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 I feel like I do this every year. TV shows get renewed, I make a mental note to start watching again, and then... I don't. Then, months later, I remember they exist, and have to go hunt them down in order to catch up. So yesterday and today, in an attempt to distract myself from my landlady's latest assholery (she's getting too petty for me to call it "shenanigans" anymore), as well as because the gastro has made it all but impossible to do much else besides lie around with my laptop, I decided to marathon the latest season of Elementary.

Spoilers follow, for those of you who are not caught up to Episode 11 of the current season.


I will confess that I wasn't particularly invested in last year's Morland Holmes storyline, although I do still harbour much love for John Noble. I'm now halfway into the new season, and there hasn't been a single whisper or hint about last season, so I must conclude that they didn't get much traction with it, and they've gone back to a case-of-the-week model, for the most part. This year's ongoing subplot appears to be the rehabilitation of Shinwell Johnson, former gang member turned criminal informant. It's not a bad subplot, as these things go, and unlike last season, it's not taking over the whole show. John Noble is amazing, but I couldn't bring myself to care that much what happened to Morland, and the end of the season left me rather dubious about the character's future in the show. I kind of don't want a long-term antagonist other than Moriarty, or at least I don't want it to be Morland. According to IMdB there are 18 episodes in this season, and I'm at episode 11, so it's possible the writers have decided not to address it at all. Time will tell.

My mild criticism of last season's plot line aside, I am really enjoying Elementary, the way I always do. This is the first re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes that has allowed Sherlock himself to evolve psychologically and develop new human bonds, to develop an appreciation for others rather than the opposite. I love the deepening of both him and Joan especially, her evolution from dissatisfied "sober companion" to fully fledged partner in detective work. I love their relationship, the way she encouraged him not to retreat behind a wall of "I'm an intellectual genius and have no time for petty human concerns" that occurs in pretty much every other adaptation I've seen. It has made for a more nuanced and wholly more relatable and yet still extraordinarily skilled character. I love that this show has essentially flipped on its head the trope of "brilliant white dude is an asshole and everyone lets him get away with it because he gets results." In this show, no one lets Sherlock get away with being an asshole, and i is so refreshing, because it lets him grow and evolve and, shockingly, he remains brilliant and able to solve cases.

I was at once happy and disappointed about his relationship with Fiona, aka "Mittens." I loved that they had a non-neurotypical love interest for Sherlock, and I was interested to see how they were going to handle it long-term. That ended this season, and I was disappointed about that, but I did like part of the way they handled the relationship ending. I wish we'd gotten to see more of Mittens, and her reaction to the break-up, but I understand why that was either cut or never filmed at all: it wasn't particularly relevant to the plot, and overall wouldn't have contributed much to the emotional tone of the show. Still, it would have been nice to see.


I still have three episodes left before I'm caught up, and then only four episodes are left to air before the end of the season. I'm at once wistful that I won't get more, but at the same time I like shorter seasons of television, because it forces writers to be tighter with their plotting and cuts out "filler" episodes. Not that filler is as much of a concern in an episodic procedural like Elementary. Anyway, I've meandered enough in this post. Time to procure dinner, and maybe watch some more episodes.

Date: 2017-03-01 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pkwench.livejournal.com
All of this you just said, yes. Especially Sherlock actually being treated like a person. People are encouraged to grow, to seek treatment, treat their friends well, to grow -- it makes him so much more human. Plus, I have always enjoyed JLM's sort of frenetic approach to Sherlock - his speech and hand patterns, all of it. I dunno, the whole show is just very cozy, enjoyable, and entertaining. And I love that it can have new mysteries and cases without falling into the trap of "the most shocking blah blah." (I am looking at you, Criminal Minds, yes.)Anyway, yes. Elementary is delightful.

Date: 2017-03-01 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mousme.livejournal.com
Yes, I do love his approach to Sherlock too. The show is so well-written and well-acted. :)

I'm a little behind on Criminal Minds, thanks for reminding me. I should rectify that next.

Date: 2017-03-01 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pkwench.livejournal.com
It just is. And not even because I am biased and like LL and JLM. LOL I also like that they're friends friends, no romantic entanglement.

Same - I think I have 4 or so Criminal Minds to watch, but I am behind on everything, so that's not saying much. I decided to give S.H.I.E.L.D. a whirl tonight. I have a bunch of those too. I have been rewatching so many things this year. Basically since the election it's been comfort tv mode. But, I am out of Matt to rewatch, so I might as well.
Edited Date: 2017-03-01 01:08 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-02 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mousme.livejournal.com
I really like their friendship, too. It's such a strong relationship, I love what the show is doing with it. If the writers ever try to make it romantic, I will be super pissed.

I'm catching up on Blindspot now. Is it me, or does this newest season not make much sense?

Date: 2017-03-01 03:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ilanala
I have the same feelings about Holmes Sr, to the point that I can't remember much of what happened with him, and also about John Noble. I'm enjoying this season just fine without him.

And yes, you articulated very well why I love Elementary when I'm mostly over the brilliant asshole of a white dude concept otherwise. I love both that people call Sherlock out and that he's aware of where he's lacking and tries to improve while still being true to himself and/or too stubborn to change sometimes.

Date: 2017-03-02 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mousme.livejournal.com
I had to watch the last episode of the previous season to remember what had happened, and even then, I found myself profoundly indifferent. I, too, am very much enjoying the season without him.

I am interested to see where things go in the last few episodes this season!

Date: 2017-03-01 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_profiterole_/
Elementary is such a great show.

I wasn't happy with how little we got of Fiona either. Apparently, the actress wasn't available any more because of another show, which is understandable, but maybe they should have signed her for more episodes from the start...

Date: 2017-03-02 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mousme.livejournal.com
I thought it might be something like that. Actors' schedules can be notoriously difficult to juggle. I wish we'd gotten just a little bit more of that relationship, to show how it was evolving or not evolving, and what the pitfalls and high points were. I don't know, I got very invested very quickly (as opposed to being profoundly bored with all of Joan's boyfriends), so I'm a little disappointed.

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