Elementary Review: Sherlock's Revenge

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"M" has gone down as my favorite episode of Elementary Season 1.

The installment focused on Sherlock's history in London, as we discovered some of his past when his arch enemy Moriarity returned and the tragic death of Irene Adler was revealed. We also witnessed the depths to which Holmes is willing to do to get his revenge. Someone call Emily Thorne, people, Sherlock Holmes may just give her a run for her money.

Watson's Second Thoughts

Before I begin discussing the Moriarity angle, let me just say that the honesty that was shown between Watson and Holmes was my favorite part of this episode. Through this openness was where we learned the former's backstory, which is the best part about being tangled up in a character and its respective show. 

On one end, we saw Watson having a session with her therapist where Joan was reaffirmed that it's obvious her present work with Sherlock is what makes her happy. The honesty finally came from Watson when she admitted to Holmes that she enjoys what he does. From this realization then came the lie from Joan that will keep her hanging around Holmes just a little bit longer. 

I've been waiting to see how the writers kept her around and this is certainly an original concept. It wasn't a relapse or something predictable, it's a lie from Watson. Something I didn't expect.

On the other side, we had Sherlock, who was at the rawest form we have ever seen. By the final moments, I was in tears with my eyes glued to the TV. The simple scene of Holmes sitting on the couch barring his soul simply got to me. From admitting that he did, indeed, stab Sebastian to confessing he will miss Watson and that he admires what she does... hearing the truth from Holmes was such a reward as a viewer.

I will go down with this ship. I don't mean "ship" as a romantic pairing either. What I do mean is that these two as friends, partners, confidents for one another, are the reason why this show is so good. Not all leads on a show have to be romantically paired. Holmes and Watson on Elementary are doing it right.

All of this was going on while Holmes was tracking down who he thought was the real Moriarity. From this, more backstory was created. I'm still completely heartbroken that Irene Adler was killed and I was utterly shocked when they revealed that this man presumed as "M" was only a hitman. The best part of the reveal was that Sebastian, the hired trigger, was not the one who killed Irene. 

Irene Adler's death was from the hands of Moriarity. It was personal. 

All of this leads me to question what is it that Sherlock did to be the target of such a personal attack. To kill the one you love the most and leave you to live with the regret knowing it was your fault has to be the worst form of punishment. 

I cannot wait to get these answers. 

I MUST add that Johnny Lee Miller's scenes tonight were absolutely gripping. From the torturing scene to the final scene with Watson, I was feeling every emotion he was putting out. Can someone give this guy an Emmy nod please?


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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (94 Votes)

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Great Episode. My favourite so far. I always have this question though. How can Lucy Liu who is Chinese have an English family name "Watson". We have seen her family so she was not adopted. Her whole family are Chinese too unless her dad was adopted or her dad is English/American since we never saw her dad but Lucy Liu is clearly Chinese not mix.I think the writers never explained that.


I didn't imagine I would love this show as much as I do, but thanks to the stellar acting of Jonny Lee Miller, and some pretty decent acting from Lucy Liu, I now consider this to be one of the finest shows on TV. I really think Thursday nights are my favourite night on TV. Between Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, and Elementary, it just doesn't get much better than this!


Miller was great this episode.


And the blood is a clue in itself..


chris Wow. WOW! That could be so spot on! It would explain so many things... and also Sherlock would never suspect his own father.. and the M! OMG! Genius. Can't believe I didn't think of that LOL


I can hardly wait for the next episode. I really enjoy the show, trying to figure out Sherlock's way of thinking and how Watson duels with him. Exciting in all ways.


Using some deductive reasoning.... the reason Moriarty is so fascinated with blood is because he is a blood relative, a rich one at that. Sherlock was addicted to drugs and at the end of Watson's stint with him Moriarty sends to NY a test... to see if Sherlock was really back on his game. He is. So Moriarty decides Miss Watson's services are no longer needed. That is right, Moriarty is Sherlock's father.


Great episode - you could tell this would have been the last episode had the series not done so well. Sadly the Arsenal scenes on TV were terrible hahaha.


WOW! Amazing episode! Definitely don't believe that Irene Adler is dead. Moriarty is obviously very wealthy if he was able to hire an assassin with such expensive tastes. Someone with that much money could have definitely rigged test results of blood or DNA in her case. Personally, I'd like Mycroft to be Sherlock's brother and not his father just because sibling relationships can be more interesting than parent-child ones. Since Mycroft is supposed to be as brilliant as Sherlock, it would be fun to see that. I never thought I would want to watch 2 Sherlock Holmes series at the same time. But, here we are, and I do! Truly enjoying the embarrassment of riches on tv today. I agree with SMS below. Not a wasteland IMO!

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Elementary Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Joan: [To Sherlock] I'm going to miss this, working with you. I think what you do is amazing.
Later On...
Sherlock: [To Joan] I'm going to miss this, working with you. I think what you do is amazing.

Joan: I like what I do right now.
Therapist: Your right now, is coming to an end.