Poor main story, promising implications. The idea that the procedurals will morph into a modern "Lord of the Rings", where Renard and Nick go off to fight the good fight against the Legion of Darkness makes me salivate.
It seems from these comments that the writers may think that realistic depictions of showpeople in love should be more interesting to audiences than making them act like everyday people. As someone who started on Broadway nearly 60 years ago, I can tell you that Karen's infatuation with Jimmy is prototypical of the romances I have seen over my career. Actors have to spend their lives faking emotions. Romance is never easy, because only a few actors can control their identities. Why do you think that broadway romances begin and end so abruptly? No actor should be paired with anyone less than 10 years older than they, and few should be paired with fellow actors.
As for last week's episode, I suspect, and hope, that the reformed and repentant Ivy gets the chance to play Marilyn for Tom and Derek gets to direct Karen. Not sure what's going to happen with the Jimmy/Karen/Derek/Ivy quadrangle. If it resolves like a Broadway musical, Jimmy will lose Karen only to get her in the end, and Derek will go back to Ivy once she has proven herself. The tease at the end of this episode was delicious.
Only thing worse than last week's show were the defenses of fans on this list. Joe crossed the line when he took Emma. His fidelity to his wife was the one hook for his humanity. He is now totally evil, without hope of redemption. Unlike Hannibal, whose love for Clarice (read the books) redeems him, Joe is nothing more than an animal now. How long are we going to want to watch a story about truly rotten people who don't have the intelligence to kill off their enemies?
The Good: Lucy and Jonny, as usual. There is no more beautiful actress working today than she, and he is the ultimate modern Holmes.
The Bad: The shopworn deus ex machina storyline... "well, now we should tell you that 18 months before she disappeared, another woman with a bunch of flowers fell off a subway platform." Shades of contrived solutions! Good writing means that you leave clues in plain sight for the audience to notice. There had to be some way the writers could have left us something so that the whole plot doesn't have to hinge on a clue we have never been offered.
Well, the race is on, isn't it? "Grimm", "Touch" and "Cult" all in the same time slot? It's gonna really tax the DVR's, and given that the ratings don't reflect recorded or online viewership, some one or two of them are going to suffer. Right now, if I had to choose, it would be between "Grimm" and "Cult", "Touch" having lost its way in search of a wider audience.
As to last night's episode, I'm ambivalent. I don't fault Nick for leaving the key in his office drawer; after all, it is a police station and Nick doesn't know that Reynard is after it. In fact, why should he even think that Reynard is after it even when Reynard goes after it? Did I miss something? I mean just because Reynard might be lusting after Juliette, why should that mean that he would want the key?
Anyway, let's see where things go from here.
Best scene was at the basketball court. Jonny Lee never ceases to amaze/amuse me.
But I really have to take issue with your self indulgent review. "I feel like the writers of Elementary are reading my Elementary reviews because I have absolutely raved about these scenes and begged for more."
Do you really think that this episode was so recently filmed that the writers have had time to read reviews and react to them? As Holmes might say, "Really, Ms. Brooks, you'll sprain your wrist if you keep patting yourself on the back!"
Obviously an homage to Hannibal and Clarrrrice, and certainly worth a few more hours...
Just as an aside, why do people post here telling us that they haven't watched it yet?
What is Rumplestiltskin doing out of the dungeon on the day of Snow and David's marriage? alternatively, why were we shown him in the dungeon during the early episodes?
The answer to all of these questions is simple: This is a network TV show. Even "Game of Thrones" has its inconsistencies. I am sure that in the end I am going to be disappointed. I'm already getting a bit annoyed. But I identify with Rumplestiltskin, (and think that Robert Carlyle is one of the finest actors at work today), so I'll hang on as long as he's working his magic, black or white.
I don't want to seem insulting, but isn't it a bit obsessive/compulsive to keep arguing about things like the inconsistencies between Storybrooke's "reality" and ours? For example:
*Heather P. says "the adoption took place in our world." How? If no one can leave Storybrooke except Regina, How is Regina ever going to get a court proceeding going to fight the issue?
There are a lot of small inconsistencies. For example, when did Snow's bed end up in the living room? It wasn't there in earlier episodes. And why were they at Snow's apartment instead of at David's house?
What about the docks? How do Storybrooke characters manage to go out to sea without getting lost?
How does Storybrooke get its food, it's merchandise and anything else from the outside world without those who bring it in being stuck there like Emma or those who go out for it losing their memories?
Was I the only one who heard Emma blame Regina for everything after she and Snow had that conversation about guilt? What was that all about? Seems to me that Cora is, was, and likely always will be the cause of everyone's grief. If she hadn't been so fixated on getting a crown for Regina, everyone would have lived.. well you know... except her. She's OUAT's Wicked Witch of the West.
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