Elementary – The Diabolic Kind

by Alan Rapp on January 5, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Elementary – The Diabolic Kind
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“The woman is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma I’ve had sex with. I would be
lying if I said I was the strongest assessor of her motives at this point.”

Elementary - The Diabolic Kind

A well-orchestrated murder and the kidnapping of a young girl (Delphina Belle) from a wealthy family by one of Moriarty’s lieutenants leads Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) to request the help of Moriarty (Natalie Dormer) to find “faux-riarty” (Andrew Howard) and come clean with Watson (Lucy Liu) about his lengthy correspondence with the incarcerated mastermind since Holmes sent her to prison. With Captain Gregson‘s (Aidan Quinn) help, the detectives discover Moriarty is no longer languishing in a super-max prison but working on limited-release for the FBI.

Believing Moriarty to be behind the entire affair, especially after finding hidden messages in the police sketches he supplied the NYPD with (which her associates killed two police officers to get their hands on), Holmes works tirelessly to break the code only to find coordinates to a location in Norway. After examing the local papers, however, he finds the connection between Moriarty, the kidnappers, and the young girl, but it’s far from what the detective initially deduced.

Rather than paint Holmes and Moriarty in their classic color scheme of black and white, Elementary continues to choose a shade of gray allowing the odd state of their relationship to continue despite her temporary escape from prison and multiple counts of homicide. The episode also allows Dormer and Liu time on-screen together to renew the war of words between Watson and Moriarty that worked so well in last season’s finale. I’m not sure exactly where the show is planning to take Moriarty as a character, and that’s half the fun.

CoosCoos January 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Another great episode.

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