Elementary Review: “All My Exes Live in Essex”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “All My Exes Live in Essex.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I was very excited to see more focus on Joan for this episode since the first couple of the season has been very heavily focused on Sherlock and his relationship with his father. Unfortunately though, Joan does not get a storyline outside of her work with Sherlock and the NYPD. As such, this doesn’t give her a lot of room for character development. This is a bit disappointing, but Lucy Liu does good work with the material given to her. “All My Exes Live in Essex” started off with potential that fizzled out before the episode was over.

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NCIS Los Angeles: “Defectors”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Defectors.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

This episode tries its hardest to lull the audience into a false sense of security. It tries not to hint too much at the surprise of Deeks’ arrest at the end. As such, the whole episode seems pretty standard. We have the case, we have the banter, we have the obligatory shootout. Other than a few long shots of Deeks’ face, the arrest at the end is a surprise (unless of course you saw the episode preview). It’s a good shock, especially because there hasn’t been mention of the IA investigation for a while. But it’s a shock that could easily have been the opening of the next episode. While the cliffhanger may be a bit of a cheap ploy to get people to tune in again, “Defectors” is a good culmination of previous topics from this season.

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Sleepy Hollow: “Novus Ordo Seclorum”

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Here’s my review of Sleepy Hollow season three episode “Novus Ordo Seclorum.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Well last week seemed promising, but this week Sleepy Hollow’s crazy train fell off the rails again. A majority of this episode just felt like set up for the next episode and that made things drag instead of the usual break-neck pace we are accustomed to. There was also just a surprising lack of urgency to finding Jenny, and a surprising lack of… well, anything on the part of Pandora and her evil mummy husband. With the exception of the last five minutes, nothing really happened in this episode at all.

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Elementary Review: “Tag, You’re Me”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “Tag, You’re Me.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

“Tag, You’re Me” slipped right back into familiar territory like someone putting on a well-worn glove. The familiarity wasn’t bad—it was wonderful to Bell and Gregson again—but it didn’t make things all that exciting. The case was not presented as well as it could be and the Sherlock/Papa Holmes dynamic seemed almost similar to last week’s episode. I’ll probably never say an episode of Elementary was bad, but this one certainly doesn’t leave a lasting impression behind.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “The Long Goodbye”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “The Long Goodbye.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I’m ready to declare this the best episode of the season so far. The themes here were striking and well developed. “The Long Goodbye” explored an idea we don’t usually get to see, which is “what happens to the people after the NCIS team closes the case?” Along with that, the episode gives us a thoughtful look at how women are treated. This is heavier subject material than we usually deal with, but the execution of it was excellent. Bringing back Jada (and also Talia) was a good decision as well, since it all culminated to make a very hard-hitting episode of television.

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Sleepy Hollow Review: “The Art of War”

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Here’s my review of Sleepy Hollow season three episode “The Art of War.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

You can’t say that the plot isn’t moving forward on Sleepy Hollow. It might not be moving at the crazy blink-or-you’ll-miss-it speed of the past, but the Pandora’s evil plan is still brewing, and it’s finally revealed to be in service to a different threat. Along with that, Jenny’s story is developing, Crane gets to struggle with some sort of existential crisis, there are seemingly unstoppable monsters, and all of our separate story threads are finally weaving themselves together to reveal one big interconnected blanket. But for some reason, this episode felt unsatisfying. It lacked the tone-setting camera work from last week’s episode and things occasionally felt a bit forced and cheesy.

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Elementary Review: “Evidence of Things Not Seen”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “Evidence of Things Not Seen.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

After being pushed far away from the status quo with “The Past is Parent” last week, this episode pushes us back closer to the way things used to be. By the end of “Evidence of Things Not Seen,” it looks like Sherlock and Joan will be back to the NYPD next week, and that’s a bit disappointing to be put back into the box, but I think this episode demonstrates well that the NYPD is the only place that’ll work with them.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “An Unlocked Mind”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “An Unlocked Mind.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

This episode reminded me a bit of last season’s “Rage.” Both had undercover operations into a closed group and appeals to rescue someone on the inside. Both felt a bit more dangerous than the usual ops due to the nature of the groups. In “Rage,” it was Callen and Kensi undercover in a white supremacist group with each of them trying to encourage someone in the group to leave. In “An Unlocked Mind,” Deeks and Kensi go undercover in a cult, and Deeks tries to help the husband of the escaped woman. But the difference between “Rage” and this episode is that “Rage” focused on providing a personal story for Callen along with the main story. It helped flesh out his backstory. That episode was very excellent because it delved into Callen as a character. “An Unlocked Mind” doesn’t do that so, while it was a good episode, it doesn’t quite reach its full potential.

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Sleepy Hollow Review: “This Red Lady from Caribee”

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Here’s my review of Sleepy Hollow season three episode “This Red Lady from Caribee.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

So I skipped reviewing last week’s episode because I mistakenly thought the Bones crossover would be more of a standalone episode. As it turns out, last week’s episode continued to further Pandora’s evil plan while also tying Jenny and Joe’s storyline back to Abbie and her boss. It was not a bad episode even if Booth and Brennan were just shoe-horned in. But building off that episode, we have this week’s “This Red Lady from Caribee” which is a pretty interesting and entertaining episode.

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Elementary Review: “The Past is Parent”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four premiere “The Past is Parent.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

With a cliffhanger like Sherlock relapsing at the end of last season, you’d think this might be a dark, introspective episode dealing with the fallout. And it did give us insight into the consequences of what happened, but for the most part, this one was basically business as usual. That’s a good thing because “The Past is Parent” helped preserve the quirky spark of the show while still exploring new territory for our characters.

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