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Elementary - Flight Risk

episode 1.6

USA 2012
produced by
Alysse Bezahler, Geoffrey Hemwall, Carl Beverly (executive), Robert Doherty (executive), Craig Sweeny (executive), Sarah Timberman (executive) for Hill of Beans Productions, Timberman-Beverly Productions/CBS
directed by David Platt
starring Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn, Reiko Aylesworth, Brian Kerwin, Roger Rees, Adam LeFevre, Matthew Humphreys, Ashley Bryant, Michelle Federer, James Michael Reilly, David Shumbris
written by Corinne Brinkerhoff, series created by Robert Doherty, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle, music by Sean Callery

Elementary, Sherlock Holmes

review by
Mike Haberfelner

The last few days were low on crime, and Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) has just learned that his father might come to town - so he's desperately looking for an excuse to evade him (even if he's almost sure he won't show up anyway), and thus investigates the crash of a small passenger plane carrying three lawyers. It all looks like a perfectly ordinary accident, but then Holmes figures one of the lawyers, Gerard (David Shumbris), was actually already dead before the plane crashed, and the lawyers were all going against a big food company. So of course, that company immediately catches Holmes' suspicion, especially since one of its employees (Adam LeFevre) was seen at the hangar where the plane took off from arguing with Gerard. But he turns out to be a whistleblower within the company, and a diabetic hardly fit enough to kill the guy.

Holmes finds out the crashed plane had actually been sabotaged, and now suspicion falls upon pilot Barts (Matthew Humphries), whom Holmes soon figures a cocaine runner, who had a fight with the pilot as he found out. Plus, his alibi comes crashing down when his boss Cooper (Brian Kerwin) informs the police he had asked him for that alibi.

Closed case? Hardly, because Barts then disappears without a trace - which sounds like he has hightailed it, but Holmes finds out that he has left tens of thousands of drug money behind, something he could have well used on the run - so chances are he has been murdered. A little more investigating makes the airplance company owner, Cooper, himself out to be the culprit. Apparently, he and Barts were in the drugrunning business together, but now things were coming to the light, Cooper decided to burn his bridges and get out of things unscathed - and he almost succeeded.

Meanwhile, Watson (Lucy Liu) actually goes to meet Holmes' father (Roger Rees), to find out he's merely an actor Holmes has sent to the appointed venue as a prank. But still, she finds out some of Holmes' secrets.


A fun little episode: True, the case might have a few too many twists and turns to remain believable, too many things to come together all at once, but it still manages to hold one's attention and to entertain, also thanks to Jonny Lee Miller, giving a strong performance, even if Lucy Liu's mostly out of the picture, and little of their chemistry can be witnessed in this episode.


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