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Elementary: Season 2

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 8/28/14

It's no exaggeration that this is one of the best dramas on TV. It's certainly the best network crime drama.  Although I do love the BBC's "Sherlock", you can't really compare the two. It's apples and oranges because that show is 3 episodes per year (really more like movies than TV). An American TV network drama with a whole season to fill can't possibly have the same quality. However, it does a pretty darned good job.

Another reason it's hard to compare is that "Elementary" has a female Watson and the show takes place in the US. It has a very American feel to it, while still having lots of British influence as well. This past year, the show went to London for the opening episode, and that was great. We learned a lot more about Sherlock and his family this year.

The best part of this show is the relationship between Sherlock and Watson (which is non-romantic, at least for now).  The second best part is the dialogue, which is snappy and fun.  The mysteries are nice, and generally better than your average episode of any other show, but it's a distant third.

We saw a lot of Inspector Lestrade this season, and he was a great one to add to the mix for a while. We also saw a lot of Mycroft, Sherlock's brother.  His character has a lot of layers, like all of the characters on this show.  Joan slept with him and fell for him, and then he was gone by the last episode.  We're left at the end of the season with Joan moving out of Sherlock's brownstone, and Sherlock taking a job with MI6.  Wait, he can't be both Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, can he? Talk about mind-blowing!

It was an excellent season, and I'm so glad that I got the DVD because I fell behind last year in watching the episodes. This forced me to catch up. I binge-watched it last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait for the third season!

The DVD has many great features that I'm sure you'll enjoy. You can see them below. It's always fun to hear the actors, writers, directors et al. talk about the episodes, especially when it's a show you love.

Make sure you watch this one and you won't be sorry. Check out our Elementary and Sherlock Holmes section, too!



Starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, one of television’s smartest dramas gets bigger and bolder in its sophomore season, and the newest DVD collection is packed with additional special features. Visit the set of the two-part season premiere shot on location in Holmes’ hometown of London, England, sit down with the series’ new cast member Rhys Ifans to discuss his portrayal of Holmes’ brother Mycroft, and delve into the intricate technical aspects of some of the season’s most thrilling episodes with the fascinating special feature “Skill Sets.”

Elementary - The Second Season

Street Date: August 26, 2014

Description: Return to the scene of the crime when Elementary: The Second Season arrives on DVD. The newest collection of the hit drama starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu includes all 24 episodes in a six-disc DVD set. This modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes follows the eccentric consulting detective who's addicted to impossible cases.

  • Holmes Goes Home - Go behind-the-scenes of the two-part premiere episode shot on location in London.
  • Under the Magnifying Glass - Sit down with show writers and producer/director John Polson to discuss creating the unique look of the series and its most fascinating cases.
  • Second Chapter: Inside Elementary: The Second Season - Explore the second season and meet a few of the ghosts from Sherlock's past, including his brother Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) and Inspected Lestrade (Sean Pertwee).
  • Skill Sets - Series stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy LIu join the show's many technical advisors to discuss how they often must learn the intricate details of everything, from beekeeping and stick fighting, to autopsy technique and picking locks, to bring their characters to life.
  • Art In the Blood: Meet Mycroft - British actor Rhys Ifans discusses his guest role as Mycroft Holmes and his take on the show's reinvented Holmes story.
  • The Life of Cycle - Go behind the scenes with one of the show's biggest stars: Sherlock's pet turtle Clyde.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Specifications: Full Screen Format
English 5.1 Surround
English Stereo Surround
English SDH
Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Brazilion Portuguese Subtitles

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 17 hours, 11 minutes

Suggested Retail Price: $64.99

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Page updated 8/28/14

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