Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What I’m Watching: Elementary

Elementary: Season 3, Episode 17 “T-Bone and the Iceman” (B)

This show is always all about the cutting edge of technology. Freezing people seems like a thing of the future, but obviously it’s not, and the fact that it is happening in the present creates considerable problems like, say, the lack of space necessary to preserve people as they were promised they would be kept before they died. Sherlock, Watson, Bell, and Gregson got to have some fun acting incredulous about the state of affairs in the body preservation industry, and it unraveled and uncovered a much more complicated crime than initially seemed to be the case. This wasn’t the coolest of scientific focuses for this show, but it did manage to be interesting throughout the course of the hour. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a member of either Sherlock or Watson’s families, and this latest opportunity to see Watson’s mother presented an unfortunate new development that is sure to have reverberations on Watson in the coming episodes. I like that, once he realized what was going on, Sherlock sprang into action and, for once, put himself out there to be directly involved in helping a good friend of his tackle an enormously difficult obstacle in her life. He may be looking at it from a pragmatic, technical point of view, deducing that assisting her in overcome the challenge of having to confront her mother’s fading memory will help her concentrate better on being a consultant, but I think he’s also remembering just how much she’s helped him and that being nice and genuine isn’t such an impossible thing.

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