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Elementary Babble Catch-Up Post

Spoilers and rambling for Dirty Laundry, M, and The Red Team.



This show is still the guy I would LIKE to fall in love with and he keeps telling me, "Kid, I'm no good for you." And he's right. The mystery plots are still stupidly convoluted with the killer's motivations being completely boilerplate and the acting (again, relating to the mysteries) being geneerally MEH! at best.

For instance....even if I was wrong about the actual outcome, I figure the father in Dirty Laundry had to be a bad guy simply because he was played by the same actor who plays, Duck Phillips on Mad Men and that bastard abandoned Chauncey, the beautiful Irish Setter onto the streets of New York. I also called early on that the daughter would be the killer. Again, I got plot-twisted out of it, but the plot twist out of it was less than believable, and honestly, I refuse to believe that the EEEEVIL spy handler will somehow NOT be swapped because of one murder.

M felt incredibly rushed to me. I could believe it ended where and when it did. Nothing seemed to really happen except Vinnie Jones (literally) walking out of a Guy Ritchie movie (although not a Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie) and a bit of tastefully edited torture porn. I get that Holmes is ONLY fixated on who is behind Irene's death (and I do love that) however the idea that this is so much more important than his over-all quest for justice, so that "I'm not a serial killer, I'm an assassin" gets him off the hook, doesn't quite work for me. I do sort of see where "justice" in the abstract is less important than the puzzles, a la House. House only hates when the patient dies because it means he didn't solve the puzzle in time. Holmes needs to be right more than he actually cares about most crimes, but the morality skew in this case just didn't ring true to me. In fact the whole episode just felt like a place-holder, including Watson's angst over leaving.

I LIKE the sober-companion set-up, but the fact that it was put in place with a "sell-by" date AND the fact that she IS Watson, puts everybody in a awkward position because from an *ahem* Doylist perspective, we know she can't leave, but everyone in-universe has to pretend she might, even if they all seem to know better as well.

However, I'm willing to forgive all of that and yet another ludicrous plot set-up in The Red Team, because yeah, baby, I'm shipping Holmes/Gregson and Aidan Quinn brought all kinds of slashy/angry/hurt/betrayed sexy angst this week and kind of forced JLM to play to his level and it rocked. So even though I had a hard time believing the specifics, the emotions did work for me, right down to the OUCH of the punch. I am more sure than ever, even if it's my own tin-hat, batshit fanon that SOMETHING happened in London. Probably before Irene. In fact, it stopped because of Irene. If and when I ever write this, it's going to be a delicious angst supreme parfait.

I loved the bar scene, because among other things, it showed that Elementary actually takes the idea of drug addiction AND alcoholism seriously. (If you've read my House babbles, you know this was and is a very sore point with me. To reiterate....Greg House was clearly a drug addict and an alcoholic and yet when he was supposedly clean, he was blatantly using alcohol and it was NEVER raised as an issue.) Holmes claimes he's in no danger of relapse and yet he KNOWS he shouldn't be in a bar. That a casual drink is not and can never be an option. I LOVED THAT. The fact that Gregson chose to put him in that situation, knowing what he does...well that's the depth of the hurt and that's the core of a good ol' K-gal angsty slash ship.

I know you're no good for me, but I just can't stay away.

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donutsweeper
Feb. 5th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm like you, I *want* to like this show; I just don't. I don't hate it I just... don't care. When I'm home and I remember I watch, but if I miss episodes, I miss them without any regret. Aidan Quinn is surprising me at how good a job he's doing, which is nice, but not enough to tip it into the 'must watch' category for me.
karaokegal
Feb. 5th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Luckily, Tivo does the "remembering" work for me, so I can get around to watching when I get a chance. Also, hubby likes it enough to genuinely want to watch, which is a rarity.
daasgrrl
Feb. 6th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
I watch it mainly for the eye candy; the plots are ludicrious. But I'm afraid watching Sherlock/House/Sherlock get punched, by anyone, will never get old for me. Sometimes I'm callous and strange *g*

Yeah the whole thing about 'Watson leaving' is just one big yawn, because we all know it's never going to happen and it's just tiresome pretending otherwise.

Still loving the show, though. JLM and LL could probably just walk around NYC and bicker a bit with an occasional run-in with Gregson and it'd still be pretty good.
karaokegal
Feb. 6th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Still loving the show, though. JLM and LL could probably just walk around NYC and bicker a bit with an occasional run-in with Gregson and it'd still be pretty good.

LL and JLM really do a have a great chemistry/snark rhythm going, that in a way reminds me of House/Wilson at its best.
aeron_lanart
Feb. 6th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
I'm still cackling about Harold Dresden being a character in The Red Team.

I love the way Holmes and Gregson (and Holmes and Watson) interact.

I really need to get me an Elementary icon.
hansolo5
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
This post makes me want to watch definetely Elementary. Especially for what the bar scene you described meant,I think I will love it.
karaokegal
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
I think you will like the characterizations of Holmes/Watson and Gregson, but the mysteries themselves will leave you kind of Meh.
hansolo5
Feb. 7th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Yes, but I'd love to give it a chance anyway...
mcicioni
May. 1st, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
Delighted to find your posts. I live in Australia and am temporarily in Italy, which means that I have now seen all of the episodes up to The Red Team in both English and Italian. I am fascinated by Holmes/Gregson (or the other way around)- love the blend of mutual mistrust / interest/ father-son vibes/ teasing.Would swoon in amazement and joy if I could discover a cluster of fans who write H/G or G/H.
karaokegal
May. 2nd, 2013 01:42 am (UTC)
Sadly, LJ, as a hub of fannish squeeee is a rapidly diminishing platorm. I ship Holmes with Gregson BIG TIME and I do intend to write some fanfic for it this mmom. If you have a specific prompt you can drop it here: http://karaokegal.livejournal.com/1602896.html

For other fics, you can try looking at A03, but I THINK the big ship there is going be Sherlock/Joan.

For Fannish Squeee, try tumblr.
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