Sherlock Holmes

Enola Holmes

by Alan Rapp on September 25, 2020

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  • Title: Enola Holmes
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Enola Holmes movie reviewBased on the young adult novels by Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes introduces us to the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill). Taking much of its plot from the first novel of Springer’s series, The Case of the Missing Marquess, there are two mysteries here for the precocious Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) to unravel in both solving the sudden disappearance of her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and discovering the identity of who is behind the attempted assassination of a friend (Louis Partridge) she meets on the road.

Millie Bobby Brown is the highlight here as a Victorian Nancy Drew who overcomes several obstacles, often breaking the fourth wall to talk directly to the audience, while searching for answers and attempting to prevent her brother Mycroft (Sam Claflin) from imprisoning her in a soul-crushing finishing school for girls of her age who hope for nothing more than to please a husband. Henry Cavill co-stars as an aloof version of Sherlock in his early years prior to meeting Dr. Watson. Sherlock loves his much younger sister, even if he can’t find a proper way to express that emotion most of the time.

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Elementary – Their Last Bow

by Alan Rapp on August 19, 2019

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  • Title: Elementary – Their Last Bow
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Elementary - Their Last Bow television review

After seven years on CBS, Elementary concludes with a series finale that focuses not on a case to solve but on the core relationship of the show’s two primary characters. Set years after “Reichenbach Falls,” with Odin Reichenbach (James Frain) now sentenced to hundreds of years behind bars, Watson (Lucy Liu) brings back her partner who has traveled the globe in recent years solving crimes under a slew of different pseudonyms while the world has believed Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) to be dead. Initially it appears Holmes’ old flame has lured him out of hiding, but further investigation reveals that Jamie Moriarty (who sadly doesn’t make an appearance here) has known about Holmes’ survival for some time.

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Elementary – Reichenbach Falls

by Alan Rapp on August 13, 2019

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  • Title: Elementary – Reichenbach Falls
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Elementary - Reichenbach Falls television review

The penultimate episode of Elementary brings a close to the season-long arc involving billionaire vigilante Odin Reichenbach (James Frain). The deaths of Morland Holmes (John Noble), the professional criminals he used to commit the crime, and the detectives’ star witness against Reichenbach leave Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) back at square one with no new plan on how to pick-up the fight. Holmes struggles with an outside-the-box solution for their foe, which, given his past, leads Watson to suspect her partner of taking the law into his own hands.

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Elementary – Unfriended

by Alan Rapp on August 5, 2019

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  • Title: Elementary – Unfriended
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Elementary - Unfriended television review

As the show moves one-step closer to the series finale, the focus remains on billionaire vigilante Odin Reichenbach (James Frain). Enlisting the help of his father, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) begins a two-pronged attack against Reichenbach. As Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) work to track down another of Reichenbach’s killers (Kristen Bush), Morland Holmes (John Noble) uses the vast influence in the criminal organization in an attempt to cut the knees out from Reichenbach. Only one of these plans proves to be successful. The other will have tragic consequences.

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Elementary – The Latest Model

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2019

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  • Title: Elementary – The Latest Model
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Elementary - The Latest Model television review

“The Latest Model” offers two cases for Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu). First, Odin Reichenbach (James Frain resurfaces with a case involving a potential killer. As he proposed to Holmes, he offers the detectives a chance to prove to the billionaire that his system isn’t correct in identifying and eliminating the man prior to his crime. The case here involves a podcaster (Roderick Hill) whose idea was stolen by a filmmaker who has turned it into fame and fortune while prolonging lawsuits to bankrupt the podcaster from ever seen a dime. As Reichenbach suggests, evidence does seem to point to the man committing crime that would injure both the guilty party and several bystanders. Holmes comes to an alternate solution to prevent the crime from occurring, and seems on the brink of pushing the billionaire into a less violent solution to the would-be criminals he identifies, but given the events at the end of the episode I’d say there is little chance for collaboration between Odin and the detectives (or any reason to suggest him changing his methods).

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