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04 October 2012 @ 09:53 pm
Elementary: While You Were Sleeping  
2nd episode in and this show is now officially on my Weekly Watch List!


The pilot for this show wasn't bad by any means but this second episode really improved upon the show in several areas!

For starters, the mystery of this one was genuinely intriguing. Unlike the pilot's, I really followed it and kept trying to guess what was going on. The solution felt a little farfetched but nothing other shows of this kind haven't pulled before so I give it a pass.

Secondly, I think I now see the chemistry the show's producers were talking about that aelfgyfu_mead told me about. In the pilot the two actors seemed a little too far removed but definitely Miller and Liu were in sync for this one. The banter wasn't always gold, but the actors really made the most of their shared scenes and generated a really good pre-friendship vibe that never felt romantic which was impressive. And building upon the pilot, Liu!Watson is more than just Miller!Holmes' cheerleader. She's definitely able to keep up and is starting to figure out the waters of how to deal with his sometimes over the top behavior. Definitely the both of them felt more lively in this episode, in particular Watson.

We see a bit more of Watson's personal life in this one with the ex-boyfriend. Based on their dinner conversation, I'm now curious if Watson really did choose to leave her profession or she was forced out as Holmes deduced and just never told anyone the exact circumstances.

More nods to canon abound in this one with the appearance of Holmes' violin and his "Attic" theory.

The show continues to put Watson and Holmes on an equal playing field with regards to the depressed state of their personal lives. I really enjoyed the last few scenes when Watson wondered if Holmes purposefully was shutting out elements of life that might give him pleasure as penance for what happened in London. Mainly because Holmes' response was very eloquent and suggested she was possibly right but also in that moment you could see so clearly that this was also Watson's current life as she too was isolating herself through her work. The shot of her eating alone in the sparse apartment was a nice visual closer to that sequence.


It may be time for an Elementary icon!
 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Sherlock_Heart+Mindguardian_chaos on October 5th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I am quickly developing a love of this show, but you know what, I think my DVD recorder hates it for some strange reason, because every single time I've tried to record it (though granted this is only twice so far ^_^'), the blasted DVD gets eaten by the machine!! Alas, if I had the episodes instead of being subjected to this wretched fate so repeatedly, I'd definitely be making Joan icons. She's one cool lady. :)

And yes!! The dinner scene! Brilliance! I like his trances too. Seems a little post-traumatic, those. I'm intrigued by his past, and I like that he and Joan seem to in so many ways be starting from the same place in life.

Also the plant scene. The plant scene! He was intimidating and yet still offered a bit of caring advice to help someone get his life back on track. then quickly covered it up with blabbering about the pool. Ah yes, I like the traces of humanity in this Sherlock. They're a bit closer to the surface, which is great. Definitely a show I plan to keep watching, though Joan's ex bf is a tad annoying, haha. Here's hoping he isn't too significant for plot points, but hey! It's early yet for me to make that kind of judgment, I suppose. :D

Edited at 2012-10-05 03:19 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 6th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I am quickly developing a love of this show

Me too! But in a way this new found love for this show is making it so much more difficult to write Sherlock fic.

Ah yes, I like the traces of humanity in this Sherlock. They're a bit closer to the surface, which is great.

A really big bonus for me with this show is that Miller is not at all trying to copy Cumberbatch's characterization. This Sherlock is really different but with the same sort of brilliance. I really like it.

Joan's ex bf is a tad annoying

He kind of is. Although I do thank him for appearing on the show because it gave me one of my favorite Sherlock lines of the night: "Ty. Strange name, that. A noun, a verb, a nationality."
The Writer They Call Tay: Merlin: Thumbs up!awanderingbard on October 6th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
It's so nice to have a Sherlock who is emotionally and socially awkward, but not a complete asshole. I really don't know where this modern interpretation of Sherlock being a jerk comes from. Reading the original stories, Holmes is snarky and sarcastic, but never mean or condescending to anyone. I feel like Miller's Holmes is a bit closer to that original Holmes. He can be sweet (that moment with the PI was lovely), but just has more important things to do or doesn't quite hit the right cues

I also really like Watson figuring herself out along with Holmes and the way she deals with him. I like that she's not in awe of him, she's just doing her job and supporting him. And really mostly unfazed by him. And I like that she's keeping up and being useful to him for something other than firing a gun and telling him he's brilliant.

I was so grateful the twins thing didn't play out as the cliché thing. If it had, I don't think I could have respected the show at all. The ending was farfetched, like you said, but at least it wasn't terribly predictable.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 6th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's so nice to have a Sherlock who is emotionally and socially awkward, but not a complete asshole...He can be sweet (that moment with the PI was lovely)

YES. I couldn't help but compare in my mind that Sherlock would have just announced the man's addiction in front of one and all in order to get things moving rather than take him out of the room to threaten and then offer a rehab option.

I like that she's not in awe of him, she's just doing her job and supporting him. And really mostly unfazed by him.

I think one of the reasons why I (and most likely others) were so nervous about a female Watson was the idea that she'd do what John does in terms of being super impressed all the time of Sherlock and following him around somewhat slavishly and how the genderswap made that image seem really misogynistic. But the show's done a great job making Watson helpful but not in awe of Holmes.

The ending was farfetched, like you said, but at least it wasn't terribly predictable.

Very true. The solutions (well, all of two) have been a little "ooookaay?" but I hardly care in light of the characterizations.
The Writer They Call Tay: DH: Coming Alongawanderingbard on October 6th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
YES. I couldn't help but compare in my mind that Sherlock would have just announced the man's addiction in front of one and all in order to get things moving rather than take him out of the room to threaten and then offer a rehab option.

Yes! Exactly this. It's nice to think you could have this Holmes do something sweet and not have to justify the hell out of it. I do enjoy both interpretations, but BBC Sherlock can be a bitch to write sometimes, literally.


Very true. The solutions (well, all of two) have been a little "ooookaay?" but I hardly care in light of the characterizations.


Yeah, I think that when you deviate from the original canon, it can be hard to come up with a mystery worthy of Holmes. Sherlock takes directly from the original stories, so they don't have to come up with clever solutions, they're already there. Striking out on your own is harder. But I always watch a show for characters, anyway, so I'm not too bothered.

But, I have just discovered that 'Ty' is credited as 'Ty Morstan' and that better just be a mythology gag, because if he's supposed to be Joan's 'Mary', he has to improve a lot for me to accept him.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 7th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
But, I have just discovered that 'Ty' is credited as 'Ty Morstan' and that better just be a mythology gag, because if he's supposed to be Joan's 'Mary', he has to improve a lot for me to accept him.

HUH. Yeah, I'm really hoping that's just a nod to canon rather than an actual interpretation because Ty as he is now is annoying.