Elementary Ep.1.23/24: “The Woman”/”Heroine” – truths revealed as Holmes goes against Moriarty

Elementary, Season 1, Episode 23: “The Woman”
Directed by Seith Mann
Written by Robert Doherty and Craig Sweeny

Elementary, Season 1, Episode 24: “Heroine”
Directed by John Polson
Written by Robert Doherty and Craig Sweeny

For what seems like many months, fans of Elementary have waited with baited breath for this finale.  After being endlessly teased like a lover playing hard to get, loose ends are tied up and truths are revealed as the mysterious Moriarty is finally unveiled.

The Woman

After last week’s quite dramatic reveal, Holmes goes into an emotional – and professional shutdown during “The Woman”, the first part of the two hour finale, as the discovery of former lover Irene Adler alive and well brings an understandable sense of guilt, along with an overwhelming need to protect her as she goes into a post-traumatic state.  It is apparent that this woman is his Achilles Heel, as his motivation to capture Moriarty is reignited, which ultimately is his downfall.  The biggest twist to come from the whole season is undoubtedly when Irene reveals herself to be the criminal mastermind known as Moriarty.  Even though there is a sense of female empowerment going on during this finale, it is like two for the price of one.

Natalie Dormer plays Moriarty like a high-powered CEO, who is more cold and calculating rather than sinister.  Her schemes seem to solely be for financial gain, which doesn’t set higher above most of the other criminals Holmes has caught since the start of the season, yet upon her unveiling, it feels like he has put her on a pedestal as an almost ‘unbeatable’ opponent; a criminal mastermind and the love of his life.  Yet, in whatever angle you look at it, it is a debatable piece of casting and character development.

After the last few months, Miller has played Holmes with enthusiasm and a dry wit, working on case to case with an unflappable determination, but seeing him break down at the beginning of this epic finale leads him into a fine performance.  Considering the impact of Irene back into his life, not to mention his new battle with Moriarty, it is not surprising to see the personal battle within Holmes boil over as he reaches for drugs – a broken man, trying to regain of his sanity.

Thank God for Dr. Joan Watson, who not only acts as Holmes’ guardian angel but is immune to Moriarty’s mind games, leading her to plant the seed resulting in Moriarty’s timely arrest.  Throughout the season, there has been ample opportunities to justify the casting of a woman as Holmes’ faithful companion without the risk of a more-than-professional relationship between the two protagonists, but at the final curtain, it seems that the thing needed to catch a female criminal mastermind is a female detective.  Kudos, Mr Doherty.

With a second season of Elementary recently picked up, it is only a matter of time to see what else there is to learn about Mr. Holmes.




Add Comment


50 CEOs Who Never Went to College (and how they managed to succeed)
10 Different Types of Financial Aid
Top 10 Richest American Idols
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones: Ultimate Auditory Clarity
25 Bachelor Party Movie Ideas
People playing the clarinet
10 Different Types of Clarinets
11 Different Types of Drums
7 Different Types of Roller Coasters
A bowl of oatmeal porridge
7 Different Types of Porridge
Shots of tequila
5 Different Types of Tequila (Plus Tequila Cocktails)
Fresh kale in a bowl
10 Different Types of Kale
8 Different Types of Cantaloupes
A Man in a Suit Opening a Car’s Door
9 Different Types of Car Doors
Headlights of a black car
9 Different Types of Headlights
19 Different Types of Construction Vehicles
Fire Truck with Warm Yellow Lights
9 Different Types of Fire Trucks
54 Different Types of Sports Played (Individual and Team Sports)
15 Different Types of Goggles
13 Different Types of Dumbbells
15 Awesome Alternatives to Skateboards (Plus Interesting Facts)
16 Different Types of Technology
man holding smartphone with vintage case
11 Types of Cell Phone Cases and Covers to Protect Your Expensive Smartphone
Black and Red Tablet Covers
8 Types of Tablet Cases for Kids, Protection, and Convenience
Camera, lenses and other photography equipments.
45 of the Best Online Camera Stores for the Perfect Pics