Elementary Season 4 Premiere Review: But Who Will Save You?

Elementary S04E01: "The Past Is Parent"

Toward the end of "The Past Is Parent," I realized what was making me happy about the episode was also why I missed Elementary: Adult characters act like adults on this show. I've discussed this before in other reviews, so I'm not going to complete rehash the concept, but after dealing with shows where characters routinely hide information or keep massive secrets from each other all for the sake of drama—to be fair, plenty of very good drama is founded in secret-keeping, but there's only so much I can handle sometimes—and not because it makes any sense for them to keep the secret.

Which isn't to suggest that Sherlock and Joan don't keep their own secrets from one another, and, indeed, they did this week. Sherlock kept the fact that he and Joan have been fired by the NYPD and were unlikely to find employment elsewhere in the law-enforcement community while Joan hid her communications with Mr. Cook, Mr. Holmes's... assistant? Senior Vice President of Social Calendars? Hell, even Gregson didn't tell Joan she'd been fired. Plenty of things being left unsaid. 

But the show's greatest character strength is that these secrets never really feel like secrets in the traditional sense. They're more often just bad news that people drag their feet in telling one another. Gregson danced around telling Holmes that he and Joan were out of work while Sherlock took a bit to in turn inform Joan about it. There's not a lot of build-up of "Well, why didn't you tell me sooner?!" and instead it's more "Well, I expected as much, honestly."

Which is the other thing I so thoroughly enjoy about Elementary, and enjoyed about this episode in particular. Sherlock's actions in the finale had consequences, and he took responsibility for those actions. He resumed an intense schedule of meetings (sounded like he was doing two or three in a day), he refused to pass the blame to Oscar for taking heroin, and he even researched which of the facilities he might be incarcerated in offered programs for addicts. Sherlock knows he did wrong, and he's trying to not only right it for his own sake, but for others as well. He was less concerned about what his screw-up meant for him and more worried about how it would mess up the lives of those around him.

Hence his taking of Bloom's case regarding his missing wife that everyone assumed that he had murdered. Sherlock saw, as he explained to Joan, a way to salvage Joan's career after the mess he made of things. Joan's response to both this and the revelation that they were on the outs with law enforcement were rational and mature, and they were grounded in her relationship with Sherlock. It wasn't a matter of her career; it was a matter of their partnership, and I really appreciated that their bond was reaffirmed in this premiere after everything they went through together last season. 

Just on a structural level, I sort of loved that a character from the finale came back in this episode to give Sherlock and Joan a case, and in no small part because it's only been three days since the events of the finale in the show's timeline. So the high profile nature of Bloom's wife's disappearance/apparent murder many years ago and Bloom's likely re-entrance into the tabloids allowed it all to make a sort of sense, and without having to come up with the entry point into a new case whole cloth. It wasn't perfect, of course, since the moment I saw David Zayas's names in the credits, I knew who did it, but the journey to that conclusion was pretty solid.

Perhaps by now you're wondering why I haven't mention John Noble's arrival on the show, and as a series regular no less, playing Moreland Holmes. In my defense, the episode sort of delayed it as well, which seemed only fitting, really, given how it has dragged out the appearance this particular character since Season 1. "Father never shows" after all. Heck, remember in Season 1 when Sherlock hired Alistair to pretend to be Moreland to trick Joan?

It was nice, however, to see Joan not put up with this nonsense any longer. Yes, I know, I just praised the show for its characters acting like adults, and Joan hunting down Cook to threaten him wasn't very adult, but it was very entertaining. It also fed into this larger idea about Sherlock and Joan doing what they could to help and protect one another, whether it be solving a big case for their benefit or making sure a father actually showed up.

I'm excited about Noble's presence on the show and to see Noble in something not genre-based (or in flashbacks, which is the only way he appeared on The Good Wife). I'm a little less sure about him being a series regular, but the sparks are already flying between him and Jonny Lee Miller, so it should be an exciting addition. I must admit I'm far more interested in seeing how Joan and Moreland interact than I am in seeing Sherlock and Moreland rip into one another. Either way, this was a promising start to what will hopefully be a good season.



ADDITIONAL CLUES


– I'm very glad that Alfredo is okay and has forgiven Sherlock. But what about Clyde?! WHAT ABOUT CLYDE?!

– So that was actually every chance the culprit could've been Paul Calderon, too, just based on name recognition.

– Minerva and Agatha Athena are super-chill prostitutes if they're okay with doing bloody crime scene reenactments. It was also an oddly amusing way to internally recap the events of the finale.

– "Justice is like an orgasm. It can never come too late."

– "What's the hardest you've ever been hit?" "Excuse me?" "It's a simple question."

– "Are you suggesting we become commuting consulting detectives?"

What did you think of the Season 4 premiere?

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Nov 13, 2015
In what mess is Holmes?
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Nov 09, 2015
It's weird, every time I see John Noble I think, "OMG, this is the most perfect casting ever!", yet so many of his best performances are of people who are completely different. Just evidence as to the awesomeness of Noble.

I'm sure he'll have a HUGE impact on our dynamic duo going forward, but for me, this was Holmes and Watson time. Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu have such great chemistry and play off each other so well. They are, in part, what makes Elementary the best current adaptation of this very old story. Better than Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law and yes, even better than Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman.

Elementary portrays Holmes and Watson as equals with different strengths. A symbiotic relationship where one can't really do without the other. Perhaps it co-dependence, but still. I could easily see myself enjoying extended moments of this pair just sitting in a room and talking far more than the other two.

And speaking of amazing pairs with ridiculous levels of chemistry, I'm delighted to hear that Sherlock and Moriarty are still in communication. The sooner Natalie Dormer revives this character, the better.

"I've discussed this before in other reviews, so I'm not going to complete rehash the concept, but after dealing with shows where characters routinely hide information or keep massive secrets from each other all for the sake of drama"


I don't mind rehashing. Arrow, Noel's talking about you ;)
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Jan 17, 2016
Ha ha I thought the same thing about Arrow immediately.
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Nov 08, 2015
I was hoping they would show the aftermath of the relapse like it was shown in House MD. I'm disappointed that writers just skipped that part and returned with another case of the week. I feel cheated.
Angel Batista was a killer, how shocking - said noone.
I feel very ambiguous about Holmes and Watson being sacked from NYPD. If this means that they are going to work as private investigators and stay away from boring precinct interrogations - i'm all in! But on the other hand, this probably means that we're not going to see much of Bell and Gregson - and this upsets me.
Can't say much about John Noble, but very curious about what writers' plans on his character.
Joanlock hug was lovely. Hopefully that wasn't the last one.
Overall, I liked the premiere. I feel like this is going to be a good seson.
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Nov 09, 2015
Couldn't agree more with your comment about being sacked from the NYPD - it would be really nice to get away from the police procedural element and get some really interesting private cases, but, Gregson and Bell make this show what it is as well and if we're not going to see much of them I'd be really upset too.
But... *maybe a spoiler alert* if you watch the extended S4 preview there's a bit when Morland says something about getting Holmes and Watson back with the NYPD, so all hope may not be lost!
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Nov 08, 2015
Hot start, they solved a cold case without involving the NYPD and it was good. Sr Holmes certainly had something to do with Sherlock not going to prison and may be will induct him back to NYPD's fold.
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Nov 08, 2015
Am very excited for this season. Going to be interesting to see how Sherlock and his father's relationship will pan out. Wish we haven't had to wait so long for the premiere. Sure hope How To Get Away With Murder isn't getting batter ratings than Elementary.
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Nov 07, 2015
Observations: At least it was John Noble and not Mandy Patinkin, thankfully.
Again this season we're treated to Joan's bare gams. Question now is, how long will this treat last. If you remember last season, it wasn't long at all before Joan went back to wearing leggings and pants. So sad.
Joan stared the season wearing some very nouveau attire. Loved it!
I hope Sherlock gets over his stale addiction quickly.
At the cop elevator there was a bit of a 'moment' between Joan and Det. Bell. D'ya think?
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Nov 08, 2015
Sherlock will never get over his addiction. This is how it is in real lfe,too. Once an addict you remain an addict for the rest of your life. The only thing you can do is try to stay clean.
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Nov 07, 2015
Not as impressed as everyone else,
1st episode turned into your usual cliche, like Law and Order as soon as you saw the special guest star playing an average Joe you know he's the killer. I suppose victims being potential killers was a twist.

Multiple times we have Sherlock speaking Spanish to people regarding El Gato but it is only Joan that furrows her brow and puts the "9 Lives" restaurant name and "El Gato" link together? Was Sherlock vacationing in the luxurious pool up in his mind palace?
I guess the show says Watson has to demonstrate her value in the partnership and can't just look pretty [although Lucy and her gams had me transfixed this episode, NY in summer? :-) ]

Can't go wrong with Noble unless your show is about headless horseman, hope it doesn't get too far into farcical territory but the show has a good track record.
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Nov 08, 2015
He couldn't make the connexion to 'El Gato' because he had never seen the owner of the restaurant. Joan went there alone. When Sherlock gave Joan the description he had gotten from the police of Honduras she realised that he was actually describing the man she met there.
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Nov 09, 2015
I don't think he should need the description of a suspect to put Spanish words "the cat" and "nine lives" together and see a link / clue / connection / suspicious coincidence, but hey, whatever...
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Nov 07, 2015
Season four started off on a positive note. I especially liked the scene where Sherlock admits to Watson that they had been fired by the NYPD and his reasons for taking the murder investigation. A very genuine moment where both of them show their appreciation and concern for one another. Lokks to be a good season. I sure hope it is.
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Nov 07, 2015
I totally agree with your opening paragraph. So many shows are drama for its own sake, doing nothing but dragging out the plot point until every bit of juice is squeezed out. There are few shows that I don't get bored with because they drag out their nonsense problems. I have missed "Elementary" - so glad it's back.
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Nov 07, 2015
I liked the episode - and most of what I liked has been covered by others, so I just have some random thoughts

*I'm guessing Daddy dearest is behind Sherlock not being charged.

*Does anyone really think Holmes and Watson are done with the NYPD

*What does Holmes Snr. do for a living? - because it may impact Holmes and Watson's future.

*Cook was fairly smug about Holmes - I wonder if there's some history between them?
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Nov 07, 2015
I do like the way this show deals with Sherlocks addiction. The only other show that ever came close was 'Life', and with Charlie's partner Dani.

Alcoholism has been done to death, and not well. At least the show is treating it (somewhat) realistically.
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Nov 09, 2015
I'm so happy I'm not the only that's made that connection! I really enjoyed LIfe for the short time it was on.
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Nov 07, 2015
Nice to see John Noble as a normal "upstanding citizen" type of character other than the ones he has been playing recently....
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Nov 07, 2015
I'm not sure Mr Holmes Sr. is an "upstanding citizen"
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Nov 07, 2015
Yes, we saw a taxidermied squirrel I do not remember at all but no Clyde! Very enjoyable episode. I'm a little burnt on John Noble too from SH but he was good in this and used sparingly he should be pretty great. I'm half expecting him to say something rude or condescending to Joan regarding her relationship with Mycroft, and then of course paying for it. So nice to see everyone back! Will really miss Gregson and Bell if they can't get back in the PD's good graces.
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Nov 06, 2015
Great review. I agree completely with it.

I think it was great how they determined Morland's opinion about Sherlock through the actions and words of other people. When Cook phones Watson and she asks about which Mr. Holmes he is talking Cook's answer is 'the' Mr. Holmes. So in his opinion Sherlock is less than nothing what he confirms with his insult later on. As he is the father's assistant he probably mirrors his point of view.
All of Sherlock's aquaintances, even Mr. Bloom, show empathy with Sherlock's situation and ask him how he is doing when they meet him. The only one who doesn't is his father. It hurt to watch that. He just comments on how bad Sherlock looks and his addiction. And when Sherlock asks why he came he reveals what he thinks about Sherlock, namely that he is a failure and a burden because he always has to clean up behind him. And he also states that he only sees the need to meet with his him when something goes wrong.

I also loved how we got told the reason why Sherlock was sacked by MI6 in a throwaway line. Excellent.
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Nov 09, 2015
Wait, I missed that - I thought the reason was his addiction?
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Nov 09, 2015
Not now. At the beginning of Season 3 when he returned from London he told Gregson he got fired by British Intellgence and Kitty referred to that fact in Ep.12. But the reason was never told.
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Nov 06, 2015
Looks like I'll be putting Elementary, a program I really enjoy and looked forward to its return, on hiatus probably for the remainder of this season. I AM SO OVER JOHN NOBLE. I enjoyed his performance in Fringe, but cannot stomach to watch him now after his regular appearance and character destroyed another program I really enjoyed, Sleepy Hollow. It is my uppermost thought whenever I see him on screen now, an entirely autonomous reaction I'm unable to overcome, and not really inclined to. Noble as the season long drama inducing focal point has killed my enthusiasm and enjoyment for Elementary, at least for this season. Not to mention I can imagine much better casting for the role, John Nolan for example, or actors of that ilk. Oh well.
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Nov 06, 2015
You do understand that John Noble

a) delivered the lines from the script in Sleepy Hollow, but he didn't write them.

b) performed to the specifications of the director, but he didn't direct any episodes himself (I believe).

Why blame him for that? He's in the first episode for 15 seconds and you're ready to crap all over him? And you're saying you're now like one of Pavlov's dogs and can't control your reaction when you see him? I'd tell you to relax, but I don't think it's possible.
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Nov 06, 2015
let's hope he'll be a better addition to the show than awfully boring kitty
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Nov 06, 2015
I'm not particularly keen on him either but that's the point - he's supposed to be unlikable. All I can say is, don't let one actor put you off of a great show as Elementary has so much more to offer.
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Nov 06, 2015
Why did he destroy Sleepy Hollow? I haven't watched that show, so I'm just asking.
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Nov 07, 2015
John Noble didn't destroy Sleepy Hollow, the writers destroyed the second season of Sleepy Hollow. It seems back on track now, not because of John Noble's departure but because the show has a new showrunner who seems to be going back to the dynamic of the first season, which is what they should have stuck with in the second season.

The person saying that he/she can't watch something because of John Noble being in it sounds like an immature 12 year old. He is a fantastic actor who got stuck in a bad role.
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Nov 09, 2015
Of course the actor isn't responsible for crappy writing and directing, and while I in no way "blame" the actor, unfortunately he is the face I put on those disasters. It isn't fair, it's certainly irrational, but seeing John Noble in anything now evokes a response like hearing fingernails dragged across a chalkboard. I'm not really interested in Sherlock's family history as a dramatic devise anyway, (was totally bored with the Mycroft story, and never quite understood Joan's attraction to him). I can forego the family drama this season and wait for it to be over and out of the way.
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Nov 06, 2015
this aired? we didn't get it cause of the stupid ass browns game. i'm sorry but i hate sports with a passion
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Nov 06, 2015
I get what you mean about fiction based on too many secrets being tiresome. But adults I have known during my whole life rarely behave like Joan and Sherlock. Lots of secret keeping about silly stuff, lots of gossip about the person that just left the room, lots of sensitivity about forgotten to mention meaningless information, etc. I often wish fiction didn't feel the need to reproduce that stuff, so I guess we agree somehow. It's better not to have it.

If there are consequences, maybe Holmes can take a job at a starbucks cafe to start paying rent somewhere...
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Nov 06, 2015
Great to have Elementary back on our screens. Yes, the episode was very "adult" and mature and character development was excellent - loved when Watson hugged SH and also when she told him they're partners and that's not going to change. JLM is just great at those very small facial changes that speak volumes.

I knew they weren't going to belabor on the relapse (but wasn't sure how I felt about that); as it was, it was handled very well. But, I really think at some point it needs to be addressed more fully. SH doesn't just do things on a whim. So why did he decide to use and what, if anything, did he get out of it?

Something that's been puzzling me is the Gregson/Holmes relationship. I know Gregson is often stated as Holmes' father figure, taking the place of his own father, but their relationship is far more complex and I'm wondering if the writers keep forgetting what the character has said in previous eps, or if it's just done that way because Gregson himself doesn't know how he feels about SH.

To give some examples. After the M story when Gregson was severely p****d off with SH he punched him and said some not particularly nice things.
Then at the beginning of S3 when SH comes back from London and has his chat with Gregson about coming back as a consultant, Gregson tells him he doesn't like him but he lets him consult because it helps both of them out. In S3 final ep, Gregson asks Watson why SH didn't come to him with the Oscar problem, stating that he and Bell are his friends, so obviously things changed during the course of S3. Now in this ep we see a very caring Gregson who genuinely seems upset by what happened to SH.

So what's going on? Are we going to see that father figure side of Gregson explored more during this season? Or is he going to decide within a few eps that he doesn't like Holmes after all? Wouldn't it be an interesting battle between Morland and Gregson to see who can be the better father figure?

Great to see more of Aidan Quinn in longer scenes than he's been in for a while, and got to give a mention to Bell's hair - the longer look is so much better!!
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Nov 06, 2015
I've grown to like this show very much, but I wasn't happy with Sherlock using at all. To belabor a point, he's smarter than that. I'm also not happy about his impetuous behavior at times. Most people would say he isn't trustworthy, but a loose cannon--he's done it too many times. And his whole getting a job thing--how hard is it to get a job that doesn't pay? He's not Jim Rockford--he thinks he's Batman. Well, so much for adult behavior. But I do like the characters very much. I kinda miss Kitty who is now working on BBC's W1A, a comedy about the BBC itself. Whoa Miss Kitty. Chester would be proud...
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Nov 07, 2015
Holmes being an addict is cannon. Victorian Holmes admitted to using drugs because of boredom. So, it isn't at all out of character for modern Holmes to slip up. Smarts have nothing to do with addiction; sadly
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Nov 06, 2015
He wasn't smart enough to avoid drugs in the first case, so I don't see why a relapse would be any different.
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Nov 06, 2015
Good point, perhaps he's not as smart as he should be for Sherlock Holmes. But it's their show so they get to make up stuff. Heroine is much worse than the original's Cocaine problem, and I always wondered why they went there in the first place.
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Nov 06, 2015
Missing Kitty too. Good point about the job. About using, I guess stories about drugs always have to give faith on recovery and also disconnect the chances of recovery/relapse from somebody's IQ or social status. Otherwise it comes out as politically incorrect.
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Nov 06, 2015
Many of History's geniuses have been drug abusers, so it's fair to portray him that way. Just not the drug I would have gone with.
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Nov 06, 2015
Noel "stole" the first word that came to my mind, when watching the premiere. Elementary returned adult and powerful.

I didn't find
the case of the week very strong, but everything else about the episode was strong! It was heavy on character development - and that's something I always enjoy in shows!

Very good premiere! I missed Elementary!
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Nov 06, 2015
Wow I really missed Elementary! Welcome back. Thanks Noel for your review! Will you be reviewing on a weekly basis? I missed your take on things last season so I'm hoping to hear more from you a little more this one.
As for the episode it was fantastic. I'm glad they didn't spend multiple episodes on what Sherlocks fate would be and the scene between him and Joan where she talks about their partnership made me all warm and fuzzy. Their partnership is my favorite on TV right now and I enjoy that there is nothing like it. I do wonder why the DA decided not to press charges. I'm sure Gregson had something to do with it or maybe the DA didn't want to waste time with a crime between two drug addicts. Don't get me wrong I'm very happy. :)
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Nov 07, 2015
I think Big Poppa Holmes pulled some strings
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Nov 06, 2015
People got the premiere? LAME. All we got was football! Looking at my DVR right now and according to it, Elementary wasn't on last night and new episodes don't start until next week. SUPER LAME. Oh, well, time to go pirate the high seas, I suppose...
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Nov 06, 2015
Aye aye!
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Nov 06, 2015
Yes, I love the start to this season. Honestly I was a little disappointed last season. I think this show is always at its strongest when Sherlock and Watson are "two halves of a whole" type of partnership. Last year with all the ridiculous drama of keeping them apart with her moving out, The Kitty character, etc. It just felt "off" but now they are stronger than ever and I love it. I'm not here for the "case of the week" though they are interesting, I'm here to watch with fascination the amazing partnership of these two amazing characters.

I'm so excited for this season. Also I totally agree that what makes this show special is that the characters are mature. I can't think of a person I don't like on this show or would miss if they left and to me that always makes a show special.
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Nov 06, 2015
The Kitty arc was pretty refreshing. Season 2 pretty much was stuck in a case-of-the-week rut for 80% of the season (until the last arc with Mycroft) so the addition of Kitty and the "Watson-Lite" episode which helped solidify her relationship with Sherlock was a welcome change. After Kitty left and Watson moved back in the season felt almost indistinguishable from Season 2.

Now John Noble as a regular... that's a bit of a gamble. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the actor, but he was misused on "Sleepy Hollow," which resulted in his formerly fan-favorite character getting killed off as a solution to the crappy writing turning his character into an unlikable ass. Elementary is taking an even bigger risk because we haven't seen John's character on screen before; they're relying on his reputation to help sustain the season. (Although, from what the Cancellation Bear says, Elementary is almost guaranteed to be renewed for a 5th season so it can get a hundred episodes and be sold to syndication when it finally ends)

I hope John Noble kills it as Mr. Holmes. The writing for Elementary, for the most part, feels more organic than the writing of "Sleepy Hollow," (Though I do have issues with last season's finale) so I'm hoping Moreland Holmes impresses me like Henry Parrish did BEFORE he turned EEEVILLLLL.
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Nov 06, 2015
when kitty was still in elementary, it was a boring case-of-the-week show as well. maybe even more awful
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Nov 06, 2015
Lordy, I agree with you saying John Noble was terribly misused in Sleepy Hollow, Even his wonderfulness and amazing voice could not save that titanic of last season :( I also agree that Kitty's character was interesting and refreshing but just in my opinion I hated it when Joan moved out and Sherlock and Joan were on the "outs", It felt wrong. I really like Joan's character and feel like she is under used in this show. I think she has a lot more back story to tell and I hope they let it come out. Now between Sherlock and Joan, I am no way saying I want them in a romantic relationship because what I think they have now is even more special to watch. Season 2 was stale, but that was more because they just focused on cases of the week and really didn't have anything showing as going on in Joan and Sherlocks personal lives. Last night with Sherlock manning up from his usual selfish self and only hoping Joan didn't get sunk down with him was character growth and that Is why I tune in every week.
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Nov 06, 2015
Oh! I just assumed John Noble was going to be a recurring guest star, like Mycroft or perhaps Moriarty.

That's cool.
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Nov 06, 2015
If you like one-liners, this show may be for you:

Was he driven here, or did he arrive in a plume of black smoke...

Unfortunately I've got a 'No Sadists' policy...

Our only hope is the man is as stupid as his street handle, The Cat...

I don't, but you know me, I make friends expeditiously...

If you're attempting to describe your exact opposite, well done...

You thought you were an internet sensation before, give it a few hours...

My compliments to the virgins whose blood you bathe in...

Welcome back Sherlock!


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Nov 06, 2015
Heard them all and they rocked...
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Nov 06, 2015
10 out of 10 from me. this might just be a better Noble role than Fringe was.

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Nov 06, 2015
Hopefully they don't use him too sparingly.
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Nov 06, 2015
I didn't believe in the way Moreland had been written as it was inconsistent. His abrupt hanging up on Joan was more akin to US style TV phone conversations. But him tagging on Cheers before hanging up as if to be politely disrespectfully 'British' was simply clunky. Worse still, he's Mr Holmes' man and yet he openly bad mouthed Sherlock to a stranger who, could've reported it to either Sherlock or Mr Holmes and got him in deep trouble. Then, when Joan throws the barb "What's the hardest you've ever been hit?", he squirms instead of maintaining his acidic character and simply enquire as to what's the longest she's been in prison? It wasn't as if she had a samurai sword in her hand!
So, Joan is now all happy to be with Sherlock and not making demands and yet denying a sense of normality at a sensitive time. Not very counselor like, is it?
Getting John Noble in as his high brow father will lead to obvious stories where he'll be intervening as and when he sees fit. Let's trust that doesn't get too tiresome and/or take from Jonny's presence.
I like this show (Jonny mainly) but this whole are they aren't they on with the police department feels a bit overly trodden now. It's James Bond time, perhaps we'll get more secret service black book stories which could be fun - although not really knew.
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Nov 06, 2015
"How long have you been in prison?" Brilliant, and much better than what we got. 006 and 008:-)
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Nov 06, 2015
Likely Mr Holmes has a bad view of his son and shares that with his assistant. He might not even acknowledge the work that Sherlock does.

His assistant's comments were either indicative of his assistant not knowing of what Sherlock does... or being just the biggest d*ck on the planet.
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Nov 06, 2015
You're a bit confused. Morland Holmes is Sherlock's father, played by John Noble. His assistant, Mr. Cook, was the one Joan intimidated. And if Mr. Cook's phone style doesn't match your standard, take into account that you don't know how long he's been living in New York. For what it's worth, Joan doesn't need a samurai sword. Ever. Certainly not for some poncy Brit. He's fortunate to have walked away with his cobblers intact.
As for the "not very counselor like" nit, I'll reply the same way Joan did. She's not his sober companion any more.
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Nov 06, 2015
Ah, I meant Cook. But Joan having a sword was a nod toward Lucy in her Kill Bill franchise days and being challenged. Oh well. Cook was lucky to not get a side swipe but then this isn't SVU. Joan may not be his sober whatever but it would make more sense for someone with her knowledge to still apply it.
Funny how poncy Brit is an acceptable term (why not just ponce, as he is one?) but mouthy yank reaps disdain.
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Nov 06, 2015
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Nov 06, 2015
I agree with the review. I had hoped Holmes Sr would appear sooner, but when he did in the last few seconds, he was much more scary than I thought he would be! It will be interesting to see how/if Watson handles his presence.
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Nov 06, 2015
Don't worry about Joan, she's a badass.
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Nov 06, 2015
I liked it. I seems to me they are in a sort of platonic marriage relationship.
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Nov 06, 2015
It's so refreshing isn't it?!
It goes with the theme of adult reactions and adult relationships, as well as Alfredo reaction to not blame Sherlock for what happened. Can you imagine how he would react it was on another show?

What can i say, i love level-headed characters.
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Nov 06, 2015
Yes. And while bromance has been done to death on tv, platonic love has not. This casting, for Watson, is in my opinion the secret to the brilliance of Elementary. Otherwise, faced with "Sherlock", it might not have gone further than season one.
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Nov 06, 2015
I really enjoyed the season premiere. I totally agree with this review as well - this show rests mostly on the strength of its characters. The cases tend to vary when it comes to complexity, and they aren't always Sherlock worthy, but this is a very good character driven drama, and that is the reason I continue to watch. Sherlock definitely isn't perfect and he's often downright unlikable, but I'm still interested in his journey. He's an extreme personality type and he goes to extremes for people for whom he cares, like Joan and Alfredo. But he still owns up to his mistakes and accepts the consequences. He wasn't trying to figure a way to wiggle out of it - he was being practical and trying to figure out how he would make the best of it if he did go to jail. Likewise, Joan isn't perfect either - this is the type of strong female character I like, and I really love the partnership she and Sherlock have built. It feels organic and earned at this point. I know some people argue for a romantic pairing - if it happens I wouldn't hate it, but I'm also just as happy to see them remain friends. The relationship drama on other shows tends to exhaust me anyway. I can't wait to see how John Noble fits into this cast - I expect Papa Sherlock's interactions with Joan and Sherlock to be very interesting. I've really missed Elementary and the late premiere date made me impatient. I'm excited about the new season!
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Nov 06, 2015
It was Athena, not Agatha.
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Nov 06, 2015
I'll fix it. I swear I had Athen in my notes...
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Nov 06, 2015
I didn't think anyone was paying attention to their names, other... details were pressing at the time!
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Nov 06, 2015
I didnt remember them either. But it was the first name at the end, in the credits. For some reason I remembered it lol
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Nov 06, 2015
I was ready to give up on Elementary. There's just no joy in it, anymore. In Cumberbach's version, you can see the absolute pleasure he gets from working on a case. The relationship between him and Watson is FUN to watch.

I don't get any of that from Elementary and I WANT it.

But, this review has made me want to at least see what they're doing with the new season.

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Nov 06, 2015
"Justice is like an orgasm. It can never come too late."

Ummm... but it can come too early??

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Nov 06, 2015
That was essentially what happened in this case, the media and public were so quick to assume the husband killed his wife but couldn't be proven that they never bothered looking elsewhere, even when it was fairly easy to see in hindsight.
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Nov 06, 2015
That's not justice. That's jumping to conclusions.
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Nov 06, 2015
That's premature adjudication.
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Nov 06, 2015
"Sherlock kept the fact that he and Joan have been fired by the NYPD". When did this happen? This ep? Or did I miss an episode?
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Nov 06, 2015
When Holmes came by Capt. Gregson office after giving his account of Bloom's suicide to Det. Bell., Capt. Gregson told Holmes that the Chief of D's cut all ties to Holmes & Watson as consultants - regardless of whether or not the DA decided to bring charges.
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Nov 06, 2015
Was that in this ep or last ep of last season? (I haven't watched this one, yet.)
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Nov 06, 2015
It was in this episode.
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Nov 06, 2015
Sorry Holmes we just can't afford you two anymore...
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Nov 06, 2015
I am so glad they are back. It is also good to see John Noble too. He is such an underated actor, maybe he'll finally get the recognition he deserves. I love the way this episode was written from the novel way of doing a recap of the last episode, having characters from the past introduce the crime of the week, and it was just good to see Joan and Sherlock working together again, partners in solving crime, even cold cases. I also like the way that Sherlock and Joan had made efforts to protect each other, Sherlock by trying to secure Joan a future and Joan threatening Mr Cook, to protect Sherlock from the psychological abuse of his father. Then there was the fateful meeting of Sherlock and Moreland. The family dynamic between the Holmes clan is totally dysfunctional and a strange way to tell someone how much they really care about each other with sharp barbed wits and thick skin.
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Nov 06, 2015
Yayyy, Noel's recaps are back!!! I didn't read who wrote the review in the beginning, but midway I knew only one person on tv.com would go in depth about the character traits and critically analyse everything. NOEL!!!!! Also, I am glad you mentioned Clyde. Great recap.
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Nov 06, 2015
I thought it was always Noel from the beginning.
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