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Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. more
...Holmes resumes his work as a police consultant in New York City and Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.
 
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  • Reichenbach Falls

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    Reichenbach Falls

    That was a lovely new variation on a theme

    Only Sherlock went in the water and was swept away on Elementary Season 7 Episode 12.

    Wanting to be done with Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote what he meant to be the final Holmes adventure in 1893, "The Adventure of the Final Problem."

    In it, Holmes and his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, fell off a cliff at Reichenbach Falls to their deaths.

    But you can't keep a good detective down. Public outcry caused Doyle to resurrect Sherlock about a decade later.

    When in doubt, mine the classics.

    Fortunately, on Elementary, Sherlock too returned with his arm in a sling, settling in for a stay in Rome. That are worst fates.

    He'll hang out there, while he's presumed dead in New York, until Reichenbach falls (you can't keep a good pun down either).

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  • Unfriended

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    Unfriended

    That was a mistake.

    Sherlock's campaign against Odin's God complex cost him a loved one on Elementary Season 7 Episode 11.

    Not just any loved one, but his father Morland.

    Here I was hoping that the powers that be would find a way to resurrect his brother Mycroft, however unlikely that might be.

    Instead they killed off Morland.

    I wanted Sherlock to get a happy ending, and not more pain.

    Maybe he'll get there by the time Elementary ends in two episodes, but this was really unnecessary piling on.

    Sure, Sherlock and Morland's relationship has always been a rocky one, with Sherlock's sense of justice offended by Morland's flogging of international law.

    Related: Elementary Season 7 Episode 10 Review: The Latest Model

    But, as Morland pointed out when last they spoke, he was always there for Sherlock.

    He was the on...
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  • The Latest Model

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    The Latest Model

    Well, that didn't work out well.

    Sherlock and Joan continued their philosophical debate with tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach on Elementary Season 7 Episode 10.

    Odin is on a crusade to eliminate likely mass murderers unearthed by his algorithms.

    He has continued to try to lure Sherlock and Joan to his cause. But they've argued that it's impossible to be certain that a person will become a killer.

    The last time they talked on Elementary Season 7 Episode 6, Odin promised to bring Sherlock the next person he was 80 percent sure was a killer.

    Subsequently, Sherlock has tried to hunt him with first the NSA, which Odin had co-opted, and the SAS.

    So they were shocked when their electronics cut out and Odin showed up at their brownstone door carrying just such a case file.

    The potential murderer was Wesley Conrad, the host of a paranormal podcast, who had accused a British filmmaker of plagiarizing ...
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  • On the Scent

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    On the Scent

    As often happened, one case can go in a multitude of directions.

    That occurred again on Elementary Season 7 Episode 9.

    As Sherlock, Joan, and Marcus shed suspect after suspect, the case of the week took a weird turn, which is a specialty on Elementary.

    This one went from the return of an erratic serial killer to a squabble with a gallery owner to a drug deal gone bad to a lover's quarrel to a dognapping.

    Since none of the motives for murder really stood up, the dognapping was a much-needed new direction.

    The Ghost of Brooklyn was such a timely modern boogeyman. 

    There was no Ghost, just a man with a sweating condition who accidentally contaminated swabs with his DNA while working at the factory that produces the swabs.

    Related: Elementary Season 7 Episode 8 Review: Miss Understood

    Once the Ghost was disproven and the DNA evidenc...
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  • Miss Understood

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    Miss Understood

    Too bad. Sherlock could have had another protege.

    Cassie Lenue returned on Elementary Season 7 Episode 8.

    Why? That changed by the minute with this pathological liar.

    It was well into the second half before Sherlock determined Cassie's motivation. 

    Cassie, who Sherlock and Joan sent away on Elementary Season 4 Episode 7, was among the last people they expected to find on their doorstep.

    I loved Cassie's new last name, short for "last name unknown." What an inspired choice for the former foster child who didn't know her history.

    Joan and Sherlock rightfully couldn't trust a word coming from her lying mouth.

    But she did serve them up a worthwhile case: a woman Cassie claims was her former foster mother who had been gunned down while buying clothes for her current foster children.

    Related: Elementary Season 7 Episode 7 Review: From Russia With D...
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  • From Russia With Drugs

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    From Russia With Drugs

    This was a perfect example of a breather episode.

    Elementary Season 7 Episode 7 was self-contained so if a viewer missed it because he or she was out enjoying the Fourth of July, they really lost no ground on ongoing storylines.

    You know, like procedurals used to do when viewers couldn't stream episodes they missed. That way, no one was lost the next week and could jump on any time they wanted, and didn't have to depend on reruns to fill in any gaps.

    Remember when reruns were reruns before they started being puffed up by networks calling them encores, like they were some special treat viewers just couldn't miss.

    Before the powers that be determined that viewers would rather see something new and reruns largely went away.

    Unless, of course, they were from a non-serial procedural, because viewers can't be trusted to figure out things on their own.

    Ah, the good old days!

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  • Command

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    Have Sherlock and Joan finally met their match?

    That sure seemed to be the case after Elementary Season 7 Episode 6.

    Imagine if Mark Zuckerberg were using his social-media empire to eliminate evil people.

    That's exactly what Odin Reichenbach was doing with his program designed to predict future crime.

    He was essentially having people killed for what they've threatened to do online.

    Thought equals action. That's very "1984" of him, isn't it?

    And he wanted Sherlock and Joan to help him work out any bugs in the system.

    Naturally, they were appalled. But they had to play along until they found some agency with the resources to take on Odin.

    Related: Elementary Season 7 Episode 5 Review: Into the Woods

    Therein lies the rub.

    Social media is global. To bring down Odin would require international cooperation, not j...
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  • Into the Woods

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    Into the Woods

    Finally, we've got a big bad for the final season.

    Still, tech billionaire Oden Reichenbach, who was introduced on Elementary Season 7 Episode 5, seemed too layered to be called a "big bad."

    That's thanks to James Frain, a regular for this season whose characters always end up being more than they seem.

    One good example would be Theo Galavan, mayor and businessman who sought vengeance on the Wayne family featured on two seasons of Gotham.

    A nice touch is the name Reichenbach, an homage to Reichenbach Falls, where Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Authur Conan Doyle meant to kill off Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty in the short story "A Final Solution." 

    Outrage by readers caused Doyle to back off any finality to Holmes' fate.

    But the name does seem to indicate that a showdown between Sherlock and Moriarty is coming, which is how it should be.

    Oden knew how to get Joan's attention with a big dona...
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  • Red Light, Green Light

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    Red Light, Green Light

    We're still getting to the new normal.

    The terrorist cell which first came to light on Elementary Season 7 Episode 2 was a natural suspect in a bombing on Elementary Season 7 Episode 4.

    But no, as this episode directed by Jonny Lee Miller soon proved.

    As a matter of fact, red herrings were stinking up the joint.

    It was terrorists! It was Salvadoran gang members! It was an all-powerful hacker!

    Until, finally, it was a much more pedestrian greedy businessman in the suburbs.

    Still, Sherlock, Joan, and Marcus had to wade through a lot of suspects to get there.

    Related: Elementary Season 7 Episode 3 Review: The Price of Admission

    But first, let's applaud Captain Gregson being awake and closer to getting out of the hospital.

    It was heartwarming to watch Sherlock and Gregson make up and agree to look ahead, not back.

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  • The Price of Admission

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    Didn't you just know that Sherlock's plan for clearing himself and Joan of Michael's murder was too easy?

    Sherlock played his trump card so that he could freely again walk the streets of New York City on Elementary Season 7 Episode 3.

    Only, for once, Sherlock hadn't considered all the angles, and now he will probably spend the rest of the season trying to undo what he's set in motion.

    More on this development later.

    Even as a wanted fugitive, Sherlock couldn't escape a case brought by one of his father's shady associates.

    Since he was waiting for his blackmail to work its magic, Sherlock couldn't resist the challenge of a closed-room (closed-unit) mystery.

    And what an arresting image that was: a man crushed by an ugly-ass sculpture!

    It was an interesting added wrinkle when Sherlock discovered, by studying surveillance footage, that there was a regular series of break-ins at the storage facili...
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