OK, so I may have lied when I said I won’t watch anymore episodes of Elementary, but as an avid fan of all things Sherlock Holmes related, I couldn’t help but return to watch Elementary’s second series. Also, my friends and family know that I also like to moan and criticise, much like the other reviews. So what better to do than critique and moan at their accuracy and precision on all things Sherlock Holmes…
So this episode is the first of that of the second series, which finally introduces the characters of Mycroft and Lestrade (which, to be honest, could have been done in the first series). But first, the plot, which starts with a rather intriguing introduction of the later-revealed Lestrade. It then cuts to Sherlock and Joan going back to London…Wait… What?!
Yep. The American version of the TV show has gone back to more true roots. But at the same time, it falls into the risk of being similar to Sherlock (which, should never be attempted), and similar to other Sherlock dramas. It may risk losing its originality. However, they have provided some modernised takes on the traditional Sherlock motifs, such as 221B being present and a rather modern looking accommodation. The introduction of the famous house also introduces Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft.
In this version, Mycroft appears as a moustached and intellectual individual. Though they have replaced his role as government official with a restaurenteur, which doesn’t really provide much “plot-promise”. As well as that, both Elementary and Sherlock see Mr Holmes comment on Mycroft’s weight. Although this may or may not be the case in the books, it’s surprising that there wasn’t more ways a creative individual couldn’t think of more ways to insult his brother…
Anyway, another character that is mentioned is of course Lestrade. This immediately raised my interest, to see how he would be portrayed, with the book and Sherlock both seeing him as a clueless and desperate detective. But I rather like the way he is portrayed in this series. Elementary have made a good job of modernising his character, making him not only desperate, but slightly corrupt as well, which makes him a bit of a fun character to develop in the series.
Sherlock and Lestrade meet at a pub, with Lestrade drinking his sorrows (ah, the cliche alcoholic detective) away. Then, on that note, he begs the consulting detective to work on “one last case”. He agrees, and they work on the case.
The case itself is an interesting one, with a modern twist to it (no spoilers, but some very clever scenes). There are also some clear plot twists too. So plot wise, it’s good.
However, back on the topic of Mycroft. There is one point in the episode where the question is raised: “Does Joan Watson fancy Mycroft?”. Despite Watson’s adamance in saying no, it was predictable that a relationship would flourish – at one point they even have dinner together (or at least try to). This may be a problem with John being Joan (and a female character). But, it may be a good plot arc (though at the same time, it worries me).
This scene is similar to that of Sherlock‘s where Mycroft is introduced by getting John to speak to him in private about keeping an eye on his brother (because he is “worried about him”). In this instance, rather than a secret meeting, it is instead a romanticised meal, where instead of Mycroft telling Watson his worries about Sherlock, he asks about how he can be Sherlock’s “friend”. Quite a nice adaptation on the sibling rivalry, to be frank.
But yet again, near the end of the episode, there is a scene where their rivalry is once again replenished, where Mycroft destroys all of Sherlock’s belongings. Overall, a nice little touch to the ever-lasting feud they have, not to mention a nice ending to the first episode of Series 2…
At the moment, I am caching up on previous episodes of Series 2. When I have finished watching them, you can expect more reviews and critiques on their way!