Thursday, October 18, 2012

Elementary 1.3 Review - "Child Predator"



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This week’s episode of Elementary offered a twist to the usual formula we’ve seen so far.  In the first two episodes our criminals were both motivated by greed, and I expect most of the cases we’ll be dealing with on a week to week case on Elementary to be similar crimes of avarice.  However, this week we met our first true psychopath, a wolf in sheeps clothing.  


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My question now is, did we just get introduced to this Sherlock’s Moriarty?  I’m not entirely familiar with the ACD canon so it’s possible Adam Kemper (guest star Johnny Simmons) could be far similar to another foe, but his exit was dripping with the idea that this won’t be the last time we see this character.  He’s young and a short stay in prison could certainly arouse a new calling outside of the abduction of children.  The ‘congrats’ balloons they found in the first apartment they searched with the little video just screamed of something a Moriarty-like personality would do.  



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Outside of the case of the week we learned some more of this Sherlock’s quirks and weaknesses especially when it comes to listening.  Sherlock tells Joan that talking to her, especially when working on a difficult case, should be similar to going down a one way street he just wants someone to listen to him not interact back.  Joan obliges on some level but of course she’s not going to go along entirely with what Sherlock wants.  I was amused by his story about how he first tried to talk things out from a case with inanimate objects such as a phrenology bust called Angus. When he found an inanimate object wasn’t the same he’d use taxi drivers, waiters, and prostitutes.  Again, this Sherlock likes his sex so I doubt he only paid them to listen.



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Naturally as much as Sherlock wants people to listen to him there is still some difficulty he experiences with that.  Which treated us to a five minute shirtless sequence where he goes on about how if he agrees with Joan, he’s not really listening.  Listening to Joan does end up helping him find the loophole in the immunity agreement so they can arrest Adam Kemper.  She has been vital in figuring out the cases in the last few episodes, (but  from the trailer for next week’s episode it seems she’ll be all on her own for the next one).



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Proving once more how this Sherlock is far more fallible than his BBC counterpart, in this episode we see him solving this case on very little sleep and food which has an effect on him the longer he goes without, (something Cumberbatch’s Holmes does seemingly on every case). Everyone makes a remark on how tired he looks and he even listens to Joan’s advice on how to stay awake, but he manges to over-do it as Sherlock is wont to do.  As much as he protests that he’s fine after the case is solved he didn’t need Joan’s sleepy-time tea to pass out on the floor.  It’s still nice to see a Holmes who is human and does admit his mistakes.



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As I teased earlier, it looks like Sherlock is going to be kidnapped next week and that it will be Joan’s responsibility to find him.  I’m looking forward to seeing her step out of the sidekick role and shine a bit more on her own.  I hope she can show all those who hated the idea of Watson being a woman, that she’s still just as capable and badass in this gender even without Holmes at her side.

1 comment:

  1. Adam Worth was a contemporary crime boss who was likely one model for moriarty. A "Napoleon of crime" comment made about him by a Scotland yard inspector was used by Doyle for moriarty. Adam, check. Kempet? Haven't yet found a reference.

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