Ancient History

“Ancient History” brings us through yet another murder of the week. It takes Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) through some story twists that bring us to a rather boring conclusion. At least this week’s Elementary gave us a fun plot B that shows exactly how far Sherlock and Joan’s friendship has progressed.

The Players:

  • Director: Sanaa Hamri
  • Writer: Jason Tracey
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, Danielle Nicolet, Mia Barron

Episode Title: “Ancient History”

It’s been a couple weeks since Sherlock had his hands on a good case. With some successful digging he manages to find one in the form of a motorcycle accident, which is really a murder. As Sherlock is uncovering the mystery, Joan attempts to track down a mystery man for her friend.

The Good:

  • Murder to Mobsters: Elementary doesn’t always stick to trivial things like murder cases having to do with friends who grow to hate each other. At the same time, this episode fails because the reasoning behind the murder is divorce. Still, it was nice to watch a motorcycle accident turn into a story about a hit man with connections to the Russian mafia. It was entertaining to see Sherlock and Watson uncover this spider web full of information.
  • Bad Sherlock, Bad: If you’ve Elementary from the beginning, you know this version of Sherlock has had his share of affairs with random women. When Joan learns the mystery man her friend is looking for is actually Sherlock, their trust is temporarily broken. He confesses and tells her the only reason he hooked up with this friend is because he wanted to know more about Watson. We’re surprised Joan wasn’t upset about for long, but she almost had her revenge on with a little lie. Almost.
  • The Look: It may have been a combination of the lighting and the direction, but we really liked the look of it. It added more to the main story, though the goofiness of the B story kept the tone inconsistent. These shows tend to give a little breathing room in between their heavier dramatic scenes.

The So-So:

  • Our Conclusion: It was cool seeing how many people were connected to this one act of murder. But the person behind it was such a boring reveal. It was the wife the whole time? Usually, you tend to shove the first person you interview in a case towards the top of your suspect list, but you always hope they don’t go that route. It’s so predictable. The fuel behind her wanting to go ahead with the murder seemed too weak for our tastes.
  • Plot B: In some ways the subplot was funny to watch, but it felt slightly forced at the same time. Every once in a while Elementary suffers from its second storyline because it feels like it should have a big conflict between the main characters to sell the show. That doesn’t always have to be the case, especially now. You’ve built up your fan base, which isn’t going away anytime soon. These two characters have evolved so much during the course of near 30 episodes that they know how to get along with each other to some degree.


“Ancient History” is a slightly weaker episode but there was enough mystery running through the 42 minutes of air time that it kept our attention.

Rating: 6/10

Elementary airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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