After spending a lot of blog space if not defending "Elementary" at least encouraging watchers to 'Play the Game' with it, I feel slightly betrayed.
Well, okay, more than slightly.
I am amongst the group that has never really felt this portrayal of Holmes has ever been, after the first couple of episodes, more than just a fun exercise in finding Sherlockian references and hoping the show would grow.
Although there have been several good moments, and it has offered many good debates and discussions, it really never has been anything more than making a square peg fit into a round hole.
Having a strong female Watson was a fun touch. Spending time explaining Holmes' back story, once, was okay. Some quirkiness involving habits and brothers could work. But where was the real detective work.
I have enjoyed the exercise of attempting to consider a plot line where Natalie Dormer could make a good Moriarty. And I thought we had kinda nailed that one. But even that was a debate to keep hope alive that if we 'prayed' long enough the show would become more Sherlockian. We would be done with the drug and sexual addiction back stories and move on to some good old detective work.
But it doesn't appear that is going to happen this season.
The show is stuck a repetitive cycle of unnecessary rehashing of bad personal traits and weak plots.
And in this last episode I was even hard pressed to come up with anything other than minor Sherlockian references.
This last episode, "Dead Glade Walking" started out with lots of promise. Watson had delved into Holmes truck of old cases. A Sherlockian treasure chest for all Sherlockians for sure.
The case Watson chooses to examine involves an unsolved murder. Holmes was apparently so riddled in his addictions that he was unable to give the case the attention it required. Leaving the victims parents with an unresolved loss.
After only a short time Watson finds a rather large over looked clue at the home of the murder victim; A rock that doesn't match the rest of the rocks in a rock garden.
It turns out the rock contains the fossilized remains of a more adaptive dinosaur. Watson, again, is very up on Sherlocks game. Holmes is stuck in his roll reversal job of addiction mentor.
The case really is unimportant involving winter delivering ice cream vendors, antiquity smugglers and jealous archaeologists. Watson does a great job on the case.
The show once again has introduced some good characters that we will probably never see again, and in some cases does in no way expand the show.
We keep hoping that some surprising plot line will come along and explain the whole season and tie all these dangling's together.
Time is running out.
Sherlock Holmes' presence was completely non-existent. Although good acting on Jonny Lee Millers part was to be found, it was not as Sherlock Holmes.
When the exercise of "Playing the Game" becomes less of a game and more of an exercise this show will become tiring, as some have already found it to be.
Perhaps if we are able to view the show as just another detective show like detective shows of past, it could still be good. But as Sherlockians we are expecting Sherlock Holmes. . . and we are not getting him.
So, only because I don't want to cut my pipe in half, I give this episode one pipe.
At least we still have one more episode of 'Sherlock'.