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23 November 2013 @ 07:47 pm
Elementary: Blood Is Thicker & On the Line  
I continue to be really bad at doing reviews of this show. I watch faithfully but I lack the time to keep up with reviewing. So I'm collapsing the last two episodes into one review.


Blood Is Thicker
Again, I don't care that much about the mystery. This one struck me as particularly pedestrian so I barely paid attention when they revealed the killer. The biggest twist the episode gave us is that Mycroft is up to something. He's either working for someone or he has his own reasons why he wants Sherlock back in the UK and away from New York. I'm tempted to say that his sleeping with Joan was due to this, his need to get close to her so she could convince Sherlock to reconnect with Mycroft. I guess that sort of makes sense for Mycroft's motivations. I still don't know Joan's, though. But whatever it is Mycroft is up to, I guess we'll have to wait to see. I still want this show to give me a genius Mycroft in some capacity or another.

On the Line
The mystery was a little more interesting for this one but since we already knew the killer from scene two, it was more about how they were going to catch him. The character stuff in this one, though, was pretty golden. I very much enjoyed Gregson not taking shit from anyone about his using of Holmes and Watson. While he doesn't discount camaraderie, the overarching goal of every police officer should be to catch the bad guys and protect the city. That Holmes and Watson help them do this and that every officer could learn something from Holmes is what matters at the end of the day. I really liked Gregson spelling that out very plainly.

I also found Holmes' words to Watson about why he's civil to her and not to others, very classically Holmesian. Holmes finds Watson exceptional and thus he goes out of his usual way to accommodate her. The show has done a very nice job of showing us that Joan is, in fact, exceptional in many ways so we very much agree with Holmes that yes, he totally should. But it was interesting to actually hear Holmes say it, also because he didn't specify what he found exceptional about Joan. Merely that he does. This to me seemed to echo the relationship between canon Holmes and Watson where for whatever reason, Holmes found Watson exceptional enough so that he extended a courtesy to Watson he didn't necessarily extend to others. The same goes for BBC's Sherlock who for whatever reason singled out John from the start as someone worth his time. We don't necessarily know what these Sherlock Holmeses pinpoint as the reasons why they hold their Watsons in high esteem, but it's part of why the relationship is so strong. I

I also found it interesting that Joan did not agree with Sherlock, saying no one could accept Sherlock's mindset on remaining not nice toward the majority of the public. The minute she said it, I almost immediately wondered if Elementary would ever take us as far as giving Joan her version of a Mary Morstan.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 24th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
I never trusted Mycroft, and I was right! I feel bad for Joan, because I too am pretty sure he already had something going on when he slept with her. I still don't know why she slept with him. Maybe a little bit of it was rebellion against Sherlock's possessiveness, possibly even to convince herself that she was still in charge. I have no doubt that if Mycroft got a whiff of that, he'd find a way to use it.

I really liked "On the Line." We knew from the start of the show that Holmes had a destructive streak that could interfere even with his Work when he crashed Joan's car into the hospital. Bunch knew exactly how to push his buttons, and Joan was right: once he got there, the big surprise was only that he didn't do worse to Bunch. His mistake was confronting Bunch in his studio in the first place.

Joan managed to stand up to Holmes even while showing that she's willing to keep working with him—but yes, he now thinks, and we think, that she may someday leave.

Gregson got some great moments, especially at the very end. (Brilliant Husband does a really good Gregson imitation, by the way.)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I feel vaguely vindicated that I found Mycroft somewhat creepy when we first met him and it turns out he IS creepy.

Gregson got some great moments, especially at the very end.

I think Gregson is my second favorite character, after Joan. Sorry, Sherlock.

Brilliant Husband does a really good Gregson imitation, by the way.

Another reason for Brilliant Husband to deserve his nickname!
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 24th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
I think Gregson is my second favorite character, after Joan. Sorry, Sherlock.
Hee! Me too!

At first I was really startled by Aidan Quinn's accent, which sounded wrong for him and, perhaps as a result, just sounded wrong for the character. I got over it. I love his manner with Holmes—mostly patient, mostly friendly, but he doesn't just stand around and take Sherlock's crap.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
I also realize that this order might also be true for BBC Sherlock as well. Although I think Lestrade might be winning by a tiny bit. And Sherlock isn't my third favorite, actually. He's maybe my fifth? He's my third of the regulars, perhaps. If one includes reoccurring, he's about fourth or fifth because I love Sarah.

I love his manner with Holmes—mostly patient, mostly friendly, but he doesn't just stand around and take Sherlock's crap.

Yes! I like that he can defend Holmes to others but he will not take his garbage. I also liked how he eventually was able to talk to his estranged wife.
aelfgyfu_mead: John Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 24th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
I also realize that this order might also be true for BBC Sherlock as well. Although I think Lestrade might be winning by a tiny bit. And Sherlock isn't my third favorite, actually. He's maybe my fifth? He's my third of the regulars, perhaps. If one includes reoccurring, he's about fourth or fifth because I love Sarah.
Yes! I think I might like Mrs. Hudson better than I like Lestrade; I know I like Molly better. I think my order goes:
John
Molly
Mrs. Hudson? (maybe down one)
Lestrade? (maybe up one)
Sherlock
Mycroft

I do hope Gregson and his wife get back together. She did seem to be trying to get his attention, so I think he wasn't the only one who wanted another chance.