It started badly for me. As soon as I saw that the episode involved Holmes finding a missing child, BBC Sherlock flashed into my mind. Just like with the missing phone in episode one, I couldn’t ignore the parallel. Sherlock hunts down two missing children in BBC’s The Reichenbach Fall, and I was fully prepared to leap to their defence and point out yet another Elementary rip-off.
But as the episode progressed, this was clearly different and was actually a very good story with a nice twist towards the end. I enjoyed the plot and the standard of writing was strong. Holmes’ deductions were much better too, felt more natural and responsive – less forced. And rather than throw in Holmesian things in a tick-box sort of way – the bees, opera etc., this episode integrates them better. We see Holmes being insensitive with panic-stricken parents, refusing to sleep while absorbed by the case and explaining to Watson why conversation between them sometimes needs to be a one-way thing. The relationship between Holmes and Watson is nicely developed and still thankfully free of any sexual tension.
So am I converted? Well, I suppose I’m warming up but still have issues with the lack of canonical references and the links to BBC Sherlock. Husband thinks I’m wrong to be so sceptical and is really enjoying the series. I must admit – episode three was the best yet in my opinion.