Hide the bodies, Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson have returned with their seventh and final season of Elementary.
The end of season six didn’t bode well for the classic duo, as they had to escape to London to get away from Captain Gregson and the 11th precinct in the wake of the murder of serial-killer Michael. Sherlock had discovered that Gregson’s daughter, Hannah, killed Michael after he killed Hannah’s roomate, and Gregson in turn hid evidence of any involvement of his daughter. And to make it the crazy finale that it was, Joan was made the prime suspect of the murder. Sherlock confronted Gregson, only to be blamed for bringing Michael to their door. Dejected, Sherlock confessed to the murder to cover for Joan, hide the truth about Hannah, and hopefully end it there. But rather than going to jail, Special Agent Mallick made a deal that keeps them away from American soil, and continue to live and work in London.
What I love about Elementary, is that the show is mixed with smart thinking and even more intelligent banter. While Sherlock Holmes as the classic symbol has been established over time, CBS show’s showrunners and writers reimagines the detective in such an accessible and more relatable manner. Jonny Lee’s version of Holmes is one of my favorite adaptations because of how he portrays a heroic and intellectual genius. And let’s not discredit Lucy Liu’s gender-bent Watson that not only portrays an intelligent female but a true equal.
Across the Pond
“The Further Adventures” starts on the doors 221B Baker Street. Holmes and Watson have new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard, under the command of DCI Jones,and starts the episode with a resolution of an open case. In true Holmes fashion, he has lured his suspect, Beppo Pugliesi, to familiar territory, played pawn, and single-handedly outsmarted the criminal. You can expect the usual witty monologue from Holmes, complete with how he came about solving the puzzle of missing jewelry. Not only did he solve that murder, he solved another case involving a mysterious period-era lady assassin. Tip top, ain’t it?
An acid attack brings the pair deep inside the journalism industry when the victim is popular model, Lola Quinn. The show touches on the topic of the tabloids, the celebrities, and the lengths one will take to achieve the ‘money shot.’ At a related crime scene, Sherlock uncovers the slow beginnings of a trail. Unfortunately, it is not fast enough, as Lola commits suicide. Slowly, as more information is gathered, it is revealed that Lola wasn’t the main target at all, but Ruby Carver, the richest woman in England.
Sherlock and Joan are invited to Lola Carver’s estate, and quickly reveals that Lola is not her lover, but her daughter. As they both go through questions with Lola, they suspect an ex boyfriend who was aggressive, as evident in a social media photo. Rabbit hole you say? Yes, let’s go down the social media hole. They explore abuse and the need to cover one’s life for a perfect Instagram feed.
The harsh truth? Isn’t that the Carver family brand?
Reunited, and it doesn’t feel so good
But the episode doesn’t only stay on one side of the world. In alternating views, we are updated with the 11th precinct. Detective Marcus Bell solves his own crime, getting the perp to confess in the box with “5 days to spare.” Due to a federal hiring freeze, his move to the US Marshall’s program was delayed. Captain Gregson asked if he still wants to continue that path, amidst A receiving a hat from Sherlock and Joan. It is unsaid, but I assume everyone is still in the dark about Gregson’s part he played last finale.
Marcus confronts Gregson about his animosity towards Sherlock and Joan. They have an argument about the events that took place, and how whenever their names are mentioned, it is like “nails on a chalkboard.” Marcus confesses that he knows who really killed Michael, and Gregson plays dumb. But Marcus drives the fact that Sherlock and Joan were family, always there for the both of them, for the precinct, always, and that it was time that Gregson makes things right.
No Place Like Home
Another theme that is evident in the show is Joan’s unhappiness, feeling so far away from home. And who else would get that information from her than season 3 and 5’s Kitty Winter. With a striking purple ombre, Kitty attempts to convince Joan to tell Sherlock about her feelings of homesick. And during this conversation, it is revealed that Kitty is still on her path to find missing girls, and still living an unconventional motherhood life with Archie.
Sherlock approaches Joan about her feelings, and tries to feel out Joan’s second thoughts of living in London. Sherlock tells Joan that this is where he wants to be, because it’s his home. Joan states otherwise, leaving the viewer questioning where things are left.
After a plethora of clues, Elementary misdirects the viewer into thinking of one outcome when in fact there is another. The doctor did it. I had an inkling, but after being caught up with the comfort of the case? Well, I fell for it. But the very end? CLIFFHANGER. I guess they’ll have a reason to go back to New York after all.
While it isn’t uncommon for an episode of Elementary to have multiple cases and subplots running alongside each other, it felt that the return episode was amped. In this finale season, Elementary increases the wit, the brain, and the body counts.
*cue theme song*
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Elementary airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.