Elementary Season 1 Finale Review: "Menage a Trois With Moriarty"

Elementary S01E23 / S01E24: "The Woman" / "Heroine"


Last night’s two-hour Elementary basically served as a standalone movie. While there were skillful references to previous episodes woven in, the appearance of Irene, the unmasking of Moriarty, and Moriarty’s conquer were skillfully incorporated into one contained arc, and I predict fans who are trying to get their friends into this show will recommend that if nothing else they watch the finale.

Irene being Moriarty was predicted by TV.com commenters months ago, so while that wasn’t so shocking, it was almost hilarious how much trouble “Irene” took to stage her own kidnapping. An elaborate backstory about a peony on her pillow every night and the man wearing a mask that looked like this:

Like, that is a ridiculously fanciful idea of captivity. The backstory between Irene and Sherlock was well done, although it slipped into moments of giddy hilarity when Natalie Dormer started S.T.Rugglin’ with that American accent (no worries, we can’t all be Hugh Laurie, and I’m sure we Yanks owe the Brits a few sore ears with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow/Renee Zellweger busting out British accents on the reg). Dormer’s aggressively hard Rs could also be explained by the Moriarty reveal, which included the detail that in addition to being a criminal genius mastermind she was also British, liked ultra-modern jackets, and preferred up-dos. It was all just a lot for Sherlock to take in.

I did think that making Moriarty a woman and collapsing her with Irene, while predicted by many of you guys—and we can’t hold that against them because here at TV.com we are sort of masters of deduction—elegantly grounded the rather bombastic, comic-book aspect of Moriarty vs. Sherlock in relatable human emotions. That Moriarty keeps withholding from outright killing Sherlock because Moriarty admires him as a peer has been the prevailing logic for their adversarial/admiring relationship in previous reboots, to take it a step further and make them sort of a tragic love story only raises the stakes.

I do wish they had gotten the same point across with fewer expository speeches. Irene had several awkward paragraphs of prose about their worldviews and he was a game she’d always win and she had observed him via knocking boots etc. etc… when really the same ideas could have been illustrated with a few more flashbacks. (Just the look on Dormer’s face when she peered into the grotto said more than many of her monologues; if we’d seen more flashbacks after the big reveal in place of Irene’s angry rhetoric, the dramatic irony could have been something quite beautiful.)

As much as I liked the Irene/Moriarty turn, the period before the big Moriarty reveal was actually my favorite part of the finale. Watson and Sherlock taking Irene home to their squatter’s palace, and Irene sitting around staring at TVs while Sherlock peeped at her like “WTF?” was just sort of kind of eerie and imaginative and just weird. I love that Watson offered to go and Sherlock insisted she stay.

I did love that Sherlock relinquished the reins of the investigation to Watson and focused on being with his resurrected lady love, leaving Watson with some ultimate final exam for her apprenticeship and leaving us with scene after scene of Dormer and JLM capital-A ACTING at each other like two students in a black-box theater. SO MANY intense whispers, hissed mere centimeters from each other’s eyeballs. They started with the intensity as soon as they met in that studio, pinching at each other’s cheeks, and from then on they didn’t let up for a moment. I don’t know if they were feeding off each other’s natural proclivity for wrought melodrama, or if a director with a megaphone and bullwhip kept screaming “MORE INTENSE!” and cracking the whip in the air above their heads, but it got very Acty. I mean, I love Dormer and JLM so I was lolling about like a pig on a pillow, but at the same time you rarely see a couple touching foreheads while screaming at each other. Except, of course, in black-box theatre plays, the kind where they perform like, the unabridged dialogue of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, except set in 1975 Taiwan. You know, deep theatre.

I was not so thrilled that once Moriarty was revealed, the two women sank into a catfight over who knows Sherlock better and Moriarty’s accusations that Watson was DTF and Watson calling Moriarty “bitch” and so forth. While I appreciate that Elementary is casting outside gender norms, I sort of feel a responsibility to call out that women in general aren’t very nice to other women on TV. Especially if both of them have positions of power/are the same age. And ALWAYS if they know the same man, there will be blood, oh yes, there will be blood.

That having been said, the fact Watson “solved” Moriarty and convinced Sherlock to let Moriarty feel that she’d win so she’d drop her guard, and the confidence he showed in following her advice (not to mention leaving the Irene Adler case in her hands) has made Elementary’s Watson perhaps the most respected and equitable Watson of any Holmes reboot I’ve ever seen. Lucy Liu’s Watson is not written as a feeble-minded audience proxy who's there to constantly exclaim “My word, Holmes, but how ever did you know!” No, she’s quickly picking up Sherlock’s wisdom and techniques and acting as a trusted and equal partner (and he’s enjoying limitless free first-aid and surgery). It’s perhaps my favorite of all the Sherlock-Watson relationships I’ve ever seen, as of this finale.

Speaking of favorites: THE MUMMY was on TV last night! And he’s so beautifully preserved. And he was fantastic! Sorry, but if there is one movie I can watch any time of the day or night it's The Mummy.

I will be heartbroken if Moriarty is seriously conquered and dunzo (though I was so weirdly touched and semi-fangirling that her whole endgame was to have Sherlock run away with her. Like ultimately all she wanted was a sex break in Bali with Holmes and a billion dollars. She is a manipulative and fanciful murderess, but she is a manipulative and fanciful murderess IN LOVE).

I have a feeling Cap’n Gregson might lose her on the way to the station. While Dormer has her plate notoriously full, it’s just too great of a character dynamic to lose. Hopefully during the series’ well-deserved second season we’ll see sprinkled Moriarty references and maybe even a few Dormer cameos in addition to the insanely perfect dynamic between Sherlock and Watson that is now in place.


QUESTIONS

… Surprised at all about the Moriarty/Watson reveal?

… Moriarty: When/how often will we be seeing her next season?

… What are your other Season 2 predictions?

… How did you like the finale? What about he season overall?

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I really loved how Watson "solved" Irene - it wasn't a complicated mental game that Sherlock had to deduce but it was an emotional fact so much more simple. If Sherlock had actually put aside his grudges to look properly, he would've been able to deduce it much earlier but he let his own feelings cloud him.
Definitely made sense at the gate of the building when he told her he was caught in it all and the lines looked blurred - it needed somebody who could look in to understand the dynamics. Loved it!
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I like that Watson is as smart as Sherlock on Elementary.

The cheerleader type Doctor from the books was okay because criminoly was in diapers, but it just doesn't work in a modern day world, where Sherlock Holmes is one of many who works that way.
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This show was pedestrian in the beginning, but in the second half it has elevated to a slightly higher position. Its by no means a great show. But its quite good.

Loved the finale and didn't think they would have the balls to make Moriarty a female character, but was happy when it happened. Only thing that bothers me is that Sherlock is in no way a genius and Watson is almost as intelligent as him by the looks of it. But Lucy Liu as Watson has been a revelation. She's probably the best Watson out there! She makes the show so much better! I love the show for the characters, dislike it for the lack of intelligence sometimes.
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The season finale was FANTASTIC. What i loved most about it was in the end, it was a tragic love story. Moriarty, inspite of being a criminal mastermind, came to visit sherlock when he was in the hospital. Both of them had fallen for each other. I love the bond that he and watson share, but for me Irene/Moriarty will always be the women.
I found on thing quite surprising though. Sherlock was deeply in love with Irene/M, to an extend that he was willing to sacrifice all his principles and murder a man he felt was responsible for her death. After finding about her true identity, I didnt believe how quickly sherlock was able to get past that. Wasn't he tempted even a bit to run away with her, when she offered?
Nevertheless, Natalie Dormer and JLM did a fantastic job. MORIARTY MUST RETURN.
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I see Sherlock as deeply in love with Irene, but it's one thing to love the idealized memory of a person and to love the reality Moriarty had been hiding from him all along.

Watson has always been herself with him, Sherlock was as upset by Joan having lunch with a criminal mastermind as he was by the neglected self defense lessons. Moriarty, on the other hand, was a different story.
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Inspite of the reality that sherlock was faced with, such intense emotions dont tend to simply vanish. Seeing so as to how elementary is taking a high road in portraying a more emotionally vulnerable Holmes as opposed to several modern adaptations, a fact a love, to me the fall back wasn't enough. I know the reveal admittedly brought unto him a clarity, but i simply dont buy it.
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I think that amongst all he mostly felt stupid after being so badly betrayed, so the kicking and yanking of the drawers were simply his way of trying to cope with that. Smart man being duped = crushed ego level over 9000!

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Sherlock is not an adolescent: contrary to popular belief, love doesn't last forever if your partner doesn't nurture it. And Irene Moriarty has done the opposite of it for a long time now.

Adults, like Sherlock, can very well get over a toxic relationship, as it was shown when he ended the friendship with his drug dealer. As hard as it is for him to develop new attachments, Sherlock is not afraid to end up one that damages him.
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I enjoyed it, just wish that the writers wouldn't write about crap they have no grasp about. A country joining the EU does not immediately switch to Euros. And prior to switching to Euros, there is a long period of time when the exchange rate is frozen. For this specific reason. Ugh, this was as bad as anytime they try to show "hacking" on a tv show.
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Oh man I am so glad I wasn't hanging out here during the season the fact that she was Moriarty was honestly a surprise and an extremely awesome one at that. I knew she wasn't what she seemed but never would have expected them to continue on the genderbend train to genderbend Holmes' most well-known villain. It makes me so happy inside. The ending of the episode was fantastic.

I wasn't disappointed with Irene acting like Watson was DTF (I don't remember her calling her a bitch in return though so that is disappointing) because I thought it was part jealousy and part her trying to manipulate Watson into acting like she's one of those normal people she so detests (but was acting like). Plus it led to the whole plan to make her think she'd won since as I saw it since it further cemented the fact that Irene was in love/obsessed with Holmes and would show up to the hospital if he'd "overdosed."
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I haven't really been keeping up on the episode reviews, so I had no idea about the Irene/Moriarty deal. It was definitely a fairly big shock to me. I had suspected she was working for him, but no idea that she actually *was* him. I definitely enjoyed the twist.

As for season 2 predictions, I'm still waiting for that one kid from like episode 3 or 4, who was the only one to beat Holmes so far. He's gotta come back at some point so Holmes, and the newly improved Watson, can take him down.
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I have just retaken this show after abandoning at episode 14 or so... I found it just average and it didn't like the role of Watson in this version - as a woman, it was not a nice place to be. But now i watched the rest of the episodes up to the finale and I am glad I did, because it changes everything when she stops being the sober companion and starts being a dedicated detective. The relationship changes and it becomes more and more clear what Watson brings to it. Sherlock also repeats it constantly, but I don't think that is necessary any longer, it shows. Plus bringing Irene as Moriarty gives also more woman power to the story (that I am convinced it was needed, being Sherlock a man, and one that believes himself so superior to the rest of the beings). I am now reconciled with the show and ready for next season, although i have to say, they could have spared us the first whole half of the show. Hope they make a shorter but more focused season next.
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No way she is Moriarty.
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If anything, I would say Moriarty is written as Watson's lifelong nemesis in Elementery, which seems like a clever re-invention from the Arthur Conan Doyle books to me.

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Have enjoyed Elementary for the most part, the finale I thought was quite sloppy; considering Moriarty as written was supposed to be Holmes lifelong nemesis? I was shocked and disappointed that Moriarty/Irene was dealt with so easily, so now it would appear that there will be no more battle of wills between the two?! Oh dear...
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She's definitely coming back. They just wanted a lack of baggage going into London next fall.
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The season as a whole was kind of hit or miss. It had a lot of potential that only sometimes got used to its fullest. I really liked this finale though. A lot of the shows I watched have given us pretty hokey finales: Bones, NCIS, Castle; so it was nice to see a good one for a change. I totally didn't see the Moriarty is Irene thing coming. I figured she'd be working with Moriarty rather then actually be him, but I like the idea. They really pulled it off well. Like you, I also like how Watson is coming along and how much of an equal she's becoming. Looking forward to the next season.
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I swear, every time I need a laugh I pull this up and just laugh and laugh. Best photo recap ever!!!
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Before I read the review or any comments, I want to post how disappointed I am at the show's end, specifically Moriarty's case of the dumbsies at the end. She's so smart, has all of these master plans, yet doesn't think that Sherlock could be recording there convo? The only saving grace is that when you are so egotistical, you want to spout on about your grandiose plans like a Batman villain from the '60s. Still, she should have seen he was just milking her for info in the hospital. I would have just preferred they let Moriarty really win, as opposed to neutering a strong character for plot convienience or to 'get that happy ending'. They could always have Sherlock really stop one of her schemes, instead of this shallow ending.
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I think, perhaps, that moriarty knew she could be being recorded, but she didn't care. If you watch carefully, she never confesses to anything but the money scheme . I think she trusted herself to beat the system and it was a calculated risk in an attempt to get Sherlock aligned with her.

moriarty is smart, but also very arrogant. That is the downfall of any great criminal mind. Plus, the whole point of Watson' and her diagnosis was that she thought moriarty wasn't thinking clearly for the same reason Sherlock wasn't . Love had clouded judgment on both sides.
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She should team up with Red John and go after Batman, make just as much sense and it would be pretty cool. "Hi, I'm Moriarty." "And I'm Red John." "Well, we're Johnny Lee Miller and Simon Baker and we don't care. The season's over and you two look ridiculous - SECURITY!"
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The whole Irene-as-Moriarty was admittedly so obvious that I was (painfully) expecting a no-she's-not-really-Moriarty-but-I-am moment at the end, especially with the bait-and-switch on the brothers earlier. (Side note, speaking of these brothers and in light of Bell's brother: How many NYPD detectives and CIA agents do the writers think have brothers who are paroled felons?) I'm just glad they didn't make the "real" Moriarty turn out to be Gregson or even the rich guy who gave him the bee. And speaking of the ending ...

Just was wondering if the writers expected a Season 2 or not. A finale without a cliffhanger (or even majorly loose ends) was a surprise, although I guess a pleasant one in that I can now just get worked up over Person of Interest.
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They knew they were renewed in March and the bee scene was filmed six days before the episode aired, so they were just giving us a nice gift, I think.
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Elementary is a good show but not as good as the BBC's sherlock! Moriarty and Irene as one person; was really odd as 2 main characters with a lot of potentials are one person! and WTH with the writer making all other main characters as women around Sherlock! Thank God that Sherlock is still a man >_>!
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I think both shows are great complements to each other. I was reading a Cumberbatch interview from a couple weeks ago where he called Elementary "interesting and beautiful." He said he thinks that Sherlock adheres more to Canon, but that Jonny would agree with him. It's not the point of elementary to retell canon.
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well, some basic stuff shouldn't be touched. lets forget about that Watson or Moriarty are women.

Why, just why Irene and Moriarty are one person!
beside the huge difference in characteristics, Irene-Sherlock are somehow have this love-interest relationship.
Moriarty-Sherlock relationships is peer-to-peer; competitors.
Moriarty always envied Sherlock and Sherlock perhaps always admired Moriarty's intelligence but ,at the same time, despises him.

Irene although she's a kinda of con-artist, she always helped Sherlock, and Sherlock besides her flaws he will always try to help her. How can he help her if she is Moriarty. Basically, we've eliminated the Irene's character and give the name to Moriarty! We just don't have Irene except by the name
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Okay, let's disregard the sexism and get down to the Irene/Moriarty thing. Grand idea of yours to streamline your argument.
I feel like you are regarding BBC Sherlock as the end all of canonical Sherlock Holmes, but let's just remember that they absolutely ruined the character of Irene. She canonically beats Holmes and has no interest in him, instead running off with her husband. He, also, is not in love with her, but rather admires her intelligence. She never helped Sherlock. She used him to get to where she wanted to be. Also, she had absolutely nothing to do with Moriarty.
Though I don't necessarily agree with how Shelock beat Irene, it had to be done with the twist, and I really liked how they combined the characters. It was fun to watch how the writers worked with that and really showed how strong the writing and characterization of Elementary is.
Basically Elementary's writing is better than BBC okay bye
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"Basically Elementary's writing is better than BBC okay bye" hehehe and u just end it with a brilliant line. lol
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I try to be objective since I'm a big fan of the books, but I really do think Elementary > Sherlock now. Sherlock is very glossy and Cumberbatch is a great actor, but I just don't like his Sherlock. Elementary does characterizations so much better. E's Watson is better than Sherlock's Watson. I thought Sherlock's Irene was handled pretty poorly and was somewhat sexist, and Sherlock's Moriarty was a caricature. Some could say that E's Moriarty was a bit comic book, but it was an awesome comic book if so.

I could also watch Jonny Lee Miller acting like he was watching paint dry, so that could have something to do with it.
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You have a point with Elementary's Watson vs Sherlock's, Martin Freeman was very irritating at the beginning but that was forgiven because of the story...

Still I think that Elementary is a lot Americanized; I mean Elementary's stories, most of them anyway, don't need a Sherlock to solve! it's another cops' show...

Irene's character in both shows is somehow sexist but I think in Elementary they didn't have time 2 invest in her storyline, and they reviled that she is Moriarty very soon.

Both shows has good actors but Sherlock is privileged with the stories, they are remarkable ! that's why i favor it.
Elementary is, as I said, another cops show.
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The thing about it being a procedural is really undefined, I think. Put this show up against the current CSI, for instance. The writing is so far superior and the serialization is much more present and adept. Take the bee scene at the end of the finale--I've watched my share of cop shows and they rarely bother with that kind of nuance and metaphor. It's lovely and what sets Elementary apart not just from other procedurals, but other network fodder.

It's nothing I can compare point by point, but I find Elementary to be much more human than Sherlock and that's just impossible to quantify. There have been several times in this show's run that I've felt genuinely emotionally moved. One scene that jumps out at me is when Watson was in jail--the vulnerability and Sherlock's patience/kindness there is something you rarely see on these kinds of shows.
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It's true that Elementary tries to provide more characterization and non-case scenes with the characters, but I think that the cases really suffer on Elementary, compared to other cop shows. I can't think of a single case of the week on Elementary that I actually liked or was intrigued to know the solution to. And while I understand that there are viewers who don't care about the case, or are just not in it for that, for me their "job" is a big part of their characters, and something like Criminal Minds, and earlier CSI did that pretty well.
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I don;t know when they actually filmed these episodes ... but what was really nice was that if Elementary had not been picked up for Season 2 ... this double-episode finale would have also made a perfect end to the series.

That being said ... I thought that these episodes were pretty brilliantly done.
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They were actually still filming scenes at the dock seven days before this aired. Crazy close. So I'm even more impressed that they knew that they were renewed back in March and still elected to give a nice, close-ended, sweet ending.
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This is completely random--I just watched again and it made me giggle how some shows would have used the surgery scene as this ambiguously erotic angsty sequence and Watson just bitches at him the whole time. Like when he dislocated his shoulder and she's all "Moron." She just pops it in or sews it up and Elementary is just all 'Yeah, so she extracts bullets from his flesh in their kitchen." It's somehow refreshing. Most shows would have had the doctor-bestie being all "I caaaan't do thissss. Our tension is unresolved sexually! I must gnash and wince!"

But yet another reason I love this duo. Such trust. They're almost like an early Mulder/Scully.
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Ya the creators have said from the beginning, that *spoiler* Sherlock and Watson are never getting together. Ever. That is one major plot point they are sticking on from the novels. Sherlock and Holmes, despite being opposite sexes in this retelling, are, and will remain, platonic besties.
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And why WAS she dressed like a Nazi?? That was really distracting...kept wondering why she was wearing a uniform. What an odd wardrobe choice.
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I loved Dormer's Moriarty leaps and bounds over BBC's looney Moriarty, which I hated (while still hoping that he is not the real thing).

I didn't like this show in the beginning, because it felt like an abomination to BBC's Sherlock, but somehow I stuck with it. It took me about 19 episodes to get to where I could say that I'm glad I stayed watching. Yes looong! Now I can say that this is a nice alternate take on Sherlock, with a real life quality to it as opposed to BBC's super powered Holmes.

I love both Watsons... admittedly it took me a looong time to love Lucy, but now I find her the more respectable of the two Watsons. I still like Cumberbatch's Holmes much better, but JLM's Holmes is more believable, more... I'd say human.
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I loved bbcs moriarty. so different. His voice register was quite something else. Lots of emotion. It was a good rendition, Im kinda sad that in elementary irene and moriarty were one in the same but i suppose it was a twist in the making. Just such a round about way of saying mind Fuc*.. yup
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I think a season 2 is well deserved! It is not always that I get pleasantly surprised with a series that starts so, so and gets better by the end of the 1st year!
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I'm still holding out hope that Watson will be there true Moriarty and Irene Adler really was brainwashed into thinking she was Moriarty. Even though that won't happen, I still thoroughly enjoy this show.
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I'd say the best woman won this game; the finale makes it about Watson and Moriarty at an intrinsic level, while keeping Irene and Sherlock at the traditional emotional level from the books.

Plus, Joan and Irene get to "fight" for Sherlock without turning it into a cheap catfight.
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i was rewatching the episode last night and at the point when Irene asks Joan "you want to sleep with him, is that it?" i thought Watson should have said "i already did" just to spite her but then i thought is she did that she would get out alive.
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I think it was better the way Sherlock throws "the pet" back at her, because Irene'd never tell if they're actually sleeping together or just share the kind of intimacy people engaged in pillow talk would.
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Yeah, it was this catfight on this super cosmic level. I absolutely swoon over the lunch scene. Watson all in white, Moriarty all in black, both of them with the restrained ferocity. When Moriarty said "You were a professional angel to sit on his shoulder..." I was all YES, YES, 1000x YES! I see what you did there!" They were battling for Sherlock's very soul, lol.
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For some odd reason during the episode, I kept thinking, "Twins," the old evil doppelganger trope. I thought I was really on the right track with the whole missing birthmark thing. Oh well, anyone else?
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Me too! But it was a good thing we were wrong
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Totally saw it coming and was totally okay with it. Except for the catfights that are bound to continue happening between Moriadler and Watson, I like how this sets up the future and the relationship between Sherlock and Moriarty.

My question, assuming that she is actually Moriarty, is whether Moriarty saw Sherlock needing the art consultant and took Irene's identity OR if Irene and Moriarty are completely 100% the same person. While I like it, it's still a huge step to combine the two, and I wouldn't be surprised if it came back that the decision was one the creators regret when they start running out of ideas.
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I don't think so because its the same theme as Sherlock being better around Watson: When do people get sharper? More focussed? When do the colors seem brighter, the sounds a lot clearer or ideas more inspired?

Moriarty was inspired around Sherlock for the same reason Sherlock is more inspired around Watson: its inevitable to go back to it. Irene needs to solve this mystery as badly as Sherlock need's to solve Watson's.
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-nod- I really hope those back-of-the-mind suspicions of mine are wrong. I truly enjoy this dynamic and how intimately Moriarty and Sherlock know each other. It will make for a much smarter, much more entertaining show as it progresses. As of this finale, Elementary has succeeded superbly in differentiating itself from other adaptations, and it has done so in a way that is interesting. To go back and pull the rug from under viewers' feet would be suicide.
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Season 2 prediction - They got this and I'm in...
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What was that about the birthmark? I didnt get how he went from one birthmark missing to Irene working for the enemy. Anyone, please?
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Didn't really get that one myself. It seemed to be intentioned that she wasn't actually Irene. But then what Sherlock said didn't seem to make sense - I watched it twice, but nope, didn't get it either...
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It was the fact that the mole/birthmark had been removed that lead him to realize she was working with Moriarty. If she was truly a captive there would be no reason for Moriarty to see her birthmark and because it could be per-cancerous have it removed. The fact that it had been surgically removed meant that she had lied about her captivity and what was really going on.
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What if she had it removed just to screw with Sherlock, she would, you know...
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Elementary as Elementary!
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or the birthmark was actually some elaborate make up... if she truly was an artist she would have some knowledge of skin reactions to paint/substances..

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Oh my, what a terrifically satisfying season finale! All questions answered, all bad guys caught or dead and not even a season-break cliffhanger to be irritated about. Very unusual, and very nice.

I must admit, I have stated previously in another comment that I was absolutely sure Irene could NOT be Moriarty. Not only because that would mess to drastically with the original Sherlock Holmes lore (Doyle's Sherlock did in fact meet professor James Moriarty at one occation), but also because it just would be too easy. Elementary is smarter than this, and I'm quite confident we will learn a thing or two at the beginning of season two that will re-mystify this issue. Letting Irene Adler escape and remain in hiding while continuing to be Sherlock's nemesis also seems too easy a way out for the writers of this excellent excellent series. I may be wrong, of course, but as we're apparently dealing with the two smartest persons on the planet here, I'm pretty sure I'm not...
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Well said... Once she was revealed to be Moriarty she had to go - alone. WE need our Joan and Sherlock knows that and needs her too. Goodnight Irene...
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Pig on a pillow?? LOL Lily. Also Aidan Quinn has a great face for your screen grabs...he always seems to look hilarious in them. But the "picturing it" one from a previous review was the absolute best.

Not surprised at the Moriarty reveal. Having M be his former lover adds a new dimension to the Sherlock/Moriarty interplay. But as Taccado stated below, it does feel like a lost opportunity in terms of all that could be done with them as separate characters. Natalie Dormer did a good job with the role and held her own against JLM. However, I have to say the smirk is getting a little old.

Loving the Holmes/Watson dynamic. I also love that she's becoming a spiffy detective in her own right. My only concern is that they don't take it too far and have her become as good as Sherlock since, with the exception of Moriarty, he is supposed to be without peer. However so far they're doing well in just having her be a very intelligent woman who has sharpened her skills by being exposed to his unique mind.
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Actually the most brilliant one was the Muppet pic. Lily worked hard on that one and it really paid off. You're right about Aiden being Lily's bitch, too - "Clue. WTF is that?"
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Yeah the muppet pic was pretty awesome. Great job Lily! I literally lol'd.
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"… What are your other Season 2 predictions?"

Clyde gets a habitat. Miss Hudson a new boyfriend, Alfredo gets framed for murder and Sherlock & Joan start painting the house (cuz seriously, it needs some painting).
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All New York places look like that, or either the Plaza. Apparently there's no in between in NY.
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I'm waiting for the inevitable undercovered married ep. It's by far my favorite partner cliche. Go there, Elementary. Go soon.
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Also, there was a scene cut from one of the eps where Joan was painting her room. A few episodes ago. A friend of mine got a hold of one of the scripts after they finished shooting.
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Im not entirely convinced shes moriarty, I dont remember what was said but did she say "straight-out" she was moriarty or did just sherlock assume it was her?

I also think she was caught little to easy in the end.
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She can't be Moriarty because she got cought
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Which reminds me: I predict Irene Moriarty escapes from the police first thing next season.
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Nah, she's got too many lawyers, they need to earn their keep, and the cops probably can't prove any of it. Have you seen these cops?
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she was 'interogated possibly brain washed for 2 years..

it is possible she is merely another one of moriatry's accomplices.. merely programmed to think she is moriarty..

personally i have to question the legitimacy of people working this out... before the finalle... i mean come on...who'd see that coming seriously before her return...
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No-brainer. Either she was dead - which means why even mention her, or she is Moriarty. You could say they mentioned her because it makes Moriarty seem really evil, but we already know that, thus she IS Moriarty. Elementary my dear Watson...
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i refuse to accept anyone claiming they knew it or worked it out after the fact it has been revealed with out prior proof...
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Seems its time for hostile takeover as Moriarty's organization was not dismantled in this version of Holmes, and by miss Adler's own admission barely anyone in her organization knows she is real Moriarty. Perhaps with a phone call to lockup between Adler and Phone Moriarty.

"About time. How long does it take to get me out of here?"
"There has been a change in plans. Given your unfortunate situation, I think it is high time I embrace the role you've had me play for so long. So this is goodbye, miss Adler."
"My name is Moriarty!!!"
"No. I don't think so. As Irene Adler you showed yourself to the world and as miss Irene Adler the world will remember you."

And then he orders her to be killed. I'm just saying. Given the season finale there is no reason not to. Moriarty's greatest weapon in this day and age is anonymity and for Irene Adler that weapon is gone. Time for new management with a calm voice and cool accent.

Just saying and hoping because I hate Irene as Moriarty. Painful to see one of the greatest rivalries of the western literature turned into Fuck Buddies, not cool.
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I never would have guessed that Irene was Moriarty because they already did that whole "an essential male character is now a woman" thing with Watson. Starting to feel like a writing crutch now. I guess the next step is to make Sherlock's brother Mycroft into his sister.
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Having more female representation in media is a writing crutch? I totally agree! God forbid they add another female character to the show. The horror!
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I agree with immadkan, Mycroft Holmes has to be Sherlock's father as sure as Irene is Moriarty.
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Mycroft would be Sherlock's father - the guy who started this whole season and the person we haven't had a glimpse of.
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Irene is Moriarty was spelled it out the whole season IMO, the only reason to believe Moriarty was still a man was because of the source materia, I think this is where this re-invention of Holmes outdid itself.
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to say it after the fact is bs...

anyone can say they saw it coming after something has aired..

hell even spoiler pages or inside info is leaked or some how made to look like someones bright idea..

unless people just happened to think well if watson has boobs maybe moriarty does... but would they really go down that road....yes they did..

i'm still reeling from the reveal but i did suspect irene being someone else after she turned up in the first half..
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AWESOME season finale to a GREAT show. My fav quote: [Watson]: "You named a bee after me!" LOL!
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I really loved it!!!! I knew something was up but to be honest i hadnt really been doing much speculating about the story, i was just sort of enjoying the ride. That said, i liked the reveal, it seemed like yeah i should have guessed that but still oh cool nice reveal.
I love Arnold Voosloo or however you spell his name from The Mummy. I too, would watch that and the Mummy Returns anytime time day or night.
I really like the dynamic between watson n holmes, espesially the end scene. Not all shows need to end on a cliffhanger and i appreciate that kind of resolution before the end of a season.
Looking forward to next season, cant wait!!!!!
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The only reason I'd want Irene NOT to be Moriarty is because of future seasons -- I feel like it should've taken longer for Moriarty to be figured / captured. Maybe not Red John from Mentalist long, but more than the first season. But that's really the only reason. Otherwise, I'm fine and happy with Irene as Moriarty. I don't know how much I'd like seeing her in prison garb having chit-chats with Sherlock about henchmen and schemes, or breaking out of prison and scheming some more. There are right ways to do it, of course, so it doesn't have to suck, but I kind of feel that both avenues suck.

I thought the episode(s) as a whole was pretty fun. I've liked Elementary throughout the season and thought this was a good ending for it.
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Dear God I hope nothing will be Red John long. I truly loved that show for the first 3 or 4 seasons, but now I watch it with a bit of hatred and the only episodes I even pay attention too are the ones with Red John related tidbits. Sort of my same feelings about How I Met Your Mother now that I think about it but you're right if they waited until next season it couldn't have hurt.
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I think it's still very possible that Moriarty will be a big part of the show going forward. She's alive. She might not even be convicted. And she's going to want to make Watson pay
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Absolutely!
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I came to this Elementary summary for the first time tonight, because I loved this finale. All I can say is, I sure am glad I never came before..otherwise you would have ruined a complete and wonderful shock to find out Irene was Moriarty. What a fantastic twist that I'm glad I was clueless seeing. I had a wonderful TV experience.
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dear god I hope its not Moriarty, wouldnt mind the plot twist where they are both the same but Moriarty and Irene should not be the same person I understand the remake from the original but this one should not be, THE Woman as Sherlock (even in the books) calls her should not also be the Mastermind

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love the show..',
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Ok, I did sort of enjoy that finale.

But I have one very specific issue with it. Maybe thats nitpicking put still, it sort of stuck with me. Moriarty's plan was to prevent Macedonia from joining the EU by having a greek guy kill a major politican, so that a critical vote on the countries name will fail. And that was supposed to prevent a switch from the current currency to the Euro. So far so good, but the thing is: Just because you are in the EU does not at all mean you get the Euro. The Euro is a totally different deal. Look at
- GB for example: in the EU, could get into the Euro but doesn't want to.
- Hungary, czech republic etc. are in the EU but can't get into the Euro because they don't fullfill the nescesarry criteria.
- 27 countries in the EU, 17 in the Euro.

So, to me at least, that is sort of a fundamental flaw in M's plan. Just saying.
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Certainly, but New Macedonia getting the €uro COULD have been part of the deal that Mother brokered. And that wouldn't have been a secret to Sherlock even though he didn't mention it specifically.
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Even if they got the euro immediately (highly unlikely), switching to the other currency still takes a lot of time, people can use both currencies for several months.

The whole conspiracy idea was flawed, it seems the writers had no idea how things work in Europe.
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Right. Who is going to vote to join the EU if all of their currency is immediately worthless? This plot point was so monumentally stupid that it took me completely out of the story.
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I think she is not real Moriarty. That is another trick. And I would love if Moriarty real Moriarty was played by Tim Roth!! That would be epic.
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I enjoyed the finale. I have no problem with Irene being Moriarty (for the time being since writers do change things up now and then) - after all this show is trying to tell its own Sherlock story and not just copy the original. But I must comment that I totally agree with your "...if there is one movie I can watch any time of the day or night it's The Mummy"!
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I loved this finale! mainly because the way this season started was kinda weak in my book. It felt like it was trying too hard to be different from the BBC version and yet relying on some of the same kookiness, plus the JLM comparisons to Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't be ignored, especially after Frankenstein. Anyway... to my point, i loved this finale because the show got better and every moment of the finale felt earned. Maybe it was because my disdain for it kept me away from spoilers and every time i did catch it after Person of Interest, I couldn't help but wanting to come back for more. That being said... surprised you didn't mention Sherlocks comment about "watson women and their heels" after watson got the call from her brother. ;) Here's one thing that kinda irks me... I love Natalie Dormer but her accent was atrocious, wouldn't- shouldn't sherlock have been able to pick up on it? I mean I loved that even with all the canon bending they kept the person of Irene American but yeesh... the accent was hard to listen to. Especially if you consider that Sherlock himself put one on that episode when he was constantly "protecting" watson. His was much better. anyway other than that... I loved this finale. No twists and cliffhangers. shows that if done right, you can close a chapter and still make people want more. but since some people need the drama...
in season 2- will watson stop wearing ridiculous heels? will alfredo be told all that happened? will holmes' father? will we meet him? Moriarty, Dread Pirate Roberts or will Natalie Dromer return between GoT breaks? Will holmes actually right the Bee book, especially now that there is the Euglassia Watsonia (sp?)? will people stop shipping watson/holmes? Will we ever meet the male version of Mary (basically the guy that wins watson's heart and prompts her to leave) Will we see more of Mrs. Hudson? will we ever meet lestrade?

I know there are more but I feel like Im rambling... which is a less icky version of trolling, I think, but trolling nonetheless. :)
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To be honest, I think Mycroft Holmes is Eherlock's father in Elementary. Hence why he signs his emails with an M.
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If Watson is a woman, Moriarty is a woman and Mrs. Hudson is a transsexual, then predicting that Mycroft is Sherlocks sister is to easy. That said I actually think Mycroft is his father who is a technerd at GCHQ (UK version of the NSA).
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Three women walk into a bar - one of them isn't. Way cool...
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Arnold Vosloo should have been Moriarty.
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I don't think that the Moriarty storyline is finished just yet. As has been noted by other commentors, while Irene/Moriarty may have been captured, perhaps "Moriarty" will become a title of sorts that is assumed by another who will take over Irene's empire. Irene did say that the man Sherlock was speaking to on the phone was an employee of her who would take on the role as needed and enjoyed doing so. Now that Irene has been taken down, perhaps this man will take over the role of Moriarty.

Besides this leaving things open for future Moriarty storylines, this would also leave things open for Irene to return in a role like Hannibal Lecter with Sherlock forced to seek her advice on how to take down her replacement. With the chemistry between the two still present, Irene could also become similar to other depictions of the character as a devious criminal who is still in love with Sherlock.
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Well, it was exquisite, and the finale was too - don't tell Price but you're his Irene Adler of the photo recap - smoked it like a dickhead ya did. My fave was the Muppet one but it wasn't the only one had me LOLin'. I loved the whole thing capped off with your review like century old Brady and a serious Cuban. Take that missy Ro Ro...
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Brandy - crappy keyboard...
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Or did I actually mean a hundred year old Tom Brady come back in time?
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Thanks very much for your review! I have enjoyed this version of Sherlock Holmes a lot and look forward to the second season. There is one thing that bugged me a bit, however: how did the world's greatest detective not at least get curious as to why the love of his life was speaking with a fake American accent and call her out on it?
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Perhaps he chalked it up to an American living in London for awhile. I know people who have lived abroad for awhile and they start talking pretty wonky. Like somewhat depressed southerners.
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Bees??? They don't allow you to have bees in here.
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Bees?! Beads. BEADS?!?!
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