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12 December 2014 @ 09:04 pm
Elementary: The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction  
I'm not sure if my feelings about this episode make sense to even me.


I just want to start off by saying that JLM was on fire this episode. He's usually very good but his comedic timing and acting with just his face seemed extra on point this go around. His amused/interested expression when learning that Joan was once turned down a marriage proposal and his slightly pissy/chagrined expression when admitting he nearly got arrested thanks to his truly dumb plan were all golden. "Horizonal refreshment" is my new euphemism for sex.

The mystery, as usual was a bit 'eh' for me. I lost interest in who the ultimate culprit was after the team figured out what linked the cases. That to me was the most intriguing bit rather than the murders themselves so I tuned out of the actual plot during the second half. The interplay between the characters in this episode had me fully hooked, though. Just as I was getting irritated that Sherlock was completely taking over Joan's case, she seemed to agree with me and slammed down the law that Sherlock either help or not, screw this volunteer thing. I was happy about that. I also very much enjoyed seeing Watson and Kitty teaming up for part of the mystery. I like that Kitty is clearly a growing investigator as she solved the case of Watson's ex and gave insight which cracked the main case. I felt some warm fuzzy feelings when Sherlock lifted his rule of her music having to be at a respectable volume for the evening in celebration.

And now we move onto the Joan character subplot. If there's one thing I can say that the Elementary writers excel at is that they are consistent with their characters. Sherlock assessed back in season 1 after meeting Joan's family that she tries to be conventional like them but at heart is an eccentric. Him reasserting this trait of hers with a focus on her relationship with Andrew didn't feel like it came out of the blue. However, as a viewer, I'm still stinging from BBC's Sherlock asserting that John Watson is a danger-junkie, hence his attraction to Mary Morstan. So I felt extra sensitive to this idea that Joan is somehow too eccentric to be in a normal relationship and when I first watched the episode frowned a bit at this. But now having thought about it, my feelings are a little mixed.

The idea that Joan isn't someone who truly wants a monogamous, committed relationship with anyone is something that does align a bit with what we've seen of her. But seeing as how we haven't been told why she turned down Chris or why she broke up with that first boyfriend we saw back in season 1, it's hard for me to judge that these relationships ended because Joan unconsciously doesn't want one. Then again, I don't think Joan has really given intense thought to what she wants out of a relationship so we might see this unfold along side her coming to some realizations.

What also probably made Sherlock's conclusion that Joan isn't conventional enough for a conventional relationship more palatable to me versus what happened on Sherlock is that 1) it's a continuation of a formerly planted character seed. 2) Sherlock's delivery of his assessment this go around felt like it really came from a place of wanting to help Joan, not "solve" her. And 3) Joan's possible eccentricity isn't being used as a plot device to say, justify why Andrew might turn out to some hired assassin for the CIA or something. However, it is being used to explain the Joan/Mycroft debacle so maybe #3 isn't quite right. This is all to say I'm still conflicted about all of this. Hopefully future episodes will help me out.

As a closing comment: we got Ms. Hudson again! I hope this means Alfredo will show up again soon too.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on December 16th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
However, as a viewer, I'm still stinging from BBC's Sherlock asserting that John Watson is a danger-junkie, hence his attraction to Mary Morstan. So I felt extra sensitive to this idea that Joan is somehow too eccentric to be in a normal relationship and when I first watched the episode frowned a bit at this. But now having thought about it, my feelings are a little mixed.
Yes!

I also thought it might be a bit of projection from Sherlock himself: his one true romantic connection turned out not to be what he thought it was at all. I found it revealing that he advised Joan to write real letters to Andrew; he writes to Irene.

I must grudgingly allow that they do seem to be slowly establishing a pattern of Joan making bad decisions involving men, and I have always thought that Mycroft was a terrible decision (every darned time). That makes some sense of the arc that has bothered me most in the entire series. I don't think Andrew is a bad decision, and I hope that Joan thinks things through carefully. She occasionally reacts against Sherlock, especially when he really ticks her off.

I was so pleased to see Ms. Hudson! I thought the same thing about Alfredo.

I was very pleased with Kitty, too. I was a little surprised that missing women didn't seem to bother her at all; she was a missing woman for a time, and I briefly hoped that the client's sister might still be alive somewhere. She told us more about her family. And the clarinet is from canon Watson's background! So they've put a bit of Watson into Kitty too.

I like Joan and Kitty together. We still get the melodrama from Sherlock, but they're now two competent women working together and sometimes sharing personal things, and all too often we only see that from the men on shows.

I have now begun worrying, I hope irrationally, that something terrible will happen to Kitty, because she's still listed as a guest star and not a regular. I like her, so I'm afraid we'll lose her. At least there's no Whedon working on this show.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on December 17th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
I don't think Andrew is a bad decision, and I hope that Joan thinks things through carefully. She occasionally reacts against Sherlock, especially when he really ticks her off.


I hope she thinks things through as well. I agree that I don't think Andrew is a bad decision (I'm going with the hope that he doesn't have some secret evil identity) but he might not be the right one for Joan.

I have now begun worrying, I hope irrationally, that something terrible will happen to Kitty, because she's still listed as a guest star and not a regular. I like her, so I'm afraid we'll lose her. At least there's no Whedon working on this show.

I'm sort of hoping that maybe Kitty will return to England for a brief period during this season to perhaps find some closure about what happened to her and then come back for season 4 as a regular. I'm sort of assuming a season 4 will happen which might be jumping the gun but I don't see why not!
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on December 17th, 2014 03:26 am (UTC)
I'm sort of hoping that maybe Kitty will return to England for a brief period during this season to perhaps find some closure about what happened to her and then come back for season 4 as a regular. I'm sort of assuming a season 4 will happen which might be jumping the gun but I don't see why not!
That's a great idea! I'm assuming a season 4 too.