Thursday, October 18, 2012

TV Review: Elementary Episode # 3 - "Child Predator"

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in Elementary Episode # 3 "Child Predator"
Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in CBS Elementary

Click here and here to read reviews of the pilot episode and second episode respectively.

A serial killer nicknamed "Balloon Man" has been abducting and killing children since 2005. His latest victim puts Sherlock on his trail.

Sherlock puts in long hours on the case and even skips his meals. Watson attempts to help him relax by teaching him some squatting exercises.

Sherlock finds out that the perpetrator used a brown van. In an unexpected twist, when cops track the van down, instead of the Balloon Man, they run into Adam Kemper, the first victim way back in 2005.

The boy is traumatized and refuses to open up. Sherlock attempts to connect with him to solve the case.

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Miller finally seems to be coming out of the shadows of Cumberbatch and Downey Jr’s perfomances. He is putting his personal stamp on the role. We find out that Miller’s Sherlock has been to boarding school and had a bad childhood due to his abusive father.

Lucy Liu’s Watson on the other hand actually took a turn for the worse. She seemed a bit off in some of the scenes.

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in Elementary Episode # 3 "Child Predator"
Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes
I spotted the following Canonical References:
  1. In one of his exchanges with Gregson, Miller quotes this exact line from A Study in Scarlet - "From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other”
  2. Working non-stop on a case without sleep or food is a trademark of the Canonical Holmes.
Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes, Lucy Liu as Joan Watson and Aidan Quinn as Captain Gregson in Elementary Episode # 3 "Child Predator"
Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn and Jonny Lee Miller in CBS Elementary

This episode is a definite improvement from the previous one. Let’s hope the show can maintain the same quality or (possibly) improve further in the next episodes.

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  1. I lost satellite signal while trying to record this last night, will have to watch it online. Glad that it finally improved though.


  2. I always try to write my review before I read yours to see if we are on the same base.
    It seems in most cases we are.
    Thanks for the review.

    1. "It seems in most cases we are." - I am happy to hear that, John :)

  3. For me, the best part this episode was the "villain" this time. I just hope Miller's finally settling down on what kind of Holmes he's going to be...

    1. Agree with you. This episode is the best so far.

  4. Finally watched the episode and I completely agree, it was far better than the previous episodes. I'm glad that it changed from the cliched "homicide of the week" format and had a real mystery. I was actually surprised by the conclusion and very much liked how it ended. I wonder if the Adam will be Jonny Millar's Moriarty or will the series actually introduce a character as Moriarty, Adam was definitely my favorite aspect of the episode. Also I hope that Mycroft will be introduced into the series as well.


    1. Interesting theory about the possibility of Moriarty, James. I do not think Mycroft will be introduced, as they have Sherlock Sr and he is quite active as well!