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Story: Sherlock tries to build bridges with Watson as he returns to New York with a new apprentice in tow.
THEY SAID it would never work, that it was the Americans trying to copy the success of the Beeb’s brilliant Sherlock, that ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’ was never said by the great sleuth in Conan Doyle’s novels. But here Elementary is, back for a third series.
OK, it’s not as witty or tricky or clever as Sherlock, but this modern-day transplant of the detective to New York is always good fun. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are inspired casting, and really make the odd-couple dynamic come alive. It always has just enough intrigue, eccentricity and humour to make it an amusing hour.
Part of the problem for the writers, however, is that they need to keep juggling the undercurrent of potential romance, because if Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson do ever fall into a clinch, it’s show over. It’ll be out of plot, or turn into McMillan & Wife.
Captain Gregson has a replacement for Holmes
They certainly are far away from any emotional entanglement in this series opener (of a 24-part run).
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Their relationship is in tatters after their falling out over Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft. Watson has left the Holmes’s brownstone home while Holmes has been in London doing a few shifts for MI6.
Now he’s back, looking a bit Forrest Gumpish with his buttoned-up shirt, sheepishly apologising to stony-faced Watson and trying to wheedle his way back into working for Captain Gregson.
Neither welcome the sleuth with open arms, particularly Watson, who now has her own spot on Gregson’s team.
New face Kitty Winter
Fortunately, there is a devilishly tricky murder to sort out and Sherlock’s nous could come in handy. It’s a closed room mystery – or closed elevator mystery (with a suitably madcap solution) – involving the shooting of a detective and a key witness against arch criminal and guest star Gina Gershon.
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Sherlock also has a new apprentice in tow, Brit gal Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond), who tangles with Watson when they come to blows in the street.
It is possible to detect a few clues to a thawing in the stand-off between Holmes and Watson by the end of the episode, but Kitty should stir the plot up nicely in coming weeks.
Cast: Jonny Lee Miller Sherlock Holmes, Lucy Liu Dr Joan Watson, Aidan Quinn Captain Tobias Gregson, Jon Michael Hill Detective Marcus Bell, Ophelia Lovibond Kitty, Raza Jaffrey Andrew, Gina Gershon Allison March