Monday, February 4, 2013

Loveable Freak Reviews Elementary- Episode 14 "The Deductionist"

   Ugh, I feel tired staying up for this one. The things I do for this blog... Anyway, the time has come to review the post-Super Bowl/"jumping on point" episode (for new viewers. Well played, CBS, if it weren't for that short blackout...) of Elementary. Was it worth me staying up until 11:10 PM to watch? You're about to find out!

  Okay, so a serial killer, Ennis (nicknamed "The Peeler" by the press). Has escaped the police under the guise of donating a kidney to his ailing sister. But when the time to go under the knife comes, he kills everyone in the operating room. Of course, our protagonists are called in to help track down and stop the escaped killer. But the FBI are also called in; namely, a FBI profiler named Drummund, who profiled The Peeler the first time he was caught and wrote a controversial book about what she thought made him tick. Millerlock dislikes her, because, well, she's an "ex" of his and wrote a less than flattering paper on him titled "The Deductionist", and sort of predicted his breakdown.

LOL, I don't really watch Adventure Time...
  Also, Joan gets evicted from her apartment because her co-tenant, roomie thing was caught having shot a dirty movie in the apartment. Suddenly, every Sherlock has become better roommates in comparison.

  Okay, so I have to admit, I was really impressed with Millerlock here. I'm serious. It may have been the sleep deprivation, but I doubt it. I thought Millerlock was really good. Props to Jonny Lee Miller. He was notably exceptionally clever here. And he does this really awesome thing with a stick. That's all I gotta say so I don't give away too much. And he had good snark, as usual. And you know what? I'm glad I liked him here. This is the sort of thing I was looking forward to with him. And I'm glad it's finally happening! ^_^

  Heck, the only thing I had an issue with for him was in the opening, where he had strippers in the brownstone. Yeah, it was a police set up because they were robbers, but still... DO NOT WANT! I'd rant, but...
Well quoted, Thranduil...

  Yeah. Besides, it's pointless to rant at this point...
  Also, I'm noticing Millerlock's more open about Joan's "job" as his sober companion. He's not lying anymore. Who are you and what have you done with Millerlock?
  Okay, and as for Joan, I have my usual squeeing for her. Blah blah blah, she's so clever. Blah blah blah, she's so witty. Blah blah blah, she's so smart. Blah blah blah, and so pretty. Platonic girl crush, platonic girl crush.... And she does this awesome chew out of the guy from her apartment at the end. It was great.
  Also, as far as my one true friendship (my "OTF", to possibly coin the phrase) goes, they had this very sweet moment, where something wonderful happened. Joan actually said to Sherlock that they were friends! ^_^


  Okay, as for the case. It was an interesting one. I thought the twist was alright. Though I'll admit, it did feel a tiny bit like the twist in the second episode, "While You Were Sleeping". And I did feel a tiny bit of sympathy for the killer and his search for revenge on Drummund. Mostly because despite the fact he did a horrible thing, he loved his family. And as it's revealed, Drummund's book, that accused his family of abuse, destroyed them.

  In fact, the whole thing, and I may have been reading too much into it, was sort of an interesting look at how people go so far to manipulate and stretch evidence and the truth to justify their claims. And the consequences for everyone else affected by these claims.

  Okay, final thoughts:
  • Favorite scenes were when Millerlock confronts the killer, the conclusion of Joan's subplot, and Joan's pep talk to Sherlock. Also, Millerlock laying out clothes for Joan.
  • On that note, I must admit I kinda like the outfit Millerlock picked for Joan. I would so wear that outfit. Are we sure Millerlock's true calling wasn't fashion? ;)
  • Canon nods include the killer writing a message in blood on the wall (A Study in Scarlet), and Millerlock knowing how to fight with a stick (Canon Holmes knew singlestick).
  • Hmm... "[Holmes] is destined for self-annihilation"... Foreshadowing for "The Final Problem" at some point?
  • I love how everyone calls their house their sanctum santorum. It's neat and quirky!
  • The map of where the killer's kills going with a picture/design... was that possibly a nod to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie? (Although here it was fake).
  • ... :( No Clyde this episode. My heart is sad...
  Overall, I really liked this episode. It was pretty good episode, especially on Miller's part. I'm glad it's good, and I hope this trend continues. It makes me happy that I haven't sat through varying degrees of quality in episodes this long in vain. And I didn't stay up so late for an episode like "Dirty Laundry"... *shudders*

  So, here's hoping for more quality work! ^_^