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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 is...

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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
Higher Love
Oct 25, 2016
Elementary - "Render, and Then Seize Her" Review - Nothing is like it seems
There is no second chance for the first impression.

Well, this might be correct but "Render and then Seize her" demonstrated that this first impression often leads up the garden path, that things and people are not what they seem at first sight and that you shouldn't pass a judgement before you have analyzed a situation thoroughly.
Oct 18, 2016
Elementary "Worth Several Cities" Review - Egocentricity versus Reason

I know that Sherlock wouldn't like this statement as he often longs to be part of the crowd but in this case it is meant exclusively positive and I can't find any other adjective to describe the show better.
Usually after several Seasons the stories begin to repeat themselves and the originality of the plots is lost. This is not the case with Elementary. In fact I get the impression that the quality of the show is still improving after four seasons. In my opinion it has reached a level of writing and acting that is very rare on TV nowadays.

Elementary gives you topics to chew on and often you learn something about things you hadn't even known they exist.

"Worth Several Cities" is a perfect example for that.

I would never have considered to dig into the history of the Imperial Seal ...
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Career changes
Oct 03, 2016
Elementary Season Premiere "Folie A Deux" Review - Respect!
The Season 5 premiere introduced us to Shinwell Johnson and raised the question if a criminal can change his life to the good.
More Than words
Sep 25, 2016
IN HIS OWN WORDS - An analysis of the troubled relationship between Morland and Sherlock Holmes through what Sherlock said to his father in Season 4

I know this post has a complicated title but I just couldn't find a better one. Sorry.

Over the summer I talked to other Elementary fans and one topic was the relationship between father and son.
This made me reflect upon what Sherlock flung in his father's teeth during the Season and I realised that when you collect all the quotes you get a quite good picture of how Sherlock experienced his dad.

Sherlock used every opportunity he got to try to get a rise out of Morland and make him understand what he did to him and what caused the contempt he feels.

I will recapitulate the statements and try to explain what I read in them. Of course this is only my opinion and you may have a completely different view.
Please leave your comments at the end of this post.
I am interested in how ...Read more
Why Sherlock's behaviour sometimes is so weird
Jun 28, 2016
Effects of Complex Trauma
I have been thinking about writing this post for quite some time now, but always hesitated as I am no psychologist. But when I shortly read an article in a teacher's magazine saying that it was important for people working with children to know about complex trauma I finally made up my mind to do it. The other thing that encouraged me was the answer of Robert Hewitt Wolfe, one of the Elementary writers, to a question about Sherlock suffering from clinical depression. He said:

"I'd say Sherlock's diagnosis is more complicated than that..."

I don't know if the topic is interesting for people not working in caring professions, but perhaps you want to know why Sherlock's behaviour sometimes is so weird.

I already said that I am no psychologist, but I am not writing this without having talked to professionals before who know Elementary ...
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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.