Elementary renewed for sixth series

Half a decade ago, there was much hullaballoo when US network CBS announced that it was going to broadcast its own version of Sherlock Holmes, starring British actor Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. How dare they? screamed many Holmes die-hards, especially as the announcement was coming (very) soon after the successful Steven Moffat and…

Review: Elementary (S3 E24/24), Tuesday 2nd June, Sky Living

So, we come to the end of a season in which the most dramatic plot-lines have been devoted not to Holmes, but to his detective protégés Joan Watson and Kitty Winter. In Controlled Descent, the spotlight is back on Sherlock; but will this mark his Reichenbach Falls moment, or some more metaphorical fall?   

Review: Elementary (S3 E23/24), Tuesday 26th May, Sky Living

Someone on the Elementary writing team sure likes bees. From a single mention in the Conan Doyle canon of the retired Holmes taking up bee-keeping, Elementary’s Sherlock has developed an obsession with the pollinating pests that borders on the obsessive. So, we’re long overdue for this apicultural episode, in which colony collapse turns to murder. …

Review: Elementary (S3 E22/24), Tuesday 19th May, Sky Living

If there’s one thing Sherlock hates, it’s corporations. We don’t quite know why – maybe it’s just because Daddy owns one. But, in any case where a megacorp is involved, you can bet top execs twisted by greed will turn out to be the villains. No exception this week.

Review: Elementary (S3 E20), Tuesday 5th May, Sky Living

Last week the plot centred on Captain Gregson’s daughter Hannah, and showed that promising individuals don’t always perform as expected. This week seems set on proving that the opposite can also be true. It’s also quite the most brutal episode of Elementary yet, so hang on to your lunch. 

Review: Elementary (S3 E20/24), Tuesday 5th May, Sky Living

The circle of people Sherlock Holmes might call friends is a small one, but he does seem willing to extend it to family members. In some cases, such as Joan Watson’s mother, it works out well; in others – well, let’s just say that the example of Sherlock’s own family ought to have taught him…

Review: Elementary (S3 E18/24), Tuesday 21st April, Sky Living

While Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes had sworn off the fairer sex – leading to all sorts of literary speculation about his proclivities – Elementary’s Sherlock has a rather too-much-information tendency to trumpet his bedroom athletics. So when he gets out the ‘sex blanket’ – yewww! – and books Watson three days in a luxury hotel,…

Review: Elementary (S3 E17/24), Tuesday 14th April, Sky Living

The makers of Elementary are fixated on the idea that Holmes is trying to live without sleep. Even if he could, which isn’t possible for any human, would he be daft enough to try to impose this ruinous lifestyle on Watson? Yet we open this episode with the results of his experiments with arc-lamps –…

Review: Elementary (S3 E16/24), Tuesday 7th April, Sky Living

Holmes’s past informs his present; the spectre of his drug addiction, and the fear that boredom will drive him back to drug abuse, is one of the things that keeps him devoted to his work. But the blank spaces of his days as an addict have never been filled in, perhaps because he fears confronting…

Review: Elementary (S3 E15/24), Tuesday 31st March, Sky Living

While Joan has resolved to move back into the brownstone, she doesn’t expect to find Sherlock and a helper cleaning out her flat. She’s done with attempting to have a life outside the detective business, but how will her relationship with Sherlock work? Can they be equal partners, or will the addict always need a…

Review: Elementary (S3 E14/24), Tuesday 24th March, Sky Living

After the resolution of the Kitty storyline, which ended with Joan looking as if she would resume her position as Sherlock’s protégé, we could have hoped the poor woman would settle into a happy lifestyle. But no, her on-off boyfriend Andrew – about to be definitely off if Joan went through with her intention to…

Review: Elementary (S3 E13/24), Tues 17th March, Sky Living

After the climactic events of the last two episodes, in which Kitty took her revenge on her tormentor and we discovered how she and Sherlock met in London, it wouldn’t be possible for the series to keep up the same nail-biting tension. It looks like Sherlock will be able to enjoy some down-time, which he…