Season 2 Episode 14

Dead Clade Walking

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 30, 2014 on CBS
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Episode Summary


As Watson peruses one of Holme's cold cases, she figures out that a rare prehistoric fossil is tied to the unsolved murder. Sherlock is in uncharted territories as concerns his duties as a sobriety sponsor.

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  • Very good!

    I really enjoyed this storyine, which was complex, multi-layered and well structured. All of it was very interesting, including the storyline of the case coupled with a more personal matter for sherlock.

    I enjoyed this one thoroughly - much more interesting than last week's and looking forward to more!
  • Great change away from an ordinary crime series to serious drama.

    I think it was not a coincidence that DH Lawrence was named in the episode. I found a passage in his novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" that fits perfectly for this Episode of Elementary.

    "when the emotional soul recieves a wounding shock, which does not kill the body, the soul seems to recover as the body recovers. But this is only appearance. It is really only the mechanism of the reassumed habit.

    Slowly, slowly the wound to the soul begins to make itself felt, like a bruise, which only slowly deepens its terrible ache, till it fills all the psyche.

    And when we think we have recovered and forgotten, it is then that the terrible after-effects have to be encountered at their worst. " (Chapter 5)

    I really like the change that was made in Season 2. Elementary is now much more realistic and it gives the actors the freedom to show their acting skills.

    I am rewatching the first Season at the moment. And then the change of Sherlock is even more impressive and sad at the same time.

    In Season 1 and the first few episodes of season 2 he was always energetic and eager to solve the crimes.

    Now he is so depressed and tired that little disturbances like the old case file are enough to make him all jittery and confused. And the question by Randy about Moriarty affects him so much, that he is barely able to speak. Just watch the first minutes of this episode again and you'll see. At the end of the episode he is so upset that he can't even look Randy in the eye and his answer to Joan's question if he is feeling good is "I suppose so" like he doesn't know what feeling good means.

    The skull and the drill are important, too.

    Trepanning is believed to cure depression. (Wikipedia)

    Sherlock is so desperate that he seriously thinks about drilling a hole in his skull to get rid of his dark thoughts and feelings. Luckily in this episode he has no time to do so, because Randy is keeping him busy. But it is already moving that he even considers it.

    I really like that the creators put so many little details in the dialogues and actions. You have to watch closely.

    From Episode 9 on there were several steps to the severe depression he is in now.

    Episode 9: getting rude and aggressive, saying: "I'm cold inside"

    Episode 10: working sloppily, hating himself

    Episode 11: loss of concentration, not able to sleep, rage

    Episode 12: tiredness, loss of energy

    Episode 14: being nervous, irritated and easily upset, irrational thinkingmoreless
  • A Conspiracy Theorist's Understanding of Science

    The plot for this episode bordered on incoherent, such contrived motives for the murders. Science and scientists just don't work like that. A 98% complete skeleton would have still be a massive career making find such that three missing bones would neither have been worth forging nor a motive to kill.

    A disagreement such as portrayed would not have seen the aging prof. lose his livelihood. At worst he would have been ensured further book deals either contesting the find and its significance or explaining its role in the controversy.

    Unfortunately this cardboard cutout treatment of the subject matter made the show even less enjoyable that the sorry side plot between Holmes and his sponsee would have made the episode.

    But on the bright side most watchers will find nothing amiss in the above characterizations and caricatures of scientists so rest assured that only a small segment will be pissed off with the episode.moreless
  • fits and starts

    a lot going on here; more twists and turns than Lombard Street - Russian Hill - San Francisco.

    Holmes has a medical textbook and a drill, dino bones, smugglers, thieves, smutty letters, gay Gay, 95 Theses and we still haven't hit the truth of the theft. Damn these writers are good. And the subplot of Sherlock's human side to boot.
  • Losing touch with its roots.

    I am starting to get annoyed with the series again. It is using the CSI formula and you can tell who the perp is before the first commercial. Nothing to do with evidence or motives, it's the rules of plotting these things for TV. You meet the perp, there is 50 minutes of red herrings then the reveal.

    In the dying moments we are introduced to a roomful of suspects. It would have been nice to have met them all earlier for a Christiesque game of elimination tag, at least for a change.

    The plots are getting to feel like excuses for the personal back and side stories. Sherlock is a detective drama, not a soap opera. Well it should be, at least.

    Also agreeing with AriSky - The British series, Sherlock, head, shoulders and hips above Elementary when it comes to writing. They should make Elementary 90 minutes and write better mysteries.moreless
Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller

Sherlock Holmes

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Dr. Joan Watson

Jon Michael Hill

Jon Michael Hill

Detective Marcus Bell

Aidan Quinn

Aidan Quinn

Captain Tobias Gregson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Title: A clade is a technical term for an evolutionary group of organisms that includes an ancestor and all of its descendants. The doomed organisms that survived the five greatest mass extinctions in Earth's history represent the last of their clades. Paleontologist David Jablonski called these organisms "Dead Clade Walking", in homage to the 1995 film Dead Man Walking, about a death-row inmate.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Watson: Let's say this guy really did kill the Magpie. He has to know we're watching him, right? I mean, even if we use his social media to track down where he'll be today, you really think he's gonna throw away a tissue so we can get a DNA sample?
      Holmes: Well, he wouldn't if he was a competent criminal. But the good investigator never rules out the possibility that one's quarry is a fool.

    • Watson: Why is Gay asleep on our couch?
      Holmes: I worked her hard. Don't be territorial about your geologist, Watson. I was in need of one this evening.
      Watson: I'm guessing that's why you're blasting Marriage of Figaro at 4:00 in the morning. You don't even like opera.
      Holmes: No, of course I don't. All the tedious histrionics. I was using it to stay awake.

    • Holmes: Watson, I've just had an alarming conversation... (encounters with a stranger) I was expecting to find my housemate.
      Gay: No problem. I'm Gay.
      Holmes: I'm not.
      Gay: It's my name.
      Holmes: Yes, of course. I'm Sherlock.

  • NOTES (1)