Elementary Review: The Seven Deadly Sins of "One Way to Get Off"

Elementary S01E07: "One Way to Get Off"

First things first: While we did see bees, they were not in Sherlock's house/under Sherlock's care, so no cokes this week. BUT it's looking more promising that cokes may appear on the horizion, in the form of bees under Sherlock's care. So don't give up, thirsty Elementary fans.

As for the show, I'm sorry, but I found this week's episode absolutely abysmal. To wit:

1. Once again, Watson and Sherlock were divided for an episode. Ostensibly because Sherlock was giving Watson the cold shoulder after she dared to confront him about Irene. Holmes reset to his resentment and distrust of Watson, telling her he would never share personal experiences with her because he didn't want to cheapen his memories by "allowing them to become grist for your tedious recovery mill."

Hopefully the writers heard the revelation about their own writing that seeped into that line. The recovery jargon Watson keeps spouting is sounding hollow and repetitive these days, you'd think seven episodes in there would be a personal investment beyond sober-buddy responsibility between these two fated BFFs.

2. Talk about a hatchet job on the NYPD. They've gone from criminally negligent to just plain criminal, with a cop planting evidence at a crime scene to send a murderer to jail, and then that "worked out" because luckily the guy was actually guilty this time. Also it defies even my blunt, broken instrument of deduction that Cap'n Gregson wouldn't recognize one of the station's own mugs when cataloguing evidence at a crime scene back in the '90s. Even if the NYPD has random mugs coming in and going out of the station kitchen so fast that they can't keep track of them all, that was a weirdly distinctive mug and wouldn't Aidan have noticed that the key piece of evidence was also the vessel of coffee he had PERSONALLY HANDED to the serial killer during interrogation? (With like, maybe his OWN fingerprints on it?) He should have retired at the end of this episode, period. He is a bad police guy! He did not seem that interested in solving crime!

3. Part of why Cap'n Gregson is now officially the worst police chief ever is that he refused to listen to Sherlock. The writers tried to sidestep this issue by implying that Gregson's distrust of Sherlock was built on his own ego/fear for his career/denial that his partner could have planted evidence. But still, if we're going to have to go through cops putting their hands on their hips and screaming, "Who is this guy? Get him out of here!" in every episode, I will lose my mind. Sherlock has solved their last six significant crimes more or less on his lonesome. He should have a modicum of credibility no matter how crazy the things he he says are.

4. There was a desperation to keep this week visually interesting that manifested in kind of awful ways. The crime scene was grotesque, and once again how are those extras supposed to put this on their reels? A pillow over the face doesn't play well on a reel.

Then we had the tangential sex dungeon that Holmes found on a hunch, a freaking SEX SLAVE subplot that was used to clear the biggest suspect. Um, this would have actually been a fascinating whole episode, as sex slaves are a very real thing around the world and rarely get the attention/awareness they deserve, but no, it was titillating window dressing.

And of course there was Sherlock popping into a police interrogation room and throwing a ball or an orange or something into a suspect's face while screaming "THINK FAST!" to prove a point. Sometimes this show is like a Simpsons version of a detective show, like some parody of how ridiculous a brilliant detective's methodology can get in the hands of careless writers. Of course Sherlock Holmes needs to bolt into a room and throw an orange in a man's face. Such is the nature of careful observation.

5. So a dreamy teen was seduced/trained by a psychopathic killer to continue his serial murdering? What does that remind me of? What TV plot have I seen recently that Elementary is homaging or ripping off? Oh yes, Elementary did basically this exact plot a couple week ago in "Child Predator." After last week's intricate Fabregé egg of a mystery plot, the show reverted to a story it's already told. Disappointing.

6. Watson creeped up on Sherlock's old recovery home, talked trash on him with his old counselors and psychiatrists (who apparently could give two sh-ts about doctor-patient confidentiality), and came home with a big bundle of letters to righteously turn them over to Sherlock. Um, Thanks?

"Thanks for hunting down a bunch of super personal stuff bout me and then making a show about how you're not going to invade my privacy. You kind of already did by finding this stuff in the first place." Also, girl was eating smoothies in every scene this episode. Is she on an all-liquid diet or are they trying to insinuate she has her own addictions? Wheat grass, probiotic addictions?

7. Finally, and this made me furious, Irene Adler had better have faked her death. Because if the show is going to drop a name bomb like that and then instantly dismiss it into flashbacks, that's a wasted opportunity and just plain rude. I want Rachel Weisz, dressed like a raver, on my screen yesterday. So Sherlock had better either be lying to Watson (cringe) or Irene better have done what a good adventuress does and faked her death so she can reappear quite shortly, or else I will truly let this show have it.


QUESTIONS:

1. Irene Adler: still alive, right?

2. Is Watson technically doing more sophisticated deduction work than Sherlock?

3. Can someone explain to me why the guy with depth perception issues was even a suspect? For the life of me I could not follow that thread.

4. What did you think of this episode?

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I get the distinct feeling that the network had a set of generic scripts for a crime drama (or just a pile of rejected Monk episodes) and saw Sherlock's success and decided to do some search & replace... ('Sharona Fleming' replaced with 'Joan Watson') now lets add in a few more names .. (well just 'Irene Adler' actually) and bingo it's now a Holmes update! No one actually bothered beyond that, they certainly forgot to add any of Holmes' traits or even his clever deductions.
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I think the show would be better, if the main characters were not called Sherlock and Watson. If that guy was just a random rich genius ex-addict and she a random ex-doctor/sober-buddy who solve crimes together. They could make jokes about how they are like Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
Now - though there is potential - they just do not fill the expectations that come with a "modern Sherlock Holmes"-show.
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can anyone tellme the name of the song at tha final scene please... thanks
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Passengers "Feather in the Clyde"
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Irene's definitely still alive. It would be too much of a waste to kill her off before the show's even off the ground. Though I can see the bitch fights starting between her and Watson when/if she appears.
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For once I would like to not figure out the entire mystery halfway through the show. This incarnation of Sherlock is still pretty tame. The character is at his best when he's an ass and the only one that can put up with him is Watson. This show lacks all of that...
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Despite the mediocre mystery, we had the introduction of several wonderful "Sherlock" characterizations, and for me, the character of Sherlock is what drives me to watch this show, anyways. First, we had his reliance on microscopes. The modern police wanted to use their ballistics and high tech equipment, and Sherlock's like, "nah, I'm using the microscope and the human eye." Totally in-character. Also, we saw him whip out his lock-picking set. Hooray! And, we get to see Sherlock's (via Johnny Lee Miller) acting abilities as he deftly crossed between an American and English accent in a matter of seconds. So yeah, the mystery was weak, but the character of Sherlock Holmes was strong. :)
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You are probably right. Irene is still alive. Sherlock lied so that watson would back off.
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I agree IA better be alive and come kicking into the show
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why is it so hard for ms. sparks and rest of the whiners down to understand that this is not the actual Holmes and actual Watson, and so of course the flow of the events, as well as the characters and the story will be very much different than the original versions.. of course, watson will be preaching about being sober, and post rehab stuff, that is exactly what she is there for, and in 7 episodes, who would expect a character like this Holmes to get connected fastly to character like that Watson.. other than that, this episode had nothing in common than teens commiting crimes with the Child Predator episode.. the two cases are so different by so many means, it really is hard to understand how you can accuse writers to repeat themselves.. and almost all of your points you put out to prove how abysmal the episode is -except for the captain's lack of investigative abilities- are abysmal themselves.. so what, if watson likes smooties, or this being a crime show, what is wrong with the crime scene being grotesque? considering watson's job, why would it be a problem for her to hunt down some information? she is NOT there to just observe, she needs to be proactive and thats what she does.. if she did not pursue that line of task, than it would be pretty ridiculous.. there is nothing sinful about any stuff that has been going on this show, than giving it to a critic who hates it.. TV.com should stop doing that asap..
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I only want to comment on the last point. If you look back to just before the show started and the first few episode reviews you may notice that in fact Lilly was very excited for the show. She was defending it against critics who hadn't seen it and were making judgments unfairly, so TV.com didn't "give it to a critic who hates it" they gave it someone who showed interest. The fact that she now dislikes it means that either it wasn't what CBS was promoting (a modern day interpretation of the original characters), or it just isn't very good.
If you are willing to accept that this isn't Sherlock Holmes, and are happy with another version of The Mentalist then that's great for you. However there were those of us that started watching because we wanted what CBS promised in the previews and promotional material.
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@NeeUyank I was with you for the first two sentence-phrase-things and then you took a surprising backwards logical leap. Your third sentence-phrase-thing should have read "She's a critic and should be trying harder to be critical"
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I have read not all of the reviews but all the ones I have read involved a lot of complaining about pretty trivial stuff.. Ms Sparks is not just a viewer, she is doing this as a job as far as I understand.. therefore she should be trying harder to remain objective and provide some evaluation with more solid arguments than those.. "she now dislikes it" cannot be an excuse for a professional, and if it is the way things go around here, then TV.com should definitely assign alternative reviewers to shows, when / if they feel this negative about that show, that's why I blame the management more than her.. we have seen other examples of this case before and it is really ruining the whole experience within the website.. I am not expecting a massive bunch of applauds and praises, no show is flawless, let alone Elementary.. but this whole text made me feel like she has found a very intriguing title concept first -the seven deadly sins- and then tried really hard -too hard- to find seven sinful (?!) flaws in the show, including Watson's smoothies? come on..

and for the broken promises, I have chosen to watch this show from the stuff I have read around here.. and I never for a second thought this would be an accurate exact replica of original Sherlock and Holmes, for which the timeline, the setting and god even the genders are not matching.. I mean, despite what ever CBS hinted about it, we have a female Watson, didn't this give you any clue in terms of what you will be seeing will be something only "inspired" by Doyle's work?
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I'm really on the fence with ELementary, wish they hadn't done it as a Sherlock Holmes thing but Jonny is very good in it. This episode was by far the worst, very tenuous plot and not at all interesting. Will keep watching for now by BBC Sherlock is way better which is why the producers shouldn't have gone down the Holmes route.
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Yep, still alive. I immediately thought fake death faker!
Not sure, I can see Watson's power of deduction growing, but this week's case didn't require as much from Sherlock as they would have us believe. Also, is Sherlock really Watson's most difficult client? Or is she probing into his personal life for other reasons?
Yeah, that was a weird rabbit trail, and Sherlock 'found' him by... internet search? Also, this guy was only a suspect after Sherlock found the gun and whatnot, but then immediately thought he was framed after...? Hm. Still didn't know who he was by the time Sherlock was throwing oranges. Not to mention 'the son/mentor is the killer' story re-told (good point), and those kid's baby blues were too blue to commit those gruesome murders Sherlock. Don't cast a Jonas brother as a killer casting people.
It was OK. I didn't see that many inconsistencies until you pointed them out. Yeah, what happened to 'what happens at rehab stays at rehab'? And Sherlock has a sudden change of heart towards Watson cuz of a few letters and that the Capt isn't an obstructor of justice? Hm. You're right, Irene needs to make a entrance. Although, I think Sherlock is going to always be treated by the police like House was... arrogant pain in their ass, which is fine by me. He could even be more arrogant and throw more fruit for all I care. Just no more pillow or child murderers, plz.
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Hey, what was the TV series some 20 years ago or so on Sherlock Holmes that, if I recall correctly, was written in a diary largely from the perspective of Watson (or am I getting confused by the Indiana Jones' diary thing?)? Was it "Young Sherlock Holmes"? Looking it up would ultimately be faster than asking, but hey. I seem to recall it being decent.
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I have no comment on the Irene Adler arc, but obviously it'll find its way back into the story in one form or another. I'd be pretty disappointed if she were still alive after Holmes admittance at the end of the episode, because it was not the usual, somewhat quick banter, but one that seemed slow, thought out, and heartfelt. Just doesn't seem like a lie.
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Evidently you CAN reply to and/or remove your own messages! Either that was added after my comment (or rather, reintroduced), or you just can't do it with 'just now' posted comments. Hm. Anyway, great job as usual, TV.com! Love you guys.
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I notice you can no longer reply to your own messages, which makes follow-ups inconvenient, but oh well (or are the buttons hidden? I also can't find any option to delete them or thumb myself up... errr... not that I did that... ever...). I meant to add at the end that it was obvious the evidence plant was by his former partner, and I think they could have done better to tie that into to why she and Gregson become seemingly estranged (ie. he suspected it and let it go because he knew they had their guy, but his conscience wouldn't allow him to continue on with her as before).
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I think some of your criticisms, Ms. Sparks, are not well grounded, but others are. I agree the whole sex-slave side-step was weak, and it's a bit hard to believe in the convenience that the teenage son would just start up, suddenly, where his father left off (I CAN see the lad watching him and talking in the prison library, but still). I still think that aside from the pilot this was one of the better episodes of the series thus far, and some of the other criticisms made can be easily explained; the monocular depth-perception suspect, for example, was meant for the purpose of exactly what you stated in the photo: "Deduction". If this show is to garner more of an audience and keep the loyal although somewhat disgruntled fans it already has, it needs to return to the 'roots' of what is Holmes, and I think this episode succeeded in that to an extent. Victor Jones was just a tool in that regards (in many senses of the word). As to WHY he was a suspect at all, I think hernandesalves point that out in his post. My only complaint about that whole part is that I don't recall any connection as to why HE was the would-be patsy -- was he also at Sing Sing and did the original suspect know him and know he was getting out so set his son out to start then? They could have tied up that package a little better.

I also don't see the point in criticizing Watson's scripted drink choices, although admittedly they caused me to go blend myself a blueberry smoothie. I believe they were only put in there to show that a) Watson is somewhat health conscientious, if not only in health trends, and b) they provided a receptacle for Holmes to stick it to her later by putting his personal letters in and blending them with her drink. Other than that, maybe her character just likes smoothies. Nothing overly quirky about that.

As for Gregson, I think they played off his reluctance to listen to, but later acceptance of Holmes, pretty well given how much the case was tied to him personally in the past, and then again in the future (present). Pretty shoddy work to chalk up the fingerprints to 'convenience' in the first place way back when, but there you go. I think if there is anything further to criticize about that story arc it is just that it might have been slightly heavy-handed character development of Gregson.
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I think of Sherlock and Watson as being just that- a team, side by side, working together. This episode was one of a rapidly expanding collection where they spend the episode not talking to each other, which i resent.
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To each their own, I guess. I personally have never seen a relationship between two people where they NEVER fight or spend time apart.
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3. Can someone explain to me why the guy with depth perception issues was even a suspect? For the life of me I could not follow that thread.
The guy was a suspect in '90s crimes, but he go to jail and has been release a month ago, when the murderers returned.
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The problem I kept having was the dissonance between the crimes and their perpetrator(s). Okay, I'm not an expert in criminology or forensic profiling or anything like that, but after having watched all those episodes of Criminal Minds I can quite easily spot a sophisticated crime. A this episode, the crime was sophisticated, almost ritualistic in signature. That usually comes with a sophisticated killer and, as much as I adore Keith Szarabajka, his character was just... not. Especially in that interrogation footage, where he looks and acts more like a common thug than anything else. Even when the Capt'n and Sherlock went to see him in prison the first time, I though "Nah". And all that quoting was just so... heavy-handed. Ugh.
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THIS. This was the issue I had a few weeks ago with "Child Predator". You expect to believe a guy who certainly gets off tormenting his victims by leaving "thank you" balloons at the kidnapping site and who had the forethought and organisation to pull that off would just become a submissive partner in about a year? And that a child who actually fell for that very obvious trick actually is a very smart psychopath who can devise a ruse to get him out of jail scot-free?
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Yeah, it's all about making us, as viewers, dismiss a suspect and then have Sherlock shower us and surprise with his brilliantly uncovered guilt. That's just cheating and it doesn't work.
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I DEFINITELY had the same feeling of the dissonance in terms of the son... just didn't work at all. And what was with the whole creepy mask thing at the beginning, except obviously to hide the identity of the killer from the audience? I hardly think people with pillows strapped to their faces need to be hidden from the man's identity.

And yeah, in retrospect the quotations were a little heavy-handed. Or at least, CONSTANTLY quoting was... might let one quotation pass.
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I think this episode epitomized just how wrong this show is in the portrayal of Holmes and Watson. It is just off by so very much that it gives the viewer an inclination that they are watching something that is so average that is pains the viewer. If I was a CBS exec or a show runner. I would have them move it to another day. The greatness that is POI that precedes this show makes Elementary look that much worse.

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1. Who knows? Where exactly would she fit in with the story. In between the insipid or the often petulant child like relationship between Watson and Holmes. Or the sheer and utter and down right insulting ineptitude of the NYPD in the show. Or what else. At this point I hope they keep any and all other characters from the Holmes universe out of this show. If only to respect the memory of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
2. No, Holmes is supposed to gain insight from keen observation and deduction. Watson is merely doing a in depth background check.
3. So Holmes could throw the thing at his face and basically what you captioned. HA I deduced something.!
4. Lame.
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Not a good episode on so many levels, but most of all, it's not even working as Sherlock Holmes mystery stories. This week I officially call it quits, I was trying because I love the books so much and JLM is fabulous, but I can't keep watching this drivel.
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I stopped watching after Episode 2 cos it's so ludicrously absurd in its content, illogic and concept. Guess what? Viola, it's been renewed for another season while the retards at ABC just CANCELLED Last Resort ! Wonder who or what one must FROCK within the networks these days to get renewed for another season? :P
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It wasn't a great episode but still, amidst the TV garbage being spewed, good enough for an enjoyable time. I try not to over-analyse;, there's more important things in life than TV.
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Be sure to check out moreimportantthingsthantv.com then
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is that (more important things than tv).com or (more important things than @tvdotcom)? The first one sounds like a highbrow pinterest and the second sounds like a lot of tv.com users bitching. The comment works either way, I just don't know how to read it with my inner voice.
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Each to his own, right Lily?
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Seems a bit of a sensitive reply, although granted it's a bit silly to spend time on LESS important things in life -- but such is life, so to speak.
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I think they've dropped Irene's name so come Superbowl episode she can make her grand entrance to a large audience... I mean, that's what I'd do if I was a writer on this show.
Also, I'm not interested in the cases of the week I'm interested in Sherlock and Watson but for some reason they were separated again. I wish they would hurry up and become BFF's.
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i think for the past tv shows depicting sherlock had a backbone, a common denominator of which the series began to build. Till now in elementary the basic structure is not clear. We have not seen any mild blowing cases for which sherlock is famous for, no arch nemesis(not even their introduction). If only the writers of the show could bring out amazement from their work, this series will be able to keep its audience. No doubt;the casting is awesome but nobody is giving them work up to their potential. what do you think?
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"Solids are for weak people." Lily, that made me LOL.
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Gosh, why can't you downthumb people and their asscrawling remarks? *sigh*
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Gosh, why can't I downthumb vulgar and rude people?
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Meh.
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The problem is that the show doesn't build something up well enough, so it's not several crimes or one ridiculously bizarre crime, but the police being stumped really early on and passing it on, but at the same time hesitant to let him help. As well as that all he's doing is noticing things the police should see, yet aren't looking properly instead of picking up the slightest of clues that no detective would see, like noticing that there was fake sugar on the plane, which everyone else passed off as sand.
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Great Episode and Watson has been showcasing her deductive skills!
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This week I realized what is wrong with Elementary (not so much wrong, but what is off with the show). They don't show you the clues. That's probably what is annoying many people. If you think about it, almost every other show like this (Sherlock, The Mentalist, Psych, House, etc...) will show you the actual clues the main character uses to figure out what's going on, but Elementary doesn't. It was pretty bad in While You Were Sleeping, but it was really bad in this week's episode.
Look at the marks on the ceiling and the fact everything is on the left side, he couldn't have done it!!! Oh wait, we didn't actually show the audience any of that... so yeah... SHERLOCK IS BRILLIANT!!!
Honestly, if they just showed those things for 1/2 a second before the big reveal it would have been a lot more satisfying. Also, the plot wasn't really that hard to figure out. I mean as soon as you show what's his name I was like I bet that's how everything is related and I bet the partner did it because DEDUCTION, and I was right about everything.
However, even with all these problems I still liked the episode (and there were bees in it). I don't know what it is about LL and JLM but they just work for me. I think it'e because it works without UST.
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Please stop shouting.
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See, if my entire post was in caps I would understand this post. However, I used the caps to illustrate how the writers are smacking the audience in the face with how brilliant Sherlock without actually justifying it (giving the audience a chance to figure it out themselves).
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Yes, this was the worst episode. Every series has to have one.

Sherlock Holmes, the world's most brilliant detective, managed to make mostly deductions that a police intern should have been able to make: 1) the mug, right there in that video that would have been studied by everybody involved in the case before carrying through on the original charges - we're supposed to believe only a truly brilliant person would have noticed that the distinctive mug in evidence was identical to the distinctive mug on the tape; 2) the shoe souvenir that Holmes lectured Gregson about as though Gregson had never heard of it before, 3) and then we're supposed to be astounded when Holmes makes a big show of comparing the bullets, as though this were some new and amazing idea instead of a routine procedure.

And the plot holes! As a person with monocular vision - and thus essentially no depth perception, I can assure poor Holmes that hitting a target with a bullet or an arrow isn't the problem he imagines. Lining up the orange juice carton and the glass can be difficult, but firing at a target requires nothing more than adjusting the aim: you aim at a certain distance and angle away from the spot you actually want to hit. (I constantly fall off curbs and trip over rugs, but I'm pretty good at archery.) What did happen to Gregson's fingerprints on the mug? Why did everyone at the rehab place feel free to discuss a patient with a stranger? Why does Joan continue to invade her client's privacy? For all she knows, the things she demands he focus on might be harmful to him; she's just guessing. She demands that he trust her, and then she goes behind his back to do things beyond the job she was hired for - we know that because several times she'd agreed with Holmes that checking on him every two hours and doing drug tests is enough to meet her job requirements. Any doctor knows better than to play at another specialty: she's a former surgeon, not a psychiatrist. And then, of course, Joan is rewarded with the amazing coincidence of Holmes leaving behind letters he wanted destroyed, and actually leaving them with somebody who'd give them away to the first stranger who came nosing around.

And Irene Adler. Did the writers have to create a mauldin connection between her and Holmes instead of sticking to Conan Doyle's sharp, unsentimental take on admiration of intellect? Painfully, it looks as though their only other option at this point is to copy a "Sherlock" plot line and go for the "faked-her-death" angle. I really do hope one of those writers has a better take that none of the audience has yet thought of.
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I wasn't actually bothered at all by Watson and Sherlock fighting- it leads to many more oh snaps than when they're friends. Eventually they'll be BFF's forever and braid each other friendship bracelets, but until then it seems like a realistic feeling-out-the-beginnings-of-a-friendship between two difficult people.

Irene is sooo not dead! I'm sure she faked it, and it'll cause mucho drama between her and Sherlock, since her "death" was basically the reason he went and did tons of heroin. So that'll be fun!

And the mystery this week was pretty engaging, although that police department is definitely the worst ever. I was willing to give Gregson the benefit of the doubt before, b/c he's not a supergenius and he has to follow boring police procedure, but this episode he was flat out stupid. Ugh. Retire already.
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First off, I'd like to say that I completely agree with you about why I'm not going to get a coke just yet. The bees in question must be from Sherlock's brownstone. Anyway, I'm not all that anxious. When I initially made this bet with you, it was from working out the pros and cons in my head. They were thus. Making the bet in the first place = typing out five words. Making, what seemed at the time, a bet I was most likely to lose against a professional television reviewer = a certain amount of shame. However, the chance to get a coke from Lily RoRo Sparks = Priceless. So yeah, hopefully in the near future you will owe me that coke.
Anyway, one to the questions:
1. If Irene Adler is in fact dead, the writers are stupid. Even if they have some wicked flashbacks, they're still stupid. Not as stupid, but stupid nonetheless.
2. I think the issue with this case is that Holmes didn't have that much detective work to do. In the past he's had to solve very complex crimes, but in this episode it was just about finding another suspect that could have committed the crimes. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it when it proves a suspect innocent after looking around for five seconds, but not when that's pretty much all he does, other than tracking down people. It's much better when he interacts with the killer for more than ten seconds before it's made clear that they are in fact the killer.
3. Yeah so that dude was a suspect because he had been a suspect in the murders the first time around. He had been in jail since those murders (for something presumably unrelated) and had only recently been released. The theory (before Holmes discovered the whole depth perception thing) was that the murders had stopped because the suspect was in jail, and then once he was released he continued where he left off. Yeah, not a lot of backstory on that guy.
4. I thought the episode was alright, though I personally thought it was the son immediately after we saw him because he had that random scene for seemingly no reason. As a rule, I don't like it when the murderer is in only one scene before they're revealed. This was definitely my least favorite episode so far, however, I think this is a better mystery show than most. So yeah, it was okay.
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This now has aired more episodes than Sherlock... And we're not close to the Sherlock/Watson relationship we had in the first episode of that show.

Also, I decided to start watching again because of Irene Adler talk, and now this.. I don't know what to think anymore.
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I always seem to like these episodes, then I read you reviews and am like "Oh wait, how did I not think of this..."! You make me feel like the dumbest viewer ever!
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You are not dumb for liking Elementary, it is very likable. I like it too! But like much enertainment, its suffers under a magnifying glass...I like to have fun enjoying it and then have fun again dissecting it.
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Exactly Lily; well put. This is just a little entermainment once a week. Stop over-analysing already.
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Irene has to still be alive, and I still want Ruth Wilson for the role...
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And I still think this show would be a huge waste of her time and talent. Like Kenneth Branagh doing Shakespeare in the park.
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I agree. I don't want her anywhere near this. I want her back on Luther. If she comes over as Irene, then she adds a bit to an average procedural disguised as something to do with Sherlock Holmes. But it is already renewed. And I don't want her to have a recurring role and her not go back to Luther. She is fantastic in that show. But even if she wasn't in that, I agree it still would be a waste of her talent.
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It's a fine procedural as it is. It only needs turning around if they want to turn it into a show about Sherlock Holmes.
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I wouldn't say it needs turning around...
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No question, but if you put a midget in lifts he'll still be short. She can't turn this thing around all on her own.
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I disagree, I think Ruth Wilson would just raise the show's game...
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