TV watchers are on their “second date” with CBS’ Elementary. So is everyone hungry for more? This week’s episode, “While You Were Sleeping,” provided some twists and turns, and proved (once again) that this is Jonny Lee Miller‘s show.

The Players:

  • Director: John Coles
  • Writer: Robert Doherty
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

Episode Title: “While You Were Sleeping”

Sherlock Holmes (Miller) continues his rehabilitation with companion Joan Watson (Liu) whose patience continues to be tested. In the meantime, he distracts himself with a case regarding a homicide hidden beneath a robbery. When two homicides are linked to each other by family, Holmes struggles to find the killer that’s underneath everyone’s noses

The Good:

  • His Sherlock Isn’t That Bad: Now that we’ve gotten past the awkwardness that was the pilot, you can really see Jonny Lee Miller as a more rounded Sherlock Holmes. He seems more alert. He properly embodies the general smugness but adds a slight edge to a Holmes adjusting from being far away from home. His behavior is akin to that of a little boy whose favorite toy got taken away from him. It’ll be fun to see how Miller’s Holmes develops as this season goes on.
  • A Better Mystery: In the previous episode we could see the ending to the homicide investigation a half hour away. This time the writer got a little more clever with the mystery. The motive and the killer, is more complicated than you could imagine. It’s just a shame we weren’t a hundred percent behind the big reveal.
  • The Opening Credit Sequence: Just wanted to say the credit sequence looks pretty cool. That is all.

The So-So:

  • Our Ending: If we want a Scooby Doo-like explanation of a crime, leading us by the hand through every single step, then we’ll watch that show. Alas, we’re watching Elementary, and no we won’t go there with the obvious pun on the title compared to how they treated us in the end.
  • Oh Watson: At least they’re giving Watson more to do other than stand next to Holmes and talk every once in awhile. Her B-story is intriguing in the sense that there are still a lot of emotional hurdles she has to get through. She’s still trying to “rehabilitate” following her past actions. At the same time, it feels like it’s all stuffed together in a corner. It’s as if they forgot and they need to remind people Watson’s alive. Hopefully, they’ll give us an episode that will finally make us really care for her.

The Bad:

  •  Our Supporting Cast: Still not entirely won over by Lucy Liu and Aidan Quinn. They look like they’re merely sleepwalking through each scene. We know it’s a combination of what the script is giving them and what they’re acting out. But we’d like to see a little more effort. This is a Sherlock Holmes show! We know the characters surrounding him aren’t the happiest due to his antics, but they should at least be livelier.
  • Camera One, Camera Two: We wish there was more variety in the camera placement. We don’t want this to continually feel like another random television detective show. There should be enough cool direction to make Elementary stand out from the pack. Throw us some curve ball camera shots.


With some hard work, Elementary could be a fantastic show. But the bumps in the story and cast make it feel like the training wheels are still on. Hopefully, they’ll rectify this soon.

Rating: 6.5/10

What did you think of this week’s Elementary?