Elementary – We Are Everyone

by Alan Rapp on October 13, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Elementary – We Are Everyone
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“I weep for the whole desperate lot of you.”

Elementary - We Are Everyone

Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are hired to find a civil contractor (Christian Campbell) who has become national news after leaking classified information to the media, even though Holmes suspects the man (Ronald Guttman) who hired them, under an assumed name and questionable story, wishes the contractor nothing but ill will. While shadowing the reporter (Laura Osnes) who printed the man’s story, Holmes stumbles onto a collective of cyber-terrorists protecting the missing man, one of whom turns up dead.

After offending the group, Holmes and Watson both find themselves the latest targets of the hackers ranging from everything from simple phone pranks to getting the pair arrested by the Secret Service on charges of conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. Despite the group’s antics, Holmes finds their target before he can flee the country, but the man has one last card to play by demanding his release or else he will expose 14 deep cover operatives around the globe.

With nine hours before the consultant lands in Venezuela, Holmes has to find a way to both prove the man responsible of murder (which he accomplishes with a little help of Watson’s sleight-of-hand) and protect the name of each of the assets to take away the man’s leverage before the plane lands (which he accomplishes with a little help from his client). Despite its unusual set-up, “We Are Everyone” certainly takes a more black-and-white view of both the selfish actions of the contractor and Everyone (the thinly-yielded stand-in for Anonymous) than the usual shades of gray the show has been known to dabble in.

The theme of dating is present throughout the story in the form of Joan getting roped into an online dating service in the episode’s B-story. Holmes’ snide reaction to the news is expected, but the themes also lend themselves well to the episode’s epilogue letting us know, despite his words to Watson, his feelings for Moriarty (Natalie Dormer) are not quite as resolved and buried as the detective would like to believe.

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