Thursday, January 15, 2015

'Elementary' 3x9 'The Eternity Injection' GifTweetCap: Sherlock Rudely Wakes Joan for Eternity!

"The Eternity Injection” episode of Elementary is a fantastic episode for Sherlock character development. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the case, which really starts to drag by the end of the episode. The following gifs are also available on this Tumblr post, and below is the Baker Street Podcast, which I co-host. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
First off, we finally get to see Alfredo again! Apparently, the reason we don't get to see him is because of Sherlock's boredom with recovery. Alfredo leaves his mark, however, leaving Sherlock with a new car-alarm nemesis named Odin.
Odin is a formidable opponent, as he will not allow anyone near without taking their photo, and notifying authorities if the possible thief does not back away within a short amount of time. Odin is one of the best secondary characters in this episode, and there are several of him hiding throughout Sherlock's home.
Sherlock soon steals another of Joan's clients who is looking for her missing friend Marissa. Both of them are nurses who used to work with Joan. Joan doesn't seem to mind so much, although she seems very concerned after hearing that Sherlock has been skipping drug abuse meetings.
Sherlock soon finds a dumpster nearby Marissa's last credit card charge. He digs through some malodorous garbage for a body, and guess what? He finds one!
Sherlock finds a list of five dosages for a drug on Marissa's body, and they also find that $150,000 was wired into her bank account from an ominous-sounding company called Purgatorium. DNA from her killer is also on the body, which leads to another body: Christopher Jacoby, her killer!
Jacoby also received $150,000, which leads Sherlock to conclude that Jacoby was part of an illegal drug trial for a drug that made him insane, and Marissa was the nurse who administered it. Unfortunately, there are four other victims of the trial, since there were five dosages on Marissa's list. Everyone forces Sherlock to write a treatise on Twilight and read it in the lobby of a convention hall in order to get the names of the other four people who received the wire transfers from Purgatorium.
Once he receives the names, Sherlock deduces that the drug involved time dilation because all the victims experienced similar time-dilating delusions. They are all dead or missing, presumably murdered by whoever ran the drug trial.
Before leaving, Odin strikes again, hitting Watson with his thundering complaints of standing too close.

They finally locate Louis Carlisle, the only living participant they can find. The only problem is that he's highly paranoid, and sporting a non-functioning hand.
Carlisle gives a sketch artist the description of the man he deemed to be in charge of the operation, and they find the man who fits the sketch working at a pharmaceutical company. His name is Dwyer Kirke.

Later, Sherlock finally gets honest with Joan, telling her how he truly feels about the daily grind of sobriety, and the monotony of maintaining it. It's all OK though, because his depression causes her to stay the night, and you know what that means...
The rude awakening returns in full-force with a bugle Reveille. That was a close call, but Sherlock will never relapse again if he can find new ways to wake Joan for the rest of his life. This is yet another reason for Joan to move back, although not for Joan's sake. No, for her it would be a way to torture herself.
Back to the case, Bell arrests Kirke, who regularly visits his ailing aunt. He would rather go to prison than give up the name of the man who set up the drug trial, which leads Sherlock to believe that it must be a private benefactor who paid for Kirke's aunt's care.
Turns out he's just some old fart who wants to take the drugs to live forever. Once he knows he's caught, he takes the drugs and goes to sleep so he can have some drawn-out freedom time before prison. Whatever! Maybe he'll dream about hell, but we'll never know: it's another of those open-ended cases. Highly unsatisfying.
But in better news, Sherkock defeats Odin with an EMP (electromagnetic pulse). In less-fantastic news, Joan offers to move back, but Sherlock refuses the offer, sort of. What the hell, Sherlock? Just say yes!

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