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Elementary Review: Hackers

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"We Are Everyone" was a first for Elementary. From online hackers protecting a man who committed espionage to Watson trying out some online dating, there were some interesting twists and turns at every stop.

And Joan found a hottie! You go girl! Also, was that Moriarty's voice that I heard?

First off, excuse my headline, but I've been waiting for a reason to use this reference because of Jonny Lee Miller's role in the film Hackers. I'm incredibly thankful that I can finally say it and it sound sound cliche.

Leaking Information

This was a particularly unique episode of Elementary being that it one was roughly based off of the real life NSA leaker that has been all over the news the past few months. We won't really get into it because this isn't a political piece.

However, there was an added touch of the online hackers, or activist group, called "Everyone" and Everyone in this episode hacked Watson's life in the most comedic way.

Joan received phone calls asking about a train set and then playing with trains in the nude. Initially, I thought Sherlock had played a joke on her. Also, Sherlock was about to go nude to stay in with the online activists and Watson didn't even get up to get out of the room. They're comfortable around each other, apparently.

Other than activists, the biggest theme tonight was love. Sherlock lead us to believe that he had given up and is in "post-love" after his bitter ending with Irene/Moriarty while Joan was trying to find something in the "outside world."

Joan brought up the heartbreak that Sherlock experienced during the whole Moriarty debacle. In the end, she went to jail and Sherlock was left to deal with how everything played out. Watson posed a very good question: how was Sherlock dealing with this? 

The answer, of course is that he hasn't tried to deal with it. He said that he was liberated but I've always wondered how he coped with losing Irene only to find out she was his nemesis all along. That's quite the blow.

I agreed with Joan when she said she was sad that he had given up. I, too, think that he would have a lot to offer in a relationship if he would just have to try.

Then the scene of Sherlock reading the letter took place and Moriarty's voice came over as it was revealed that she is still in contact with him while in jail. With this constant grasp on him, Sherlock cannot move on. Even if he hasn't responded to any of her letters.

As much as this saddens me, I find myself incredibly excited to have Moriarty back in the picture, one way or another. She will be back, it's guaranteed. She loves him and he loves her. You know what they say, keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

I've always been a huge fun of the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Lucy Liu stated that a pairing can be romantic without being physical and she nailed it with that. That is exactly how these two are. After hearing her take on this, I am not sure that I want them to ever be anything than they are right now.

To prove my point, Watson is writing about her tales with Sherlock Holmes.

As for the hackers, they can't beat Zero Cool.

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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What is the song that played at the end while Sherlock was reading the letter from Moriarty?

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Thanks for the review. I liked the episode but found it rather confusing. All the character bits you hit on were great though, and I agree with you (the reviewer) that the dynamic between Sherlock and Watson is fine as is, and I'm quite happy with it. It's balanced well, with the two as friends and co-workers, and I like that they've continued to open up a bit and trust each other more. Of course this episode shows that Sherlock is still holding things back from Watson, but let's see where that goes. Having been burned by NCIS's Tiva , I have no desire to ever ship a couple in a procedural again. It changes the whole dynamic and if not done well, can ruin the characters. So I'm good with things as they are for now.

Phxcowbot

very good episode; did anyone else notice the upgrade in the wardrobes of Lucy and Jonny? a natural evolution, no radical change in the image, but definite improvements.
important to establish Lucy as a real woman who is interested in a relationship with an actual, normal man. - this shows that there is no Holmes/Watson lvoe affair in the works - thank the Gods; that would screw everything up.
The ending was great with Sherlock reading Moriarty's letter and Joan beginning to write about the intrigue that is Sherlock Holmes.

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I think this episode did a great job of touching on the current controversy about leakers without taking sides. The whistle blower aspects of the several leakers of recent times is what creates the controversy. Many people believe governments shouldn't have "dark" secrets, etc. What I think this show did is leave the gray areas of the debate as something for the viewers to think about or not as they wish by the leaker in this show being a murderer on the run. I mean that I don't think anyone could be offended, whatever one's thoughts.

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Considering Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been granted diplomatic asylum from charges that he perpetrated violence against women (rape, not murder) and that he has garnered considerable support from sources including Anonymous (portrayed in this episode as "Everyone") and wealthy supporters of transparency, I would pick him as the most likely person to have inspired the character of "Ezra Kleinfelter". If so, it was a rather scathing imitation of him.
Also, "I am incredibly thankful that I can finally say it and it sound sound cliche," has the words "sound sound" in place of what I assume was supposed to be "doesn't sounds". Often a proofreader and/or an editor is a very good thing to have. Though maybe it isn't worth for a review that doesn't dig deeper into it's subject than fan-boy/girl squeeing.

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"We won't really get into it because this is a political piece." I assume this reviewer meant to write that this review "isn't" a political piece (and also that she doesn't plan to get into it "at all" rather than "really" as she drops the subject after that sentence). It is too bad we won't be getting into as I disagree that this episode was based solely on Edward Snowdon (who I assume is the person that the reviewer is referring to as the "NSA leaker"). Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) and Julian Assange, both of whom have also been in the news quite a lot, are also "leakers" (a word I am pretty sure doesn't exist). Considering Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been granted diplomatic asylum from charges that he perpetrated violence against women (rape, not murder) and that he has garnered considerable support from sources including Anonymous (portrayed in this episode as "Everyone") and wealthy supporters of transparency, I would pick him as the most likely person to have inspired the character of "Ezra Kleinfelter". If so, it was a rather scathing imitation of him.
Also, "I am incredibly thankful that I can finally say it and it sound sound cliche," has the words "sound sound" in place of what I assume was supposed to be "doesn't sounds". Often a proofreader and/or an editor is a very good thing to have. Though maybe it isn't worth for a review that doesn't dig deeper into it's subject than fan-boy/girl squeeing.

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Good episode. But is it supposed to be a 'joke' that the computer running all those monitors and equipment of Holmes' is a more then a decade old Dell Dimension tower with a Pentium 4 chip?

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Very good. I loved the ending.

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