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31 October 2012 @ 05:51 pm
My Mishmash Elementary Post  
I am now two episodes behind in reviewing the latest episodes of Elementary. And the next one is tomorrow so I'm going to just do both reviews here and also link this article regarding Benedict Cumberbatch being misquoted about his thoughts on Jonny Lee Miller taking the role of Holmes. I think my favorite bit was the comment someone posted that just said, "God I wish he would stop talking and just act." Not that I think Cumberbatch was being a jerk at all. I just find the comment hilarious because so many times I've enjoyed an actor's work and then saw him in an interview and thought, "Oh dear. No more words for you unless they are scripted."

Anyway, on with the shortish reviews.


So this title was a nice little double meaning in that it was initially about a predator of children that then became about a predator who was a child. Of all the episodes that have aired, this one was my least favorite. The storyline was...okay. But for some reason the minute Adam, the first "victim" of the Balloon Man came on the scene I knew he was the real killer. I think the only reason why I knew this was because I've seen way too many shows that utilize the "sociopathic child plot twist" at this point not to see it everywhere whether I'm right or wrong. I actually wanted to know in greater detail exactly HOW Adam went from being the victim to becoming the master. Also, did he know the Balloon Man? The opener suggested they knew each other before but in what way? I felt like a few crucial scenes were missing that could have filled us in a bit on what made Adam tick. Just making a kid a stone cold murderer isn't really that interesting anymore, I'm somewhat horrified to say.

As the mystery goes, this for whatever reason felt like the most non-Sherlock Holmes-ish story ever. It felt much more like a CSI story and consequently everything felt a little disjointed. Watson didn't get a chance to do much other than teach Holmes that doing squats can help you stay up. Holmes solves the crime eventually but not before sharing what was probably a somewhat exaggerated version of his past with Adam and staying up for three days straight.

All in all, this one did not get much repeated viewings from me.





Thanks to a visit to the finance world, I watched this constantly thinking about The Blind Banker. Luckily, other than the death of a finance guy and Watson trying for a love connection, this episode was very, very different. The mystery again took a bit of a backseat to some character stuff that rose to the surface. I wasn't exactly thrilled at first about Watson getting a romance plot but I ended up liking where it took her character. It was good to see Holmes' influence sort of rubbing off on her and their last scene together was again, very well done with Holmes telling her he sees puzzles everywhere which can be alienating and her commenting it must be a lonely way of life. I really liked Liu's delivery of that line. Her tone was somewhat questioning but not critical. Like she could easily see herself following in Holmes' footsteps and contemplating whether or not that might be just fine, despite the costs.

I was a little curious as to why Holmes was so insistent that Watson go out on this date. I mean, yes, it was eventually in efforts to get her out of the house but I think he was genuinely pleased when Watson told him about her observations of the date and the fact her skills were sharpening. The aforementioned conversation they had regarding how puzzles are endlessly interesting but potentially damning felt like the first genuine conversation between them that had a tinge of real growing friendship rather than Watson trying to get close as part of her job description and Holmes barely tolerating it. The banter between the two of them also came back after taking a bit of a holiday from the previous episode. In particular I liked Watson's, "Excuse me. Are you trying to take the credit for me rescuing you?" to Holmes.

We also got the reveal that Gregson has known all along that Holmes is a recovering drug addict. I'm extremely pleased that they got this out of the way and also gave Gregson something a bit more character-oriented to do. I've been completely neutral about Gregson and Aidan Quinn's portrayal of him. I mean he was fine. But hardly a match for Rupert Graves' Lestrade. But his scene with Holmes when he tells him he's known for awhile now finally gave him something more to work with and man, was it good.


Okay, now I really do need an Elementary icon...
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Sherlock and Johnaelfgyfu_mead on November 1st, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
so many times I've enjoyed an actor's work and then saw him in an interview and thought, "Oh dear. No more words for you unless they are scripted."
Between BC's remarks on Johnny Lee Miller and his repeated comments about Downton Abbey, he's definitely in the "no more words unless scripted" category!

I also think with each episode of Cabin Pressure that I hear that I like BC far better as Martin Crieff than as Sherlock. (Just heard "Ipswich"!)

I just couldn't stomach "Child Predator." I think you're right about not having any sense why Adam changed the way he did, but mostly, it was all too much. It felt as though it was all about shock value. They succeeded there; I was shocked. I was horrified. I thought about not watching again, and that's not what they want, I presume.

I was glad I tuned in for "The Rat Race." I love that Gregson knew all along—though he wouldn't let Joan off the hook but made her say the whole thing and never admitted to her that he already knew why she'd be worried about Holmes! I was annoyed at him for that. His scenes here also made me finally appreciate the character and the actor. That last scene with him and Holmes was great.

I also liked how much we got from Watson. I wasn't thrilled with a romantic subplot, but I liked that she wasn't happy at first either. I like that she was suspicious and smart. I wonder if Holmes pushed her to go on the date partly in the hopes that she won't become like him? He doesn't like himself very much (a big difference from BC's Sherlock). I think he wants her to develop her skills, but he doesn't want what may result from that. He may also hope to live vicariously through her. He can't get a date, but he can enjoy hers!

I must complain that he didn't do awfully well at picking the cuffs for someone we've seen practicing with locks, and I must presume he has practiced with cuffs before. Perhaps his coordination was still affected by the tasing.

I loved the scene where Holmes told the scuzzy guy that he kept losing the thread every time the man said he was "innocent"! I also liked the way he talked about his memories of the smell of heroin. JLM is growing on me.

I'm still totally in it for Lucy Liu, though. She keeps him in line! Calling him on trying to take the credit for her rescue of him! He totally owes her for that.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 1st, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Between BC's remarks on Johnny Lee Miller and his repeated comments about Downton Abbey, he's definitely in the "no more words unless scripted" category!

He either is just coming off too deadpan or is not doing a good job of hiding his less than nice feelings toward others!

I also think with each episode of Cabin Pressure that I hear that I like BC far better as Martin Crieff than as Sherlock.

Martin Crieff is my favorite Cumberbatch character by far.

(Just heard "Ipswich"!)

"Hey, Chief. I might be wrong. But I think we're flying into a mountain. This makes me feel... scared of the mountain. One thing we could do is pull up and fly over the mountain. How does that sound to...PHUHHH!!!"

though he wouldn't let Joan off the hook but made her say the whole thing and never admitted to her that he already knew why she'd be worried about Holmes!

I didn't even think about that! I guess he's getting back at them for trying to keep him in the dark. Although it's Joan's ethical duty not to reveal her relationship to Holmes so there's no reason why she should be punished for it.

JLM is growing on me.

He delivered the only funny line in "Child Predator" for me which was his "Oh, I'd sell my father for a Tictac" line. It was pure delivery of it in another wise completely cold, dark, depressing episode.
aelfgyfu_mead: brilliantaelfgyfu_mead on November 1st, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
"Hey, Chief. I might be wrong. But I think we're flying into a mountain. This makes me feel... scared of the mountain. One thing we could do is pull up and fly over the mountain. How does that sound to...PHUHHH!!!"
I love that!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 1st, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
That episode so perfectly captures mandatory protocol meetings.

I'm not ashamed to admit I sat there for awhile and thought about if "PHUHHH!!" accurately depicts the explosion noise Douglas made.