This is the first episode that I stopped paying attention to about halfway through. Far too contrived and telegraphed and forecast (not the same foreshadowed) right down to the title. Any show just starting out deserves some time to work out the kinks and develop some increasing synchronicity between cast members, production, and the writers. The writers fell down this time, through the director should have spotted the holes and gaps, and the caste did some scrambling when it shouldn't have. It is always a bad sign when I know by the writing and not the clues who did the deed halfway through the show. Please don't do something like this again, I've already ditched 5 new shows this week and I really REALLY want to keep this one.
This is my favorite episode so far. The previous two have failed to come together for me in a meaningful way, but this one really stood out.
The relationship between Holmes and Watson was engaging. The story was uncomfortable but in a way that was compelling. I believe that it would have been nice to keep Adam around for a while (and I was really disappointed in how scared he seemed when he knew he was trapped), but I guess they didn't want to keep that kind of crime around in order to not upset those highly sensitive to the like. He was a complex character and a potential rival(ish), but I suppose he was a one-trick pony.
This episode kept my attention. You're getting there, Elementary.
Child Predator was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Elementary. I enjoyed watching and though the story was about a darker side of humanity it was well written, acted, and directed. It was interesting to watch Sherlock investigate and it was great seeing Holmes try to get him to rest. Adam the abducted child was very disturbed and there were a lot of emotions flying around over what happened to him and the other children. It was intriguing how playful he was with Holmes, almost a criminal mastermind, but in the end he was no match. The ending was marvelous! I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!
In the the best Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes inspects a crime scene, interviews people, and thinks for about ten minutes. Then he announces "I solved it!" and we spend the rest of the story trying to catch up to what he's already figured out. Also all the clues are also presented to us in the beginning, making us feel stupid for not figuring out sooner (or at least stupider than Holmes). The Mentalist is the best example of this style and not this show! Holmes is supposed to be so much smarter, yet the villain in this episode outwits him and Holmes only catches him on basically a legal technicality! The Watson/Holmes chemistry is not there either;. While Watson is not as smart as Holmes, she should at least be smarter than everybody else, right (top of her class in med school)? I guess I wanted Watson to be two steps ahead and Holmes be five steps ahead. In the books, Holmes got into drugs because he was so incredibly bored and maybe that's what we need too! A final note; hire smarter writers! While smart people can act dumb, dumb people cannot act smart!!!
The case was pretty good but faltered when it became apparent that the initial suspect wasn't the real killer.
An unsatisfactory conclusion since the killer knew he wouldn't get much in the way of punishment due to extenuating circumstances.
Holmes continues to be thoroughly obnoxious to Watson, comparing her to a phrenology head at one point but manages to redeem himself later in the episode by simply admitting that she is good for his thought process.
However, I think there has to be some kind of breakthrough between them pretty soon to justify her remaining with him past the 6 week companionship contract.
It seems JLM's hairy chest is to be in weekly evidence, presumably as eye candy for the female audience. Please note, as a non PC lover of female eye candy, I have no objection. Loved the "could have sworn I had a shirt on, earlier" comment from Holmes.
If this series keeps up this good work, I for one believe it will get a second run and hopefully, a full 20+ episodes.
.... ELEMENTARY is proving to be a fun and clever modern day twist on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic character Sherlock Holmes. "Child Predator" is a step down from the previous two installments but is a strong episode in its own right. Where some parts are predictable and some obvious questions are not even asked - "Child Predator" succeeds through the continued development of Holmes & Watson's budding relationship and the depiction of Holmes' unusual methods through a modern lens.
Some Sherlockians are quick to criticize ELEMENTARY; but the characters are over 100 years old and, as a fan of the original books and the many screen incarnations throughout the years, I find it nice to see some clever twists of the classic Doyle Holmes blueprint. ELEMENTARY is a unique and entertaining Sherlock Holmes adaptation and "Child Predator" is not perfect but certainly another satisfying piece to this series.