elementary art in the blood

This week’s Elementary brings Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) into the spy world with deceit popping up at every corner. “Art in the Blood” is a high tension episode, that leads to a game-changing season finale.

The Players:

  • Director: Guy Ferland
  • Writer: Bob Goodman
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, Rhys Ifans

Episode Title: “Art in the Blood”

After MI6 (British Intelligence) saved Watson (Liu) and Mycroft’s (Ifans) lives, Sherlock (Miller) is grateful for their services, but it doesn’t come without a price. When they ask Sherlock to research an analyst who was suddenly found dead, he uncovers a tangled web of lies and possible treason. Meanwhile, Watson’s having a difficult time trusting Mycroft, but isn’t sure if she wants him completely out of the picture.

The Good:

  • The Spy Game: When Sherlock was first approached by MI6, it was a mandatory case thrown upon him. Sherlock is brought into a far more complicated world of espionage than he could have ever dreamed of. The twist about the mole, and whoever it is trying to frame Mycroft, is clever and makes viewers want to uncover the truth immediately. This is the third cliffhanger in a row we’ve been exposed to, and the curiosity drives us mad. Mycroft has to go on the run and Sherlock is against the clock trying his best to figure out who’s really behind all this. Elementary is giving us the entertaining opportunity to leave the simple crime-solving world and go into something much greater in the past couple episodes, which therefore makes the tail end of this second season appear fresh, clever and a lot of fun to watch.
  • Moving On: A couple episodes back Watson said she no longer wanted to live with Sherlock and was eager to start a new chapter in her life. She doesn’t want to discontinue their friendship; she just wants some space. Sherlock is not happy about that at all. He doesn’t even listen to the explanations as to why she thinks it would be best to move and storms out. His childish approach isn’t too surprising, only duet to he fact that Watson is his crutch when it comes to being on the brink of using drugs. Watson has been kept under Sherlock’s wing for so long in this season, but she’s still an ever-changing character. We hope we see her move out so we can watch what she does next.
  • Direction: There appears to be more focus and a need for soft tracking shots that help strengthen the scenes shown on our screens. At this point I’ve grown accustomed to, and particularly like, Guy Ferland’s active direction. It’s definitely pleasing to see.

The So-So:

  • Watson/Mycroft: For the longest time Watson held herself back from fully diving into a relationship with Mycroft, but once she learned that he joined MI6 to save Sherlock, she’s smitten. There’s nothing wrong with how they’ve portrayed the relationship, but something’s not right with how the actors interact. The spark that should come naturally isn’t entirely there, and I think a lot of that has to do with the onscreen chemistry between Liu and Ifans.
  • The NYPD: The police, especially a certain captain and detective, have been working with Sherlock long enough to tell when something is off with him. He’s been acting weird among the two this past episode, but they’ve noticed nothing. It appears to be almost a writing flaw, but if there’s a big payoff we’ll be seeing it in the next episode. Then it would be understandable why they’re taking a backseat.

The Bad:

  • A Pinch Unbalanced: We’re all aware that “Art in the Blood” is part two of three climatic episodes that are wrapping up the season, but the layout and some pacing issues don’t entirely work. It felt as if one story was beginning towards the end of this episode, and then they decided to cut away towards the end of the first act. It felt lopsided but at least we’ll get the finale we’ve been craving next week.

Overall:

“Art in the Blood” isn’t entirely perfect but it does create a fine set-up to bring us into the season finale. Here’s hoping our heroes make it out alive at the end of Season 2.

Rating: 8/10

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

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