Sherlock Holmes

  • Title: Elementary – The Grand Experiment
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Believing Mycroft‘s (Rhys Ifans) handler Sharington (Ralph Brown) to be the mole and the man framing his brother for his crimes, publicly Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) condemns Mycroft to MI:6 while sequestering Mycroft and working alongside Watson (Lucy Liu) to find a way to prove his brother’s innocence (even when every bit of evidence gathered only makes him appear more guilty).

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Elementary – Art in the Blood

by Alan Rapp on May 10, 2014

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  • Title: Elementary – Art in the Blood
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“British Intelligence isn’t here to arrest me. I am British Intelligence.”

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Following the fallout of last week’s episode, Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) is forced to come clean to both Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) about his role as a “sort of clearinghouse for MI:6.” Still stunned by the news, Holmes’ meeting with Mycroft’s handler (Ralph Brown) results in the consulting detective being hired by MI:6 to investigate the murder of a former bi-polar high-value asset. A trip to the morgue and the discovery of a dissected corpse missing both arms, confirms suspicions that the man’s death was anything but a simple robbery gone wrong.

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Elementary – Paint It Black

by Alan Rapp on May 3, 2014

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  • Title: Elementary – Paint It Black
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In an episode of that marks Lucy Liu‘s directorial debut, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) are forced to work together when Watson (Liu) is abducted by members of the French criminal organization having clandestine meetings in his New York restaurant. In exchange for Joan’s safe return, Mycroft agrees to deliver them a missing banker and a list of secret accounts he stole shortly before his disappearance that everyone, including the NSA, would like to get their hands on.

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  • Title: Elementary – The Man with the Twisted Lip
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While investigating a disappearance of an acquaintance from AA and the murder of a drone designer, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is distracted by the unannounced return of his brother Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) who has plans to remain in New York for the foreseeable future and begin seeing Watson (Lucy Liu) socially again. Given that the audience knows Mycroft needs Holmes to return to London, although not why, every aspect of his interaction with Joan (and what happens to her later in the episode) must be viewed with a suspicious eye.

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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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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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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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  • Title: Elementary – Ears to You
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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.”

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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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