Elementary: Moving Targets
May 8, 2017 11:08 AM - Season 5, Episode 22 - Subscribe

When a reality show contestant is murdered, Holmes and Watson zero in on another competitor as a suspect, a former war criminal who may be the most skilled killer they've ever pursued.

Joan gets to wake up Sherlock.

No sign of Clyde, but Shinwell makes an appearance.

AV Club rates it a B+.
posted by CMcG (5 comments total)
Shinwell makes an appearance.

And an exit.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 11:06 PM on May 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Good riddance.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 2:28 AM on May 10, 2017

So, this is how SBK is taken down, right?
  1. Shinwell points out "they won't be defensive if you pull them on non-gang-related crimes, some of which are very much worth solving."
  2. Sherlock said he had come to terms with Shinwell being a murderer, because he's their best chance of taking down SBK
  3. Shinwell dies, and with him goes "their best chance of taking down SBK," so on to their second best plan
  4. Sherlock and Joan dig through unsolved crimes in SBK territory, either working their way up to SBK heads, or magically landing on big crimes that put away the top guys
Shinwell was a wasted character, IMO. He started with potential, but was squeezed into dull a box.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:28 AM on May 10, 2017 [4 favorites]

Joan waking Sherlock up was the very best part.

I also liked the part about Sherlock wanting to be better so as to not lose Joan.

It's interesting—I haven't read the books in a long time, but read them all in a rush when I was 13 or 14, and although I didn't identify this at the time, I felt the relationship between Holmes and Watson was substantially romantic. Not that they were involved in a relationship as we'd define it in modern times, but the feelings between them—romantic. (As was most of the other stuff I was reading at the time because: young teenager.)

I am a staunch defender of the ban on Joan-Sherlock hooking up that the Elementary folks have declared, but it is true that the show suffers without intimacy in their relationship. This episode did a good job of reestablishing that intimacy.

Also, Lucy Liu directed this episode—maybe that helped it out too.
posted by purpleclover at 10:23 AM on May 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

Renewed for a sixth season.
posted by purpleclover at 9:27 PM on May 13, 2017

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