‘Elementary’ Review

“Idiots rely on luck” ~ Sherlock Homles

I am aware of the British Sherlock Homles, which was aired on the BBC, however I wasn’t a big fan at the time, therefore I didn’t watch the series. Having said that, as soon as I saw the ‘Elementary’ promotional trailer via the TCA’s I decided to give it shot. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great whole new take through an American perspective.

I’ve only watched two episodes so far, however I can already sense that the series will be promising. Halfway through the first episode, I was glued to the television. The narrative was explicit in a way which created many enigmas, suspense and drama. The character development is brilliant; Sherlock Holmes’ character played by Jonny Lee Miller is very convincing, portraying

an intelligent, mysterious persona. The show is well written with perfect dialogue, especially with Holmes. The way his character is conveyed makes the audience intrigued in the story wanting to know more. The fact that he figures the clues out immediately, knows the right things to say, does the correct actions in perfect timing makes his character more likeable. As well as this, his body language and expressions somewhat seem agitated and sometimes confused, which adds to his enigmatic persona. Even though we don’t know very much about his background, drug habits or family, we still get lured into his character. Thus, I hope we see more of this develop in later episodes.

In terms of his sidekick Lucy Liu who plays Dr.Joan Watson, I have to say I was expecting more of a stereotypical character. Therefore I was quite delighted when I saw this professional woman whom we’re still learning about. Though sometimes I do wonder what she is really there for and where her character may lead. Yet, sometimes we see a small spark of chemistry between Holmes and Watson, therefore I am intrigued by where this may lead.

The investigations are intricate, engaging an easy to follow. That’s exactly what I find interesting; the cases continuously leave me guessing right until the final scenes where we find out the killer, allowing me once again to state, “I knew it”. Having said that, some of the cases could be slightly in-depth with a complex plot.

Overall, I have to admit it’s a graeat Crime, mystery detective TV show with powerful direction, characters and dialogue. Whether you’re a fan of Sherlock, CSI or even any other Crime-Fi drama then you will definitely enjoy this show.

My rating: 8/10

Written by: Meera Darji


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