An Elementary Review: Lestrade Again…

Yesterday I managed to catch up on some TV shows. But in particular, I noticed that Elementary had a new episode out. Now, since I only bother to watch episodes that concern book adaptations or characters from the book, I only ended up watching one.

In this one episode, the fame-hungry Lestrade returned to the drama. Talking of which, if you missed the episode where Lestrade appeared for the first time at the start of the second series, you can read my review (spoiler alert) by clicking here. Anyway, to the episode!

OK, so when it comes to American dramas, they often have a “Previously…” montage before playing an exciting clip to build up tension before the titles are played. In this episode, the “pre-roll” (which I hope is the correct term) was not very exciting, and almost predictable.

As for the plot in general – before I descend into Lestrade making an appearance – it was rather confusing and for half of the programme, led viewers on a red herring or wild goose chase…

Talking of birds, an intriguing sub-plot that was most likely introduced for humorous reasons was that of Sherlock trying to tame two roosters. This then just led to pointless and predictable innuendos…

Lastly, let’s actually talk about what Lestrade was like this time round. The first time we met the copper he was an annoying, attention-seeking individual. This time, well, he still is. But there are other things that happened in the episode that I’d like to pick up on.

The fact that Lestrade (in the books and both Sherlock and Elementary) steals the fame that rightly belongs to Sherlock is mentioned in this episode is good. In particular, Lestrade’s business card, which he gave to Joan, said “When you have eliminated the impossible…” Hopefully fans of the book will recognise this reference, and made Lestrade that extra bit annoying.

But it was great that we actually saw Sherlock’s frustration with Lestrade. For instance, when Sherlock and Watson pursue a new lead in the investigation, they are repeatedly interrupted by phone calls by Lestrade. Not only was this funny because of Sherlock’s reaction, but because the ringtone that played was “Bad Day”. Clever and funny!

However, at one point, we came to assume that Lestrade was involved in the crime, which should never be the case! From what the books describe, Lestrade is portrayed as being a desperate, whining officer that constantly nags Sherlock. Desperate? Definitely. Corrupt? Maybe (I can accept that, Elementary). But criminal? Never!

Another interesting episode that was as humorous as it was confusing. Next time there’s an interesting episode, I’ll be sure to review it!

Liam

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