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01 March 2014 @ 12:37 am
Elementary: The One Percent Solution  
Gareth Lestrade returns and I've had the chorus from Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" stuck in my head since watching this episode.


Again, I can't even really remember what the actual mystery is but I adored all the characters stuff in this episode.

Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) comes to New York when a bomb is set off in a restaurant. He's recently decided to become a consulting detective himself (plus an assistant) and has been hired by someone who rapidly ends up on Sherlock and Joan's suspect list.

I loved that the show actually played out in Lestrade's relationship with his assistant, every person's fear regarding the Holmes and Watson dynamic when it was first announced that Watson was going to be a woman. Lestrade's assistant (whose name I can't even remember) is that adoring, servile female that the naysayers of Elementary truly believed Watson would become by being genderbent. That duo was a nice contrast to how Joan and Sherlock work with Joan just breezing past the assistant's comment that assistants remain outside the interrogation rooms. I also really enjoyed Sherlock very concisely stating the difference between working with Joan and working with Lestrade in that Lestrade resents Sherlock's abilities while Joan cultivates her own abilities.

And let me take a moment here to gush about Joan because I loved her in this episode. Sure, this isn't exactly different from any other episode but I thought she was particularly outstanding in this one. As I mentioned before, I loved her quick dismissal of the assistant lumping her in as just a helper. I loved her reaction to Sherlock's determination to rehabilitate the chickens and her repeated insistence that she wasn't going to feed them. I even enjoyed her nicking Lestrade's phone. Yes, I momentarily thought this was a bit of a slippery slope but Lestrade did look awfully guilty so I was willing to let that be a necessary evil.

It startled me that despite Lestrade's overly posturing behavior at the beginning, I sort of liked his character. He's heavily flawed but I thought Pertwee played him with enough human-ness that you can feel bad for him because he's so aware of how inferior he is to Sherlock and can't quite accept it to the point where he doesn't even try to cultivate his own set of skills. Sherlock might call it laziness and resentment but it's so very much insecurity. Lestrade is also not completely devoid of morals as he does have certain lines he doesn't cross. We even saw in his first appearance that he does have some sort of moral compass in that he won't let murderers get away, even if turning a blind eye might benefit him substantially. It's things like that which keep his character from being pathetic and hateful. He's just sort of...well, pathetic.

I mentioned before that I feel like there's a oneshot to be written with Lestrade and Gregson grabbing a drink together. Mainly because these are two people who have had the same sort of working relationship with Sherlock but at two very different points in the detective's life and each man has utilized him differently. As much as Gregson would probably disapprove of Lestrade, I feel like there has to be some sort of common ground and swapping of stories they can do of what it was like starting to work with Sherlock and his sometimes unorthodox methods. I was unexpectedly amused by Lestrade's exasperated delivery of "I was embarrassed, Sherlock. Is that so difficult to wrap your brain around?!" when Sherlock confronted him about not fessing up to being involved with one of the suspects. It reminded me a lot of Gregson and even Bell's exasperated looks whenever Sherlock bulldozes his way through social niceties.

And finally: Lestrade's ring tone! I thought this was a great audio gag to show Sherlock sending him to voicemail several times. Does Sherlock have a specific one for Joan? For Gregson? Mycroft?? These are important things to know.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on March 2nd, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
I remember when Sean Pertwee was young and good-looking and not at all thuggish!

He does make a great thuggish ex-copper, though. His scenes were wonderful.

The assistant made me cringe. I kept hoping we'd have some sign that she was smarter than she looked, that she was waiting to move up or get her own back, but apparently she just kind of worshipped Lestrade, and that man did not need anything of the sort. I know he knows it, too, so it worsens the insecurity instead of making it better.

I'm imagining Sherlock changing people's ringtones on his phone not infrequently, as his mood changes. . . .
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 2nd, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
I remember when Sean Pertwee was young and good-looking and not at all thuggish!

Me too. He has aged quite well into the thuggish roles. He's very believable to me as this version of Lestrade.

I'm imagining Sherlock changing people's ringtones on his phone not infrequently, as his mood changes. . . .

I'd like to believe his ringtone for Joan used to be something disparaging when they first met but is now something rather soothing and lovely.

Oh, I also liked the referencing of Sherlock being a stress baker.
aelfgyfu_mead: Hot Fuzzaelfgyfu_mead on March 2nd, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I also liked the referencing of Sherlock being a stress baker.
Oh, yes!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 2nd, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
And I also want to applaud the nice canon shout out title for this episode that takes on a completely different meaning in the context of the episode itself of how the ultra rich try to solve problems by throwing money at them: The One Percent Solution. Very clever!