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Season 1, Episode 1 Aired: 2012-09-27

Elementary: Pilot Episode Review

Posted: by Tyler Olson

***The review below may contains some spoilers.***

Since the last episode of BBC's Sherlock ended, I have been patiently awaiting the return of my favourite detective with superhuman mental abilities. Since that series is still over a year away from its return, we are stuck with CBS's own Holmes series, Elementary, and after watching the first episode, I think it might do.

This Sherlock Holmes has all the things which fans of the series know him for, except for the drugs. His rude and arrogant behaviour is really done well, as is his incredible deductive reasoning. Jonny Lee Miller pulls off his role with an incredible style, and most amazingly, just as good as Benedict Cumberbatch. If everything was as great as our main character I would have nothing to be concerned about.

I was a bit concerned with the gender swap for Watson, but I think they created the role well enough that she fits in well with this americanized Sherlock Holmes. She is smart, resourceful, and most importantly, can match wits with the man of the hour.

There is one problem, which was likely done intentionally to allow more viewers; she seems to be there at times to make sure everyone knows what is going on. At times it feels like they are speeding away at solving the puzzle at 100 miles/hour, but then they just slam on the brakes briefly to make sure that they didn't lose anyone. BBCs Sherlock avoided this by providing visual glimpses into the mind of Sherlock, which allowed the cases to continue on a breakneck speed right until the stunning conclusion. I know that this is what the writers decided works for their tale, but I hope it doesn't stop so frequently that it slows the pace.

I still wonder if we are going to see more of the characters in the Holmes universe. Will Mycroft drop in for a visit? How about a housekeeper called Mrs. Hudson? There are so many more, but I think you get the picture. The adventures of Holmes was more than the two of them solving cases.

The case this week actually appeared to be too easy for Holmes, but I can't help but feeling that this is something we will need to get used to being the short time that he has to work on cases. The movies and BBCs Sherlock had twice as much time, and in doing so, we got to see a much more drawn out story with twists to keep us guessing. This could be fixed by changing it from short episode cases to multiple cases that follow him throughout the season.

Don't get me wrong, the case was good, and I love the way he made the police force look like stumbling amateurs, but the twists weren't as extravagant as they should have been. I hope as the series matures it will be something they will be able to tweak.

The last concern I have is that there doesn't appear to be any overarching plot. I can do with most of the other changes, but to keep viewers interested, there needs to be a master plan that connects the season together, otherwise it is just a good police drama. I hope that over the course of the next few episodes we will see some hints of a true villain. It doesn't even need to be Moriarty, any interesting villain will do.

This episode was still really fun to watch, despite its differences. I just hope that the future episodes are done right, as we have enough police dramas already on TV to last us until the next decade.


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