Elementary

Season 1 Episode 6

Flight Risk

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 08, 2012 on CBS
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    Elementary "Flight Risk" Review: The Plot Thickens

    The fact that they had another platonic lover's quarrel this week didn't sit well with me, but I have to say that otherwise, this episode addressed almost all of my issues with the series.

  • Episode Summary

    Sherlock sets out to prove it wasn't mechanical error when a body is found in the wreckage of a small plane crash. Watson tries to get Sherlock to meet with his father.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Weak sauce and Hamfists

      4.5
      The writers struggle to update classic Holmes.. again. So taking the "I'm bored Watson" theme where Holmes laments the lack of crimes to solve (from the police, runners, walk-in's or the papers) trait worked will in literature but transplanted to modern NYC with radio scanners, internet, 24 hour news and we are supposed to believe that Holmes had nothing to work on? Dear Lord this is weak sauce.



      So this week Holmes randomly picks a plane crash that just happens to have murders where right from the start he spots a murder due to lack of blood (despite there being zero blood anywhere at all and therefore disproving his point even as he makes it). Holmes painfully narrates a blackbox for no apparent reason before a murder-board of photos with no blood in them.



      Next we get some of the most insulting detective work put on TV. Holmes takes out a memory card from a damaged phone and amazes the police that you can get voice mail off it.. That makes no sense at all.. none.. zero.. zip! But there's more.. next Holmes gets hold of a stated "cheap" CCTV tape that was apparently a high-def TV camera with massive resolution that has clear detail of 1cm high lettering from 30 feet away and Watson wants to know if he could enhance it. What! Eh? the best part.. it serves no useful purpose to the plot and is never mentioned again.



      Sherlock's dad scene was painfully obvious and even more insultingly they seem to have decided to start parodying House's glockenspiel music motif. At least they didn't drag it out and ended it pretty quickly, presumably hoping that the brain dead audience wouldn't have time to figure it out. Sadly the rearranged time of the meal earlier on hinted at this conceit and actually ruined any attempt at a surprise almost by accident it seems.



      Holmes further ignores reality by having aviation fuel soaked sand as a timed delivery for a surefire plane crash, lets not even insult the audience by discussing the plot holes here.



      Finally Holmes confronts a suspect who shows more knowledge than he should have and has a terrible alibi that Holmes just accepts. Then sin of sins they resort to the "The plant that only grows in one place on the planet" plot.. bugger me could they be any lazier and lets not forget the stupidest hiding place for illicit cash.



      Just to give Sherlock something to do they contrive a scene where he suspects a man in custody has a serious wound so they wait an hour while he drinks lots of water to prove it, what! The man is a suspect in custody and even Sherlock has to admit they could just ask him to lift his shirt. The broken logic of these scenes are so weighty that the writers can't even make the scene work, just to give Sherlock the appearance of being clever but withstand not even the slightest examination.



      The biggest problem this episode has that it highlights that there is no useful relationship between Holmes and Watson.. she rarely helps him, even by accident nor is she a sounding board for his work and as far as I can recall she's done nothing for his, now non-existent, addition problems since episode 2. She finally shows a thinnest of sleuthing abilities and gets a a verbal crowbar to get something personal out of Holmes, but even the language is awkward "I know about Irene. I want you to tell me about her".. so does she know or not? What she actually means is "I have something on you... now talk to me about your mysterious that's about as hamfisted as it gets.moreless
    • Very interesting case!

      10
      This was a very interesting episode of Elementary, with another very good case.



      I am certainly very impressed to see the large variety of cases that this show has come up with so far. It is very good and each one has been great.



      This was no exception!



      Wasn't too interested in the character development today. But the last scene of the episode was VREY interesteing for me, and I hope to see more in the netx episode!



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    • Watson steals the show

      7.0
      As usual I'm more transfixed by Watson than of Holmes. The PBS show is so much better than this one

      And again Holmes treats Watson like someone without any education at all I hope they aren't planning on matching these two up I only watch the show for Watson
    • A bored Sherlock goes to the scene of what looks to be a simple plane crash. Holmes soon discovers the crash was no accident.

      8.0
      "Flight Risk" was a little tough to follow. It took a few viewings before I fully understood what was going on. When I did finally get the episode, I liked what I saw. As tough as this episode was it's hard to at least be entertained by Johnny Lee Miller. He is excellent here as well as in the series as a whole. The same can be said for Lucy Liu. It will also be interesting to see where Watson's investigation into Holmes' personal life will go. Just another reason to keep tuning into this great series.moreless
    • Trying to see where the series is going !!!

      8.5
      I really do like this variation on the Sherlock Holmes universe but I'm increasingly struggling to understand where the writers are going with it.



      The case this week, was perfectly fine with a decent plot and a reasonable outcome with only one gripe from me on the whole "smell of glue" scenario.



      As someone who has built model planes, I know that the adhesives used in the process evaporate very quickly and within minutes, there is absolutely NO smell at all.



      OK, I'm being finicky but the premise that Holmes would still be able to smell solvent on the culprit after some hours is daft.



      Now my direction issue is that this seems to be turning into a "relationship" program, with the emphasis on Holmes/Watson, rather than the cases.



      I've said, in more than one review, that I was waiting for the six week contract that Watson has with Holmes' father to finish to see how the writers intended them to stay together (that obviously MUST happen for the dynamic to continue).



      Here's the theoretical 6 week point and........"Nothing"!



      In every incarnation of the classic Holmes story (apart from Young Sherlock & the schoolgirl series), Holmes/Watson are an established partnership, already in place, or formed VERY quickly but not here.



      In ALL the variations, Holmes has no interest in women (again the two exceptions above apply) other than "The Woman", Irene Adler who, surprise surprise, gets mentioned at the end of this episode.



      Here again, the writers have taken an abrupt change in direction, since none of the previous episodes appear to be based on any Holmes story that I've read (and I've read 'em all).



      No Lestrade, no Baker Street Irregulars (no Baker St. if it comes to it), no Mrs. Hudson.



      So why bring up the mysterious "Irene"?



      Please don't misunderstand me. I'm thoroughly enjoying this variation but I wish the writers would make up their minds what they're trying to achieve.



      Then again, maybe driving me crazy is exactly what they're going for.

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    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

    Brian Kerwin

    Brian Kerwin

    Charles Cooper

    Guest Star

    Roger Rees

    Roger Rees

    Allistair

    Guest Star

    Reiko Aylesworth

    Reiko Aylesworth

    NTSB Agent Miranda Molinari

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (3)

      • Watson: Sherlock doesn't have friends.
        Allistair: Not in the traditional sense. He drops in and out, appears at odd moments to make outrageous and highly specific requests.
        Watson: Respectfully, that doesn't sound much like a friendship to me.
        Allistair: Then perhaps you better revise your definition. You can't expect Sherlock Holmes to relate to you the way others might. The moment you do, he'll migrate out of your life, and you'll be the poorer for it. You do realize that, don't you?

      • Holmes: (about his father) You should've trusted me when I told you he wouldn't show.
        Watson: Trusted you? I've been glued to your side for weeks now, and you have refused to share even the tiniest bit of your personal history. You know what, Sherlock, I don't trust you. Because thanks to you, we're still basically just strangers.

      • Molinari: You have a consultant for plane crashes?
        Gregson: No, he's a ...
        Holmes: A specialist in the field of deductive reasoning. And unraveling the complex chain of events that can turn a triumph of human innovation into a smoldering pile of wreckage in seconds. Well, I can't think of a more compelling application than that.

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