Might as well review in full again.
The latest episode of
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Elementary starts off a with a small boy by enticed into a car by an unseen man who leaves behind a bouquet of balloons for his parents ominously saying “thank you” on each and every one of them. The action then coldly cuts to a sleep depraved Homes looking at the boys photo on file full of dead and missing children with news of yet another girl has been abducted by the 'Balloon Man'. Edgy
Interviewing the latest victim's parents Holmes (being a colossal alcoholic) picks holes in the father's story of being out at bodegas buying plonk as his bottle of wine has the price tag on the bottom of the bottle and not on the cap. And bodegas always places it on the cap, as any true connoisseur of affordable wine would know.
This -Of course- leads to a mistress, who has nothing to do with the plot other than the fact she saw a brown van speed through the stop sign that she was parked near. Holmes correctly deduces that the van is belongs to the Balloon Man’s and searching the street for a conveniently placed home security camera or a streetwalker with eidetic memory who may of saw something. Holmes finds a parked car that scraped the brown van leaving blue and white paint flecks.
Realising the Balloon Man must be driving a repainted decommissioned police van. They comb the city untill they find it. Only to discover in a Shocking Swerve
that it's not the balloon man at the wheel but the first original victim Adam (the boy from earlier) who has been brainwashed by the Balloon man into being his assistant in murder. Adam has been emotionally scarred, and it is now Holmes’ job to break through to him. Despite it clearly being the job of… you know… a child psychologist or a actual police officer.
All in all this is an intriguing and well-produced episode. While it's subject matter and take on Stockholm Syndrome
is questionable it never the less makes engaging viewing watching Holmes trying to reach out to a damaged human being to stop a mercy less killer but which one is whicn?
. While the plot twists are rather obvious to anyone who has watched a tv police procedural before, the story is reasonably handled for prime time board-cast TV and the talented acting of John lee miller and guest star Johnny Simmons as Adam.
lucy Liu is the episode weakest point, again
. Who's character's role in catching a vicious child murderer involves consist mainly of doing some leg squats in high heals >_>
. But there continues to be signs of greater character development to come, so hopefully we will see her and Holmes grows as friends, battle criminals, taking on cases as equals and solving the shit
out of them. But as of now she is resigned to the role of Sherlock's soundboard.
All in all, good viewing. Four out of five smiley faces.
edited 23rd Oct '12 5:10:07 AM by joeyjojo