Loss versus Terror
Posted: by Tyler Olson
***The review below may contains some spoilers.***
When Alistair was introduced in season one, I really hoped he would become a major recurring character. Sadly, that never happened, and now certainly never will.
No Lack of Void was a very sad episode of Elementary. Sherlock has dealt with depressing situations before, but I don't think we've ever seen him this upset before. I think he even took the reveal of who Irene was better. That makes me wish we got to know Alistair even more. But he's a fantastic actor, so maybe he faked his death, right? Regrettably, I doubt they will be taking that road for this time.
Sherlock's sour mood definitely changed the entire mood of the huge Anthrax story, too. In any other series, news of a huge stockpile or Anthrax in the city would have created a massive panic to find and stop the possible terrorist attack, but that wasn't the case here. The characters talked about people worried about being exposed, and there were plenty of signs that the police were all over the place trying to search for it, but we never saw any of it ourselves. Where were the frantic searches? Where were the government agencies? It would have added so much excitement if we saw those things. Akthough, it would have taken away from the sour mood emanating from Sherlock. I almost wish the two situations took place in different episodes.
Another thing it would have been great to see, the altercation that took place when the crooks found Sherlock in their truck. Did Sherlock successfully fight off two fanatics? It almost appears that way; he was standing, and they were not.
Even though I enjoyed the fantastic character building this week, I still feel split on the episode as a whole. Was it enjoyable as it was? Sure... But I think it could have been even better with some excitement thrown in, too. Damn, why did these two stories need to be paired together like this?