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12 January 2015 @ 04:42 pm
Elementary: The Eternity Injection  
For whatever reason, the mystery of this one I found so boring, it took me about three tries to get through the episode itself. Even after that, I'm still not a 100% certain what was going on.


A nurse Joan used to work with goes missing and Sherlock gets himself involved in the case that leads the trio to an illegal study being conducted on a drug that can supposedly compress time. That's about all I got before my mind wandered off with the actual plot. So I turned to what I always do which is the character stuff.

After a handful of episodes where we haven't seen much of Sherlock and Joan interacting on a very personal level, we get an episode where you see them sort of fall to their old groove of Sherlock sharing his most troubled thoughts with Joan at her urging. Sherlock's growing apathy with his sobriety makes sense and is actually a threat to a relapse that gets very underutilized in media. It's always more dramatic to have someone fall off the wagon due to mounting stress. Even Sherlock invisioned he might go that way. But rarely anyone talks about the sheer boredom former addicts experience and their wish to do it one more time just to feel something again. I'm pleased the show went this route, even as my heart went out to Sherlock who seems to fear the relentless same-ness awaiting him.

Along with a return of the Sherlock/Joan relationship, we get a nice callback to him waking her up in ungodly ways. I may have even aw'd a bit when Sherlock said he missed it. He even learned a tune on his bugle in order to wake her up. How...sweet?

Speaking of returns, Alfredo! I'm so glad he hasn't been written out or dropped all together.

Despite the more somber moments of the episode, we still got a couple of comedic turns which were good. It's nice to see that the juvenile antics of Everyone still goes on. I always love how seriously Sherlock takes his humiliating assignments. He's doing research on Twilight! And of course his solution would be a threesome. In fact, that probably would have been the most logical conclusion for that ridiculous series. I also liked Gregson's asking if Sherlock brought a child into work when he got that note from Mason to give to Sherlock. I also loved how despite Gregson's comment, he still passed the note to Sherlock. It's nice that Gregson just rolls with the junior high punches.
 
 
 
X-parrotxparrot on January 12th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the mystery plot was extremely WTF (and scifi - I've have expected it in a superhero show like Arrow, it seemed really weird in a procedural...) but the character moments were awfully cute. Was so great to see Alfredo again, and Sherlock and Watson really talking. Though it did really make me miss Watson living in the brownstone...I miss Sherlock's wacky wake-ups, even if it's probably better for Joan's sleep cycles that she's got her own place :P

ETA: And I liked that Holmes didn't use his current low point to manipulate Watson into moving back in, that he made a good effort to clarify that. With Watson being Sherlock's sober companion turned work partner/student turned friend with no official professional ties, their relationship is complicated, but for the sake of their friendship it's important that Watson is not responsible for Sherlock in the way she was as his paid companion (even if as his friend she cares about him even more as a person.)

Edited at 2015-01-12 11:26 pm (UTC)
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on January 13th, 2015 03:32 am (UTC)
And I liked that Holmes didn't use his current low point to manipulate Watson into moving back in, that he made a good effort to clarify that.
Seconded!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 13th, 2015 04:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, the mystery plot was extremely WTF

I had just seen the Christmas episode of "Black Mirror" which featured technology in the future that did the time compression thing which made this episode all the more "HUH?"

With Watson being Sherlock's sober companion turned work partner/student turned friend with no official professional ties, their relationship is complicated, but for the sake of their friendship it's important that Watson is not responsible for Sherlock in the way she was as his paid companion (even if as his friend she cares about him even more as a person.)

Yes! I like that the two of them are past this point of Sherlock trying to manipulate Watson in this way and that he does respect the boundaries she set up for them.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on January 13th, 2015 03:32 am (UTC)
I was so happy to see Alfredo! And my second thought was how happy you'd be! :-)

I loved the character interactions (although Kitty got a bit sidelined; they can only handle so many characters at once).

Yes, I totally agree about Mason! If it were me, I wouldn't have given the note to Sherlock, but it wasn't.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 13th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
I was so happy to see Alfredo! And my second thought was how happy you'd be! :-)

Haha!

Yes, I totally agree about Mason! If it were me, I wouldn't have given the note to Sherlock, but it wasn't.

I feel like at some point Gregson gave up trying to be stern with Sherlock when it's not actual law-breaking matters.