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Elementary babble for The Long Fuse

You get Lisa Edelstein and that's the best you can come up with!!!!!!

Rehashing her character from The West Wing? Why didn't you just call her "Laurie" and have her going to Law School? It's bad enough that it's now inevitable that the baddie is ALWAYS biggest names among the guest stars, even thought I was literally begging the show to do a plot twist where YES she was trying to hide her past but STILL wasn't the killer, but to use THAT particular motive and backstory.....ARRRGGGHHH!!!! It if was meant to be an homage, it failed deeply. I was also severely lame as a motive because, excuse me, it is 2012, and Sherlock's speech about the prostitution laws practically lamp-shaded how unlikely it was to ruin her career...especially in that particular field. HELLO, read a head-line folks.

They didn't even bother to switch it up enough to have the "red herring" 2nd biggest name (John Pankow) be the killer and it was so obvious he was going to be eliminated when they did the, "yes, I planted all the other bombs, but not that one" routine.

I did like Lisa's flirty scene with Sherlock, during which I called out "Hello Lisa's cleavage." I know Lisa can do better work than this, but it seems to require Aaron Sorkin to do the writing....or David Shore when he gives a shit. Having recently seen her Good Wife appearances and then this, she is starting to feel a bit one-note. However, she's working, having been treated like SHIT by Shore et al, so yay Lisa for that, but BOO Elementary for being so bloody obvious.

Hubby had a good idea...why not make her the new sponsor...have the "addiction to puzzles" actually turn out to be mean something, rather than random flirting and a chance to show Lisa's cleavage. Let her NOT be the killer and have her show up at meeting. If she was a hooker, then why not have some addiction issues, or better yet, NOT DO THE HOOKER PLOT!!!!

He also points out the unlikelihood of getting a hand-writing match between printing and a signature. (Any graphologists out there know if this is true or not.)

On the other hand....I LOVE ALFREDO. Hubby immediately pegged him as the beginning of this Sherlock's Baker St. Irregulars. Could have lived without the OBVIOUSLY unsuitable sponsor being a jerk. LOVED Bell's line, "Now we need a VCR....2012!" So true. Definitely liked that Sherlock relates to the Invisible Man. I really like his "memory exercise" scenes and which scenes he chooses to regurgitate for us.

I'm frustrated that the subtleties of Jonny Lee Miller's acting, especially in Sherlock's gentler moments is being buried in the rubbish surrounding the exposition of the plots.

I suppose I should be glad that the bull-shit is keeping me in the "serious like" for the parts of the show I'm happy with. Because if the mystery plots were actually good, engaging etc, I'd been head over heels for the show by now, and in danger of heart-break. As long as they keep this shit up on the plotting front for the actual mysteries, there's almost no danger of that.


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Dec. 1st, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'll say one thing, you've made me really glad I haven't been interested in the show. Poor Lisa--that's standard issue guest star work.
Dec. 8th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm SO conflicted. It's like there's two completely different shows going on...the bog-standard procedural which range from Meh! to BLECH! and the totally awesome story of Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson and how this brilliant man and his demons are dealing with life without drugs and following the trauma (possibly romantic) that pushed him over the edge. The first one wouldn't have held me past the pilot, but the second...I'm trying so hard not to fall in love because I don't want to get burned, but THAT show just keeps getting better and better. Too bad about the other one. GRRRR!
Dec. 1st, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Humorously, I was watching the episode on a TV that has a VCR right below it. Actually, we have two vcrs in the house, both working and attached to TVs.

I missed a few episodes due to broken leg, but after seeing this one I'm not sure I'll bother to track them down online or via on demand or anything. The show is watchable, but nothing more.

I do like Alfredo, it's obvious he's not going to be Holmes' new sponsor since they have to finagle him keeping Watson around, but I assume they'll figure out a way to keep in on the canvas at least somewhat.
Dec. 8th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
I think hubby is right and Alfredo could definitely be the foundation of whatever will be the equivalent of the Baker St. Irregulars. I think it's worth seeing the rest of the episodes, but only for the stuff that isn't the mystery plots. Those are all snooze-worthy (except for Child Predator, which is very clever and NOT as icky as the title sounds...although it is a bit icky.)
Dec. 1st, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm still undecided on the show. I dislike Lucy but she's a little better... though simply making her Holmes' "keeper" is doing Watson and Holmes a disservice. The plots are not complex, not terribly interesting and the writers' attempts to make Holmes likable have made him not Holmes at all most of the time.

Maybe they should just let his sponsor take Watson's job and have him call the new guy Watson.

I do still find myself watching it every week.
Dec. 8th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
I agree that the set-up is a problem in terms of establishing ACD's Holmes and Watson dynamic, however just as BBC Sherlock is one way of updating the story, I think this one IS viable, and it does like like Holmes and Watson are moving to a relationship of more equality.

We'll have to agree to disagree on Lucy Liu, although I might be slightly more willing to give her the benefit of the doubt because
of the misogynistic outpouring that ensued before the show had even aired---and my experiences in other fandoms.
Dec. 1st, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
I never watched TWW so I missed that connection. But given what I know about that show, I can see what you're saying. I felt she was dialing it in and of all shows for her to guest on, this was a little too "cute tie-in" for me. The whole House/Sherlock thing.

I like the new sponsor. I don't know how they could keep him but oh man, I hope they figure out a way to do it. He's got at least one level of smarts on par with Sherlock and my heart broke a little at his admission that he wanted to be a sponsor but no one ever asked him.

I watch because there's nothing else on. I find myself drawn to the peripheral characters like the fake-father too.
Dec. 8th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Strangely enough, I felt they went out of their way NOT to play on the House=Holmes=Sherlock Holmes connection, and that's why there was no chance Lisa could have a recurring part... they know that's one degree too many. Which made it even stupider to cast her and hang so many lamp-shades that she'd be the murderer.

I want Alfredo back so much. (Haven't seen any eps since this one, so I'm not sure if he's recurring or not.) In fact...I could possibly ship Joan/Alfredo, if the writers are on the level about not going with Joan/Sherlock. Sherlock already seems unhealthily interested in Joan's sex life. This could get REALLY twisted, especially if Alfredo does become part of his support team, even if not an "official" sponsor.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
I thought the plot was interesting up to finding out there was a dead body hidden in the walls...then I kinda kept nodding off as it all became very boring.

Lisa...I wanted to tune her out just like I did the last few seasons of House she was on. Nothing about her grabbed my attention.

Because of the nodding off thing...I can't really remember the back end of the episode.
Dec. 8th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Basically the end of the episode was that Lisa's character had the same back story as her character in The West Wing i.e. Hooker putting her way through school and somehow THAT was the motive for the killing. Even Holmes made a speech pretty much lampshading how ludicrous it was. HOWEVER, I blame the writing, NOT Lisa.
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