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Grumpy Old Mr. Holmes

by Cap'n Carrot on July 17, 2015

in Film

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Adapted from Mitch Cullen‘s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, Mr. Holmes is an intriguing, if flawed, idea offering audiences a look at the retired detective fighting senility while struggling to remember the details of his final case decades before. I say flawed because despite a terrific performance from Ian McKellen removing the keen intellect from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes also removes the character’s most definable trait leaving only a hollow shell in its place.

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In terms of mysteries the Season Three episode of Elementary is weakest of the series but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deliver in other ways. The abduction of Alfredo (Ato Essandoh) by Holmes’ old drug associate Oscar (Michael Weston), who demands the detective’s help in locating his missing sister, sends Holmes down a dark path in a finale that deals with Holmes’ inner demons, his addiction, his guilt, and a growing frustration with a situation he can not control. It’s immediately clear what Oscar is really after, but it does take the detective time to piece the series of events together and deduce the reasons behind Oscar darkening Holmes’ door once more.

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Things get personal for Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) when he becomes the prime suspect in a three-year-old murder which occurred during the hazy day of heavy heroin use make everyone except Watson (Lucy Liu) question whether or not the detective might be responsible. As Watson begins an investigation into the murder Holmes seeks out an old associate (Michael Weston) and is visited by the dead woman’s family who, based on what the police have told them, hold Sherlock responsible for the crime and take it upon themselves to offer some violent retribution.

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With Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) out of the country and Watson (Lucy Liu) mourning the murder of Andrew she knows, but cannot prove, was ordered by Elana March (Gina Gershon) from the prison cell where Watson put her, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) elicits the help of Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) for his latest case involving the theft of a pair of pregnant zebras from the local zoo. Their investigation will lead to the discovery of an extinct quagga bred from one of the zebras which would catch quite a price on the black market.

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The murder of a police officer brings all of the department’s resources to bear including Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), Watson (Lucy Liu), and Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) who uncover some unsettling news about the victim’s drug habit and the lengths he took to try and pay for it. When a second patrolmen is killed soon after, with no ties to the now disgraced first victim, Holmes and his team work to find a connection and uncover what is really going on.

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While running into an old flame that makes her reconsider her current long-distance relationship, Watson (Lucy Liu) helps Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) on a case of a missing woman which becomes far more interesting than it initially appears. Connecting the disappearance of their client’s sister with several other unsolved crimes, all of which share one bizarre common characteristic (an odor of nutmeg found at the crime scene), Holmes deduces they aren’t looking for a single killer but an expert cleaner destroying any evidence of a crime scene the police might otherwise find.

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In the only episode of the series not to feature Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) consult on a case involving the death of a small postal store owner whose severed hand was discovered on the street. After a little investigating the pair link the man’s death to illegal diamond smuggling, eventually uncovering the identity (and motive) of their killer.

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Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) accepts a case to look into the theft of an artificial intelligence known as “Bella.” More interested in the software itself, and disproving it as legitimate A.I., Holmes passes off most of the legwork involving the theft and eventual murder of one of Bella’s creators to Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) and Watson (Lucy Liu) while he becomes obsessed with testing the machine.

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While continuing to develop Kitty‘s (Ophelia Lovibond) relationships to both Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu), “Just a Regular Irregular” returns Rich Sommer as often-shirtless mathematician Harlan Emple who stumbles upon a dead body while playing a complicated mathematical game. When others involved in the game start turning up dead as well, Holmes and Watson agree to work together to piece together a motive for the crimes which are being committed a dedicated killer obsessed with hunting down an anonymous math blogger who is threatening the man’s livelihood.

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The latest episode of Elementary, while taking its name and set-up from a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, offers a mystery involving the death of a toy manufacturer (whose popular toy killed a handful of children) as well as the murder of the man’s attorney, offers several false leads and red herrings for both Holmes and Watson as each of the former partners takes one of the victims for themselves, later coming together when the motive proves too elusive for either to solve on their own.

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