Something old, something new and something very different.

Featuring

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes
Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson
Aidan Quinn as Cpt. Thomas Gregson
Jon Michael Hill as Det. Marcus Bell
with Rhys Irfans as Mycroft Holmes
and Sean Pertwee as Gareth Lestrade

So ends another season of Elementary, the American version of the modern Sherlock Holmes. I was almost about to give up on the show in its first season because, frankly the initial batch of episodes were pretty lame. However, season two has none of that slow starting nonsense, immediately getting into the thick of things with decent cases, quick wit, easy dialogue and frenetic pacing thanks to its editing.

Sherlock continues to recover from his drug addiction, an issue that pokes its head up less and less throughout the season. Dealing with the immediate aftermath of the revelation that Irene Adler is Moriarty, Holmes dives into his work rather than his vices, which is definitely a good sign. Watson of course, continues to be the student detective, using her newfound abilities and innate medical knowledge to come up with top shelf conclusions from evidence at hand.

This season explores the growing bond between Sherlock and Joan, where Sherlock becomes more and more reliant upon Joan as his detective muse, rather than a helping hand against addiction. In some ways, this is replacing one dependence with another, even if the new dependence is far healthier. This season also marks the humorous appearance of Lestrade, a recurring character in the original canon, who was portrayed as a barely competent detective. His bumbling misadventures in Elementary are a welcome source of comic relief.

We also get a glimpse of the family life of Sherlock, with Mycroft playing quite a big role in the season ending story arc. As you might know, Mycroft was originally a high ranking government bureaucrat, seen to be superior in everyway (apart from motivation) to Sherlock. In Elementary, he’s…a chef. But he’s also a secret agent, which is cool, but the story arc turns a bit limp when Joan and Mycroft begin to do the horizontal tango. I suppose it was a bit of writing made to create an emotional response in the viewer, but the sum total of my emotional response was: “wait, really? Why are they doing that? This is stupid!”

So, yes, even though Elementary isn’t as bromantically funny as Sherlock, the show is still eminently watchable and well made. There aren’t too many filler episodes and there is quite a good mix of mysteries to solve. Quite a lot are even solvable by the viewers if they’re perceptive. As for the upcoming season three, there’s much to look forward to, how Holmes and Watson’s relationship changes as she moves out and tries to find a new balance, but leaving Sherlock alone and likely feeling abandoned.

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