Throughout Elementary Season 1 we dove into a new case almost every week and met many people who Sherlock believed to be Moriarty.
We also watched as Joan became an investigator, while Sherlock dealt with his past addictions and the loss of Irene Adler. It all led up to the most shocking revelation of the season: Irene Adler is Moriarty.
Read on to find out what we thought of Elementary Season 1 in this TV Fanatic Report Card and then hand out a grade yourself to the CBS drama...
Best Episode: The two hour finale of "The Woman; Heroine", obviously. I mean, let's all be real honest the reveal of Irene being Moriarty was a HUGE jaw-dropper. On top of all of the Moriarty/Irene business we had so much come from Joan, she solved Moriarty when Sherlock never could. In the first part we were shown the past between Irene and Sherlock, in the last minute he realizes that she had been working for Moriarty. In the second part we saw Moriarty for what she really was. At the end of the day, the woman wasn't Irene, it was Joan. (Episode Review: Joan Watson, Heroine)
Worst Episode: Elementary's worst episode was chosen by my lowest star rating, which was still a 4! I really wouldn't say this episode was the worst but it was the one I was least interested in until the very last scene. It was "Flight Risk". It didn't really contain anything special that just pulled my attention. I had predicted the killer from early on, which was something I didn't normally do. The great thing about this episode was that it was the first mention of Irene Adler, which was the finale scene of Flight Risk. Still a great episode because I don't remember ever disliking anything Elementary threw our way. (Episode Review: Drug Smuggling and Plane Sabotaging)
Best Character: Joan Watson and it wasn't an easy pick because I love Sherlock almost as much. Joan grew the most out of everyone on the show. From a sober companion to Sherlock's assistant/companion. Joan was pivotal in solving cases and the biggest one being Moriarty. My favorite thing about this show is the fact that Watson is a woman. I am sure people were skeptic about the casting decision but the moment she was on screen, all doubt was crushed. Her chemistry with Johnny Lee Miller is one of the most important factors in Elementary - it's the reason why I think it's so good. Sherlock and Holmes care deeply about another and become stronger as a partnership and dynamic as each episode passed. Joan has so much untouched potential and I have no doubt in my mind that Lucy Lui will encapsulate it perfectly.
Worst Character: Detective Marcus Bell. I regret nothing about this decision. I have no interest in Bell and even his centric episode didn't really spark my curiosity. I enjoy his relationship and understanding with Sherlock and that is about it. Sometimes they have little moments that make me laugh.
Best Recurring Character: I'm feeling rather repetitive but Natalie Dormer as Irene Adler and Moriarty. How perfect was Natalie Dormer as both? American painter turned notorious English genius killer? Natalie Dormer was perfection. Moriarty is in prison but I'm extremely doubtful that it can hold someone as powerful as she is. The chemistry that Natalie and Johnny had together was gripping. Their intensity was surprising to me and I think it made it more enjoyable. The scene in Sherlock's home when he said, "are you saying we're alike?" And Moriarty responded, "I'm saying I'm better."
Hopes for Season 2: The return of Natalie Dormer as Moriarty. Now that Joan has proved she is a worthy adversary that makes her a target for Moriarty and I look forward to hopefully seeing that how plays out. I would like to have the introduction of Sherlock's father. I would love to delve into more of Watson's past and find out more on her past relationship with one of her previous clients. I obviously want Gregson and Sherlock to have a strong bromance again, I love them.
Overall Grade: A
YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: What grade would you give Elementary Season 1?