After Watson last week got herself in trouble with some French terrorists, it is now up to Sherlock to get her back. Something he had a hand in, but in the end could not do.
While there were some very good parts in this episode the resulting conclusion was a little below expectations.
Good points first.
There were some very good moments of Sherlockiana in Holmes' observational skills while surveying various crime scenes. Some of the little details we keep hoping he will come up with were finally played out in this episode; Details in photographs, markings on floors, etc. At one point, when Holmes was examining the ground for poor Norman's body, I kept hoping he would prostrate himself on the ground like the great Sidney Paget drawing. It got close, but did not quite make it.
We had a couple Canonical references to Mycroft's lack of energy.
There were several examples of Holmes' feelings for his Watson.
Examples of his knowledge in chemistry.
Although not Canonical, the acting was strong.
Mysterious Mycroft and the climactic discovery of his involvement with the British Government (which was, if not surprising, fairly well done.)
What spoiled this episode for me was it's falling back on habits we keep hoping it will get beyond.
Overly gross crimes, that lack panache. Or as Watson would say, "grotesque". And it's need to have an innocent victim being murdered in just about every episode.
The sibling rivalry between the brothers is getting a little tiresome, especially the younger Holmes' immaturity in the situation.
And it seems like instead of Sherlock being only slightly less intelligent than his brother, he seems to be coming in at least fourth in the running to other characters in the show. We are told, Canonically, that Sherlock knows Mycroft's position of importance in the British Government. But in 'Elementary' Sherlock is very Alicia Silverstone, 'Clueless', to Mycroft's real involvements. Canonically we expect the difference between the two brothers to be more a level of energy issue and not a blinded by resentment one. I kept hoping the investigation would turn into a tit-for-tat, back and forth bouncing off of ideas between the two. It would almost come to that, then just fade away.
While this episode was very strong in a couple of Canonical Holmes references the immaturity of Sherlock rather spoiled it. We were even lead to believe Sherlock was completely, again, clueless and absent in the cases resolution. Mycroft once again pulled to wool over Sherlocks eyes. Surely Mycroft would know, once Watson was released, that Sherlock would learn of that involvement. Why then exclude him from the finale?
In "Sherlock" the sometime showing of immaturity works because B.C. at least gets away appearing to be a younger Holmes (in reality they are only about three years apart). In "Elementary" we expect Holmes to be old enough to have out grown it.
Although I found this episode well above most of what the show has had to offer, it did not come up to expectations over the last couple of weeks promise. (I can't wait to see what Brad has to say.)
So, for that reason I can only give it;