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ELEMENTARY: SEASON 4 DVD REVIEW

If there’s one thing I geek out about (OK, OK there’s plenty of things I geek out about), it’s Sherlock Holmes. So naturally, I am a huge fan of the New York based, modernized version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character. And, before CBS’s Elementary premiered its fifth season last week, I had a chance to relive the entire previous season via DVD – and what a season it was.

Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) bottomed out in the season three finale, and spent the first few episodes of the fourth season coming to terms with the consequences of his ill-fated actions. With the help of his friend and partner, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), he climbed out of his self perpetuated pit of misery and back into the good graces of the NYPD. Admittedly, he did get an assist from his estranged father, Morland Holmes (Sleepy Hollow’s John Noble).

Season four focused quite a bit on the relationship between father and son, ending in a deadlock of sorts. Holmes remained skeptical about his father’s intentions after winning the coveted leadership position within the international group once led Moriarty. Meanwhile, his father seemed resolute about his presence being the only way to protect his son, and merely a means to an end.

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There were no shortage of twists and turns, many of which courtesy of Morland, but the biggest surprise this season came from Watson. Although she’s stepped outside of the box before, viewers have never seen her go to such lengths to further her own agenda. That agenda being, to keep Holmes safe and out of his father’s wicked grasp.

Originally hired by Morland to uncover the mole inside of his own organization, Watson used this information to her benefit. She insisted that the mole become her own personal spy, and through this gained an insider in her quest to one up a dangerous man. Watson’s experiment ended rather abruptly, but it was the catalyst for much of the last leg of the season. Her familiarity with the victim of a heinous crime gave her and Sherlock an added layer of motivation, leading to the events which left Morland at the top of a very different food chain.

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Even though Blu-ray is the latest trend in tangible media consumption, I still prefer the screen quality of the DVD format. Elementary is one of those shows that you can watch over and over again, even when you already know how episodes are going to end. I enjoyed having access to additional features that were offered by the DVD, as opposed to just pulling the show up on my DVR or through an On Demand screening option.

The audio and visual components are standard, so nothing news breaking to report there. However, the collection boasts an awesome number of special features including deleted scenes and a variety of vignettes:

  • Mina, Cassie & Ally (7:14)
  • Wag the Dog: Hounded (3:45)
  • The Sounds of Fourth (19:57)
  • Villainy! (8:49)
  • Father Holmes (5:25)

The six-disc DVD set would make an excellent addition to your own movie collection, or as a gift for your favorite Holmes’ fanatic. You can pick it up on Amazon, and most local retailer.

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The Author

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.

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