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Déjà Vu All Over Again

Season 1, Episode 18 Aired: 2013-03-14

Elementary: Déjà Vu All Over Again Episode Review

A Woman With a Crazy Story

Posted: by Tyler Olson

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

We all should have expected Joan's first big case to be something fantastic, and thankfully it didn't let us down.

Throughout this first season of Elementary, Joan has been slowly evolving from a nagging sober companion to detective, and this week that journey appears to be complete. Sure she will still evolve her skills as the series progresses, but she is already showing signs of being an amazing detective.

The idea to have our team split the case into two was brilliant, and it really showed the scope of the crime. Of course, it was obvious from the start that both cases were going to be heavily related on each other, or the same case, so the conclusion wasn't a huge shock. I think it would have been even better if more of Sherlock's investigation was shown, but only so there is only so much time in one episode, and Joan's journey was definitely much more important. Hmm, I wonder if they ever found the body...

I love how Sherlock's bad habits are starting to rub off onto Joan, along with the repercussions. It's too bad she didn't pay more attention to her surroundings before trying to break in, although the jail scene made her mess up worth it. Will she look back on this as something she wont want to do again, or that she will just learn to be more careful in future investigations?

There's nothing like being in jail to boost your ego.

'Déjà Vu All Over Again' also gave us something that fans have been asking for, flashbacks. They weren't the Sherlock flashbacks that we all really want, but it gave us a glimpse into Joan's life before she met Sherlock. I loved the scene, but I think the series really would have benefited from it more if the scene was done in the first episode instead since it would have allowed Joan's introduction to feel more natural.

I am really surprised that the story didn't go anywhere with the bulletproof glass. The way Sherlock mentioned it, I though it was going to be a clue for the up coming case, but it just went nowhere. I wonder why they needed it for the conference room. Are they that afraid of snipers? Are they using that room to plan for their world domination? Is this going to show up in a later episode, or was just misdirection from the writers? Guess only time will tell.

With so much awesomeness in this episode, it felt like it was the perfect lead-in for the last stretch, but sadly it was just an island episode surrounded by a sea of repeats. Let's all get oars ready to beat back the waves of boredom until the next new episode airs on April 4th.



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