Friday, September 21, 2018

Elementary - Whatever Remains, However Improbable

The aptly-titled season finale of Elementary deals with the FBI's growing case against Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) for the murder of Michael (Desmond Harrington). With Special Agent Mallick (Parminder Nagra) targeting Watson as the prime suspect given the growing evidence, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) will take steps to protect his partner at all costs (including destroying evidence and confessing to a crime he didn't commit). The tease of Mallick as a suspect proves to be a nice use of misdirection before the reveal of the true killer, which only puts Holmes in a deeper bind given Watson's refusal to allow Hannah (Liza J. Bennett) and her father (Aidan Quinn) to face the repercussions of the crime.

For a season that has focused largely on Holmes being more accommodating to his partner, the finale ends with the detective making an intriguing sacrifice and setting up the series for some major changes in the show's Seventh Season. It also leads to an emotional moment between the pair that is loving without being romantic or sappy. While I think the show has produced good episodes this season, I am intrigued by Holmes and Watson returning to London and seeing what new challenges (and potentially old faces) may turn up next season.

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