Lucy Liu plays Joan Watson in Elementary's second season finale

Elementary: Season Finale — The Grand Experiment.

Previously on Elementary: Art in the Blood.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so ambiguous about an episode of Elementary before.

Speaking in terms of narrative, it’s refreshing that the classical detective story doesn’t always end with a happy ending and society’s mores restored. That’s the core of the Classical English Detective story, and it’s not happening here, far from it. Continue reading →

Joan and Sherlock review evidence in their latest case.

Elementary: the Pre-Finale Catch-up Post!

Previously on Elementary: The Hound of the Cancer Cells.

Season 2, Episode 19: The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville

Both this and the next episode touch deeply personal facets of Joan and Sherlock’s lives. In The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville, Joan is confronted with a case, a patient, that as been weighing on her conscience more or less ever since. Faced with the possibility that a man innocent of the crimes of which he had been convicted died on her table with her watching and not reporting her attending surgeon for withholding treatment, Joan’s doubts and guilt from years ago resurface. It sends her into a separate investigation into Dr Jonathan Fleming, the surgeon she was assisting at the time.

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Sherlock's examining Barry's body.

Elementary: The Hound of the Cancer Cells.

Previously on Elementary: Ears to You.

Loaning bits and pieces from The Hound of the Baskervilles, this episode doesn’t just give us a really creepy pre-credits murder sequence, but also a more than welcome look at what’s not only the sleek and sophisticated parts of town and hunting grounds for criminals. And then, at the end, it throws in a heart-warming moment between Sherlock and Marcus, accepting that not everything can be fixed in the great classical detective story. Continue reading →

Joan and Sherlock at an AA meeting

Elementary: Ears to You.

Previously on Elementary: The One Percent Solution.

What this episode does, for me, is highlight why this Gareth Lestrade is a prat and a dick, and why we’re all glad to be rid of him. What this episode also does is annoy me that he gets room and board long enough to get his shit together and get on with it, while we never see hide nor hair of his assistant again, who, presumably, doesn’t have a lot more to fall back on than he did. Except if her parents are exceptionally wealthy or some such, in which case a mention would have still been nice. Just a line, ’cause usually neither Joan nor Sherlock are people who just let others fall through the cracks unless they’re certain whoever it is will be ok — or, unless the person really doesn’t deserve it. As it stands, we’ve seen more terrible characters than her. Like, I don’t know. Lestrade, for instance. Continue reading →

Elementary: Corpse de Ballet.

Previously on Elementary: Dead Clade Walking.

The — aside from the wonderfully unperturbed handling of gender-flexible sexual and/or relationships — relatively uninspired case of a dead ballerina was accompanied by a better look at Joan’s life, values, and motivations; as well as a heartwarming example of the depth of her connection with Sherlock. Continue reading →