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elementary-season-5-dvdHoping to artificially instill some continuity to the show’s Fifth Season, the first episode of the year introduces us to Joan‘s (Lucy Liu) former patient and reformed gangbanger Shinwell (Nelsan Ellis). Shinwell’s issues will be a recurring theme throughout the year as Sherlock‘s (Jonny Lee Miller) attempts to help the man infiltrate and bring down a local gang have consequences for everyone involved. Sherlock’s odd behavior, getting even odder towards the end of the year, will culminate in his conversations with a stranger (Joanna Christie) and larger implications for his partnership with Watson heading into Season Six.

While far from the show’s strongest season, highlights include the death of a magician, murder and pirate gold, the return of Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond), a desperate client, Holmes struggling with attending his AA meetings, and the murder of a mathematician.

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Elementary‘s season finale wraps up the the gang storyline which began with the introduction of Shinwell (Nelsan Ellis). A brewing gang war between the group Shinwell hoped to take down and a rival gang has the whole city on edge. Discovering events began with the abduction and murder of the sister of a rival gang leader, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) watch as Tyus Wilcox (Stephen Rider) turns events to his advantage, cutting a deal with the District Attorney to avoid prosecution and help stop a gang war. With Holmes distracted by events he refuses to share with his partner, Watson digs deeper to find justice for Shinwell.

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Sherlock: How To Film Thought

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The Fourth Series of Sherlock kicks off with an episode that spends equal times dealing with the possibly return of Moriarty (Andrew Scott) from beyond the grave, setting up a larger story of the season, and focusing on Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) getting back to business by solving a multitude of cases while keeping an eye of for one that might offer more of a challenge and lead back to his nemesis. The case settled on involves the strange destruction of several busts of Margaret Thatcher, without an apparent reason. However, Holmes does find a reason buried deep within one of those busts and a motive he traces back to Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) and her past.

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Honest Trailers – Sherlock (BBC)

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elementary-season-four-dvdFollowing the setback to his sobriety, Season Four of Elementary features the introduction of John Noble as Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) father Morland whose nefarious dealings will earn his son back his consultant job with the NYPD and become of great interest to Joan Watson (Lucy Liu).

Highlights of the season include the show’s unique take on The Hound of the Baskervilles, the introduction of Joshua Vikner (Tony Curran) as Jamie Moriarty‘s (Natalie Dormer) successor, Sherlock and Watson working for the FBI, Sherlock tying three FBI cases together with a kidnapping case that has more to it than anyone else suspects, the introduction of Watson’s half-sister (Samantha Quan), and the introduction of Sherlock’s new friend Mittens (Betty Gilpin).

Other crimes of interest include a staged murder leading to a double homicide, murder involving a survivalist bomb shelter, murder by mushroom, the murder of a whistleblower, murder over an old video game, and the murder of a dying scientist.

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Sherlock Parody by The Hillywood Show

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This teaser offers us the first look at the upcoming fourth series of Sherlock.

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sherlock-the-abominable-bride-blu-rayTaking place almost entirely in 1895, the natural habitat for Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman), “The Abominable Bride” is an unusual episode that allows the modern retelling of the detective’s adventures to journey back to his original hunting grounds. After a brief reintroduction the characters, things start in earnest when Lestrade (Rupert Graves) brings the pair an unusual case of a suicidal bride whose ghost has appeared multiple times to wreak havoc.

The holiday special works fairly well until its final act where it stalls trying to incorporate the show’s current storyline with the unsolved mystery (rather than just allowing the tale to exist on its own).

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include an extended featurette on the episode and the series, a Q&A about the series, a production diary, and shorter featurettes on the show’s writing and various aspects of recreating the look of 19th Century London for the episode.

[BBC Home Entertainment, Blu-ray $21.71 / DVD $22.99]

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When the daughter of an incarceration serial killer (Michael O’Keefe) is murdered in his preferred method Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) take the case. Given the nature of the murder at first the detectives suspect a revenge killing by a relative of one of the serial killer’s many victims. The discovery of an unexpected pregnancy as the result of an affair also provides multiple new suspects.

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