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Elementary: Season 2, Episode 3. We Are Everyone (2013)

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This review discusses the plot so, if you have not already watched this episode, you may wish to delay reading this.

Elementary: Season 2, Episode 3. We Are Everyone has decided to play the current elephant in the room game. We’re immediately in Edward Snowden territory with an ex-employee of the CIA leaking sensitive documents to the press. When the government shuts down his bank accounts, he goes on the run. To accelerate its capture of their nefarious whistleblower, the CIA decides to recruit Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) to find the lost sheep and put him to sleep. Not surprisingly, Holmes does not take kindly to being invited to participate in an attack on free speech, so the rest of the episode carefully avoids any real discussion of the rights and wrongs of whistleblowing, while allowing our investigative duo to run around looking for a way out of their predicament. Obviously, they can’t just ignore the CIA and they have a certain reputation for solving “crimes” to maintain. How then are they to square the circle?

Well, our Snowden lookalike leaked his secrets to only one journalist and, after following her, they find a connection to a member of a black hat hacking group of activists — they are the Everyone in the title. And hang out flags and sound the trumpets! Sherlock has kept Clyde from Season 1! At last there’s evidence of script continuity between seasons. Whether the poor beast should properly be considered a love interest to replace a lost Moriarty or a potential mate through an online dating service is a different matter. Anyway back to the chase.

There’s this young woman who likes to fantasise about throwing people out of windows. When they break into her apartment, hoping the whistleblower is inside, they find her dead on the floor. Sadly, it’s impossible to have an episode of this series without at least one dead body. So now we’ve overlapped with Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame. Instead of an alleged rape in Scandinavian climes, this is a possible murder by our elusive butterfly of chaos. In theory, this is all skating on the thin ice of cliché but the episode is saved by the metanarrative. Before we get to that, the ultimate nail in the coffin of the supposed mystery element is the decision to make the whistleblower genuinely “evil” and to show the CIA is placing more value on human life than the obsessive preservation of every last secret. So is the reputation of America elevated to the moral high ground while all hacktivists and other malcontents are cast down into the circle of Hell filled with flames (for those of you who like precision, Dante has flames in Circle 8, subcircles 7 to 10 in cantos 24 to 30). The rich Irish saviour is very convenient and the reaction of the Venezuelans less than credible.

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu)

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu)

Anyway, once we push the propaganda to one side, we’re in rather delicate emotional territory. Sitting in a park area given over to children’s play, Watson and an old friend we haven’t seen before, discuss whether she’s becoming too detached from the world. The friend has paid for Watson to appeal for friends through a dating site. Obviously the location implies Watson is moving closer to the age when it’s more difficult to conceive. So if she wants children, she’d better start looking for a suitable mate. Meanwhile Holmes is doing his wounded stag at bay act. Moriarty betrayed his love but, sob, now he’s over her. . . a lie revealed with no subtlety at the end of the episode. This leaves us with Watson dating a “nice” man who acts all protective when her posting on the dating site is hacked. While Holmes gazes mournfully at his navel not at all sure what he should feel.

Were it not for the exploration of the partnership between this version of Holmes and Watson, this series would be dead in the water as a vehicle for mystery plots. So far this season, there have been no interesting crimes to investigate. The fact Watson is now primed to analyse crime scenes at a glance and, after reading a book, she can act like a professional pickpocket (for those of you old enough to remember, this was the plot idea behind the show featuring Hiram Holiday — all he had to do to become an expert, was read a book) is not put to any real sustained use. What we do get is her more seriously dating. This produces a potential need for Holmes to decide between the incarcerated nefarious one and the woman at his side. Out of such romantic dilemmas, entire seasons of mystery series are born. Elementary: We Are Everyone was slightly above average. If you blinked, you missed Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) and Captain Tobias Gregson (Aidan Quinn).

For the reviews of other episodes, see:
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 1. Pilot (2012)

Elementary: Season 1, Episode 2. While You Were Sleeping (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 3. Child Predator (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 4. The Rat Race (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 5. Lesser Evils (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 6. Flight Risk (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 7. One Way to Get Off (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 8. The Long Fuse (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 9. You Do It To Yourself (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 10. The Leviathan (2012)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 11. Dirty Laundry (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 12. M (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 13. The Red Team (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 14. The Deductionist (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 15. A Giant Gun, Filled With Drugs (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 16. Details (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 17. Possibility Two. (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 18. Déjà Vu All Over Again. (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 19. Snow Angel. (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 20. Dead Man’s Switch. (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 21. A Landmark Story. (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episode 22. Risk Management. (2013)
Elementary: Season 1, Episodes 23 & 24. The Woman and Heroine (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 1. Step Nine (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 2. Solve For X (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 4. Poison Pen (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 5. Ancient History (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 6. An Unnatural Arrangement (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 7. The Marchioness (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 8. Blood Is Thicker (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 9. On the Line (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 10. Tremors (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 11. Internal Audit (2013)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 12. The Diabolical Kind (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 13. All in the Family (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 14. Dead Clade Walking (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 15. Corps de Ballet (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 16. One Percent Solution (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 17. Ears to You (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 18. The Hound of the Cancer Cells (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 19. The Many Mouths of Andrew Colville (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 20. No Lack of Void (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 21. The Man With the Twisted Lip (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 22. Paint It Black (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 23. Art in the Blood (2014)
Elementary: Season 2, Episode 24. The Great Experiment (2014).

  1. commenter
    January 9, 2015 at 6:02 am

    This episode was horrible, horrible pro-government propaganda. I have watched every episode of Elementary up until this one and enjoyed most of them, but I will most definitely not be watching one more minute of this show after this. Truly disgusting.

    • January 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Having enjoyed most of the episodes up to this, it’s sad that you should give up on a series because you dislike one episode. This is like regularly eating at a burger chain and then stopping because you disapprove of the politics of the CEO.

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