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Jan 31, 2017
Elementary "Over A Barrel" Review - Common Sense

If you hadn't watched this episode and just read the synopsis you could say: "Oh no. Not again. I've seen this a thousand times in films and on TV: Someone taking hostages and threatening to kill them one by one if his demands are not fulfilled. BORING!" I can only answer: "No, you haven't seen anything like th...

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Jan 18, 2017
Elementary "Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown" Review - Watershed Down
This isn't a review.

Or maybe it is. I don't know.

Review ( according to

1. a critical article or report, as in a periodical, on a book, play, recital, or the like; critique; evaluation.

Well, this is an article. It will not be very critical though because as so often I can't find a lot to criticise. Maybe that after the intense last episode it seemed a bit dull at first. But like a fine wine it revealed its quality in the aftertaste.

2. the process of going over a subject again in study or recitation in order to fix it in the memory or summarize the facts.

I am not going to summarize the facts, because you have watched this episode yourself and don't need to get the story retold I think. What I am going to do is go over the subject ...Read more
LOose Ends
Jan 10, 2017
Elementary "Be My Guest" Review - Demons
Over the last two years I have been writing reviews for this platform, it occurred very rarely that I found it hard to find an approach.
This is one of those occasions.

It is not because "Be My Guest" was a bad episode ( in fact I liked it a lot) but because it was an episode that you can view and review from different angles and I am not sure if the one that I choose is one you share.

So what now?

I think you will have to live with my decision.
If you can't, feel free to throw your computer, laptop or whatever device you are reading this on, out of the window. I don't take any responsibility for it though because you can't say I didn't warn you. ;-)

Let's go.

Usually an episode of Elementary has got a "Case of the Week ...Read more
Stealing Lives
Dec 21, 2016
Elementary "Pick your Poison" Review - Munchhausen

I already wrote that Elementary wasn't suitable for watching to unwind after work, because the plots require your full attention and the topics they are built on often don't let you go fast.
"Pick Your Poison" was an especially fine example for that.
A straight forward case of identity theft and selling of prescriptions to opiate addicts developed into a tragedy where the attempt to help a young man who got abused by his mother lead to a double homicide that left you with a bitter aftertaste. Not for the first time this season the culprit turned out to be also a victim. Ethan was made sick by his mother so that she would get attention and appraisal for caring so selflessly for her son, a mental disorder that is commonly called

Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) lists it ...
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Dec 13, 2016
Elementary "It Serves You Right To Suffer" Review - Friends and Family

This week's episode didn't have a special topic to talk about.
But this was a good thing. It allowed the stellar cast of "Elementary" to show what they are able to when they get the room for it.
The story wasn't spectacular but Kelly Wheeler proved that you don't need to construct a complicated plot to create a compelling story that has enough depth to get you thinking.
In my opinion it was the strength of this episode that it concentrated on the interactions of the characters.
I remember that in the live tweet for the Premier of Season 3 Jonny Lee Miller wrote that he loved those long dialogue scenes because that was what acting was about.
In "It Serves You Right To Suffer" you could see what he meant.
The dialogues between Sherlock and Shinwell and the confrontations between Joan and Whitlock were superb ...
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Murder is not Kosher
Nov 29, 2016
Elementary "How The Sausage Is Made" Review - Shmeat
I hope everybody had already finished their leftovers from Thanksgiving before watching this episode. Luckily I live in Europe and there were no such festivities so...oh. Wait. Damn. The murder victim was transformed into sausages. I like sausages. Especially those with fennel and anise. Urgh!

One can't say Elementary isn't surprising and creative in its storytelling.
In fact it's the meat and potatoes of this show and that's what makes it special. The plots are never buzzard meat they are often dealing with unsolved problems of science or society that make you reflect on it. "How The Sausage Is Made" was no exception. But let's move forward to the meat of the matter:

Lab grown beef
The murder victim was a scientist who worked on the development of lab grown meat that could actually be classified as such.
As often after watching an Elementary ...Read more
Nov 22, 2016
Elementary Review "Bang Bang Shoot Chute" - Pigeonholing
"Pigeonholing is any process that attempts to classify disparate entities into a small number of categories (usually, mutually exclusive ones)"

Source: Wikipedia

This Episode, written by Celeste Chan Wolfe, showed how easy it is to fall into the trap of sorting people into categories by using their profession, passion or origin without knowing anything further about them and the problems resulting from that practice.

Let's be honest. Nobody is free of piegeonholing. Obviously people need to categorise things to feel safe in this sometimes confusing world and generally there's nothing wrong with it. The problem is though that every generalisation bares the risk of coming to wrong conclusions about people or situations what can lead to serious consequences.

I know that in the current political situations it is difficult to make any statement about judging people from muslim countries as you risk to start a controversial discussion that ...Read more
Let Ill Tidings tell themselves when they be felt
Nov 15, 2016
Elementary "Ill Tidings" Review - Uncertainties
This review is another chapter in the book

"Daria's (that's my first name by the way) Strange Approaches to Review Elementary Episodes."

Jeffrey Paul King's story was well written, entertaining and plausible and I really loved it but... damn Mister King there were so many references and things I could talk about that I find it impossible to decide what to focus on so I just don't; I mean focus on something of the episode. Instead I will talk about something I noticed since the beginning of the Season but until now wasn't entirely sure if I was correct. Together with this episode everything seems to fall into place though.

To not totally disappoint everybody who expects a proper review of "Ill Tidings", let's start with some thoughts about the main story.

How much is a life worth?
Obviously not much when you want ...Read more
Nov 08, 2016
Elementary "To Catch a Predator Predator" Review - Victims
After having finished this episode I sat in front of the TV for quite a while until everything I had just seen was sorted in my head and I had catalogued all the feelings it put me in.

This is usually a sign that the story was well told and indeed it was.
I think with this Episode the writers have proved once and for all that Elementary isn't your usual TV Show that puts the focus on entertaining its viewers.

Tamara Jaron dared to address issues that challenged your beliefs of right and wrong and dissolved the lines between perpetrators and victims.

I am not going to retell the storyline, because if you read this review you obviously have watched "To Catch a Predator Predator".

Instead, I will analyze the most important characters and what I think Tamara Jaron wants to tell us through them.
I hope you ...Read more
Nov 01, 2016
Elementary "Henny Penny the Sky Is Falling" Review - Merits
I discovered Elementary in Episode 12 of Season 1.

I would probably never have learned about the series if somebody hadn't recommended it to me. I got hooked immediately and I don't know how many people I have told about Elementary afterwards experienced the same so obviously there is something special about it.

A friend of mine said that in his opinion it is a sign of quality if a series gets cancelled after one Season. Yet here I am writing a review for the 100th Episode of Elementary.

As it is the custom of the writers they celebrated this milestone with a little, fine light rather than fireworks proving that it is not necessary to shine brightly to fascinate.

The title "Henny Penny The Sky is falling"
refers to an old fairy tale about a hen who gets an acorn on her head and believes that this ...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.