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20 November 2014 @ 11:40 pm
Elementary: Bella  
The mystery of this one really frustrated me.


I feel like my disappointment with this story was much more pronounced by the fact that it began so well. I'm a big fan of stories that involve computers potentially becoming sentient so like Sherlock, I was more curious about him possibly defeating Bella rather than the actual crime. But in either case, the story went in directions that largely confused me until we learned at the nth hour about the end of the world extremist group who believe artificial intelligence will be about the downfall of humans. So, yeah, I know that's not a completely lunatic theory but I was kind of nodding along when Sherlock articulated how crazy they must sound to the outside world. Still, I was willing to go along with the idea that some people are so extreme they're willing to murder for what they deem to be the greater good (the greater good!). Sorry, sudden Hot Fuzz humor there. I'm recovering from being sick and I still have a fever.

Anyway
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I was a little more annoyed by how easily the NYPD were boxed into not being able to pursue a case against the professor after his grad student fessed up. As Bell rightfully pointed out, she doesn't have any programming experience. How on earth would could she have written the one that murdered the creator of Bella? Isn't that a huge hole that the police could use to argue she must have had an accomplice at the very least? In straight up murder cases, if the police suspect an accomplice, they continue to interrogate the caught killer until they get new leads. It felt like Gregson and Bell just gave up saying that the confession made it pointless for them to try and pursue the professor.

Moving onto the character stuff. I was pleased that Kitty and Joan now have a good working relationship. I liked that Kitty contacted Joan when Sherlock spent all night questioning Bella. I enjoyed Joan casually asking Sherlock if he planned on destroying the computer; a nice shoutout to the episode in season 1 involving the high tech security vault that Sherlock destroyed in a fit of anger when he couldn't crack it. And I particularly enjoyed that Sherlock got to be the slightly more emotionally insightful one in this episode. Joan has ever reason to suspect that Sherlock is Up To Something but I also choose to believe that Sherlock didn't willingly set up Andrew on a new business venture. Sherlock articulating that he and Joan mean a great deal to each other and that he likes Andrew because Andrew gets that without any jealousy was quite nice. I almost felt like hugging him too but yeah, that would be a drastic action.

EDIT: I forgot to add that we learn Joan's apartment is located in Chelsea. Okay, that's like beyond Apartment Fantasy. The only way that could be any more insane is if it was located in Tribeca. That space in real life located in Chelsea would cost millions unless there was something seriously wrong with it. Like there not being a bathroom or if the heating will never work.
 
 
 
ericadawn16: Sadericadawn16 on November 21st, 2014 06:07 am (UTC)
Here was my problem with the episode...

I did arrive late. I will admit that. Gracepoint ran over until 10:10 or 10:15.

I arrive in time to find out the victim had Epilepsy and shortly after that, probably had a fatal seizure from a computer virus making the computer play loud music and flickering images.

You know what would have been great? As less of that video as possible.
There wasn't warning. They just started playing it and I had to look away. I felt it was very irresponsible for their Epileptic viewers. It's bad enough I have to bring sunglasses for films without the television not warning either. The X-Files and others were always very good about warnings.

What made this worse is that November IS Epilepsy Awareness Month.

However, the worst thing of all was that a dead guy was the most representation of Epilepsy on television that I remember seeing for a long time now. We're usually just ignored.
aelfgyfu_mead: Very angry indeedaelfgyfu_mead on November 22nd, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
I felt it was very irresponsible for their Epileptic viewers.
You are so right!

a dead guy was the most representation of Epilepsy on television that I remember seeing for a long time now. We're usually just ignored.
Ugh—that's a shame.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 22nd, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
I felt it was very irresponsible for their Epileptic viewers.

Yes! I was a little surprised there wasn't a warning given how many times the video was shown.

What made this worse is that November IS Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Yikes, that's terrible timing. I'm almost hoping it was a poor coincidence that this episode got aired in November rather than the writers thinking this was a good episode to show for Epilepsy Awareness Month.
ericadawn16: Sadericadawn16 on November 22nd, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
I almost don't want to know the answer. I can't tell that CBS or Elementary acknowledged Epilepsy Awareness at all online.

I did gather up the courage to Tweet the "writers" about it. We'll see.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 22nd, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I was so frustrated by the mystery! I really disliked the late introduction of a whole group of suspects, and the grad student that they gave up interrogating when she simply pushed a blank sheet of paper back at Marcus—doesn't she have any family to care about her or about whom she cares? That was stupid.

I was not impressed with the coincidence that on the one hand Sherlock can so easily find the other criminal's relative doing something highly illegal, but on the other hand, it's Sherlock's own vice. Sherlock was wrong to go looking for blackmail material, period. I thought it was a very cheap, fast attempt to bring the mystery to a close while leaving an ethical dilemma.

I am also not impressed that the professor who could count on Sherlock's conscience had no conscience of his own. Even if he thinks killing a man and framing an AI is for the greater good, how does he justify letting his student take the fall alone? Because he's too important to go to prison? I thought Sherlock should have hit hard on that ground. Maybe he'd still have lost, but it made as much sense as sending Kitty to go tail the man's brother.

At the end, we still didn't know if Bella really intuited networks, or if someone slipped and mentioned them to her. We don't know if she's a real AI or not.

Do the writers not live in New York? Or do they just want to give us a fantasy knowing that it's unreal?

I did like the way Kitty and Joan get along now, and Kitty can call Joan for help (even if she doesn't get quite the help she expects). I was surprised that Kitty was confused by the session, and I hope they keep developing this arc. I thought she'd just brush it off.

I also had to believe Sherlock after he told us what he really thought of Andrew. I love the idea of Joan going with him—but not springing it on Andrew by showing up with a bag! That seems a little weird to me. Maybe I'm just not spontaneous enough myself to understand it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 22nd, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
Even if he thinks killing a man and framing an AI is for the greater good, how does he justify letting his student take the fall alone? Because he's too important to go to prison?

I pretty much believed that the professor justified it by believing his work was too important but really it's about the fact that he doesn't want to go to prison because he's a complete coward and a hypocrite. Either way, the plot line infuriates me.

At the end, we still didn't know if Bella really intuited networks, or if someone slipped and mentioned them to her. We don't know if she's a real AI or not.

This was the only question that I really wanted answered that never got answered.

I love the idea of Joan going with him—but not springing it on Andrew by showing up with a bag! That seems a little weird to me. Maybe I'm just not spontaneous enough myself to understand it.

Not that I'm the most spontaneous person in the world but I also sort of frowned at that. I kept asking myself logic questions about this. Doesn't Joan have cases she's working on? Did she tell Gregson she's going to be out of town for a week? Are she and Andrew not even going to sit together for the flight there since she got her ticket last minute? How much ARE last minute tickets to Denmark?? But this entire episode felt shoddily put together so I don't know why I'm hung up on questions like that.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on November 22nd, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
But this entire episode felt shoddily put together so I don't know why I'm hung up on questions like that.
I could say the same thing, except that I know the answer: because I'm prone to get hung up on such things. You know about my toilet obsession, right? I loved your comment about how Joan could only afford such a place in Chelsea if it didn't have a bathroom. I immediately thought that we'd seen Andrew shortly after a shower, so there's at least a shower, and if there's a shower, there must be a toilet!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 22nd, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
There are a lot of housing options available in the nicer parts of New York but it almost always means you either have to go into the hallway to use a shared bathroom (like a dorm) or you don't have a kitchen.

Maybe the place is haunted? Or someone was killed in it? Maybe both and that's why the market value is so low?
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 22nd, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
Maybe the place is haunted? Or someone was killed in it? Maybe both and that's why the market value is so low?
Sounds like a fanfic!

Write it write it writeitwriteit
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 22nd, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
Noooo, I'm still puttering away at that Elementary/Political Animals crossover!