Monday, November 3, 2014

What I’m Watching: Elementary (Season Premiere)

Elementary: Season 3, Episode 1 “Enough Nemesis to Go Around” (B)

It’s strange to me to see a show as popular as this debut its third season so late into the fall cycle. What it means most for me is that I’ve already gotten attached to other shows and to my regular watching routine, and the only reason this show gets a free pass to stay on my docket, for now at least, is become it comes at the end of the week when there isn’t much on. It’s not that this premiere was bad, but it didn’t feel like must-see TV to me. That’s partially because it’s in the middle of putting things back together for its characters because their regular routine was disrupted in a major way in the finale. I’m not yet sold on the new setup, which finds Watson as an extraordinary detective whose ends are barely justifying the means since she is treading a fine line in her dogged pursuit of her new nemesis, played by Gina Gerson. Sherlock has returned from England and his MI-6 tour with a new pupil in tow in the form of Kitty, who doesn’t quite possess the qualities of her predecessor. Sherlock talked his way back into his old job pretty quickly, and something tells me that Kitty won’t fit in too well there and that things between Sherlock and Watson will be awkward for some time to come. Let’s hope that, like another CBS show I find to be above average, “Person of Interest,” this show can find its way to renewed greatness through a new setup.

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