Matt Smith reviews episode 22 of Elementary season 2…
Lies and back stories. This is what makes TV at the moment, from the long running soap operas to the highend thrillers that run like a series of short movies. It’s what keeps the audience coming back for more, to discover what it is that makes these compelling characters what they are. Peeling back the layers to find out more. They are two subjects that fit Elementary quite nicely, linking to character and environment quite well.
There are amusing moments between the two brothers still as well, which helps lighten the tone a little while at the same time letting us in on what their relationship is truly like. Though Watson is treated as an object, in the end almost filling the role of a MacGuffin device to prove what the truth really is between Sherlock and Mycroft.
Overall, this week’s episode could’ve had tension building to the rafters but instead felt a little routine. It was classic TV, in that you knew what you were getting, which is a shame considering the potential. It feels a little like a cheat, as it built up to this as an event but in the end this episode itself ended up being a build up to something else entirely. For once, Sherlock’s been truly duped, and we the audience are left to feel the same way.
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