Elementary Season 1 Possibility Two Review – Welcome to the Party, Watson!

Last week on Elementary, Watson and Holmes decided to start their “new” relationship. That is, Watson is no longer staying with Sherlock because she has to – she’s staying with him because she’s now a detective… and, you know, she and Sherlock sort of like each other.

I love this turn in the partner’s relationship and think that this is the best move for Elementary as a whole. To have Watson join Sherlock for reasons other than wanting to heal him and make sure that he doesn’t relapse was the best way to move forward with their story. Watson needed to stay because she wanted to stay – not because she felt that Sherlock would relapse without her.

I do hope that at no point will Watson and Sherlock become romantically involved for a few reasons. 1.) The relationship that they currently have is based on mutual respect for each of their professions. 2.) Romance just makes things even more difficult and ridiculous, and Watson doesn’t need to be turned into just another hot girl in a tv show.

That said, “Possibility Two” marks Watson’s first cast as a detective and Sherlock’s partner. Anytime she asks a question, Holmes response with “You’re a detective now…” and also quizzes her regularly during the investigation. As much as I know that Watson is completely capable, it was still a bit nerve wracking to watch her answer questions in front of the NYPD. But Watson hold her own, and even agrees to work some small self-defense moves, much to Sherlock’s delight.

The case it self seemed a little disjointed and a bit over the top. While I understand that cases need to be difficult to solve, Elementary doesn’t need to go over the top with the “who-done-it” scenarios, and I felt that “Possibility Two” made things more confusing than they needed to be.

However, Sherlock allows Watson to solve the case using her own method of deduction, which really speaks volumes for Sherlock. He really wants Watson to learn, and while it has to be frustrating to stand back and let her come to conclusions at a much slower pace than he’s used to, Sherlock turns out to be a great teacher with limitless patience.

What do you think of the new relationship between Watson and Sherlock? How about the direction that Elementary is headed?