Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I’m Watching: Elementary

Elementary: Season 3, Episode 10 “Seed Money” (B)

This show really is aiming high in terms of its plotlines, and I’m not sure that it needs to reach for such a specific intellectual level each episode since it used to be more than capable of being enthralling and involving in its own right. Finding an eighty-year-old couple dead in a room apparently of natural causes led to quite a windy and unexpected place involving coded sales, growhouses, bees, and accidental deaths, which all seemed a bit too complicated for its own good. It’s most worthwhile to see how Sherlock and Watson work together, balancing each other out as they each dropped some major bombshells – Watson announcing that she’s folding her private detective business and starting a job at an insurance company, and Sherlock believing that he’s ready to promote his protégé to full-fledged partner. Kitty definitely earned that by helping out someone at her group with her daughter’s well-intentioned but destructive search for her rapist father, which Kitty deduced rather quickly and easily and managed to keep from getting out of hand. Her promotion may have to wait considering the crime scene Sherlock found himself at in the episode’s closing scene, which suggests that, like Moriarty, a British detective’s nemesis isn’t content to leave their former prey alone in New York. On the guest star front, Katie Finneran, underrated star of such short-lived shows as “Wonderfalls” and “The Inside” who recently appeared on the lamentable “The Michael J. Fox Show,” was well-cast as a high-powered woman Sherlock initially suspected who Watson was ultimately able to prove to be guilty.

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