TV Club: Elementary: “A Controlled Descent”

Every time we start or end a season of Elementary, my mind tends to turn to the same idea: what is this show about, exactly?

In season one, Elementary was a show about Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes’ partnership, and the way their relationship helped each battle their respective demons. But with that relationship largely settled, the second and third seasons have struggled to find a dynamic resting rate for the series. There are serialized arcs that operate over top of the basic procedural dynamic, which are hit (Kitty) and miss (Mycroft), but that resting rate has been a problem as the third season came to a close. Although these are still fun characters to watch solve crimes, and there remains something inherently pleasurable about seeing a case start and end in the span of an hour, the show reached a point by the end of season three where the …

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