Elementary "M." Review: Now We're Getting Somewhere!

Elementary S01E12: "M."


At first I thought last night’s episode of Elementary was going to go a little off-book and center on a chubby business man’s unorthodox workouts as overseen by his stern physical trainer, but it turned out the show was about to slap us with the most intense episode of the series so far, at last dropping on us Sherlock’s beloved arch-nemesis Moriarty, if only by proxy.

Moriarty in Doyle’s series—notice I do not say Sir Doyle, because I live in mothaf*ckin’ America where we don’t let our rich folks call themselves fancy titles like their own private 24-7 Ren Faire, I won’t be bobbing a curtsey to any of that shit, ladies, princesses, whatever, unless y’all willing to address me by my Dungeons and Dragons character name, Majesto—Moriarty was a criminal mastermind staying above reproach while orchestrating a “vast and subtle” criminal ring. So at first I thought, okay, here’s a nice little twist, they went entirely Lock Stock N’ Two Smokin’ Barrels An’ All That on Moriarty. Of course, we would find—once he was strung up on some scaffolding like a leather-clad passion play—that the big charismatic brawler was merely a pawn, with Moriarty as a big bad boss we haven’t met yet. Wise decision! Actually suspenseful long-form arc that has nothing to do with sobriety, at long last!

And Jonny Lee Miller was so fantastic this episode. His voice was a little rough in the opening scenes (cold perhaps?), but his acting in the torture sequence and throughout a very demanding script was frankly masterful. So much sensitivity in his portrayal of an inner moral debate that wasn’t necessarily on the page, and he also brought so much heart to talking about Irene—a sort of trite justification for revenge, but I’ll buy it when JLM’s selling.

Lucy Liu matched him in her own restrained way: Watson, as usual, out-sleuthed Sherlock, coming up with small details and sussing out Sherlock’s security system and abbreviated crime spree. Her emotional moment when she admitted she loved the work, and his reply, gave me chills. Finally our two acting greats are being given a thorough obstacle course to display their skills! (Although obviously it annoyed me to no end that she was sent packing on a therapist appointment early on... but they explained he had to get her out of the way to avoid her connecting Irene with ‘M’ satisfactorily, so I’ll give it a pass.)

Here’s my theory: I am hoping Irene Adler’s death was faked so Moriarty could use her criminal wiles in some larger scheme. I just can’t believe they would kill off what could be such a useful character, and making her death responsible for his dependency would put her directly across Watson as a foil and opponent if she came back to life/the States.

Also it did occur to me that for an American take on Sherlock it's funny how all the major events have already happened in London and all the major characters are based in London. Not a complaint, I was basking in the different sorts of English accent last night, but it's funny how it seemingly never crossed the creator’s minds to do an American counterpart of Sherlock. No, he just got on a plane and came here, his whole mythos is entirely British. It works and all, but I do think it’s very telling of how we identify heroes in the States.

I also was sort of appalled that Sherlock stabbed him. I know it was a non-fatal situation and it was good TV but A) I don’t buy that the brawler would almost instantly forgive him and conspire to cover up his assault on the promise that he would go after Moriarty and B) Sherlock is a thinker, not a gut-popper! Because JLM is JLM he made it work, and the wound being non-fatal kept it consistent with character, but still, let’s try and shy away from any more Robert Downey Jr.-esque “deduction in the throes of physical contest” = superpowers.

In sum, this episode was genuinely engrossing, laid down a promising foundation for the rest of the series, and at long last proved to us that Watson wants to be here. I am genuinely excited about the next episode! How did you feel about it?


QUESTIONS:

1. Who claims the Coca-Cola?

2. Do you think it's realistic that the brawler would ‘forgive’ Sherlock for stabbing him?

3. How long until Sherlock finds out Watson is volunteering her services?

4. Irene Adler: What are the odds she’s alive?

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Just started to watch this show, and I am enjoying every minute of it! Just had to say I thought the photo of Vinnie Jones being arrested (which Holmes views on his phone) looked vaguely familiar, and I was right! It actually mirrors one of the original illustrations of Sebastian Moran being brought to custody by two bobbies as Holmes (and Watson) looks on in one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels! Check Wikipedia for Sebastian Moran if you don't believe me ;)
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"notice I do not say Sir Doyle, because I live in mothaf*ckin’ America where we don’t let our rich folks call themselves fancy titles like their own private 24-7 Ren Faire, I won’t be bobbing a curtsey to any of that shit, ladies, princesses, whatever, unless y’all willing to address me by my Dungeons and Dragons character name, Majesto"

A real writer would have left that nonsense out.
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As soon as I saw those bees, I thought, "Lily's gonna have to buy someone a coke." :) And I really, really, REALLY hope Irene is still alive. It's a limitless well psychosis that could be explored. Imagine the sense of betrayal he'll feel once he finds out that she CHOSE to leave him? Or, if it was staged, the rage he'll feel at Moriarty for 'stealing her' from him.

Either way, it makes for better television than uncovering Russian spies and catching teen killers.
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I have no problem with the "thug" accepting - not forgiving - the stabbing. It's a simpe choice between leaving Sherlock free to try and take down Moriarty (which Moran wants for revenge), or getting him sent to jail/therapy in which case Moran is still going to jail for murder, and has noone left to take revenge on his boss.

Besides, he's been a soldier, he's clearly no stranger to pain, he's killed people in quite nasty ways - a quick, non-fatal stab is probably something he'd shrug off, philosophically accepting it as the price of doing business.
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Hit the button, meant to add spends his time at the Diogenes Club and is actually smarter then Holmes but much lazier. Also, hints that he works for what became British intelligence. Lets see how the story progresses.
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The series is excellent and is following the arc of the original SH stories by gradually introducing the core characters. M is distinct from Moriarity and is in fact Colonel Sebastion Moran, Holmes second most deadly foe and also Moriarity's right hand man. Irene Adler is most definitely alive and may guess will be introduced in the cliff hanger at the end of the season. The only major characters yet to be introduced is Holmes' brother Mycroft who, the original stories weighed a ton, was as smart as Holmes
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I don't know if anyone else suggested it before and it could be a very far fetching theory, but Moriarty could be Holmes's father.. it kinda felt like a Lex and Lionel Luthor kind of relationship Holmes has with his father and that he could very well have made Irene killed in the way he rejected Watson's request for staying further, as she was sent to Holmes before, against his will.. I dunno, maybe too much conspiracy theory on mybehalf but that last scene kinda gave me that feeling..
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I think that Martin Lawrence would make a great Moriarty on this show.
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i did catch one grievous error, relating to English/American language. The email reply from Holmes' dad to Watson mentioned that he would send her final "check" shortly. I would have hoped that the writers' would know that those in the UK and Canada spell the word "cheque"...the proper way!
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Great episode. Amazing, honestly.
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I think this is the best episode so far. And yes I think the series has finally found their footing. Great acting all round!
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It didn't surprise me that he forgave Sherlock and Irene is totaly alive!
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We have had an American take on Sherlock... and that is House. And yes, the irony is that Hugh Laurie is British. You can't win them all. :)
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It sounds like the Brits win them all though LOL LOL LOL
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Well, easy to figure that before the end of the series Holmes will find out what Watson is up to. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if he found out next episode. I totally think that brawler would forgive Holmes. You Americans don't know football thugs like us poor English people. LOL! But yeah, it's a revenge thing. If (when?) he gets out of prison, he can always get Holmes back for a non fatal stab wound, but Moriarty grassed him up/set him up/through him to the wolves. In England we are BIG on revenge. If someone sets you up, you do whatever you can to get them back. Trust me. It's very believable. I'll be looking forward to when we actually meet Moriarty. But I was impressed with Vinnie Jones. I mean, seriously I was so happy that they were gonna have a butch smart guy. I knew M stood for Moriarty, but I was a little disappointed that Vinnie Jones wasn't actually Moriarty. At the same time I was super happy because it means that there will be an awesome reveal about it sooner or later.
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Patrick Stewart
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LOL! THAT would be freaking awesome. Or David Tennant. THAT would be so funny. (nods)
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Now I'm wondering, does Sherlock's father even exist? For some reason I'm thinking it's all a head game. The email at the end and Sherlock's question seemed to me like a test...
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Was a very good episode but I did find some of the incorrect usage of British English/American English annoying, Vinnie Jones said "cell phone" when he should have obviously said "mobile phone", he'd already used the British slang "nick" meaning prison so why would he have used the American English "cell phone"? Makes no sense, also in Holmes Senior's "mobile phone" text, he incorrectly uses the American English "check" when he should have used the British English "cheque", obviously quite petty points to raise but if they want to be authentic enough to have Vinnie's character use so much British English slang throughout the episode why not get it 100% correct?
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My favorite episode to date. Just fantastic acting from JLM and LL throughout, and I love me some Vinnie Jones! I have little doubt that Irene Adler is alive, but I like the take they are doing. The fact that we have to genuinely debate whether she is alive or not I think tells us they are doing something right. I'll be glad to get away from the "omg Watson is gonna leave, but obviously never will or there would be no show" storyline, so we can focus on the more promising aspects of them as a duo, and hunting down the grand archnemesis that is Moriarty.

Also: "Arsenal fan. As if I didn't have enough reason to despise you". Instant classic.
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Irene Adler is is alive and she's...


MORIARTY! :O
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That would be the biggest cliché ever and one anyone could see coming from a mile off, but it's what I've come to expect from shows.

I think they ought to get Hugh Laurie to play Moriarty. It's not like he's doing anything nowadays... :-)
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Hugh Laurie could make a great Moriarty IMO!
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great episode as always. I really like the chemistry between Miller and Liu and now with Moriarty ... I cant wait to see more.
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2. Mercenaries have a totally different and very warped sense of thinking. The whole, "it's not personal it's business thing" isn't a far stretch. Not that I'm an expert on that or anything.
3. I imagine it wouldn't be long at all. The fact of the matter is they've reached this brilliant and beautiful part in their relationship where it doesn't really matter. He wants her around. She wants to be around. Neither of them are willing to fully admit that on some level but both of them known and accept it. When he does find out he probably won't even mention it, until some intense moment where he flippantly makes it know.
4. I'd imagine she is. As it was said, she's too pivotal of a character to not be alive.
I suppose we did have our American version of Sherlock in House. Even then, he was an American played by a Brit. LOL! I found that interesting too.

This episode was definitely the best one of the season so far! I love the point in their relationship, Watson and Sherlock are at. They have a great chemistry and I love how we've seen it progress and grow, but it was at it's best in this episode, more in your face. You could sense this inexplicably bond and fondness they have for one another that even they don't really understand and it truly felt like from this point forward we have them as partners. I love especially that Watson is finally carrying her weight as far as deducing etc, w/o Holmes being dumbed down in the process. Love it.There was this darkness and intensity to the episode that I thoroughly enjoyed. It also went very well with POI coming in before that.
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In regards to number 3, I think you hit the nail on the head. It honestly reminds me very much of Mal and Inara from Firefly, but in a platonic way. Both in Firefly and here, we have "couples" (I of course use this term loosely, since Holmes/Watson are not, and will never be, a true couple) that feel very strongly about each other, but both were unwilling or unable to fully admit those feelings to the other due to pride and/or fear.
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I loved the episode but, for your sake, I am so glad you didn't call Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "Sir Doyle" because that would have made you look like a mothaf*ckin redneck who has never heard of Google. If he was ever addressed as anything other than Arthur or Mr Conan Doyle he would have been called "Sir Arthur", after being Knighted. Also so glad there are no mothaf*ckin Americans who stoop to such foolishness. I mean, other than "Duke" Ellington, "Duke" Groner, Lady Day (Billie Holiday), Count Basie etc etc
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A really great episode this week.
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Its gonna be the dad! lets bet on it people!
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It is quite possible that Irene is alive. When doing the test on the blood, either A) she took out her blood gradually to match hers or B) and what I think could be more likely, spilled 12 pints of someone else's blood and switch the dna sample in the testing to get the positive result. . Moriarty is quite the man with the right strings, so I can imagine him having that sort of pull in having a false positive.

as to the brawler forgiving him, He declared himself as an assassin. Being screwed by Moriarty, the "forgiveness" is more like what he wants more. To see Holmes in jail for the stab, or keep the guy who has the best chance of getting Moriarty in play.
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Great Episode - Score one for `Merica and Majesto. "Unless ya'll willin` to address me..." I saw red, white, and blue when I read this.
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In the matter of Adler being alive, it depends on the quality of the writers.
Blood = Body is the cliche for TV shows that want to have someone's death faked, (The old 'if theres enough blood, you dont need a body - so stockpile your blood and spill it all at once, trick), although I do like that the writers never even mentioned that her body was one of the ones that didn't wash up (which will be noted lately).
I can only hope that Sherlock realises soon that she is still alive, because nothing is worse that a twist that the audience can see miles away but the genius main character is stumped by (See: Dexter Season 6...)
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I kind of wish I had watched this episode as it aired on TV with Person of Interest. Both shows had arguably the best episodes of their runs, so I assume that would have been an awesome 2 hours of television. Unfortunately, I download and watched these separately. Anyway...

... yes, this was a pretty great episode. I like the slight twist with M and Moriarty being different people. Seeing the title of the episode, I'm sure many thought M would be for Moriarty... then we see Vinnie Jones as M and I can picture some people reacting like "WTF?!" So, uh, good decision to make him Moriarty's play-toy.

As for Adler... I keep thinking she's alive... but I'm actually siding on the side that believes she's really dead. My reasoning? Adler being alive almost seems too obvious a plot-twist that it'd be better if it was twist-less and she was really dead. Elementary hasn't exactly shown GREAT writing, but I do think it's trying to do something a little different.
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Great episode. Lucy Liu continues to impress me with her work and Vinny Jones was outstanding here.
I can understand why you'd think Irene Adler is still alive. That crazy method for killing and leaving nothing behind but blood added to the fact that only about half of the bodies were recovered makes it easy enough to fake someone's death in the middle of a spree. Just bag 10-12 pints over time and keep it in cold storage.
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While Elementary was allright television uptill now, I had the feeling that the series found its stride in this episode both Lui & Miller founded their relationship on something real last night.
While it is clearly NO Sherlock it seems that the series can stand on its own with its own interpretation. And of course its roots would be in the UK, nobody would like an Amercan that cocky and arrogant.
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Apart from House you mean?
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House is Sherlock Holmes in a medical disguise and while the actor does a decent enough American accent he is very British. I have always been very concious of Hugh Laurie been a Brit and therefor I never associated his arrogance with Americans.
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"decent enough American accent"?

When he did his screen test, he was so good they thought he WAS American!
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That might have been so in your case. Still the show was created in the USA for domestic consumption and even Mr. Laurie assumed that the show wouldn't last since he himself said that the character was very unappealing still... guess what?
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I think Sherlock realised that M had followed him to the US but he didn`t tell anyone, he was trying to prevent Joan from putting the pieces together and realize that it had something to do with Irene or his addiction...
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It's actually 'Sir Arthur' as opposed to 'Sir' Doyle.
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I am glad that the man in this episode is not Moritarty. I am all for fresh takes on the characters, which Moriarty is open to since he only appeared in like 2 actual books, but I have always prefered that Moriarty be someone more refined and elegant then the brawler that we had in this episode. He should be more of a "man behind the curtain" character, pulling the strings and getting his actual hands dirty very rarely, sort of like the business man version of Lex Luthor.

Also, Moritarty is a character that should be as smart if not smarter than Sherlock himself, pushing him beyond his limits. Also, Moriarty should be the type not as easily tracked down like Sebastian was here.

As for who Moriarty is, I would rather him be someone separate from other characters. I like Chiwetel Ejiofor, who played the Operative in Serenity. Now if they go with him being another character, maybe Mycroft Holmes, Sherlocks brother.

Irene is most likely dead but it is possible that she faked her death and is either working for Moriarty or is in captivity. She could have faked her death by periodically having her blood drawn and saved and then simply planting the amount needed to make the police believe she was drained and killed.

I don't think that Sebastian actually forgives Sherlock, but he does respect him. Sherlock did what no one else could, he caught him. He killed 36 people and outsmarted police on two continents, and suddenly someone gets the drop on him, he was impressed. He has also been betrayed and sold out by Moriarty. His payback for that betrayal is actually quite simple, Sherlock. Sebsastian knows that he can't take on Moriarty but he thinks Holmes can. Sebastian may be going to jail, but he has seen to it that Moriarty now has to deal with someone who Sebastian truly believes is smart enough to go toe to toe with Moriarty, the one man most likely to take him down.
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"Please let me introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste ", yep Moriarty is the Devil in "Sympathy for the Devil". Frankly, I would love that Moriarty be a woman this time, it would open the story to so much more interesting vistas; but what is done is done. I also would like to meet Sherlock's father and of course his older brother too.
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M: You!
Sherlock: Me. BATON *wham*

Boom! If I didn't already love JLM, that pretty much sealed the deal. Not the violence part of it, just that he whipped that dandy out when I least expected it. Well played episode the whole way around.
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I don't think Irene is alive, Sherlock would have results from DNA taken from her death, but I wouldn't put it past this show that Sherlock's father is Moriarty!
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I'm as sure that Irene is really dead as I am that Moriarty will try to kill Joan Watson before this show is over.
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First off, Sherlock Holmes can fight, He is a avid boxer in the books, not just an intellectual. And I think it is completely realistic that he would agree to "forgive" Sherlock. Especially if they dealed he would get a shot at Moriarty in prison.
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Lol why are you calling the guy brawler? Anyway, you didn't mention that his character, Sebastian Moran is actually a real character from 'Sir' Doyle's stories. I actually appreciated that the this show is making actual nods to the source material even though its just referencing their names.

Not all major characters are British. You forget that Watson is an Asian American woman. Alternatively Irene Adler is suppose to be originally American but in the show, she is implied British. So I wouldn't go on and say 'all' major characters are British.

Although I don't think this is the type of show that does flashback, its actually good that there is a bit back story or history in London. I can't wait until they reveal more of it.

I'm glad that Sherlock is British. Watch The Mentalist if you want an American Sherlock.
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First of all: BEES!!!

Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way...

I too wonder if we'll somehow find that Irene's murder was faked, but it would require some doing and Irene's collaboration. It's posible that Irene's body was never found, as was the case with several of M's victim's, but there would have at least been enough blood found to attribute her death to M. There's just no way that would have been possible unless Irene helped by supplying her blood ahead of time. We'll see though.

I actually thought M would target Joan, and we would see Sherlock's concern for her, along of the lines of the ones displayed for Watson when he was shot in "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs." I guess it was a bit too soon to blow that load though.

I'm very excited to see what they do next. This almost felt like a season finale though, so I was glad to find that we have another 12 episodes to go.
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Given that the brawler in question worked for Moriarty for at least ten years, yes I do think that he would at least temporarily forgive Sherlock. I mean M may never have met Moriarty but there were probably disagreements, and Moriarty does not seem like the type to forgive and forget. Also, Moriarty basically handed him to Sherlock on a plate. I think M knows that Sherlock is his best hope of revenge on that front, after which M can concentrate on finding a way to hurt or kill him.
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You should read the actual Sherlock Holmes books. He actually was a brawler and experimented with drugs. Somehow he got PBS'd up over the the years.
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I read them all, I also read Det Poirot and Miss Marple books even though they are from a different author (Agatha Christie instead of Arthur Conan Doyle).
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"Irene Adler: What are the odds she's alive?"
Slim to none, the show is setting up Watson as the woman in Sherlock's life so there's no need for, yet another, brilliant woman for Sherlock to develop a case of mutual admiration with. He already is vulnerable towards Joan, in a similar vein as the character used to be vulnerable to Adler in movies/books. which means the dynamic is covered and Irene is most certainly dead IMO.

"How long until Sherlock finds out Watson is volunteering her services?"
As soon as he catches her looking for a part-time job to cover her expenses, would be my guess.
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You went from nay to yay in one mediocre episode... I for one am still not exicted with this show. The bees were back, that should keep some people happy, but this episode as all others before it was a mess.

Sherlock was rambling instead of adding something to the plot like he usually does on this show. Watson discoverd something Sherlock couldn't deduct, but it had no influence whatsoever. And then the murder... The blood pool and the tripod thing was ridiculous. How the hell are you removing a body and a tripod from a blood pool which by the looks of it spread wider than the tripods legs without disturbing it? Also not making an immediate connection with the murderer following him from London...weak at best. Also the fact that Sherlock did not know this man was just a proxy..weak. Leaving clues for Watson to find him after his brilliant abduction scheme...weak. Watson staying on for free and not telling...weak. Also Sherlock gathering his torture kit was just ridiculous...an icepick from bookshelf a, an pair of pliers from bookshel b, a drill from dresser c COME ON!! These are things everybody keeps in a toolbox there's nothing so special about them you should keep them in hidden caches...WEAK! I'm going to torture you and I brought my bees, but maybe you're allergic so I'm not going to do that..bring an epi pen Sherlock...WEAK!!

And that's my growing annoyance with this show... They are jumping through hoops making Sherlock seem special while all they are able to accomplish is portraying him as a very rude yet smart anoying addict who just blurts random facts and shows off the obvious when there is no reason for it.

I also find Watson's loyalty to Sherlock unbelievable. It's just not natural unless Watson is a full on masochist (in which case they would get along splenditly in the kinky sex department) who likes to be insulted and getting nothing in return..

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Yes I also had issues with the way that it was obviously impossible to remove the tripod/body from such a large pool of blood without disturbing it.
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Easy peasy!

Wait 'till blood stops dripping and simply tilt the tripod back a little and "walk" it away, complete with body.

When clear of the blood pool, remove body from tripod and tidy up.
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Brawler probably a little angry but righteous anger first.

Addler's alive I wouldn't be surprised if Addler is actually M.
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I liked the episode overall. The few things that annoyed me, like the usual stupidity of the cops, was usual, so I was ready for that. Also that Sherlock hadn't immediately put together that M had followed him to New York as soon as he recognized his 'work'.

Anyway, I liked Sherlock getting dark and intense, and I like when he and Watson clash a bit, as long as neither one of them get too stupid about it. I hope for the show's sake that Sherlock knew she was lying about his father employing her. Since Sherlock wants her around and he knows that she enjoys him and his cases, I'll assume he doesn't mind the why. The question is how long he'll let her twist, e.g. work for free.

As for Sherlock stabbing the hitman, that didn't bother me at all. Moran's a pro, and Moriarty sold him out to take the rap for the 30+ murders Moriarty orchestrated. As the stabbing didn't hit any vital organs (Sherlock's now a ninja / samurai in addition to his many skills), it was pretty much a flesh wound to free Sherlock up to take Moriarty down. From what Moran knows of them both, Sherlock's the only guy with a chance of getting revenge for him, not to mention that Sherlock had just spared his life.

Yeah, there's no way Irene's dead. She's potentially too good and too interesting a character to throw her away before the show even started. The mind games, the sexual tension, and the love / hate....Watson may have found her match!

And I guess Sherlock will somehow fit in there, too. I like this show. I'm glad I stuck with it.
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Blah. Moriarty and Adler are staples of Sherlock Holmes culture, that the show is using both of these characters as plot devices in its infancy does not bode well for the series in the long term. Once they've been delt with, what else is there?

I am not impressed with this choice.

Oh, and does anyone believe for a minute than Irene Adler is actually dead?
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I've said it before, but I'm personally hoping that Moriarty will turn out to be Sherlock's actor friend (played by Roger Rees). First of all, he's a great actor. We've also already met him and he's British. Other than Moriarty being his father, it's the only twist the show can realistically pull, since all reality would fall apart if it were either of the cops.
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That is an absolutely fantastic theory! Now I want to rewatch that episode. Do you remember how they became friends and how long they've known each other? Or did we not receive that information?
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They were pretty vague about it. In that episode, the whole point of Rees's character was to give Watson information about Irene, other than that very comedic scene where he pretended to be Sherlock's father. Considering that this reminder of Irene was quickly followed by her murder being plopped into Sherlock's life once more, Rees could very well be Moriarty and wanted Watson to remind Sherlock of his former love.

But yeah, at the time they introduced the actor-friend I thought it was odd that for such a good actor they gave him such a small part. He had no backstory, other than him saying he's known Sherlock for while, and he is sometimes used by him. He also said that Sherlock didn't have friends, in the traditional sense of the word. Basically, if we never see him again, the writers wasted a great actor on a very hollow character.
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1. Finally the day has come that I can say: you owe me a coke. I did a little clerical work, and it looks like #1 was noelrk (who I assume is your fellow staff writer Noel Kirkpatrick), I was #2, and #3 was stanking. I would like to thank my parents, CBS, Coca Cola, and let's not forget high-fructose corn syrup, for making this possible.

2. Actually, I do think it's realistic. The brawler is presumably a psychopath, and therefore cares all about himself. It makes sense then, that what angers him most is that he was betrayed, and that he would want vengeance to be exacted. Also, it seems that the brawler has a strange code of ethics about himself, in that he isn't a liar, torturer and murderer that he may be. This is true of many psychopaths, so it makes sense that its important to him that Sherlock understand that he didn't kill Irene Adler. I also think that the brawler sees hanging out in prison as a smart move, as that way he will hopefully be protected from Moriarty, additional crimes cannot be pinned on him, and he'll be able to arrange a deal for assisting in the capture of Moriarty. So yeah, it makes a lot of sense from his standpoint.

3. I really hope they don't make this one of those annoying "what will he do when he finds out arcs," where their relationship is going great, but then Sherlock finds out Watson has been lying to him so he's not happy with her. Honestly, it's hard to say when he'll figure it out, since he's pretty shaken up right now and all of his deductive skills are focused on Moriarty. Still, he could figure it out in the next episode. I'm more interested in what his reaction will be when he learns the truth. As I indicated earlier, the usual TV answer is to make an issue of it and have such dishonesty drive a wedge between the two characters. However, I think that Sherlock would realistically appreciate the fact that Watson wants to be with him and work with him even though she isn't getting paid.

4. Considering this is a TV show based on a very popular franchise, I'm going to say that the chances are good she's alive. Realistically, I find it hard to believe that Sherlock wouldn't have established beyond any doubt that she was dead, before he started mourning her so much. But as I said, Irene Adler is a very popular character, so the writers would be smart to at least have flashbacks, though having her still be alive is far more preferable. It's even possible that she faked her own death. The more likely answer is that Moriarty has imprisoned her all these years, and will use her in a twisted game with Sherlock.

I'm really glad that Elementary has stepped up its game and shown that its ready to create a serious arc, and one about crime this time. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they're reveal Moriarty. Maybe she'll even be a woman. Crazy thought.
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No self respecting Brit would refer to a Cellular phone as a Cellular phone it's a Mobile Phone.

That being said I liked Vinnie Jones in this episode by far his best acting to date - kudos to his acting coach.
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I missed this in the episode but your comment made me remember a line from BBC Sherlock in the Hounds of Baskerville episode when Sherlock explicitly made this differentiation.
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I watched that Sherlock ep too but missed that - probably made the point subconsciously.
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I thought that too about the phone, and I think it was sadly for our benefit. I think they worry that making British characters too Brit would alienate us with all those funny wordspeaks.
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Surely if that were the case they would have not had Vinnie say "nick" meaning prison which would be far more confusing to Americans than mobile phone/Cell phone.
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We actually use nick for prison sometimes, though, but fair enough. It's inconsistent at best, but I stand by my assertion that the writers think their audience is stupid.
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Okay, it could be the execs. That would at least make me feel a little better. Not for the poor writers. It must be disheartening to pour your heart into something only to have your boss walk up and sprinkle a pinch of stupidity over it.
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Aha wasn't aware you sometimes use nick in the same way, tbh I don't think it's the writers who generally think we're stupid it's the tv execs who think it and force the writers to change such things.
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I wonder if Moriarity is in fact M. Holmes? That would certainly make for some interesting conflict. Especially if Adler's alive, which I think she is.......and Irene tries to bring him in on the family business.
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I've been wondering is M. Holmes is Mycroft, who in the canon is Sherlock's brother, but making him his father would be an interesting twist.
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I haven't read the full review. I just have to say this and then I will read the rest. I think that what you said about the title of "Sir" is naive and just shows that you cannot comprehend what it means. And totally not the point. On a side note: I'm not British. And my country is not a monarchy and hasn't been in the last 100 years.
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HRM. Did I say your country was a monarchy? Re-reading...not seeing it...bit of a straw man to throw in... I said I wasn't bowing/curtseying/acknowledging rank- and in a quite jocular tone. Isn't "sir" a way of indicating rank? Please explain to me if otherwise, in words small enough for my narrow comprehension. On a side note: I am NOT a "redneck hick" and how dare you say so...oh wait you said nothing of the kind? STILL GOING TO THROW IN AN INFLAMMATORY STRAW MAN.
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Is it a completly bonkers idea to think Irene Adler is Moriarty? They swapped Watsons gender, so why not Moriarty.
Irene in the original source was smart and outsmarted Sherlock.
not much else to back up this idea.
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Continuing with the "flip everything on its head" ideas, what if Sherlock is actually pretending to be his father, and is the one who hired Watson in the first place. Joan has never actually spoken directly to or met with Mr. Holmes, just corresponded by email, text and through an answering service.
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Why would the combine two characters into one. That would be a such let down. More characters the better. So Sherlock's mortal enemy is also his love interest?
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It would certainly be the most shocking choice they could make. Though it basically means that either Sherlock just happened to get involved with a serious criminal mastermind pretending to be normal person, or Irene set everything up. The latter would be the most likely scenario, and that means that Irene must really have something against Sherlock in order to pull off that long con.
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Maybe she used Sherlock to get to Mycroft(Father?) who is privy to the ins and outs of the Britisch state. Mycroft became suspicious so Irene needed to get away.
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I would change my opinion of the series if they made Adler Moriarty. Because that would be pretty freaking cool.
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That shit is bonkers! But I love the audaciousness of the prediction.
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