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14 March 2014 @ 09:35 pm
Elementary: The Hound of the Cancer Cells  
Yesterday was Elementary, tonight is Hannibal, and tomorrow is Welcome to Night Vale. It's three days of fannish glee.

This episode for me in terms of the emotional, character components were mostly about the smaller characters (Bell) and the guest stars (Manny Rose). Two weeks in a row now the mystery of this one caught my attention. I may have had a soft spot for it because the idea of a pharmaceutical whistle blower storyline was one that I tried to employ in my first multi-part Sherlock fic all those many moons ago. Anyway, there were actually rather a lot of twists and turns before the truth was unveiled. While I didn't work out how or why, I had the business partner, soon to be ex-husband pegged as the killer from the start. I somehow knew the whole Adam Peer thing had to be a red herring but it wasn't until the wife was murdered that I really tried to zero in on why the research had to be discredited. I still didn't figure it out fast enough as Holmes beat me to it. As it should be since he's Sherlock Holmes. I very much enjoyed the fact that Joan and Sherlock worked together on this and were very much in sync, particularly when they went to the fake travel agency. I also liked that Joan worked her own separate case and Sherlock didn't interfere in it nor did he prioritize their case over hers.

The story of Manny Rose was sad. I kind of twigged that it was going to happen but it didn't make it any less sad. Actually, the saddest part of his story wasn't his death but the speech he gave to Bell right after he offered to perjure himself. He worked his entire life to try and improve his neighborhood and the people who lived in it the right way but it seemed enough was enough. In the end, he felt like he hadn't made that much of a difference. I liked Bell's story (that was already hinted at in the episode where we met his brother) that he grew up in an environment where he could have become the one being arrested rather than making the arrests. But he made the decision never to go that route because of people like Manny Rose. It was disheartening but tragically realistic that the individual faces of those he'd saved for Manny Rose wasn't enough in the end.

The last scene with Sherlock and Bell outside the bar was also quite nice. I loved Sherlock's line of, "Had I known this would be the extent of the revelry, I would have committed sooner." This and his earlier comment of almost missing misanthropy. Oh, Sherlock. I hear you, man. Being socially awkward can be exhausting.
Liliaethliliaeth on March 15th, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
I liked that part of his reasons for not wanting to go to the party, was because he does still feel guilty about being the one responsible for putting Bell out of commission in the first place.

It's bits like that, that show Sherlock's humanity, and the fact that he does care, that make me love him so much.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 15th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
I love that this show chooses to focus in on Sherlock's humanity at times. It makes for a character that's more accurate to the books as well.
X-parrotxparrot on March 15th, 2014 09:10 am (UTC)
*nods* to all of this. Nice character dynamics all around and the mystery I felt was up there with s1 - ridiculously convoluted and unexpected (I guessed it was the business partner right away too but yeah, couldn't figure out why...)

I just so love how simpatico Joan and Sherlock are when working together - asking her for a non-dangerous powder in the lab, and in the travel agency. Also Sherlock waking her up in the morning will never get old (I feel for you, Joan, mornings are so haaaard...!)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 15th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Also Sherlock waking her up in the morning will never get old (I feel for you, Joan, mornings are so haaaard...!)

I always enjoy how he tries to choose clothes for her while he's going on about why she needs to get up. And yeah. Mornings are difficult enough without roommates robbing you of precious hours.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on March 17th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes! We had a good mystery (I was much slower to twig than you were) and great character moments, even if some were sad.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 17th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
This show never stops being so wonderful with their characters. It's nice, though, that the mysteries have stepped it up the past two weeks as well.