Elementary: The Geek Interpreter
September 4, 2018 1:57 PM - Season 6, Episode 19 - Subscribe

Holmes and Watson race to locate a missing woman; Holmes' friend becomes the prime suspect in the woman's disappearance.
posted by litera scripta manet (5 comments total)
 
Return of Harry Crane, inappropriate mathematician. I felt weird about the advisor–grad student relationship stuff? I am not in academia, but I didn't love how it was handled.

These mysteries are okay, but this episode made me realize I want a lot more information about Sherlock (and Joan's) daily lives. Does Sherlock travel with a suit? Where does he get his clothes? What's his laundry situation? When does Joan shop? The character has really beautiful clothes: Is she into fashion as a hobby? What do they eat? Do they share food? Do they cook? I know we've seen glimpses of their daily lives, but I'd enjoy way more of that worldbuilding stuff and fewer crooked landlords and bookies (that said, that bingo hall was quite a setting!)

This is still my fave show, even if no one ever seems aware of their Miranda rights and I mutter "Where's your lawyer" at least twice an episode.
posted by purpleclover at 12:34 AM on September 5


To be fair the original stories revealed little day to day practical insight.
posted by Freedomboy at 9:38 AM on September 5


This is still my fave show, even if no one ever seems aware of their Miranda rights and I mutter "Where's your lawyer" at least twice an episode.

The great thing about S & W, as the show often points out, is that they are NOT cops and don't need to do copply stuff. Bell and Gregson often Mirandize, and just because we don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't get done. But yeah, in about every episode I ask myself "Why is he telling them this? Why is he even talking to them?" Sometimes it's because Sherlock or Joan has some leverage to apply, but often it's just because the plot needs it to happen.

To be fair the original stories revealed little day to day practical insight.

Very true, and it's a great bonus of the medium of television that they CAN show us things that would have gone unmentioned in the Doyle stories, even if sometimes that's just a tease. It also makes it a little more fun. It's very easy for the literary Holmes to say "I can see by the stain on your tie that you've been in Borneo recently, where the Manok Pansoh violently disagreed with you..." when we can't SEE the damned tie. The show-runners of Elementary have to be a level above that. (OK, sometimes they cheat. But at least they try.)
posted by ubiquity at 3:49 PM on September 5


I was about half convinced that Sherlock was struggling to confess his love for Watson after Hairy Wimple came over for the hug. Half convinced and wholly cringed...
posted by carsonb at 11:37 PM on September 5


Oddly enough, the British series has some spin-off stories that make up The blog of Dr. John. H. Watson, and one of them is also called "The Geek Interpreter". The stories don't appear to have anything else in common beyond the desire to make a (fairly obvious) pun on one of Doyle's more famous stories, but it's an interesting example of why titles are not copyrightable.
posted by ubiquity at 10:31 AM on September 6 [1 favorite]


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