So another stellar opening when exposition Watson states stuff we don't get to see and never progresses, over background music borrowed from House. In a clever reversal Holmes reveals drugs free and empower him (rather than dull him as in classic Holmes) only for the writers to just execute the same reversal they used in the pilot... seven episodes in and already they were stuck as to how to open an episode.
Something really bugged me with this episode. Twice in the first 10 minutes Holmes declares something only for the cops to say they already know. Why would you write a script that way? Then you have a plot where a pager stayed live for 4 years and apparently had batteries installed to enable that scenario... why?
Yay Cuddy! Does she bring the tapes of House over to the script and score writers homes?
What I did like is that for the first time they have Holmes actually deducing, observing, showing his intellect and knowledge in relation to solving a case. This is actually using Holmes as a template at last.
Then they do something stupid like having a caught terrorist admit to 5 crimes when he was only accused of 1 (that he was innocent of) and caught for 1. Why would you admit complicity for 4 more in a post 9/11 New York? Unless you wanted to make a big show in court over your agenda.. so with a huge case like that no-one seems the slight bit interested. They broke a series of cold terrorism cases and they could care less.
But whatever this is the first episode where it wasn't clear where it was going right off the bat and despite the director often appearing to mistake how Columbo would cast a famous person as the killer (because that show relied on you knowing who & how) with casting a recognizable person in a minimal role and hoping it's a surprise when they are unmasked.
For all that I have to say it's the first since the opener that I had the glimpse of what the show could be.