by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)
This was it, dear readers, the season finale for the latest entry in the Sherlock Holmes mythos: Elementary. In the two-hour finale, we get a glimpse into the past of Holmes and Irene and continue with the present reappearance of Holmes’ former flame. In the past, Holmes is intrigued that Irene is one of the few people who would be able to outwit him with false paintings. He takes an immediate liking to her and their relationship builds as they each find a mutual challenge in one another.
In present day, Holmes decides to be by Irene’s side 24/7, feeling guilty for her initial disappearance. At the hospital, the doctor diagnoses Irene with PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) and Holmes decides he will no longer help with cases as he needs to take care of Irene. Watson feels this isn’t good for his sobriety, as she can spot a trigger, but Holmes doesn’t care, his mind is made up. So Watson and Gregson check the home Irene was staying at and question the man who owned it. They visit the home of two brothers, only to have one of them shoot an officer and disappear. He later receives a call to do a “favor” for Moriarty.
Later, back at home, Irene screams from her room. Holmes runs in to find a flower on her bed. Cameras later show the fugitive brother placed it. Holmes tries to get Irene to go into hiding when he notices a missing mole on her back. He accuses her of working with Moriarty. She walks out and in comes the brother. He’s there to kill Holmes as he’s done working for Moriarty. But before he can, Irene kills the brother. Irene finally confesses to Holmes that SHE is Moriarty and that she can’t kill him as he’s a beautiful work of art who she wants to “study.”
After Irene leaves, Watson arrives and Holmes fills her in. He’s happy as he now has a nemesis and feels great. Watson gets a call from her brother and goes to meet him, only to find Irene waiting. Irene tells Watson she will be leaving soon. Watson accuses Irene of being afraid of Holmes, but Irene says she’s just afraid of what he may make her do.
Holmes finds out that Irene has a new plan to kill a man who is tied to a politician and a country turning over their money for the pound, which would make it worthless. So Irene bought a huge portion of this countries soon to be worthless money. But if she kills the man, the politician will not sign the bill and the money will regain its value, leaving Irene with billions. But Holmes is too late. Irene sets up a smuggler to kill the man, which in turn frees his daughter who had been kidnapped by Irene. The bill will now go through and Irene is gone. Holmes, distraught, beats up a drug dealer and takes drugs from him, later to be found by Bell in the bathroom having overdosed on heroine.
At the hospital, Irene is able to get past his security detail to speak to him once more before she disappears for good. Irene didn’t think he would become an addict after her death, and she asks him to come with her when she leaves because they’re “the same.” He says they both screwed up by falling in love and that he wasn’t smart enough to figure her out, but Watson was smarter than her. Irene realizes the overdose was fake and Watson and the police show up to make the arrest.
While the entire two hour finale was great, much can be said about the ending. They introduce Moriarty, FINALLY in person, in the last episode, only to have Holmes’ ultimate arch-nemesis captured by the police? I understand that, in this day and age, one must plan that a show may not be back for a second season, but where do they go from here? I’m sure they can write something in about Moriarty getting out of jail or beating charges, but that’s a cop out. They could have done something so much more epic for a season finale.
We were able to see a new side to Holmes in the finale. The side where he’s imperfect, where he defies who he is to give to the person he loves. Had Holmes been in his right mind, he would have figured it all out much sooner. But, as happens with so many of us, love is blinding and we tend to make excuses for those we care about and choose to disregard the obvious signs which are right in front of us, signs others see but we avoid. But it further demonstrates that Holmes is human, and that he is flawed, and that he, too, needs love and affection in his life to be complete. Where does the story go from here in terms of filling this necessity of human need for Holmes, we’ll just have to find out.
As for the relationship between Holmes and Watson, it’s very nice to see that they didn’t take it in a romantic direction. In other shows, the romantic tension is there, but once the characters have that first kiss, it deflates and there’s not much to do from there. Elementary kept that at bay, keeping Watson and Holmes on a professional level, and staying true to the well-established core albeit with a female Watson. It’s a joy to see the character growth from both Holmes and Watson each week, how they evolve together and fill in the holes that the other has. Until next season, dear readers.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars