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Oct 21, 2018
What it means to be gifted

It is a tradition for a few years now that I write a post about the recently finished Season of Elementary. This time it will be a little bit different as the topic will not be directly related to the Season but to the Series as a whole and even further than that: Giftedness and especially gifted adults. ...

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...Must Be the truth
Sep 18, 2018
Elementary Season Finale "Whatever Remains, However Improbable" Review: A Perfect Ending
Had you asked me yesterday if I was happy that there will be a Season 7 I would have wholeheartedly answered that question with

Well, somehow I still am, because, let's be honest, there is currently no other TV show that could hold a candle to Elementary. I remember that a few years ago I enjoyed watching three or four different series.

Now there is only one left.
All the new shows were either highly disappointing to me or broadcast on streaming channels that I didn't subscribe to.

To be fair, the standards that Elementary has set in writing as well as in the excellence of its cast will be difficult to replicate but if there was a channel courageous enough to give quality TV a chance I am pretty sure the viewing figures would not be too bad, as there is an audience that ...
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Sep 11, 2018
Elementary "Fit To Be Tight" Review: Everything you don't expect
As "Fit To Be Tight" is only the first half of a two-part finale this will be a rather short review. You will get a detailed one next week but there is one point that I think is worth mentioning.

I think you remember how last week's episode ended. Sherlock went to Athena and told her that he had realised that she might be more than just a friend to him.
Besides the fact that the reactions to that scene on social media were either very positive stating that Sherlock deserved a bit of happiness and that Athena was a great person or extremely negative, a lot of people wrote that they believed Sherlock's prospective new girlfriend would be Michael's next victim.

I have to admit that, although I found it unlikely as it would definitely have meant the end of Sherlock's sobriety, I couldn't ...
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Taking Risks
Sep 05, 2018
Elementary "The Geek Interpreter" Review: Like Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
I am a Mathematics teacher and I know that a lot of people don't like that subject but I always did. Why? Because it is logical. When there is a problem you apply a formula to it and you solve it. Even if there is no exact solution you can still get close, narrow it down. It is safe. You know what the outcome will possibly be.

Harlan and Sherlock are both people who like things that are logical out of different reasons.

Harlan has problems interpreting social clues as he himself said. He is a brilliant mind but he has difficulties in understanding people's behaviour. Sherlock on the other hand has very fine antennae and often sees more than he wants to. Together with the exclusively negative experience in adolescence this makes it difficult for him to enter any relationship.
So both tend to rely on things ...
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Aug 28, 2018
Elementary "The Visions of Norman P. Horowitz" Review - How Much Is Enough?
In case you wondered why Sherlock, a lover of classical music, has chosen "A Town Called Malice" by The Jam to practice his conducting, there is a simple explanation for that.
It has to do with the lyrics of the song. Together with the motive for the murders and the background story they deliver a very strong message.

This will probably be my shortest review but it will also be my most political one.

A few weeks ago a user on Twitter complaint to Elementary that the writers should stop using the show for their leftist propaganda. I guess the guy must be fuming now.
If you are the same opinion I advise you not to read on. It will only fuel your anger.
For me the depth of the story lines are one reason why I love the show.

"Better stop dreaming of the quiet life
'Cos it's ...
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Science, Baby!
Aug 21, 2018
Elementary "The Worms Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out Review" - Biological Impulses
I have to admit that this was the first episode that didn't give me an idea for a review immediately and I am still not sure if the approach I finally chose isn't too farfetched.
Don't get me wrong I don't think this was a bad episode, there was just nothing that I found suitable for a discussion at first. There were some interesting aspects in this episode but I considered them either too complicated, too boring or too speculative to write about.

Then I remembered one scene that struck me as odd because the portrayal of two characters was different from the usual Elementary style. I am talking about the two scientists at the Orb-Light Lab who were clearly a parody of the profession.

I don't know why Jon Michael Hill made that directing decision, but it finally gave me my topic:

"What makes ...
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Aug 16, 2018
Elementary "Uncanny Valley Of The Dolls" Review: Limitations
It is a bit tricky to write two reviews of a show in one week. Especially when the episodes were extremely well written so that you don't want to skip one or combine both in one text because that would not do them justice.
So forgive me that this review is a bit late. I hope you enjoy it nevertheless.

"Uncanny Valley Of The Dolls" was written by two women and directed by Jonny Lee Miller. All three of them did a very good job in my opinion.
The episode was both highly entertaining and thought provoking atthe same time. I want to focus on two things: The question of justice and misuse of power and what Skylar tells us about men's ideas about women.


At one point in the episode Skylar refers to the social philosopher Mortimer Adler and his ...Read more
Aug 14, 2018
Elementary "How To Get A Head" Review - Notice of Failure
This will be a very short review without much preparation as there were two new episodes this week and I still have to watch the second one.
Nevertheless I want to write down a few thoughts as the episode raised some issues I don't want to sweep under the rug as they are too important to me. Sorry if this is more of a spew than a real review but I just have to speak my mind.

When Sherlock comes home he crosses paths with detective Grimes. He asks Sherlock about the scuba gear. We don't know the significance of the character at that moment but in hind side the scene is symptomatic for Sherlock's regular experience with other people and the experience of a lot of gifted individuals especially kids in general.
Sherlock explains to Grimes that he needed the equipment to check on an experiment ...
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Aug 07, 2018
Elementary "Through The Fog" Review: Greater than the sum of its parts
"Through the Fog" was a remarkable episode in many respects.
The team was split up for the entire episode, which was, with one exception very close to the studio (33-2 Queens Blvd. Long Island City, Queens) only playing in the two studio sets. This makes it the first Elementary Bottle Episode.
It was also the first plot without a single death.
Only two locations, no death - This has to be boring.


A reduced setting can be very intriguing, because it eliminates the distraction from constant scene changes and puts the focus on the interactions of the characters. In this case it meant showing what makes the team of the four detectives great:


"The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects."1

"In the context of organizational behavior, following the view ...
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Assassin's Assassin
Jul 31, 2018
Elementary "Breathe" Review: The Good, The Bad and The Inbetween
This will be one of my "There was so much in this episode that I couldn't decide what to focus on so I just write a short paragraph about everything" reviews.

First, I enjoyed "Breathe" a lot. It was a highly entertaining episode seasoned with very well written dialogues and just the right amount of humour and emotion. We are through a bit more than half of the Season now but I more and more think that it might be the best one. The show seams to age like good wine what leads me to the first topic:

1. Wines, aromas and glasses
I like how much Elementary pays attention to details and of course the wine bottle at the crime scene had the right shape and the label was indeed Italian. The scene was published as a Sneak Peek and when you stop the video at the ...Read more
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Elementary is a CBS television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories with contemporary twists. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson.

Airdate and Time History:
Season 1, 3 and 3: Thursdays at 10:00 pm
Season 4: episodes 1 through 16 Thursdays at 10:00pm, episodes 17 through 24 Sundays at 10:00pm
Season 5: Sundays at 10:00 pm
Season 6: Mondays at 10:00 pm