Sure we can go back to it's defense with the argument that, 'Well, after all, Sherlock Holmes was basically an early police procedural." And sure we can still find one or two little Sherlockianisms that have been used to many times already.
But that's not why we read, or watch, Sherlock Holmes stories is it?
For whatever faults we may find in 'Elementary's' contemporary, 'Sherlock', it has at least found away to capture some of the traits that has made Sherlock Holmes so popular. And if not familiar traits, at least a quirkiness that makes the character stand out from those characters in the show with him.
Unfortunately, at least for me, Miller's Holmes has dysfunctions that detract and irritate, more than accentuate a great mind of a great detective.
Sure it is fun to watch these two characters change and grow, but they could do that within this show as other than Sherlock and Watson and no one would know the difference.
It is interesting to speculate that when people talk about the show 'House' and an older show called 'QED' that people often say, "That is Sherlock Holmes that House is based on." You have to wonder if Miller and Liu's characters had different names would people be saying that?
The back stories the two characters are developing seem to be developing more just to make a story work, than to make a character deeper.
Most of what Holmes does in this years episodes is what is now done in most crime shows. And sure we can argue that Sherlock Holmes lead the way in that kind of forensic work, but to make 'Elementary' a show about Sherlock Holmes, that stands up to modern times, it needs to come up with an image that sets itself apart other the addictions and fetishes.
I like how Miller's Holmes is, at least in some ways, maturing. But the show is failing to make a connection to Sherlock Holmes except on a most basic level.
Liu's Watson's father's issues may have been a nod to Doyle's father's problems.
It seems like the show is being picked up again for maybe a couple of years, so lets keep our fingers crossed.
I can only, sadly, from a Sherlockian perspective give this episode
I hope others enjoyed it, from a Sherlock Holmes point of view, more than I did.