Friday, February 8, 2013

What I’m Watching: Elementary (Superbowl Episode)

Elementary: Season 1, Episode 14 “The Deductionist” (B+)

I was personally thrilled about the notion of an extra episode of one of my favorite new shows of the season, and, from its opening moments, this felt like a special installment with plenty of sex and violence thrown in to make it all the more spectacular. Starting with Sherlock’s double date was a deceptively light-hearted introduction to an otherwise very deadly hour, one which included stabbing with scissors and tales of other unsavory events. Terry Kinney was a great choice to play Martin Ennis, who seemed a rather formidable nemesis for Sherlock, one intelligent enough to plan an elaborate scheme where he had his sister intentionally deteriorate her kidneys so that she could catch Kari Matchett’s obnoxious profiler off-guard and stab her, however ineffectively due to her weak condition. Sherlock’s choice to meet Ennis alone was bold but hardly surprising, and it was smart of him to have backup nearby to come arrest Ennis after he went for the gun and was in for an unfortunate and painful retaliation from Sherlock. Their discussion of Kathryn’s similar profiling was extremely compelling, and it’s good to see Sherlock truly rattled by someone he believes to be incompetent. Watson is continuing to hone her deductive skills and figure out that her super was in on the porn scheme to deliberately get her evicted, and she got a decent deal for herself once she pieced it all together. Sherlock would be impressed, but he’s likely to soon discover that Watson is now paying her own bills even though she’s living rent-free.

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