Snow Angels

It’s a pain to have wait for a good show to return after a break. But thankfully, it was worth it because of Elementary‘s latest episode “Snow Angels.” It was a fun blend of Sherlock/Watson banter with a game of cat and mouse mixed in. 

The Players:

  • Director: Andrew Bernstein
  • Writer: Jason Tracey
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn, Candis Cayne

Episode Title: “Snow Angels”

Sherlock (Miller) and Watson (Liu) are on the case after a robbery/homicide at a cell phone store. When they suspect it’ll be a quick capture, a snow storm hits New York, knocking out the city’s power. They must track down the culprits, while entertaining an unexpected guest, the recently heartbroken Ms. Hudson (Cayne).

The Good:

  • Our New Ms. Hudson: One thing you can say about Elementary is they find new ways to introduce the property’s iconic characters. We haven’t seen Moriarty or Mycroft, but we finally gazed upon the transsexual version of Ms. Hudson. She retains the same kindhearted qualities of the literary version, with a slightly different exterior. The actor who portrays Ms. Hudson does a nice job of playing heartbroken and helpful around the house. We look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
  • The Chase: Whoever decided it was a good idea to set this case in the middle of a snow storm is quite clever. It was a great way to keep our interest as Watson and Sherlock demonstrate how they can solve a case without the help of technology. Also, the additional twist of a government employee using her power to aid a criminal’s escape was a great touch. It led to one of the funniest moments of the episode when the officers staged a riot inside the precent to smoke out the accomplice.
  • Sherlock and Watson: The dialogue between Sherlock and Watson was fantastic to say the least. They went back and forth arguing, debating and sounding like brother and sister. The dynamic between the characters has been cemented. Watson knows Sherlock can be unpredictable but balances out his erratic behavior with her level headed outlook. Whenever they clash on random topics, even when it comes to solving a case, it’s pretty funny.

The Decent:

  • Pacing: Sometimes you just can’t hold on to an audiences’ attention due to pacing issues. The proper balance of entertainment can wane for many reasons. Unfortunately “Snow Angel” suffered because of a brief but noticeable lull in the middle of the episode. When Sherlock revealed how close they were to capturing the culprits, it picked back up.

Overall:

“Snow Angels” is an enjoyable episode filled with humor, thrills and the reveal of a new recurring character.

Rating: 9/10

Elementary airs on CBS at 10 pm ET/PT.