Elementary – A Difference In Kind

by Alan Rapp on May 10, 2016

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Elementary - A Difference In Kind

“A Difference In Kind” ends Elementary‘s Fourth Season on a bit of an anti-climactic note. Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) trace the bomb left in the brownstone to a rival (Roma Chugani) of Joshua Vikner (Tony Curran) within the remains of Moriarty‘s (Natalie Dormer) criminal empire. The cabal member will give given a look behind the curtain of the criminal empire thanks to the assistance of Morland Holmes (John Noble) who it turns out was the woman’s first choice for Moriarty’s replacement. More epilogue than climax, the episode features Holmes and Watson attempting to frame Vikner for a crime to remove him from office while Morland strikes a more permanent deal, both to save his son and cripple Moriarty’s network.

With the real work to be done following the end of the episode, the dismantling of Moriarty’s empire by the wrong Holmes, the season ends on a down note. Holmes and Watson’s work, questionable to begin with (a frame job?), is completely wasted thanks to Morland’s decision. In a move that likely means his exit from the show, Morland shows some concern for Sherlock’s well-being (although it comes conveniently at the same time he takes the reigns of a powerful criminal network). Given the amount of time spent on the character this is an underwhelming farewell, unless of course his chosen path either brings him into conflict with his son or gets him into enough trouble to need the assistance of a pair of New York City consulting detectives.

Amanda May 11, 2016 at 10:10 pm

I think that nobody knew until filming was complete whether this fourth season would be a season finale or series finale. I’m glad it was just the former. I didn’t need another Sherlock moves to another country and finds another protégée finale.

Alan Rapp May 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

I’ll agree with you there, I didn’t think this season needed a cliffhanger. I did want some better on-screen resolution, though. After building up Vikner the character is unceremoniously dispensed with, off-camera. The same could be said for showing us Sherlock’s guilt for not going after Moriarty’s organization but then simply dropping the matter completely. Both feel like missed opportunities.

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