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15 May 2015 @ 04:11 pm
Follow up on Elementary's season 3 finale  
Here's an interview with executive producer Rob Doherty on the finale and what we will see in season 4. Warning: the article completely spoils the finale.

Whoever is on the writing team for this show either has struggled with addiction or has really done their research. Despite the finale being a complete downer, the quiet, non-climactic nature of Sherlock's relapse (now confirmed in the article) is the ugly truth about relapses. It's not dramatic or monumental. It's a slip and what you are left with in the aftermath is shame and self-hatred. Sherlock even predicted his relapse would be like this, just a unfulfilling misstep that might even be described as dull.

While Elementary has never excelled at mysteries, it has always done a great job of character building and being rather bold in showing us the unromantic side of addiction. It's a clever move on the writers' part, I thought, that when the finale ended, I was left feeling a little bit "That's it?" due to its quiet nature but that more or less mirrors Sherlock's return to using. It's underwhelming in the end.

I'm glad that Doherty is not ignoring the fact that Sherlock has been in recovery for three years in a program that is designed around supporting members when they break their sobriety. His using at this point doesn't necessarily herald him going all the way back to square 1. I also liked his thoughts on Joan staying as Sherlock's friend rather than going back to being a sober companion. I'm sure it'll be difficult but it feels right that someone else helps Sherlock address his sobriety while Joan supports him as a friend with her knowledge from her previous work as a sober companion.

And in other news, we will finally get to meet Pater Holmes. Apparently they will be announcing next week who will be playing him. I'm super intrigued. I only hope they do a better job with his character than they did with Mycroft.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on May 20th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
I'm impressed with that interview, actually. Half the time when I read what writers and show runners are thinking, I wonder how on earth I could be watching the same show they think they're making! Doherty said all the things I wanted to hear: that Joan will not be a sober companion, that this is not starting all over even though it's a setback, and that they're going to address what happened to Oscar. I really, really hope Sherlock didn't kill or even very seriously injure him.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 20th, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
I really hope Oscar isn't dead. Not because I want Oscar to be around but because I don't want Sherlock to have a death on his hands on top of everything else.

Yes, I'm really glad Doherty has in mind to look at the relapse as a setback rather than a return to square one.