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27 September 2013 @ 02:33 pm
Elementary: Step Nine  
Elementary is back! And we get the show's spin on two more canonical characters (three if you count 221B).


It's lovely to see both Sherlock and Joan again. Their working partnership feels incredibly smoothed out and their respective influences on each other are more obvious. Sherlock is (somewhat) more sensitive about people's feelings as well as his own. Joan is becoming a lot more confident in her abilities to deduce as well as fight. For the 2nd season premiere, the duo go to London when Sherlock receives a call that one of his old colleagues needs some assistance. The colleague being Gareth Lestrade (Sean Pertwee).

In another positive move on this show's part to distance itself from the BBC show despite the location change for this episode, Gareth Lestrade is very different from Greg Lestrade. At best this Lestrade was "adequate" at being a detective according to Sherlock. However, he got too addicted to the fame that came with being the one to take credit for all of Sherlock's abilities, something that Sherlock feels responsible for. Unfortunately, after Sherlock left London, Lestrade's career plummeted. I like enjoyed how this show didn't make Lestrade an obvious, exaggerated moron for the sake of dumbing things down. As Sherlock said, he's not a fool. If left to his own devices, he can do fairly good policing (he was right about that newspaper heir). The problem was that thanks to Sherlock, everyone thought Lestrade was a genius and the latter soaked that in like a sponge. It was saddening and yet realistic to hear Lestrade admit that fame was his big motivator in becoming a police officer and at the end of the episode, he remains addicted to it, turning the tables a bit on Sherlock who is used to being the unstable one.

We also get a new spin on Mycroft (Rhys Ifans). I'm not sure if this was intentional but I initially found Ifans' portrayal to be a bit creepy in a sleazy sort of way. Perhaps it was the voice he used or something but if I'd been in the same room as him, I probably would have started to back up as far as I could go. But that hardly detracted from me hoping he'll return for future episodes. I mean, is he really JUST a restauranteur? Is his cancer in complete remission now? Will he and Sherlock patch things up? Speaking to the latter, I thought their first scenes together were brilliant. They had that siblings squabbling over old feuds banter down just right. I particularly chortled at Sherlock's "This again? Seriously?" when Mycroft brought up the fiancee. The only thing I'm a bit disappointed in is that Mycroft based on what we saw on screen doesn't come off as a genius in his own right. What I always liked about the canon around Mycroft is that he is the intellectually superior brother (even Sherlock admits that). So I was hoping for something, even a story to Joan about Mycroft being the smarter one but perhaps that might come with time.


Welcome back, show! I've missed you terribly.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 27th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Mum and I just watched this episode on the DVR. I agree with everything. Lestrade is much closer to book canon, though I do love BBC Sherlock's interpretation as well. Lestrade in the stories is sort of a thug, and he does take credit for Sherlock's work, I thought the idea of how this would effect him in modern times, when anyone can be a celebrity, is really interesting. I liked his storyline a lot.

I find Rhys Ifans when he's just being Rhys Ifans, with the exception of his role in Vanity Fair. So it's not just you. I also find moustaches creepy for reasons I can't define. I sort of wish that they'd stretched London into two episodes because I would have liked a Lestrade episode and a Mycroft episode. I wouldn't be surprised with this show if Mycroft shows up with hidden depths. I do miss the more amicable relationship from the books, though. I don't know why they have to be enemies.

I did really like the direct quoting of The Greek Intetpreter, though ('art in the blood').

Did Sherlock call Gregson Thomas? Because his name is Tobias, and that's both book and show canon. I couldn't tell if he said 'Thomas' or 'To-bee-is', like maybe that's how Brits say it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 27th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Did Sherlock call Gregson Thomas? Because his name is Tobias,

I distinctly heard "Thomas." Huh, that's bizarre. It might be a flat out oversight by the writers of the show.

I also find moustaches creepy for reasons I can't define.

YES! That was it. I don't find all moustaches creepy but on Mycroft it was. It just was.

I do miss the more amicable relationship from the books, though. I don't know why they have to be enemies.

Me too. Perhaps they made them enemies to illustrate how isolated Sherlock was before he met Joan to whom he'd never even mentioned Mycroft. Still, I might have liked it if Sherlock's motivation for leaving London and not talking about Mycroft was due to him feeling ashamed about his addiction rather than them hating each other.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 27th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)

YES! That was it. I don't find all moustaches creepy but on Mycroft it was. It just was.


I find Rhys Ifans just very unkempt looking even when he's kempt. I picture Mycroft as more put together, almost anal in his tidiness, like Sherlock is.

Still, I might have liked it if Sherlock's motivation for leaving London and not talking about Mycroft was due to him feeling ashamed about his addiction rather than them hating each other.

Me too. There were a lot of things wrong with Game of Shadows, but I do love their version of Sherlock and Mycroft's relationship. Snipey, but ultimately friendly.

I'd love to know what Holmes Pater is like. I had a theory that perhaps it was Mycroft who hired Joan, and Sherlock was sarcastically calling him his father. But apparently he is a person who exists.


Edited at 2013-09-27 11:29 pm (UTC)
X-parrotxparrot on September 30th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
I am still wondering if Sherlock's father actually lives or if Mycroft is somehow impersonating him. (just rewatched s1 showing it to my parents, and it's not clear if Sherlock ever actually talks to his father directly; and nothing in this ep at least contradicted it...) If Mycroft is running that kind of masquerade it would definitely make him properly smart enough...(and yeah, I found him kinda creepy too, not sure if that was intentional or not but it worked for me, Mycroft is supposed to be even farther off the garden path than Sherlock, and so him superficially appearing as more normal but then weirding you out a little for no clear reason fit!)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 30th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
it's not clear if Sherlock ever actually talks to his father directly;

The wording and dialogue makes it all very vague. The closest we get is Sherlock requesting to talk to his father to get that loan but we never get confirmation that he spoke with him directly. An assistant could have easily been the middle person.

and yeah, I found him kinda creepy too,

Oh good. I mean, good in the sense that more people also thought he was creepy. His appearance (the moustache and white jacket) helped the slight odd factor but it was really his voice and just the way he was that creeped me out a little.