Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What I’m Watching: Elementary

Elementary: Season 1, Episode 4 “The Rat Race” (B+)

With every new episode, this show continues to develop the fabulous relationship between Sherlock and Watson. Getting set up on a blind date with a man who turned out to be married for humanitarian green card purposes only provided Sherlock with plenty of ammunition, and while he may not have shared his findings with her in the most delicate manner, he really was just looking out for her. That served them both well when Sherlock got himself captured because, according to Molly Price’s secretary with great career aspirations, he was just like an executive in his blatant overconfidence and desire to broadcast his intelligence. Sherlock’s lock-picking experience came in quite handy, and I enjoyed that he tried to take credit for Watson saving his life. Craig Bierko was a good choice to play Sherlock’s prime suspect, whose visit to Sherlock’s home proved extremely informative and disturbing, classifying all moneymen as sociopaths. A faked drug overdose was an unfortunate way for the missing executive to be killed for Sherlock since he was clearly unsettled by the smell of cooked heroin and the memories it stirred up for him. Watson telling Captain Gregson about Sherlock’s drug addiction was a gamble, and it led to a very serious, personal conversation between Gregson and Sherlock about the fact that Gregson already knew and was just waiting for Sherlock to tell him. A bonus funny moment: Sherlock telling Watson that he didn’t speak Mandarin as well as he’d like, and Watson telling Sherlock that he didn’t speak Mandarin as well as her mother would like.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Elementary has quickly jumped into my top three favorite new shows. Miller and liu work very well together, and they deserve their full season go-ahead. A few friends that work with me at DISH really like that this Sherlock has relatable addiction problems to a lot of audience members; it definitely makes for a stronger character. I’m just happy that the show falls into a big 4 network PrimeTime slot. My Hopper auto-records it with the PrimeTime Anytime feature. The less time I have to put into getting my shows, the more time I have to enjoy them.