters absolutely anything else, and taken their place with every crime procedural with a quirky detective. As Taccado mentioned, this could go right along side of all those shows, and I'd add The Glades, Psych, Monk, Endgame, Life, Raines and Perception.
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I felt the exact same way watching the first two episodes. He really doesn't resemble Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock at all. Might as well call this show Perception...or, The Mentalist...or, ahh shit, you already said Perception. All those reading these comments; watch BBC Sherlock. If you already have, do it again.
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oooooh lucy would've made an AMAZING holmes! THAT would be an awesome show to watch!
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1. Why?



No, absolutely not.
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From the moment I heard this show was being made, I knew I wouldn't be able to tolerate it - I can't even enjoy the recent Sherlock Holmes movies now - not since Steve Moffat and Mark Gattiss and Benedict Cumberbatch blew me away with their combined awesomeness. But, while I have stuck to that and not watched a single-episode yet, I come back here every week for the review of it.



What's that all about?
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I don't know, but it's ridiculous. It's like saying that you can never enjoy a Tuesday because you once had fun on a Thursday. There are valid reasons to not watch this, but that isn't one of them.
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Well, Tuedays aren't optional. Whereas any given work of art could hypothetically be made differently. Although I nonetheless agree that you can like two things without having to like them equally. That's my feeling about Elementary, RD-Jr Sherlock Holmes, and BBC-Sherlock.
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You are most likely looking for confirmation that your bias is correct. In fact you can probably easily recount all the things Sparks didn't like about the episode in the review but you probably cannot recount as easily the positive parts.
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There's only so much drama you can milk from regular ol adult murder these days. I don't know about anyone else but I've become pretty desensitized to some adult character I know nothing of yet being found dead with their entrails hanging or not hanging all over the place. At that point in the procedural I'm watching it becomes more about enjoying the characters of the show (and their process) than being riveted to my seat by the case they're investigating.

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At least with child murder there's still some drama to be mined right away from the case itself. It causes me to actually feel something more for a victim than "oh they died, that sucks," because, hey, that's a KID that died, and while most victims in these shows don't deserve death, a kid doesn't deserve it just a wee bit more. It peaks my interest in both the case AND the character element of a show, which makes for an all around great episode of television.

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Now, I'm not saying Elementary should be killing kids every week; child murder should be used sparingly, so as to, and this sounds grim, keep it fresh. I guess it can more or less be categorized as a gimmick, in that regard. Oop hold on, someone's at the door. Oh, hello officer, what...
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Adult murder: "Alright!"



Child murder: "That' too much"



Too bad. Welcome to fiction, brought to you by reality.
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If this was a series about some random p.i. and his assistant it still would be a mediocre show. However they upped the stakes by making it about Sherlock Holmes, as such I expect extraordinairy detective skills not just banter. How they were looking for a brown van and he was all like "look parking tickets, marks on the road,.." and Watson went like "yeah and look at the damage and big ass brown scrape on the entire side of the car..." was just dumb and silly. I don't see the extra this Sherlock brings. A normal detective would be expected to be capable of the things this Sherlock does. With his personality, hovering assistant and the easy cases it reminds me more of a Monk on hyperdrive than a Sherlock Holmes.



Needs to improve quickly....
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Honestly, Im not really sure why people think the mysteries of Sherlock (or any other procedure for that matter) are so much better. With media being what it is, it's hard to come up with something original that we haven't seen somewhere else. We are always looking for the give away and it's normally in the writing or acting because if it's not and the criminal is just some random we get annoyed. Even so, lets look at Sherlock for a second shall we...

A Study of Pink - How did Sherlock not realize it was the ... right away.

The Blind Banker - The symbols solved pretty much everything

A Scandal in Belgravia - Sherlock, really.

The Hounds of Baskerville - As soon as that guy was introduced I predicted the entire rest of the episode

What makes Sherlock isn't the mysteries, it's the acting. Sure, the chemistry between JLM and Lucy Liu is different than that of Cumberbatch and Freeman but I find it just as entertaining to watch. I actually enjoy the slightly childish take JLM brings to the role.
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I'm pretty sure I haven't mentioned the quality of the mysteries and I aimed my comment at the way this Sherlock conducts his investigation. I intentionally have not made a comparison with the BBC Sherlock and where mentioned I was addressing Sherlock the character name not the BBC show.



Elementary isn't really 'smart' or stand apart from other simular shows. There is no originality in the process of solving the mysteries. Just a lot of pointless banter. I love watching Lucy Lui, but this Watson needs to get a real place in the show and not be reduced to a whining sidekick with keen observations from time to time. It just hasn't come together as a whole yet. I also find JLM's Sherlock annoying to watch, but that's personal...



About BBC Sherlock, that is pretty good television. The pacing, the characters, the conversations and really good acting. So if you are desperate to compare, YES it's a lot better!
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I was using Sherlock as an example sine a lot of people have been comparing Elementary to it and saying how much better the mysteries are on Sherlock than Elementary. I used Sherlock as a direct comparison because they are both about the worlds greatest detective. I could have just as easily pointed to Bones, Castle, Perception, Monk etc and say their mysteries aren't any more complicated than that of Elementary. Let's be honest, we don't watch these shows hoping to be stumped by a murder mystery, we watch these shows for the characters.



JLM's take on Sherlock is personal. I for one like his slightly childish nature. But I also enjoy Cumberbatch's robotic take and RDJ's bipolar take. Im not sure what about LL's take on Watson is that different than Freeman. Let's be honest, Watson is pretty much a sounding board and punching bag. Even in Sherlock the majority of the time when Sherlock is addressing Watson it's to point out something that is missed and Watson's reactions are pretty much the same as that of LL (be more human you narcissistic illegitimate child). It generally goes, Holmes makes fun of Watson for missing something and Watson gets in some jabs about how Holmes doesn't understand real life. That's the Sherlock/Watson relationship. It's not like LL is any more whiny than Freeman's Watson. They are just whining about different things.
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Actually, the Monk show with the person in the coma was much, much more complicated and interesting than the Elementary person-in-the-coma plot.
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LOL..."yeah and look at the damage and big ass brown scarpe on the entire side of the car"
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I watch Castle. I watch Bones. And I watch The Mentalist. I'm the first one to admit that they are in no way great TV. Entertaining, yes. But ultimately just regular "cops catching bad guys" stories.

The problem I have right now with Elementary is that it resembles these shows too much. Since I watch all the shows that I mentioned, I can watch Elementary too. But I can't get over the fact that the cases in Elementary are so simple. It doesn't go well together with the spirit of Sherlock stories. His cases are supposed to be complex, not straight forward "talk to a few people, make a few brilliant discoveries and solve the case" stories. I understand that they only have 40 minutes to tell the story, but maybe they should have thought about that when they began producing the show. I suggested in an earlier comment that the cases could span several episodes. I'm still in favour of that idea.

I have actually nothing more to complain about. I'm fine with a reinterpretation of the characters and a different setting. But one of the constants that is essential to the mythos of Sherlock is that he solves difficult cases, and without that the story feels a little bland. I do enjoy the show, and I like Liu and Miller as actors. I just wish they could make the cases more challenging. Maybe Holmes needs an archenemy or two.
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Really, are the mysteries in Sherlock that much better? I mean besides the two episodes directly with Moriarty the other four mysteries weren't that hard to figure out. Also, the Golem, that was just yeah...

Don't get me wrong. I think Sherlock is brilliant. It is one of the best shows on TV, but let's not go around pretending that their mysteries are so much better than the rest. If you watch enough procedures it's not that hard to figure out what's what most of the time. But the reason Sherlock is so good is the fantastic acting and JLM and LL are pretty good themselves.
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When I'm referring to "Sherlock stories", I don't mean BBC's TV show, but the original Sherlock Holmes literature. I would claim that those stories are very much about creating a character that solves extraordinarily tricky cases. I can agree that BBC's Sherlock did not always manage to make the cases brilliant, but whether that show succeeded or not is beside the point. What I'm trying to say is that the spirit of the Sherlock Holmes stories is in my mind largely about trying to create intricate plots. And I feel that Elementary isn't really performing in that area. As I said, I still like the show and I'll keep watching it. But I would like the show to put more twists on the schemes.
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I think if/how they introduce moriarty will make or break this series. As it is it is coasting on my love of the actors and general goodwill to ambitious sleuthing/gender parity but either the content or the solution to both mysteries since the pilot have been kind of abysmal.
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Just so long they do a better job than POI did with Root.
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Bee gloating, Lily? That's just mean. :) I hope they don't do tea too often, 'cause it just reminds me of Patrick Jane on The Mentalist.
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Man I was secretly so relieved I didn't have to go coke shopping for another week.
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You know who needs to be child murdered? Henry from OUaT.

It's too bad there's no crime procedurals on ABC.

Oh! Castle! Let's murder Henry on Castle! Best crossover episode ever.
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Best episode so far. I always like it when characters pretending to be Sherlock Holmes interact with sociopaths, this was fairly close to that.

Still, mid episode, I got out my Sherlock DVDs and decided it was time to rewatch a good Sherlock Holmes show. I'm really starting to doubt I can stomach this show.
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YOWCH!
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