Elementary (2012– )
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A Difference in Kind 

Vikner's diabolical maneuvering to secure his position becomes known. Sherlock concocts a plan to unseat him only to unwittingly enable a power struggle the ends of which he could barely have believed possible.

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Joshua Vikner
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Agent Gary Burke
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Christopher Gray
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Zoya Hashemi
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FBI Agent #1
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Holmes and Watson's lives are threatened by an influential, worldwide criminal network connected to the murder attempt on Morland Holmes (John Noble). Also, Sherlock's grievances with his father threaten their alliance to bring their mutual adversary to justice.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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8 May 2016 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes: So do you supposed your sister will help us sell this place?
Dr. Joan Watson: That's a good question. We can ask her over dinner... We should ask Marcus to join too.
Sherlock Holmes: What does he know about real estate?
Dr. Joan Watson: Probably nothing. But he's single and so is Lin.
Sherlock Holmes: And to think my father thought *I* was the greatest threat to our circle of friends.
Dr. Joan Watson: What's the worst that could happen?
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S4: Professionally made, but disjointed and lacking a really strong narrative drive and patience
18 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The fourth season of Elementary did not surprise me by managing to lift itself from a third season which was a noticeable step down from the previous two. I am not sure why it bothered me more this time, but the episodic nature of the show was more apparent – too much felt like it was of no consequence. Part of this is just the nature of 'case-of-the-week' but in this season it was also related to how many plot plots seemed unnatural and didn't really seem to serve a function other than filling time. The father, the half- sister, the relationship, the cop battling Watson, and so on – very little really had a weight to it that is needed to provide that backbone to a show like this.

The cases continue to be pretty distracting and entertaining, although there are probably too many this season where they didn't get a consistently high standard. They were all professionally done, and the cast all did their usual work, but there was not as much fleeting fun here, while also lacking that aforementioned meat. It is a shame because there are elements in here which deserved better – the introduction of Moreland, the return of Moriarty's organization, but they are used more as 'big ideas' perhaps to try to get the viewers in, rather than really making the most of either of them.

I am outside the US, but I understand the show was moved to a Sunday night slot for this season. Usually this signals a loss of confidence in the show, and I assume the fifth season will probably be the last. Hopefully they can regroup, deliver some enjoyable "case" episodes, but also produce a strong core thread which builds across the whole year and makes for a satisfying ending. The last two seasons suggest they can't, but hopefully they can find it.


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