Originally Posted by am1x90xnike
I think Episodic > Serial, mostly because of writing.
Every episode has to have different plots, with beginning middles and ends. Then you add a continual plot throughout the series (usually a relationship).
In a Serial show you have to carry the same plots throughout the series, which almost always become character studies and have to get increasingly bigger, otherwise the show would grow stale.
They both have their strengths.
Serials can be great simply cuz they turn in to 10+ hr movies and when done right they're truly
Great episodic shows to me get automatically placed in a different category and they too can be great but they usually always work better for lighter shows and comedies not that they can't do drama and action and all that.
Couldn't really rank one over the other. On one hand you'll have your BB, House of Cards, Mad Men, etc. and the other you'll have your Buffy's, Law & Order's/Criminal Intent, Elementary's, etc.
Originally Posted by psk2310
Originally Posted by Master Zik
Originally Posted by psk2310
Nevermind that I think Lucy Liu is one of the most beautiful women on the planet....
I know the show can be very network TV (in that mysteries are solved within a hour), but I've been watching CBS's Elementary from jump. The season finale was great. It was well written & great performances from Johnny Lee Miller, Liu, & Rhys Ifans... I like how they weave Sherlock being an ex addict & how he copes with his addiction...
Thought I was the only one consistently watching it. I'd put it up against Sherlock as far as quality goes. The reveal that Irene Adler was Moriarity were some of the best eps on tv period.
Nothing wrong with episodic tv shows when they have multiple plots and story lines that carry over the entire season. The whack ones usually act like every new ep is the start of the season which puts a strain on there being continuity. Elementary does it well.
I like their take on things. I wasn't at first cool with them making Mycroft the dumb one when he's suppose to be smarter than Sherlock but it worked and it's clear Rhy isn't going to be a regular so they wrapped up his story until he returns nicely. What's always been weird to me is Joan being attracted to him. I saw no signs of that coming at all. Soit still seems out of place..
I think part of Watson's attraction to Mycroft is that he's a version of Holmes only a little more human if you will. He posses what Sherlock is incapable of, warmth & intimacy.
The season 2 finale might’ve been my favorite episode of the series. There were so many well written & well-acted scenes that I really enjoyed.
It was really heartfelt in a very reserved "British" way in which Sherlock vowed to fix things for Mycroft once he learned of his sacrifice & his pledge to apologize at the appropriate time (in keeping with AA/NA traditions).
I loved how Watson explained why she had to leave the house & seek a place of her own by using the gravity & orbits analogy. & then the way she had all those people on webcam when old MI6 dude threated to press his thumbs in her eye socket if she didn’t tell him the where abouts of Mycroft.
Towards the end, when Mycroft cut off Sherlock's insults with a hug while declaring his fraternal love for his brother had me like
I like the direction the show is headed in. I think Sherlock is taking the MI6 role in an effort to free his brother from the threat from that French terrorist organization…
Yeah I can make sense of Joan's attraction to Mycroft if I put a whole lot of thought in to it but I was just saying from a writing standpoint I saw no signs of it, nothing hinted at it. Even when Sherlock deduced they smashed I was like what the ****? I rewatched the ep thinking I missed something.
Anyway, the ending is interesting. I think Sherlock teaming with MI6 is twofold, one to further try to help his brother given he messed it up with his drastic solution and the the other to give Joan what he wants. It's likely he'll take on all MI6 cases on his own leaving Joan out of it and she probably will take a while to figure out since she won't be living with him anymore. Next season we might see some cases where Joan solves them mostly on her own. I just wonder if it'll take Sherlock back across the pond for a longer period.