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Elementary - Child Predator

episode 1.3

USA 2012
produced by
Alysse Bezahler, Jonathan Filley, Carl Beverly (executive), Michael Cuesta (executive), Robert Doherty (executive), Craig Sweeny (executive), Sarah Timberman (executive) for Hill of Beans Productions, Timberman-Beverly Productions/CBS
directed by Rod Holcomb
starring Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn, Johnny Simmons, Yancey Arias, Michael Countryman, Erin Dilly, Selenis Leyva, Christopher Evan Welch, Larisa Polonsky, Flint Beverage, Andrew M. Chamberlain, Don Guillory, Brian O'Neill
written by Peter Blake, series created by Robert Doherty, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle, music by Sean Callery, Zoe Keating

Elementary, Sherlock Holmes

review by
Mike Haberfelner

On the police radio, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) hears about a child abduction that resembles a case from 7 years ago, committed by the serial child abductor "Balloon Man" too closely for comfort, and when he and Watson (Lucy Liu) are called in for advice, he's soon able to track down the car of the culprit ... but when the driver of the car is arrested it turns out to be the abducted boy from 7 years back, Adam Kemper (Johnny Simmons), who apparently has over the years built up a father-son relationship with the Balloon Man, and thus refuses to give up his erstwhile abductor. And an attempt to track him down leaves the police with a video where the Balloon Man (Christopher Evan Welch) threatens to kill his latest abductee. The police now offers Adam an immunity deal - as he's suspected to have played a part in the Balloon Man's other kidnappings and murders - and thus the Balloon Man is tracked down ... and he kills himself before the eyes of the police. But then Holmes finds out the Balloon Man was never the actual killer but only a front for Adam, who even as a kid had homicidal tendencies. But now that he has been granted immunity, he's pretty much untouchable - until Holmes once more finds a way ...


Now the story of this one is incredibly far-fetched and its resolution doesn't ring at all true. Plus, it has pretty much "torn from the headlines" stamped all over it, while not really aiming for realism at all. So from the story perspective this is anything but a good episode. But for Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson it's again watchable, as the former is as eccentric and erratic as ever, the latter's effort to put up with him is really palpable, and the chemistry between the two is just right. So not a total love, one would just love to see the pair being given some better scripts.


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