Sherlock Holmes

Elementary – No Lack of Void

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2014

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  • Title: Elementary – No Lack of Void
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Elementary - No Lack of Void

When a pickpocket in holding dies from exposure to Anthrax, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are called in to help Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn) in the police’s hunt to discover the source of the biological weapon which killed the thief before it is used to do far more damage. While working the case Holmes is also forced to deal with the unexpected death of his old friend Alistair (Roger Rees) and the repercussions of how his friend celebrating more than three decades of sobriety met his end.

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  • Title: Elementary – The Many Mouths of Andrew Colville
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Elementary - The Many Mouths of Andrew Colville

The latest unusual case involving a pair of murders whose victims are found with deep bite marks on their necks brings back a troubling moment from Watson‘s (Lucy Liu) past involving a former colleague (Bruce Altman) who she’s always felt let a killer die on the operating table. The guilt is even stronger now that she learns of the possibility that the police may not attributed the crimes to the wrong man.

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  • Title: Elementary – The Hound of the Cancer Cells
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Elementary - The Hound of the Cancer Cells

Once you get past the horrific title, “The Hound of the Cancer Cells” (really?) is another solid mystery that also completes an ongoing storyline as Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) makes it all the back to full-time detective from the shooting which sidelined him for months. While taking a look at the apparent suicide of a medical researcher on the cusp of breakthrough cancer research, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) discovers some discrepancies that lead him to believe the man was murdered. At first Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) focus on the company’s competitors and an anonymous online zealot who debunked the man’s work as fraud. However, the truth is far more complicated.

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Elementary – Ears to You

by Alan Rapp on March 9, 2014

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Elementary - Ears to You

While growing wearisome of Lestrade‘s (Sean Pertwee) stay in the brownstone, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is called in to investigate an unusual case involving a former murder suspect (Jeremy Davidson) who is being extorted by a kidnapper who claims to have the man’s missing wife in his possession (the same woman the police believed their suspect killed four years ago). To prove his point the kidnapper sends the man a pair of severed ears he claims belong to the man’s missing wife (Cara Buono).

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  • Title: Elementary – One Percent Solution
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“I don’t let murderers go free. It’s probably the only non-negotiable thing about me.”

Elementary - One Percent Solution

A restaurant bomb killing three people and injuring several others including government agents and banking executives brings Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), who now works as the banking company’s “security czar,” to New York along with his perky new assistant (Sarah Goldberg). Forced to work with the man who took credit for much of the consulting detectives’ own work in London, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) bears down on the case while doing his best to ignore his old friend.

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Sherlock – The Complete Third Season

by Alan Rapp on February 16, 2014

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  • Title: Sherlock – Series Three
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Sherlock - The Complete Third SeasonSherlock Holmes‘ (Benedict Cumberbatch) return from the dead, the marriage of John Watson (Martin Freeman) to Mary (Amanda Abbington), and a new evil enemy in Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen) at the three major storylines to dominate the show’s Third Season. The season’s first episode deals primarily with Holmes attempting to repair his relationship with Watson as he returns to London to stop a terrorist attack. It’s the season’s middle episode, however which is the real standout not only for the humor that is offered by Watson’s wedding (and bachelor party), but also because its the only episode that centers on a real mystery.

Sadly the season ends on a down note with the weakest episode of the series to date involving a twist for Mary and a new adversary who actually is proven smarter than Holmes. Ending on a cliffhanger by teasing the possibility of a return of Moriarty (Andrew Scott) from the dead for as well, the Third Season is a bit of a mixed bag containing only a couple of short featurettes on Sherlock’s return and the villains of the series.

[BBC Home Entertainment, DVD $29.98 / Blu-ray $39.98]

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Elementary – Corpse de Ballet

by Alan Rapp on February 9, 2014

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  • Title: Elementary – Corpse de Ballet
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Elementary - Corpse de Ballet

As Watson (Lucy Liu) delves into a case of a missing homeless veteran that hits close to home, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is called in to investigate the murder of a promising young ballerina. Although all evidence points to the show’s lead, an experienced diva (Aleksa Palladino), Holmes believes the woman is innocent (even if she does know the victim far better than she lets on). His suspicions are confirmed after he sleeps with the woman, but proving her innocence (especially after her affair with the victim becomes public) is a little harder to prove.

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Sherlock – His Last Vow

by Alan Rapp on February 3, 2014

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Sherlock - His Last Vow

Well that… kinda sucked. Following a messy, but thoroughly enjoyable, episode, Stephen Moffat dives into his old bag of tricks for the season finale which features Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) in defeat, morphs Watson‘s (Martin Freeman) new bride Mary (Amanda Abbington) into the Holmes’ equivalent of River Song (Alex Kingston), and offers yet another super-villain who is arguably both smarter and more dangerous than Moriarty (Andrew Scott). Oh, and I should mention Holmes fails to solve the case.

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Elementary – Dead Clade Walking

by Alan Rapp on February 2, 2014

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“The dinosaur in Doug Newbern’s backyard did indeed escape my notice.”

Elementary - Dead Clade Walking

When Watson (Lucy Liu) pokes around one of Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) old unsolved murders she finds something the detective missed the first time around: a Paleozoic rock with the fossilized skeleton of a complete dinosaur inside. The discovery of the fossil leads the pair into the world of smuggling, and after a notorious smuggler known only as The Magpie whose agents liberate the fossil from the NYPD while posing as Custom Agents. When the smuggler turns up dead, along with a completely destroyed fossil of the Nanotyrannus and DNA that matches a man who can’t possibly be their killer, Holmes is forced to reexamine the case.

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Sherlock – The Sign of Three

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2014

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  • Title: Sherlock – The Sign of Three
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Sherlock - The Sign of Three

Much like the best man’s speech Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) gives at Watson‘s (Martin Freeman) wedding reception, “The Sign of Three” is messy and meandering while still delivering a terrific mystery and a slew of the series’ most humorous scenes. The episode could certainly be tightened up, but Holmes’ recitation of his recent cases with Watson to a captive (and often uncomfortable) audience certainly ranks as one of the show’s most memorable and largely entertaining episodes.

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