Elementary: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (27 Sep. 2012)

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Sherlock Holmes, fresh out of rehab, is teamed with a sobriety partner, a former surgeon named Watson. They have to learn to work together even as they tackle their first case, the mysterious death of a doctor's wife.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Richard Mantlo
Detective Javier Abreu
Jonathan Walker ...
Harrison Polk
Eileen Renfro
Peter Saldua
Infomercial Narrator
Randal Turner ...
Male Opera Singer
Melissa Zapin ...
Female Opera Singer
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NYPD detective Javier Abreu is delighted to have his weird English friend Sherlock Holmes on the case of robbery-victim Dr. Richard Mantlo's apparently missing wife, whom Sherlock finds slaughtered in a safe room she has installed secretly. Sherlock, recently out of drug rehab, makes the best of 'buddy' nurse Joan Watson, hired by his wealthy London father, actually a disbarred surgeon whose people skills he can use. Sherlock quickly proves it's the work of a trophy-hunting serial killer, but finds his prime suspect the next victim. Written by KGF Vissers

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The character Dectective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) is a nod to Author Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. In 1877 Conan Doyle met Dr. Joseph Bell and served as his clerk at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. See more »


At the end of the show Holmes and Watson are watching a Mets-Reds baseball game on TV. This would be impossible since this story takes place sometime during the winter, as everyone is wearing heavy winter clothes and all of the trees are bare. See more »


Dr. Joan Watson: [about an observation Holmes made about her father] How did you know he had an affair?
Sherlock Holmes: Google. Not everything is deducible.
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Elementary Main Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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There's no Sherlock here
28 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Even though the main characters are called Holmes and Watson, they have nothing to do with the beloved characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Lately, the "re-imagining" trend starts looking more and more like an excuse to plug a character with a well-known name and none of the story or personality for the sole purpose of cashing in a few dollars from a classic author without giving any credit (note how the show doesn't credit Doyle even for the creation of the characters).

So in that case why not call them Ben Rupert and his sidekick Anna Patrick? In that case you'd lose the audience lured in by the name for the first few episode before they realize that there's no embodiment here for their beloved detective.

Moffat's re-imagining had a little spunk there. There was some background, some of the stories were adapted, etc. Moffat gave up some of the cohesion and some of the logic that made the original characters believable in an effort to adapt them to the modern world. Even though the wit was gone, it was still entertaining.

Ritchie's Holmes kept the character alive and added to it, making it not just witty but also more fun that the pure exercise of intellect that Doyle offered.

We could go over and over and would find better and worse interpretations of Holmes, only to reach this conclusion: "Elementary" isn't necessarily the worst, but its sin is that it is the most annoying. If you're going to throw away everything that made Holmes into Holmes, do it properly, don't drag the name into a show that is aimlessly searching for an identity!

Bottom line is, the show could very well stand its own ground if it wouldn't desperately try to cash in on established characters!

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