Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2012 on CBS

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  • A great pilot kicking off what is proving to be a very cool show....

    .... I unfortunately missed the pilot episode of "Elementary" when it first aired, actually catching the second and third episodes before finally seeing the pilot online. I wished I had been able to see it sooner since this pilot is such a great episode.

    "Elementary" takes the characters from Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes series and places them in a modern setting and unique situation. The fact that Holmes used drugs from time to time comes as no surprise to though familiar with Doyle's books but "Elementary" takes this aspect of Holmes' character to a new length. In "Elementary," Sherlock Holmes is a recovering addict who is forced to relocate to New York for treatment and Dr. Joan Watson (as opposed to Dr. John Watson from Doyle's novels) is his live-in health professional helping him to stay clean.

    The pilot episode does an excellent job introducing both the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters - played extraordinary well by Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, respectively - and forging what begins as a combustible relationship but one that will undoubtedly prove to be a great friendship and partnership. The story itself is quite clever with many satisfying twists and turns that display Holmes' incredible power of observation. "Elementary" wastes no time in defining itself firmly in the pilot as a very creative mix of the dark and the humorous as Holmes and Watson remain at the center throughout the story.
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