Elementary

Season 2 Episode 1

Step Nine

40
Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2013 on CBS
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  • Sherlock remains free to kill again.

    3.5
    So season 2 kicks off with Sean Pertwee! Dear lord some top notch acting and a serious tone wonderful.



    Cut to goofy music, Sherlock again breaking a case in the most nonsensical way possible: no one notices a man grabbing pigeons in a public park, or the note on it's leg (mainly due to the production team not bothering to put one on it) and then Watson assaults a man in front of everyone but is totally ignored. So how does that break the case? No evidence, no confession just a man in custody... but this is Elementary so Holmes doesn't have to make a case or prove anything.



    So the duo head to the UK as part of a manhunt.. well no they are the manhunt.. why? Whats worse is Sherlock finds him the same morning in his local.



    Now, with the teams careful eye for detail, Holmes returns to a street and 221b that looks nothing like the actual 221b (guess they wanted to avoid accusations of accuracy and the associated rights)



    Now the worst crime of all: Mycroft appears and, while explaining away his size, he is apparently now Sherlock's inferior. How childish can you get.



    It appears that since last season Miller has given up all pretense at good acting and has gone as hammy as a yank doing a British accent as if this is a deliberate farce.



    In the dumbest lines in a Holmes drama ever he suggests a to a 'victim' he might want to call in the police for protection.. when it's a policeman he is being hunted by and he has to tell that to Holmes. Seriously!



    We get a stupid clue of a uneven mask and a nail? WHAT! that is the dumbest, most ham-fisted clue ever. You drop the nail into a fire-grate, down a drain or indeed anywhere except for randomly using it to hang a mask on the wall poorly. If the other masks were there already why wasn't the last one already marked up?



    I liked the dissolved gun idea but the above method for working it out with no evidence at all was just pathetic.



    Watson seems to alternate between idiot and genius as the scene demands; she is apparently clueless about pick-pocketing yet blatant about calling out a seduction when she knew the date was more likely about medical issues that she spotted.. that is the most randomly awful character plotting all within the same of 2 minutes.. it's just gibberish.



    So how does Sherlock deduce proof of the gun? He gets someone else to get him a list and finds someone the man knew who bought one. That man randomly dies and because this is Elementary the killer destroyed all the evidence except for the PC, 3D Printer, software, plotting files, printing resin and splinters of the gun. So when Holmes figured it out all he had to do find the PC, Printer, Software and Gun printing file... the last two of which are easily traceable without entering his house, instead we had 20 minutes of lazy nonsensical filler that lead to an innocent mans death. Again how is Holmes a clever detective?

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