This episode cemented the main opinions I formed from watching the pilot: that while the Holmes/Watson dynamic is a delight, the crime storylines are very generic. I actually found this episode more predictable than last week's, because once you introduce a pair of soon-to-inherit heiresses and a collection of murder victims who all share the same genetic traits, it's not hugely difficult to put two and two together. While the heiress-murderer plotline fell comfortably within the scope of classic Holmesian mysteries, the procedural crime drama episode structure was so formulaic that most similarities to Sherlock Holmes were lost. This is particularly true because while canon Holmes did make mistakes on occasion, this type of episode structure requires so many red herrings that just like in the pilot episode, Holmes hardly seemed much cleverer than any other TV detective. Hopefully the crimesolving and deduction scenes will improve as the season progresses.
I'm finding that Elementary is reminding me more of House MD than of BBC Sherlock, perhaps because both Elementary Holmes and Gregory House exist in "real life" far moreso than the antisocial Sherlock. However, Elementary differs drastically from both in that it's completely abandoned the model of "asshole eccentric/long-suffering sidekick". There are moments when Holmes acts like an asshole, but the important thing to notice here is that while he may be acting like it, he isn't actually an asshole by nature. Case in point, the scene where he exploits the private detective's secret meth addiction to get answers. That scene was particularly telling because not only did Holmes take the man aside (whereas both House and Sherlock would have just shouted out his secrets in public) but after he's got the information he needs, he bashfully recommends his old rehab clinic. Elementary Holmes may not function fully in everyday society, but he certainly feels empathy in a way that House and Sherlock rarely do.
- LOVED the credits sequence.
- Lucy Liu's disgusted expression is a delight to behold.
- This is undoubtedly quadruple idiotic coming from a person who has lived in Britain their entire life, but I'm 100% charmed by Jonny Lee Miller's accent, voice, and general Britishisms like "Stop mucking with my things!"
- "Ty. Interesting name, that. Noun, verb, nationality." How is it that these writers can be so good at writing entertaining, snappy dialogue for their lead characters, but be such utter potatoes when it comes to crime-writing?
- The music Holmes plays at the end of the episode is Bach's Chaconne for Solo Violin.
- Zipper mask!
- Joan telling Sherlock to go buy her some chips!
- Who else freaked out at Holmes trying to burn his violin? DON'T BURN VIOLINS, oh my god.
- I am thoroughly disappointed at the lack of bees in this episode.