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01 November 2014 @ 07:11 pm
Elementary: Enough Nemesis to Go Around  
Welcome back, Elementary!


All in all, a pretty strong opener. As always the mystery was adequate and I was way more interested in the character stuff. And there were lots of interesting moments!

I like that the show isn't going to drag out Joan and Sherlock being estranged. I was glad that Joan didn't forgive Sherlock straight away for his crappy behavior but she isn't going to hold a grudge. She's being professional and is offering to work with him if their paths cross and be a consultant for him. But they're not partners anymore. I think that's the best Sherlock can hope for and in fact, he probably is in agreement that they're ready for a new phase in their relationship. Actually, I kind of liked how Sherlock approached trying to reconcile with Joan. He was his usual blunt, slightly intrusive self but I thought he did a pretty good job of extending olive branches and respecting her space. At least, where their relationship was concerned. Where the case was concerned he was totally all up in her space about it. But that's Sherlock. While I sort of gave an exasperated sigh at Sherlock's whole speech about how he realized he could replicate his relationship with Joan (it's not the same, Sherlock!) in others, I did see that it's healthy for him to not solely rely on her for his mental wellbeing.

The jury is still out for me on Kitty Winter. It's really hard to tell at this point what sort of character she is, other than somewhat impulsive and that's not too much to go on. This will be the first time the writers of this show will have the responsibility of writing two major female characters at the same time so my fingers are crossed that they're rise to the occasion and not make one of them into some sort of cliche. I'd actually kind of like it if she and Joan became friends later on since they are so far the only ones to have been mentored by Sherlock to this degree. It's clear Kitty is hiding something and based on her canon character, I'm wondering if perhaps she's either hiding from an abusive husband/boyfriend or if she killed/attacked someone that got her jailed briefly where Sherlock met her. I'm sure the show will reveal it in time.

Watching Sherlock as a mentor to someone like Kitty was interesting. I did grin a bit when he upturned the box of files and ordered her to re-organize it as that was a nice callback to Joan pushing down Sherlock's locks that he'd just organized. It feels like he's being set up as the stable one in their partnership which is a change. Well, Sherlock worked with Joan who tolerated zero bullshit so he has good experience to draw from in how to squash shenanigans.

I have my fingers crossed that Andrew Patel will continue to be normal. It'd be really, really, REALLY nice if Joan could just date someone who is an average person. No hidden agenda. No secret identities. No special skills. He's just a regular man. And while we haven't seen enough of Andrew to weigh in on if he's the right regular man for Joan, I do kind of want her to have something that isn't directly linked to her work or Sherlock.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 2nd, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
I couldn't help but think that this is how a mature person deals with too much anger and frustration and betrayal: not by punching or choking a friend but by trying to keep a lid on it and remind the other person that he did wrong. Sherlock did wrong, but Joan wasn't going to keep him out of working with the NYPD. She wasn't ready to be friends again, and that's ok. I thought the hangers were hysterical—and I liked how she simply didn't take them so he had to be awkward, but he still tried to make up for what he'd done in his own little ways.

Also, a five-sentence note stinks, but it beats pretending to be dead for years.

I'll try to stop the comparisons now.

I was very glad that Sherlock was honest about the heroin, and I think that helped Joan relent a bit. But it was awful to say that he was just replicating his relationship with her! As if protégés are interchangeable and all the credit is his, not Joan's.

I have my fingers crossed that Andrew Patel will continue to be normal.
YES.
formerly lifeinsomniac: JoanWatsonjoonscribble on November 2nd, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
I'll try to stop the comparisons now.

Oh, but while we're at it, Sherlock coming to Joan's apartment bearing a gift of coat hangers is so much better than disguising himself as a waiter with a draw on moustache to "surprise" someone on the day they're proposing!

I thought the hangers were hysterical—and I liked how she simply didn't take them so he had to be awkward, but he still tried to make up for what he'd done in his own little ways.

I feel like this is where JLM's Sherlock always succeeds. He's very annoying but his small ways of trying to make up for it tend to feel very genuine and rather endearing.