I so agree with the reviewer: gripping episode! Powerful acting from Jonny Lee Miller (I've been a fan of his from theater and from PBS's "Emma"); great on-screen chemistry between Miller and Liu. "Elementary" is really growing on me, and I like how the writers are letting the relationship between Sherlock and Watson develop slowly, and with a constant tension/unease (as it did in books and in the BBC version). Plus, the range of Miller's savage desire to torture/kill "M" to his quiet final words to Joan absolutely had me glued to screen (now, if they only could 'fix'/up the sound so we could hear the conversation between these two lead characters, who often (and quite rightly) speak in subtle/quiet tones or very quickly; I often have to play parts of the episode back twice to get all the dialogue). This episode was absolutely one of the best; the show is getting better and better as it goes along. I hope it continues; great lead characters, lots of back-stories yet to tell; one of only intriguing TV shows today (other is "White Collar" on TNT & online): for intelligent viewers! (I love BBC's "Sherlock" but I'm not going to fall into trap of comparing the two; each is different and has its own merits.)
@BriAN I also thought it was strange but was only totally convinced with the strange text and the symbols, because I would have accepted the actor if he looked ok in formal clothes. :D
PS: Irene may or may not be dead based on the way Moriarty himself chose the victims would be killed. He also may or may not have intended to "kill" Irene all along. Assuming he thought about everything right from the start (being Moriarty and all).
PSS: I don't think Irene is with Moriarty right now (too blahh). So assuming she is free and about he probably threatened her with both their lives if she contacted Sherlock. If that's the case she could appear any moment believing "M." to have been captured.
This is what I think happened.
Moriarty heard of Sherlock and all that he had achieved in the police. He saw it as an intellectual challenge. So, he hired Moran to play the role of serial killer, making sure he was very difficult to find, almost impossible. He gave him his victim so there wouldn't be a pattern.
Somewhere along the line (probably victim 20 or something) he started thinking there was not enough motivation so he decides to make it personal. He probably kills her himself on purpose. Then Sherlock starts falling off the wagon and is unable to think properly, ergo he still doesn't catch "M." When he makes his recovery in the US he follows (must be very bored) prepared to give S a second chance.
But he changes the game. He gives more targets to Moran but gets him caught, probably aware that Moran would give S his name: Moriarty.
So now it's as personal as it gets.
Am I the only one who knew right away that this actor would not be Moriarty?
I mean the actor is more known for playing a brute than an intellectual. I thought it was an odd choice from the beginning. It would have been off putting to see him portray M to me. Especially since the last 2 incarnations of M were very cerebral actors. They would have really been bold to go the other way and I knew they wouldnt.
I thoroughly enjoyed M. I was telling my wife during the episode that M could be Moriarty or Moran. Last night's episode was on a par with BBCs exceptional Sherlock. They introduced Holme's obsession with capturing Moriarty in a great way. Moriarty was not the actual killer in the books, Moran was his top hit man. I do believe Sherlock's father will end up being Mycroft.
The scene with Sherlock telling Joan what happened to him while he was collecting all his torture implements was absolutely chilling. One of the best bits I've seen on network TV in a long time. Jonny Lee Miller is a genius, and he was at the top of his game in this episode. I can't wait to see what happens next.
They actually seemed to have given themselves a way out of Irene is dead storyline, because Sherlock made the point that more of the bodies M left behind were not found than found when he was presenting to the police. I am guessing if Sherlock gets too dark, they can have her reappear and play whatever role they want her to play to him and he can refocus his interest in Moriarty as a intellectual puzzle.
I agree heartily with all comments and kudos to the actors and writers. Marvelous. This has been an exciting week in TV, first a magnificent Justified and now Elementary. Please stop calling it a wasteland. Wow.
Practically perfect in every way. Excellent episode with spot on pacing, mystery, and character development. The conversations between Holmes and Watson were so raw and honest.
M. Holmes - Mycroft?
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