Posted: by Tyler Olson
***The review below may contains some spoilers.***
Everyone loves whistleblowers, right? You know, the ones that reveal the stinky, smelly truths that we really should know about? Well, I guess the financially corrupt greed-holes who hid the truth in the first place don't, but it serves them right.
So, that was the basis for this week's case; an alias named Adam Peer blowing the lid off dirty secrets, one that resulted in a death. Or, that is what we were left to believe. The truth was even stinkier than a toxic chemical spill. Stupid greedy jerks are always ruining the lives of others.
Although, before we did learn the truth, this case was an extremely unpredictable one. While there was a distinct pattern to Sherlock's madness, it felt like they were just taking random stabs in the dark at times due to the huge mass of possible suspects. It is times like this that we see why Sherlock and Joan solve cases faster than the police; the police would have been wasted many long trips back to the station for questioning instead of the quick visits our heroes made.
What I don't understand is why the murder had to happen in the first place. If the killer didn't know who Adam Peer was, and he already released something to discredit the findings, why not just sit it out as is? It would have taken months for the victim to prove the lies that spread through the internet were false, which would have been enough time to finalize the greedy problem.
Detective Bell's side case, (that's right, he's back) wasn't as interesting as the main story, but it was a great way to ease Bell back into the series. Sure, it kind of soured his return, but the result also showed us that even the police aren't immune to having bad days at one of the worst possible times. I do think he should have seen it coming, though. With what he knew of "the legend" he should have suspected that he was going to do something dangerous. I think he needs to spend more time with Joan and Sherlock again to brush up on his perception.
So, there were a few flaws in "The Hound of the Cancer Cells", but it was still a great episode. Now we have to wait through two weeks of reruns before we get the next new episode. At least there is some good news to keep us happy while we are waiting, Elementary has been renewed for season 3!