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06 April 2015 @ 09:04 pm
Elementary: The View From Olympus  
Before I head off to spring break exile, I leave this review of the latest episode.

A man is murdered via a taxi running over him a couple of times but what looks to be a turf war between the NYC cabbies and a Uber-esque car service company turns out to be something much more intimately creepy. I didn't watch this episode with much interest for the mystery (no shocker there) so I could barely muster any sort of critique when we suddenly got hit with one of the workers at the car service company being a creepy stalker. That really seemed to come from absolutely nowhere but whatever, fine. I could accept it.

The episode had much more to offer in the form of some Sherlock and Joan banter as well as us meeting another one of Sherlock's irregulars who is also one of his casual sex partners. Despite a solid history of this irregular being able to compartmentalize her relationship with Sherlock both working and non-working, she suddenly asks him to help her father a child as she wants to be a parent minus a romantic partner. I was completely with Joan in thinking that Agatha simply reached a point in her life where she wanted a child and Sherlock with all his genius seems like a good donor on paper. I really wasn't expecting it to be that Sherlock's dad was somehow involved because he wants the Holmes line to continue. What, is Mycroft sterile or something? Or is Pater Holmes also nagging him (or was nagging before he went underground) about becoming a dad?

Anyway, Sherlock predictably has a slight freak out and then does not honor the request for a "donation to her uterus" after explaining to Agatha that the reason why she might think he'd be good genetic material (his genius), he actually experiences as something that gives him a lot of grief if it wasn't for his work. Again, the show does an interesting job of creating a Sherlock Holmes that is very different from BBC's Sherlock, who clearly views his genius as something wonderful, rather than something he has to manage and something that painfully isolates him. The show's given JLM a lot of emotionally wrenching episodes of late with this one as well as the one where he has to revisit his drug addled past when he thought he might have murdered someone. While I didn't review that episode, his outburst to Joan that she only knows his current self but thank god had never met his past, drug addict self said a lot about his continued level of self-loathing. All that is to say, I can totally see how it is that JLM's Sherlock became an addict.

I had a double reaction of warm cozies and slight sadness to the episode's closing scene. Mainly I felt the sadness because they used Drew Holcomb & The Neighbor's "Live Forever" as the background song which always gets me sad. But the scene itself inspires all the warm feelings as Joan offers Sherlock ice cream as a pick me up. I loved that Sherlock dismissed it like, "Excuse me, I am an adult man. No, I don't want...what flavor?" I got warm fuzzies imagining the two of them in the kitchen sampling various flavors Joan has on hand. Given Sherlock's reaction to the car company spelling their name as Zoos, I have a feeling he'd probably have something acerbic to say about Ben and Jerry's Peanut Buttah flavor while simultaneously hugging it to his chest while eating it. But that's just my head canon.
X-parrotxparrot on April 7th, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, the end of that ep was so sweet, with the ice cream! Sherlock and Joan have one of the best depictions of friendship I've seen on TV, it's not masquerading UST or dysfunctional dependency, but genuine caring and affection and respect, on both sides equally even if they have somewhat different ways of showing it. I love how they don't always know what the other needs, but are there for them anyway - and then sometimes they know exactly what to do. Awwww...
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 11th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
Sherlock and Joan have one of the best depictions of friendship I've seen on TV,

Yes! So much yes to this.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on April 7th, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
What, is Mycroft sterile or something?
Mycroft is dead!—as far as the world knows, and presumably their father.

I think they used to have better mysteries, but I don't mind too much that the mysteries aren't as interesting (and yes, this perp kind of came out of nowhere) because the other plots are so strong—the ones that I suppose are B plots or side plots, but they're really the emotional center of the show.

Yes on the ice cream!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 11th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Mycroft is dead!—as far as the world knows, and presumably their father.

It really says something about my hatred for what they did with this character that I completely forgot that he faked his death, rather than just vanish.