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12 April 2015 @ 03:08 pm
Elementary: One Watson, One Holmes  
Humorous subtle acting makes this a winning episode for me. Although I wish the mystery involving Everyone had been more engrossing.

After seeing them mainly on the fringes of an episode, we finally begin to meet the members of Everyone after one of them is murdered. And they're all about as childish and "emotionally stunted" as one might assume. Or at least the ones in the inner sanctum are. Meanwhile, Sherlock notices a shift in Joan's behavior as she begins to withdraw from her friends and confronts her about it which gives way to why this episode has the title that it does.

First about the mystery plot: overall, I was fairly lukewarm about it, even as I really enjoyed watching the various members of Everyone pop up. I very much enjoyed watching Sherlock's barely contained and sometimes not at all contained derision toward the group members; particularly Sucking Chest Wound who looked genuinely surprised that Sherlock doesn't find him at all impressive, despite him being the one who gave Sherlock the Twilight challenge. This and Sherlock's half disgusted description of Monkey Vs. Shark's latest profile picture of the motorcycle were awesome. JLM did an excellent job of basically inserting the line, "They are all idiots" with just his face. I also really liked Bell's more toned down version of this when he was interrogating Sucking Chest Wound as well as his disbelief of what he was seeing when he saw Species' wallpaper. Speaking of which, is this show every going to give us at least a photo of Sherlock in that dress? I think they should make the clip of Sherlock singing the song from Frozen a DVD bonus. Come on, show!

In terms of character arc plot, I liked that Sherlock's first pass at confronting Joan about her behavior was very Sherlock which means not so great at all. I mean, you could sort of tell he was also worried about his first and foremost concern was that their friendship would be thrown out of whack. Sherlock has been so good with peopling this season that I gave him a pass on this one, especially after his second go of talking to Joan was more thoughtful. It's interesting to me that as much as Sherlock might recognize that his default of isolating himself from others isn't very healthy, he still does it. Even the last shot of the episode after Joan leaves is him alone in the empty brownstone. I say interesting because I'm curious if his own behavior bothers Sherlock but not to the point where he wants to actively change or if he truly doesn't care, even as he sees it's not what most would deem healthy.

It makes sense to me that Joan would retreat, particularly since I'm sure the set up of a bachelorette party must bring up the death of Andrew even more for her. And her defense to Sherlock that she's not becoming him but rather working her way through it at her own pace and needing to be alone for awhile also made a lot of sense. In the end, though, I'm glad she was able to take Sherlock's second set of words to heart and made the effort to rejoin her friends, even though it's clear it might be a bit of a struggle for her.

Some stray observations:

1) I LOL'd when Sherlock stated matter of factly that Mason was grounded from the Internet. There's a brief oneshot to be written of Sherlock calling Mason and getting Mason's mother who tells him that her son's grounded, most likely thanks to Sherlock.

2) All the different usernames for Everyone were kind of brilliant. And very real sounding. Monkey Vs. Shark was probably my favorite.

3) I'm really pleased that Joan's friend Emily still periodically turns up. It's details like this that really sell the characters for me.

4) Sherlock waking Joan up via Morse Code is the nerdiest and probably the nicest way he's woken her up. As another idea for a DVD extra, they should edit together all the ways in which Sherlock's woken her up over 3 seasons, ending with Joan waking Sherlock up that one time via slamming the books down by his head.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on April 15th, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
I was pretty bummed about the mystery. It seemed kind of stupid! Also, Brilliant Husband doesn't understand, and I'm with him, how they knew for certain it was Brady/Tessee.

Most of all, I was annoyed that once again they resolved the situation by blackmailing someone into doing their will. What are they going to do when they find someone they can't blackmail? I want blackmail on a list of things that Holmes and Watson can never use to solve a case.

I'm trying to let it go because the character part of the plot knocked it out of the park. I love that Sherlock needed two tries to get right what he was saying to Joan, but he gave it two tries, and he got it right. I love that she got it, too, the second time. Sherlock has learned a lot from Joan, and he's recognizing that, which I wasn't sure he did prior to this season. Now he's returning the favor, in his own awkward way.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 15th, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was really hoping that when Everyone took a more center stage that it would be a better mystery than this. Also, I'm still not entirely sure what the motive was for Species being killed. Was it really an impromptu passionate murder? If so, what was the argument again? This was how much I cared.

The blackmail thing is getting lazy. I'm waiting for the episode where they try to blackmail someone and the target just tells them to go ahead.

The show has never been about the mystery for me so I was okay with just watching Sherlock awkwardly circle Joan in his attempts to help her. Another viewer of this series pointed out recently that the characters of Elementary are really well worn in, which I agree with. But they're never boring. The mysteries are some weeks, yes. But never the characters.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on April 15th, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
Sherlock's theory, which apparently we're just supposed to accept, is that Brady/Tessee argued with Species about hacking The Atherton Foundation and then killed the other guy over it. I don't understand why Brady would be that passionate about it when he was already an informant. Did he want the group destroyed? It didn't make a lot of sense.

They have great character development on this show: realistically slow but meaningful.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 15th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
Brady/Tessee argued with Species about hacking The Atherton Foundation and then killed the other guy over it. I don't understand why Brady would be that passionate about it when he was already an informant. Did he want the group destroyed? It didn't make a lot of sense.

Did Species figure out Brady/Tessee was an informant and was going to warn the rest of Everyone? Is that why Brady/Tessee panicked and killed him?

realistically slow but meaningful.

I really like that this show is realistic about it's slow build characterizations that actually show characters changing. Rather than never changing or making decisions that seem so out of left field for the purposes of just having them do something else.