Monday, June 3, 2019

Elementary - Gutshot

For a show that has included an underlining message about moving forward, the final season of Elementary awkwardly takes two-steps back as Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson's (Lucy Liu) London adventures are apparently done after a single episode. Returning to New York to investigate the shooting of Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn), Joan publicly joins Marcus (Jon Michael Hill) in the investigation while Holmes hides in the shadows to avoid apprehension by the FBI. Although the episode begins with the assumption that both detectives would return to London following the apprehension of Gregson's shooter, it appears the pair will be remaining in New York for the foreseeable future. While the move to London threatened a big shake-up for the show it also offered new avenues for both Holmes and Watson in London. That, apparently, is not what the writers had in mind for our characters.

The crime of the week is a personal one, given the shooting of Gregson. However, the investigation also uncovers another victim (killed eight months prior and walled away just a few feet from where Gregson was shot. Holmes moves freely around the episode, including talking to witnesses and suspects, without arousing the suspicions of anyone to his return. The more the police learn about the murder victim, a "bad seed" that more than a few wished harm, the more suspects Holmes and Watson find. The conclusion of the episode not only gets a confession for the murder but also for Gregson's shooting. However, pieces of the mystery don't quite add up leading Holmes to suggest Watson stay and investigate as he walks himself right into the FBI (forcing the scant remaining episodes of the series to spend valuable time focused on Holmes reacquiring his status in New York rather than putting his skills to work).

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