Monday, August 5, 2019

Elementary - Unfriended

As the show moves one-step closer to the series finale, the focus remains on billionaire vigilante Odin Reichenbach (James Frain). Enlisting the help of his father, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) begins a two-pronged attack against Reichenbach. As Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) work to track down another of Reichenbach's killers (Kristen Bush), Morland Holmes (John Noble) uses the vast influence in the criminal organization in an attempt to cut the knees out from Reichenbach. Only one of these plans proves to be successful. The other will have tragic consequences.

There's quite a bit happening in "Unfriended" as Holmes and Watson work to try and turn another of Reichenbach's true believers. There's a twist here, where the pair discover not all of the killer's victims were potential killers, but one was simply an obstacle to his business and taking his big brother system to the next level. One could argue Morland should have been more careful at the end of the episode, not taking his own safety into account. Just how his death may affect Sherlock will be interesting to see play out. Will next week's episode, which offers a very familiar title to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, mean that Holmes may go to any lengths to stop Reichenbach? Even at the cost of his own life? And what about that dangling thread concerning last year's murder (which Holmes was cleared off, but at a potential cost to Watson)? With only two episodes left, there's still much work for the consulting detectives to finish. The game, at least for now, is still afoot.

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