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Elementary S02E02: "Solve for X"


I've mentioned this elsewhere in the past, but now that I have myself a proper procedural to review, I get to expound on it a bit more: Procedurals are important because they can react to major events and trends in the world far quicker than some serialized shows are able to. It's the benefit of not having an ongoing plot that requires consistent development; instead, you can rip from the headlines and be all zeitgeist-y. Of course, many serialized programs have been created in response to trends and major events—24 and the rebooted Battlestar Galactica immediately spring to mind—and they can explore how such trends and major events are shaping our world—but procedurals can mobilize them to make their cases feel contemporary and to add a sense of urgency to the narrative beyond the whole "Whodunnit?" aspect.

"Solve for X" wasn't immediately apparent as an example of this. I can't speak for all of you, but I know that I personally don't do a whole lot of shirtless math (oh, I hope Rich Sommer returns later, that cameo was just too adorable), nor do I discuss P versus NP with my coworkers in the break room while also complaining about the large pie that's been in the fridge since March. However, in a time when "metadata" is suddenly an important aspect of our lives, when our emails are scanned to display ads that relate to them, and when one of the most commonly used passwords is "password," the applications of cryptology suddenly become very relevant. 


So the "key to building the skeleton key" for data security—as the solution to the P versus NP problem was called—tapped into these concerns to give a bit of depth to an otherwise fairly predictable case. What I appreciated about it here, and what Elementary actually tends to do very well overall, is that the episode didn't overplay these concerns. The solution to P versus NP wasn't immediately cause for concern, and a larger federal agency didn't suddenly swoop in and engage in a jurisdictional battle with the NYPD and their quirky-but-brilliant consultants. In other words, the show resisted the urge to make a *big* episode out of a *big* plot device, something a series like Castle could learn from. I like Castle as much as the next person (okay, maybe a little less), but the show tends to lose its focus and rhythms when its homicide cases suddenly become connected to issues of national security.

"Solve for X" wisely ignored that avenue for something smaller, but also more relatable. Barrett didn't use the solution to cause the stock market to crash or threaten to launch a nuclear arsenal; instead, she attempted to cover her tracks by altering some video time stamps and writing some incriminating emails to frame her threatening ex-boyfriend. These are things that regular people looking to cash in on something as valuable as the solution to P versus NP—the prize for it is real—would feasibly do if the police were breathing down their necks and they had the resources to try and get away with it.


Outside of the case-of-the-week, we had the requisite character development work. The son of the patient Joan inadvertently killed and that drove Joan away from being a doctor—or at least that's what I was assuming; that's certainly how it played to me—wanted Joan to invest in a bar he and buddy were starting. The episode wasn't terribly subtle about hashing out the issue of guilt and baggage from the past—Sherlock did a very small spiel about it, after all—but I didn't mind that so much. I'd rather it have played out like that than see Joey caught up in some murder case that causes all sorts complications for Joan. This way, the story hit the right balance of filling in Joan's background a bit and forging another link in Joan and Sherlock's friendship.

Which leads me to conclude with a thought about their friendship. Sometimes I feel like Sherlock can read as condescendingly meddling in Joan's life; consider this week's big box of money and last week's concerns about her and Mycroft as examples. I like that Elementary pushes against that interpretation by emphasizing that Joan will argue with Sherlock about it, but will also work a way out of the situation using the advice Sherlock has given her, as she did here. Also, as his desire to visit the cemetery with her next time demonstrates, his meddling doesn't stem from a desire to fix her problems, but to help her and develop a closer bond with her, in the same way that she has helped him. It's just one reason why their friendship is one of the show's strengths.



ADDITIONAL CLUES


– So raise your hand if you did not recognize Aidan Quinn in this episode, because I sure didn't. Haircut and a dye job, and I thought it was a totally different actor at first.

– Sherlock doing exercises while trying to figure out the case made me think that Jonny Lee Miller and Stephen Amell on Arrow should have an exercise-off! I'm sure Miller can totally do a salmon ladder.

– "Actually, you wrote, and I quote, 'Yes, please, now. Triple smiley face with tongue protruding.'"

– "Also, the river smells like rancid cod."


What did you think of "Solve for X"?


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Shirtless JLM, what more can I say?
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This one actually surprised me. Just as I was grinding down my teeth, they finally showed the crypto implications. While a bit simplified, there was nothing inherently wrong, which makes it one of the few shows that talks sensibly about that domain (almost makes me want to forgive that stupid Euro scam from S1 finale).
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Noel, the difference between Holmes and Queen? Holmes deliberately misses vital organs when skewering a perp, and alos Holmes would've had the Glades map clue solved while still on the island.

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Character error: When Sherlock was exercising he stands up and we can see that he has a tattoo near his left hip. The tattoo is of the symbol for Scorpio. Sherlock Holmes' birthday is 6th January, making him a Capricorn. Jonny Lee Miller's birthday is 15th November, making him a Scorpio.
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Who cares??
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People that frequent these type of websites. If you don't care then maybe this isn't the website for you.
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I love websites like this, because I get to read really stupid comments about a tattoo that the ACTOR has. Get a grip, in real life people get tattoos that have nothing to do with any character they might play on screen.
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I like the show, I have always been a fan of Jonny Lee Miller and I like his tattoos. It was just meant as a fun observation. I apologise if I have upset you with my trivia and I did not mean to show any disrespect to the creaters of Elementary or actors with tattoos. Or anyone with tattoos, of their star sign or otherwise. I will in future take greater care and consideration of what I post on the internet and try to do it with a grip.
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Any rule says Sherlock doesn't just like scorpions?
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Anything's possible
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Don't you know a new season comes with new hair?! ;)
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Awww Noel is doing the reviews now! :)
  • The relationship between Sherlock and Joan IS the strength of this series. They have a wonderful chemistry and the more I see how amazing they are now, the more I think back on their past performance. They did a remarkable job of having this subdued and cuatious relationship and giving us just enough where we now see just how much they've grown and evolve since the pilot. I love them. It is by far one of my favorite relationships on televison right now, and I have a great deal of those.
  • I love that Sherlock has been showing some genuine interest in Joan, in her past, in her life, in being part of her life. For someone who can easily come across as...prickly, for lack of a better word, she has somehow managed to work hserself into his life, and never more than when she stopped being his sober companion and just let him be. She never appeared intimidated by him, bored of him, or in awe of him. She never tried to be his friend and that is precisely how she ended up being his best friend. As a result he seems to really value her, and now, now it's about seeing all the ways in which he values her, he's become more reliant on her and he actually cares for her and it seems to puzzle him, and that is one of the most fascinating things to watch. Their relationship has fallen into this category where they just...are. They let each other be, it just sort of happened, and now you can tell he's picking apart at that and prying at that when he gets the chance to, because he finds it fascinating. It is encouraging him to make these little attempts at the relationship/friendship steps that he'd typically fine mundane and uninspired They had some really beautiful and fantastic scenes together. The scene in the corner's office, and both scenes in the den. I loved that he seemed genuinely interested in going to the cemetery with her next time, to pay his respects to the man that more or less drove Watson in his direction and seemingly bettered his lie, despite the fact that cemeteries and speaking to graves seems to be the antithesis of everything Sherlock. But he'd do it, for her. I feel like these are all steps towards showing them as honest to God equals in their partnership, instead of rotating between one or the other having the upper-hand .
  • I thought the case was okay. I actually enjoy the cases more when they don't have to do with murder. I know for the math geeks it probably was fun, and for that reason, I was happy enough. I just found the Joan character development far more interesting this week.
  • I really felt for Joan. It is truly funny because people tend to right one off as just being naive, foolish, or a doormat, when it is so much more complicated than that. She knew the kid was taking advantage of her, she wasn't oblivious to the fact. She was just punishing herself. It had everything to do with her own guilt and masochism and not much to do with this kid. I mean she cared for this kid because she's a caring person by nature, but he was her penance. I love that Sherlock understood that and told her that, and tried to help her out of it out of real concern rather than anything else. I love that she works her way out of these situations by listening to Sherlock's adivice but doing her own thing in her own way. It really highlights the equality in their bond.
  • I too love that Bell is starting to hold his own. I always felt like Bell and Gregson never got as much screentime an rarely commanded the screentime they did have, unlike other characters like Alfredo (miss him!). But Bell is holding his own.
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This was a fun episode. I did find myself checking to make sure that P vs np did exist and was a thing. I also am enjoying the continuing growth of the friendship between Watson and Sherlock and the way that Sherlock is being shown as a human being who cares about other people in his weird and awkward way.
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I really enjoyed this episode, not one of the best but an entertaining 40 mins nonetheless. The case of the week was ok, but I eenjoy abstory I can solve with them, but all of this math and cyber stuff went a bit over my head. I do enjoy learning more about both Sherlock and Watson's pasts, but the son of that patient (I can't remember his name) just seemed so suss but that might be because I saw him somewhere else being super suss and dodgy.
The captains new hair did throw me at the start of last weeks episode, but I have to admit I did a bit of a double take when I saw him this week.
I am wondering whether there will be another season arc, like last season with M, Moriarty and Irene from his past or a new serial killer case or something this season.
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I've enjoyed every episode of this show so far. Other shows have really lowered my expections over the years.
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I liked elements of the episode but found it a bit too obvious and by the numbers - cheese intended. Last week, similarly, left little for the viewer to puzzle but at least this week had more of a case to ponder. Watson's storyline, however sweet, felt like it was overly invading both the crime story and Sherlock's character. This isn't Bones and I don't want or need for Holmes to be schooled in attempts at altering him for the 'betterment' of his personality. The thought of H&W supping their respective drinks whilst chewing over a case gave me a cold shiver. No. No. God, no. Sorry.
As has been noted, I'd like for a wider variance in cases and not just murders. Although, of course, that would either mean the writers having to swing ways of still including his cop duo or going weeks without them. And I can't really see that happening too often if they expect to keep both actors on - particularly the, as is, thinly utilised Aidan Quinn.
One character I saw hope in expanding was Miss Hudson, but fear the transgender character was seen as too much by the more conservative suits to be a regular. Hopefully I'm wrong on this...
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The difference between Bones and Sherlock is that Bones more or less was forced to be social as the series progressed by Angela. She was just as standoffish as Sherlock at the beginning of her show, but Angela said "nope, that's wrong. You need friends." It got even worse with her relationship with Booth, in which Angela practically had to beat Bones into realizing she was in love with him and adjusting herself into a woman more suitable to Booth.

Sherlock, on the other hand, while being forced to the AA meetings by Joan, began warming up to her voluntarily. The first few episodes he treated her like an unnecessary annoyance, but the first clue that he was finally melting was when he stayed with her out of his own volition when she was waiting for the former boyfriend who never showed up. Then he defended her decision as a sober companion to her parents, then he admitted that he would miss her after his ordeal with Moran, then finally in "Details" he flat-out told her that he wanted her to stay in his life as an equal partner, and has been nothing but encouraging to her ever since. His personality blossomed on its own instead of having, say, Captain Gregson (who was the closest thing to a friend Sherlock had before Watson) tell him he should start acting more socially conscious so he can become besties with Watson. Also, the fact that the writers have said there will never be any romantic ties between Sherlock and Joan makes the show even more appealing, because in my opinion Bones pretty much jumped the shark when Bones got pregnant with Booth's baby and they became a happy family (who can't get married because of a Big Bad who overstayed his welcome.)

Seriously, why does every main male/female cop duo have to hook up these days. The only exceptions I've seen are Goran and Eames from Law and Order: Criminal Intent (though he did kiss her once... on the cheek) Benson and Stabler from SVU (though Stabler did hook up with his temporary partner.) and most recently Abbie and Ichabod from Sleepy Hollow (because Ichabod is married and his goal is to stop the bad guys so he can be with his wife in the afterlife) I honestly hope this "partners hook up" cliche never happens to Sherlock and Joan, since the fact that season 1's Big Bad turned out to be the love of Sherlock's life and is still alive can make for a very interesting series if the writers decide to bring her back.
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Bones is like some person with an undiagnosed mental/social disorder that she's unaware of or annoyingly ever refusing to accept. Whereas Sherlock's social disorder/s, if you can call them that, are chosen ones of which he's painstakingly aware but less willing to openly share with all and sundry. I'd rather have him bed Miss Hudson than Joan. Emily thechannels' chosen nasal voicing for Bones always irked me to the Nth degree and I gave up regularly viewing unless drunk/hungover on catch up tv.
I felt more chemistry seeing Boreanaz kissing Craig Ferguson on the latter's chat show.
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Word of God (Emily Deschanel herself, since she's a producer on the show) says that Bones has Aspergers Syndrome. Sherlock is just a snobby British person.

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She isn't my God.
And...Sherlock is just a...loveable...snobby British person.
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After watching the episode, I now crave more for a crossover between Person of Interest and Elementary's Sherlock.
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It was made clear that the guy was in fact the son of the patient Watson killed.
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I also just wanted to comment on the show in general. I sometimes feel like the show runners/writers are actively trying to apologize for being yet another tv show where the lead is a white heterosexual male. Therefore, they've taken Sherlock's practicality in solving his cases (i.e. not caring about anybody's personal lives or what they've done in the past, but just being interested in how they can help him) and his drug abuse background to introduce some of the most interesting, diverse and well fleshed out supporting characters on any television show right now. Not just in Joan Watson, but with Alfredo, Detective Bell, Ms. Hudson, Moriarty and many more.
I would never claim the show is perfect or the best adaptation of Sherlock Holmes because it is neither, but it is certainly very beautiful and it's inclusiveness makes me feel very protective over it.
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I read through the comments first, which I should never do cause then I just wanna comment on those instead of the actual show. I'll just say this, I wish people would start realizing that the show is just based on Sherlock. You want a more literal interpretation, rewatch Sherlock with Benedick Cumberdribble.

Back to the show! I actually did not like the case that much this week. I figured out pretty soon that the lady did it and that she was just clever in covering it up. I have not that had that once with this show, so it felt lazy to me. Also, I'm not saying pretty ladies can't be mathmeticians, but come on, this was too much. Unless it was supposed to be a clue about her having solved P vs. NP and thus had more time to spend on other things, such as personal appearance (that I would have actually loved).
In contrast, the personal development was outstanding. They did not beat around the bush and the fact that Joey was out to get her money did not become the main point. This way, there was, again, more room to explore the character developement of Joan Watson and the relationship between Joan and Sherlock. Something which this show excells in.
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Hi! The Brittish show Sherlock is not a literal interpretation of the books neither. Personally I like this show, I'm going to keep watching, commenting and comparing versions.

I didn't find anything strange in the looks of the mathematician, but indeed it was quite obvious for me too that she was guilty and that the restaurant tape had somehow been altered. It is a strange experience to realize things before Sherlock does, isn't it. I also hope this is an exception.
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it wasnt as good as last week, in relation to the case of the week especially. i hope they do some variation on the crimes in the coming weeks, another bank job episode would be nice or a cold case just to mix things up a bit.
Watsons reveal about her patient was a solid part of the show, but how she didnt realize it was a con worried me. She has had all these cases with Holmes, all this training but the writers made her look very naive in regard to her personal life
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I don't think she was naïve about it at all. She knew exactly what he was doing, and she struggles with just how to honor what she feels is a debt to him.
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cold case! good idea! I don't like that tv show about the cold cases, but for Sherlock it would be very interesting.

I was thinking that Watson knew that the guy was trying to play with her guilt from the beginning, but probably you are right and she didn't realize. I guess my mind made up that part in the way that I thought would make more sense. Watson shouldn't be that naive. It is in her character to expect better of people, though (better than Holmes, anyways).
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OMG I loved this episode. Especially the ending. It's so sweet. I hope they don't ruin it by making Sherlock and Watson romantically involved. Their bromance is so much cooler than a romance. (nods)
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I've never seen Joan and Sherlock as a will they/won't they, but a wicked way to subvert the notion that settled = boring on TV.

The characters are, basically, engaged in a routinary old married couple dynamic and they couldn't be more fun because of it.
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Sadly, the "Will they, won't they" is inevitable.

The majority of writers simply can't resist it as it's a very easy ploy to raise the viewers interest without actually having to do any real work.

Look at Castle for example.

Nathan Fillian stated categorically that he didn't want the two leads to get together but now they are, the show has deteriorated dramatically as it's now all about the couple.

The X-Files did it right by now showing the relationship between Mulder & Scully 'till season 7 and then simply forgetting it again, 'till the end of season 8.

If I can't convince you with these, look at the complete mess NCIS has got itself in with the whole Tiva fiasco?
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I'd say the will they, won't they scenario has to start that way and pile up obstacles for any couple to avoid Joan and Sherlock's state of affairs.

A routinary old married couple dynamic, on the other hand, can only offer new ways to ignite the relationship, if only because the characters already are in a committed form of intimacy that doesn't depend on romance or sexual tension to exist.
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This is in reply to MariaMahoney as the reply system doesn't iterate well enough.

Seriously, weird?
So
Watson=woman
Mrs Hudson=transexual
Holmes=hooker user
Moriarty=woman
seriously isn't weird enough to allow Holmes and Watson to get together?

You cannot be serious at all!
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Don't get me wrong. Some relationships are better together. I love Bones and the fact that Brennan and Booth got together made me happy. But Sherlock and Watson should NOT be together. It's categorically incorrect. It would be too weird.
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Good episode but this show is pretty reliable providing good episodes so no surprise there. Well written, good chemistry between the characters. I think it's better Watson didn't invest in the bar because recall Sherlock is a recovering addict. I know it was H not Alcohol but still, a bar isn't a good setting for a former addict to bide his time noodling on cases.
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A proof for P vs. NP does not necessarily mean P = NP. In fact, the general assumption is that P does not equal NP, which, if proven, would not endanger current cryptography methods. But I guess nobody cares.
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you see, just heard about this in the show for the first time, but I'm not surprised that the general assumption is P does not equal NP. Of course, I am no math expert, so what do I know :)
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It was a coupla days ago, so I'm not sure, but what I thought was said was that if P Vs NP was unravelled/proven it would make decryption much easier because it would enable decrypters to quickly discover the point of attack on a problem.
That is run some P Vs NP algorithm over a cypher and learn which parts can be cracked by brute force and which parts cannot be solved that way.
Being able to do that would speed up decryption immeasurably.
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That is how P vs. NP was depicted in the show, but as always when it comes to any technical stuff in television, like hacking/cracking, encryption, AI, etc. everything always gets blown way way WAY out of proportion.

In the real world, proving that very NP problem is also solvable in P does not automatically render all of modern cryptography invalid. Modern cryptography relies on the principle that there are problems that computers cannot compute well, eg. prime factorization, because no algorithm is known to compute that problem efficiently (in P). If you would prove that P = NP, the only thing you would actually prove is that there is that such an algorithm exists but it would not magically give you an answer as to how to implement it. That is all.
Of course this will have repercussions for cryptographic standards but not to the extend of immediately rendering them all invalid.

As an example of such a prediction, take a look at the Higgs Field.
Its existence was predicted and theoretically proven, but it took us about 50 years and a billion dollar machine to actually "produce" it.
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If you're interested in math at all, I would recommend Numbers (im 99% sure its on netflix). It's a procedural that incorprated a lot of math and while it may sound stupid, it's actually pretty good and introduced me to a lot of interesting concepts. For one thing, they do explain P vs NP a lot better.
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I was happy to leave it at Sherlock admitting to not being a maths genius and move things along. And to paraphrase some bright spark; assumptions until proven, make asses and umptions of us all!
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I have seen some episodes - One of my brothers is a mathematician and he objects to that show a lot. But I agree that for us simple human beings can be interesting to hear the big theories applied to a case. Although that would never happen in real life, but that doesn't matter. I didn't see that episode about P vs NP, though. I'll have to ask my brother to explain... and see if I can get anything out of it :)
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i also thought Aidan Quinn looked like he's lost some weight, maybe in his face and neck a little
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To be fair, it's been more than a decade since Practical Magic. He can't look the same forever.
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i dont recall that, but i meant from last season to this season
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Did Gregson have more grey hairs during the first season? Maybe he's wearing his hair shorter.
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Yeah his hair was completely dyed. I noticed that in the first episode..
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did not notice anything about his hair, just noticed his thinner face and neck
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I am 1 step from starting saying bad things about this show, just because nobody does in this section :) Where's that hater guy when you need him?
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The show needs to ease up with homicide cases for sure. Not every things needs to be connected to a murder. Plenty of bizarre crimes that require crazy crime solving skills that don't involve murders.

For this episode, Barrett's office is way too nice for a professor who just lost two classes from her teaching load. I mean. if her teaching load is tied to her income, her office wouldn't be that nice. Hell, she probably wouldn't even have an office.

And WavSlave mentioned last week that he didn't particularly care for Lucy Liu's acting. But then he's a self-admitted British purist of Holmes, and that's okay!
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Disagree. Lucy Liu is doing a good job even if the twist of Watson as a woman is a different one. I like also that she's a natural beauty, which in stark contrast to Mrs. CBS, Julie "Chenbot" Chen!
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Well, you know, Sherlock doesn't just take any old case. It needs to be interesting to him. So I guess murder cases are what piques his intellect the most...
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Now, that's something! :) I do like Lucy Liu, but I keep having problems with the whole "Watson is a woman" thing. In my opinion that is pushing Sherlock to be far more cordial to her than he would be in a different world where Watson wasn't a woman (like say, any other version of Sherlock Holmes stories). I mean, cordial is one thing, but come on, going to the cementery with her? It is nice of him, and it makes sense what other commenter said about giving Sherlock the opportunity to reciprocate and be her "sober companion" now. But that has nothing to do with any Sherlock prior life. And hey, it can be like this, that's fine. We can have a whole new Sherlock that is very cordial and a lot less arrogant than the original. But I'm puzzled that nobody is talking about it.
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The only reason I started watching this show is Lucy Liu. Never liked Sherlock much especially because of his awful character (and what I perceived as his sick habit of toying with Watson on occasions... but to each his own). So if it takes a woman to make him more bearable I'm all for it, but i don't think it's because Watson is a woman but because this Sherlock was in a bad (vulnerable) place when we met him.
Also, as far as I know, Sherlock left his prior life back in England when he hit rock bottom. These things have a tendency to change people or at least to make them want to change.
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I think the show is forced to have Sherlock this softer way. The Watson character they have created is a smart, mature, independent woman, like could not be otherwise so that we like the story. She can put up with a certain amount of bullshit only. If the show would make Sherlock be like, for example, Dr. House, then Watson would be a constantly humiliated woman and a pathetic character that follows her boss around all they long. Or she would have to leave him and we would have no show :) It is in this sense that I mean that Watson being a woman is defining a new Holmes. Just because the show cannot afford Sherlock to treat her badly and they wrote it that way. When Watson is a man, it is also perceived as an attack when Sherlock "toys with him". But it is bearable. It would not be bearable towards a woman. I hope I'm explaining myself :)

But I also find most Sherlock Holmes to be awful people, so let's see what it gives to have a more polite one around :)
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I never saw the original Holmes as arrogant, just too brilliant to pass as such for any foe that wasn't Moriarty. If anything, the character has always been as cordial to Watson as he is to Joan on Elementary.
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It is the writing, not the acting, what led Sherlock to suggest to Watson to go with her to the cementary. The actor can add more or less pompous or comtemptuous touch to his character, but he has to play to the music anyways.


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To be fair, too many actors go for the arrogant = brilliant approach, which is why I liked Robert Downey Jr.'s manic = brilliant portrayal of Holmes, and Johnny Lee Miller's interpretation of brilliant in Elementary.
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Holmes is a Limey remember so it's in his DNA to be arrogant. LOL
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Totally disagree on that - as soon as you take Holmes out of the book and put it on a screen, he becomes immediately arrogant. It is just not visual in the book, but it's there. I cannot see any other Holmes just going to the cementery with Watson to pay his respects to a friend of him/her. It is the big one difference from this show towards any other version and it deserves to be pointed out.
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"of course, many serialized programs have been created in response to trends and major events—24 and the rebooted Battlestar Galactica"

I didnt really watch BG, wondering what trend or major event it responded to, anyone have an idea?
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The show was especially concerned with issues of terrorism, torture, and religious conflicts. It handled these topics to varying degrees of impressiveness.
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Despite it's serialized nature, Ron D Moore did say that he changed the show based on what was going on. ( maybe thats why some people didn't like the ending)
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and the impending robot revolution
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As a proper science fiction world, the show treated all the important matters of politics and human ethics, and how different circumstances will bring different reactions and rules. I particularly remember the episode about abortion. The president was a progresist and believed in the woman's choice, and she reacted to the religious attemps to prevent abortions as suchHowever, when she realized that humanity was at risk of extintion, she passed a law to forbid abortion completely.

Probably the most trendy aspect of the show was artificial intelligence, though.
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A solid episode, if a little heavy-handed. Had the relationships I love, the case that's something we can solve on our own but still want to see resolved to know we're right AND just that coloring of character development. Brilliant.
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Loved the episode, I did like that the woman was just being classic in simply stealing money that no one would notice was missing because of her math. And I love the way Sherlock and Joan keep getting closer. Her speech about her patient and his wanting to go to the cemetery with her were really beautiful and I am so glad that they had those moments. I think this year we'll get more into Joan's story after we had spent all of the first season on Sherlock's. And I love that.
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I'm a math geek (engineer division) so I loved the show - the blacklight reveal was 2 cool -calling the cab was hilarious and doing exercises to review case notes was a great show for the ladies - Jonny Lee has been Working!
so, A physicist, a biologist and a mathematician are sitting in a street café, drinking coffee, and watching people entering and leaving the house on the other side of the street. First they see two people entering the house. Time passes. After a while they notice three people leaving the house. The physicist says, "The measurement wasn't accurate." The biologist says, "They must have reproduced." The mathematician says, "If one more person enters the house then it will be empty."
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I guess I don't read it as meddling because Joan and Shelock are, basically, leading a married couple's life. Granted, married couples don't usually show up with a big box of money to help their better halves, but they do get involved like Sherlock does.

The patient will always be Joan's personal tragedy, the cementary will always be an issue for her and he can't change that, but he can tag along for the ride.
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Talking about including trending items and events in procedurals, as good as the plastic gun from last week or the control of private information this week can be, sorry Elementary, but in my opinion The Good Wife is still winning the prize with that teleconference lady. I'm still laughing about that.
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The Good Wife is a step above pretty much every other show in addressing those sorts of things. The legal aspect helps so those timely topics are more plot-centric than window-dressing for the plot. Law & Order excelled at this sort of thing, and along with keeping New York actors working, Good Wife is L&O's heir in this regard.
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Weapons of math destruction? Sines of murder? Nicely done, Noel.

Sorry if I went off on a hyperbolic tangent mentioning this.
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No need to apologize for your imaginary infractions.
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Good grief, I'm getting Pi eyed reading these improper puns.
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I'm enough of a math nerd to know p vs np and I did appreciate The nerdiness mixed in with jlm's athleticism. I like how bell is giving Sherlock a hard time but not in the "I'm a cop and I don't need you" from season 1 but the ... I didn't call you but since you're here whatever. It's not completely antagonistic but it's a begrudging respect. The whole son asking Joan for money... Man I saw that a mile away. Wasn't too fond of it but I did like Sherlock helping Joan through it. It's almost like he's her sober companion as she weans off the guilt.
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Yeah, they certainly have grown on each other since the beginning. Their relationship could so easily have turned into the typical "you're an outsider and this is police business, so stay out" relationship we have seen so often in TV shows. The mutual respect between them (well, at east on Bell's part) is another fine example of how the talented writers on this one keep us entertained and interested.
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But even with sherlocks obliviousness to obvious social eitquette, he's growing too. I mean yes it's a little patronizing to bell to think that it's only because of Sherlock that he's gotten better but in sherlocks world that makes sense and he is pleased. Which goes to show why he finds mycroft so lazy, Sherlock finds anyone who doesn't think on the same level lazy. Haha
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Not my favourite, but I liked it.
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I think they have revamped the cops from season 1 into a new version in season 2. The looks of the one, and the wits of the two. Regarding the wits and professionality, It was a necessary revamp that I am glad of. One cannot pretend to be very smart if you are surrounded by brainless policemen. It's just too easy.
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Its funny with all my issues or discussions with other new and, weirdly, more about returning shows, this has been the only one that isn't showing any sophomore slump or need to super telegraph its story. I was thinking about this and somehow this and of all things Revolution are the only second or third year shows making me think this. I thought that last scene was really sweet, but it was kind of weird that this was the first we saw of Gregson and Bell this season. I do hope they build up some of their secondary and tertiary characters like POI does (though technically POI you are in my dog house so far this season).
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We saw Gregson and Bell very briefly last week ...I think. Anyway. I was going to comment on how Bell really developed over the course of S1 that he's actually able to carry scenes on his own with Sherlock, like he did at the crime scene. No need to explain why Gregson wasn't there or anything: Bell's a good enough cop and Sherlock has some respect for him.
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I didn't think they needed to explain Gregson's non appearance at a crime scene either. I don't really remember if we saw both of them last week, maybe Bell in the very opening? They were taking off for London before the title sequence. When I was actually talking about secondary characters I meant like that math guy or Sherlock's sponsor who was teaching Joan criminal activity.
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Alfredo. I will ALWAYS be game for more Alfredo.
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Here's the reason why I love this show. The scene where Holmes realizes that a public security camera has been re-positioned to spy on an individual. He summons the cab and I knew that he was going to climb on the roof to examine the camera. Brilliant!

The chemistry between Holmes and Watson is well written and well acted. This a show that has the ability to run a long time. I just hope Jonny and Lucy continue to enjoy making the show.

"Why is he not wearing a shirt?" Hmmm.
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@cause he's buff and the ladies luv it?
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That's two episodes that have relied on CCTV cameras already. I'm half expecting a POI crossover by the second half of the season. SHERLOCK VERSUS THE MACHINE.
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That would be awesome!
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Love this show, and I enjoyed this recap very much. I did take a second to recognize Quinn, who I think deserves a bigger role. Jon Micheal Hill does a great job but the the relationship between Holmes and Gregson could be fleshed out quite a bit.
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