Sherlock Holmes

Elementary – Alma Matters

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2016

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Elementary - Alma Matters

Two weeks after a murder mistakenly believed to be the work of a home robbery crew, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) begin an investigation into the case not brought to them through the NYPD but by a social worker who believes there’s far more to the dead man’s story than meets the eye. A whistleblower against a private college with questionable practices, the victim was killed on the eve of testimony that could have cost the university millions. When the social worker turns up dead, and an innocent man seems willing to take the fall for the murder, the detectives know there’s certainly mischief afoot.

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Elementary – Murder Ex Machina

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2016

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Elementary - Ex Machina

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are called in to investigate the murder of a Russian oligarch whose Ukrainian assassins were killed only minutes later when their car’s computer was hacked leading to a deadly car crash. The show spends more time on the second murders, and the unusual method of their demise, which leads the detective pair to a software company and the introduction of a new recurring character in the autistic cat-loving hacker Mittens (Betty Gilpin) who helps Holmes catch their killer (Josh Cooke).

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Elementary – A Burden of Blood

by Alan Rapp on January 18, 2016

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Elementary - A Burden of Blood

When the daughter of an incarceration serial killer (Michael O’Keefe) is murdered in his preferred method Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) take the case. Given the nature of the murder at first the detectives suspect a revenge killing by a relative of one of the serial killer’s many victims. The discovery of an unexpected pregnancy as the result of an affair also provides multiple new suspects.

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Elementary – Miss Taken

by Alan Rapp on January 10, 2016

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Elementary - Miss Taken

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are called in by the NYPD to help investigate the gruesome murder of a retired FBI agent who, at the time of his body being thrown into a wood chipper, was looking into three of his old cold cases (a church burnt to the ground, a bank robbery, and serial poisoner). Solving all three cases in a single afternoon, Holmes discovers none of the suspects are their killer. However, the victim was also looking into an unsolved kidnapping case whose file wasn’t found in the FBI agent’s apartment. The girl was eventually returned ten years later, but after meeting the young woman (Ally Ioannides) Holmes begins to suspect that she is not the same girl who was abducted at the age of 10 years-old.

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  • Title: Elementary – The Cost of Doing Business
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Elementary - The Cost Of Doing Business

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is drawn into his father’s world when Morland Holmes (John Noble) shows up on his doorstep asking for Sherlock’s help to look into a sniper attack that left four dead and five wounded that the elder Holmes believes was committed by an acquaintance (Jakob Von Eichel) of his. It’s not long into the investigation before the younger Holmes summizes that the attack was far from random and the other injuries and deaths were all used to carefully cover up the specific murder of a single victim.

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Elementary – The Games Underfoot

by Alan Rapp on December 14, 2015

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  • Title: Elementary – The Games Underfoot
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Elementary - The Games Underfoot

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) help the NYPD investigate the murder of an archaeologist who was digging up a former landfill searching for vintage copies of an old video game collectors are willing to pay $10,000 for. Although the video games were the reason for his excavation, they weren’t the cause of his murder. What the victim found while searching for his treasure wasn’t worth killing for but, for the murderer, it was worth killing to keep quiet.

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Elementary – All My Exes Live in Essex

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2015

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  • Title: Elementary – All My Exes Live in Essex
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Elementary - All My Exes Live in Essex

Returned to their positions within the NYPD, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate an odd case involving the murder of a doctor in her lab whose body was destroyed while her skeleton was left on display as a laboratory specimen. That the woman was losing a battle to cancer and would have died within the year, a fact the leading suspects in the case knew, only makes finding the true (and unusual) motive for the murder that much harder to uncover. There’s plenty of twist and turns in this one before the detectives finally nab their man.

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  • Title: Elementary – Evidence of Things Not Seen
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Elementary - Evidence of Things Not Seen

While mulling over his father’s (John Noble) offer to step-in and fix their broken relationship with the NYPD, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) take on a consultant job for the FBI investigating a triple homicide in a top secret research lab. Finding the rules of the new partnership constraining, Holmes begins give serious thought to his father’s offer despite knowing that there will no doubt be some cost to be paid down the line.

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Elementary – The Past Is Parent

by Alan Rapp on November 9, 2015

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Elementary - The Past Is Parent

Elementary opens its Fourth Season with the future of Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) in doubt following both his vicious attack on Oscar (Michael Weston) and drug relapse in last season’s finale. Facing possible criminal prosecution from the District Attorney’s office, Holmes also must deal with the news that regardless of the DA’s decision both Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) days as official consultants for the NYPD have come to an end. While this is likely just a temporary bump in the road for the detectives it does introduce a new wrinkle to the series with Holmes and Watson likely taking non-department cases for the foreseeable future.

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Grumpy Old Mr. Holmes

by Alan Rapp on July 17, 2015

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  • Title: Mr. Holmes
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Mr. HolmesAdapted from Mitch Cullen‘s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, Mr. Holmes is an intriguing, if flawed, idea offering audiences a look at the retired detective fighting senility while struggling to remember the details of his final case decades before. I say flawed because despite a terrific performance from Ian McKellen removing the keen intellect from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes also removes the character’s most definable trait leaving only a hollow shell in its place.

Taking place three decades after his retirement into the country to spend his time with his bees, a senile and grumpy Sherlock Holmes struggles to remember the details of his final case which he is certain Watson wrongly chronicled. His secluded existence is witnessed only by his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney), her son Roger (Milo Parker), and the occasional visit from Sherlock’s doctor (Roger Allam). Returning from a trip to Japan at the opening of the film, which is chronicled in flashbacks inter-cut with those of his final case and his current retirement, Holmes strikes up an unexpected friendship with Roger who helps reignite the detective’s memory.

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