Sherlock Holmes

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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  • Title: Elementary – A Controlled Descent
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Elementary - A Controlled Descent

In terms of mysteries the Season Three episode of Elementary is weakest of the series but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deliver in other ways. The abduction of Alfredo (Ato Essandoh) by Holmes’ old drug associate Oscar (Michael Weston), who demands the detective’s help in locating his missing sister, sends Holmes down a dark path in a finale that deals with Holmes’ inner demons, his addiction, his guilt, and a growing frustration with a situation he can not control. It’s immediately clear what Oscar is really after, but it does take the detective time to piece the series of events together and deduce the reasons behind Oscar darkening Holmes’ door once more.

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  • Title: Elementary – The Best Way Out Is Always Through
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Elementary - The Best Way Out Is Always Through

While working with Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) to investigate the murder of a judge, which may or may not have been committed by a recent prison escapee, Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) learns a disturbing truth about his girlfriend (Afton Williamson) who has hidden from him the fact that she works for Internal Affairs. Deducing the escapee is nothing more than a patsy, and finding her discarded body still on prison grounds, leads Holmes to the real reason behind multiple murders. Marcus’ love life, on the other hand, will take longer to figure out.

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Elementary – Under My Skin

by Alan Rapp on April 26, 2015

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  • Title: Elementary – Under My Skin
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Elementary - Under My Skin

While helping Watson (Lucy Liu) and the NYPD investigate the murder of a woman who, without her knowledge, was turned into a drug mule during her surgery south of the border, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) also discovers that his sponsor Alfredo (Ato Essandoh) has been taking out some aggression against a former client in a way that could land him in hot water with the NYPD.

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  • Title: Elementary – One Watson, One Holmes
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Elementary - One Watson, One Holmes

A civil war within the online community Everyone concerning the future of the hacker community sends Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) on the search for a killer despite the fact the NYPD has a strong suspect in custody with motive, means, and opportunity who attempted to hire Holmes to find the dead man the day before the hacker met his end.

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  • Title: Elementary – The View from Olympus
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Elementary - The View from Olympus

While Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) ponders over the issue of fathering a child for a longtime paramour (Anastasia Griffith), whose motives Sherlock is immeadiately suspicious of, the detective and Watson (Lucy Liu) are called in on a case involving the intentional hit-and-run that left a rideshare driver dead. Although at first all evidence points to a local cab driver as the most likely killer, Holmes quickly eliminates that possibility and begins investigating a Big Brother program known as Zoos whose users gladly allow the company to track their whereabouts not realizing how such information could be put to use in the wrong hands.

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  • Title: Elementary – T-Bone and the Iceman
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Elementary - T-Bone and the Iceman

A bizarre murder after a hit-and-run sends Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) after a murderer responsible for a freeze-dried victim, the discovery of a theft of highly-controlled cooling gas, and leads them to a fly-by-night cryonics facility. Given the sketch artist’s drawing of the most likely suspect in both the theft and murder turns out to be the most unlikeliest of suspects the detectives have their hands full in discerning the truth of what is actually going on.

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Elementary – For All You Know

by Alan Rapp on March 9, 2015

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  • Title: Elementary – For All You Know
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You do not know him! You never met him!

Elementary - For All You Know

Things get personal for Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) when he becomes the prime suspect in a three-year-old murder which occurred during the hazy day of heavy heroin use make everyone except Watson (Lucy Liu) question whether or not the detective might be responsible. As Watson begins an investigation into the murder Holmes seeks out an old associate (Michael Weston) and is visited by the dead woman’s family who, based on what the police have told them, hold Sherlock responsible for the crime and take it upon themselves to offer some violent retribution.

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Elementary – When Your Number’s Up

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2015

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  • Title: Elementary – When Your Number’s Up
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Elementary - When Your Number's Up

Watson‘s (Lucy Liu) return to the brownstone isn’t without a few issues as Joan can’t help but notice Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) oddly considerate behavior to make his partner feel more at home all the while protecting her against what he fears may be a rash reaction to Andrew’s murder. As the pair stumble along their reunion under a single roof the detectives are brought into the case of multiple murders all tying back to those who would have received compensation from a pending wrongful death case and whose killer (Alicia Witt) has left a sum of money they believe each victim’s life is worth.

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Elementary – The Female of the Species

by Alan Rapp on February 16, 2015

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  • Title: Elementary – The Female of the Species
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Elementary - The Female of the Species

With Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) out of the country and Watson (Lucy Liu) mourning the murder of Andrew she knows, but cannot prove, was ordered by Elana March (Gina Gershon) from the prison cell where Watson put her, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) elicits the help of Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) for his latest case involving the theft of a pair of pregnant zebras from the local zoo. Their investigation will lead to the discovery of an extinct quagga bred from one of the zebras which would catch quite a price on the black market.

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