'Elementary' premiere: Introducing more classic Sherlock characters

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In the season 2 premiere of Elementary, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) head to London to help Sherlock’s old pal Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), who has gotten himself into a bit of trouble regarding a Rupert Murdoch-esque figure named Warren Pendry. Lestrade, of course, is one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic characters. Along the way, we also meet three more of Doyle’s creations — Inspector Hopkins (Tim McMullan), Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans), a faceless Langdale Pike, and Sherlock’s London home, 221 B. Here’s what we learned about them.

DCI Hopkins: He’s the one who brings Sherlock to London to help Lestrade. In the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle universe, Hopkins appears in several stories — a student of Sherlock’s deductive methods.

Gareth Lestrade: An inspector who worked with Sherlock during Sherlock’s drug phase, Lestrade found himself addicted to the spotlight that came with having Sherlock’s expertise to solve murders. Lestrade often took all the credit for Sherlock’s triumph, much like the inspector’s classic-counterpart. In his post-Sherlock career, Lestrade accused Warren Pendry’s son Lawrence (Rufus Wright) of killing his wife, and Warren and Lawrence ran a smear campaign against Lestrade and Scotland Yard in the London newspapers, ruining Lestrade. At the beginning of the episode, a distraught Lestrade shows up at Pendry Senior’s funeral, brandishing a fake grenade, causing a huge scene. Lestrade runs away after the skirmish, and Sherlock is called upon to save his old friend. Turns out, Lawrence did do it, and of course, Sherlock figures it all out. (It involves a 3D printer, a nail, a handy-man and a knife.) Case closed.

Mycroft Holmes: Mycroft is Sherlock’s brother, who cashed in his inheritance and opened several Michelin-starred restaurants (unlike the Mycroft of Doyle’s writing, who is a government official). Five years ago, Sherlock slept with Mycroft’s fiancee. Sherlock claims it was because he was just trying to prove that she was only after the family money. When Mycroft asks Joan to dinner, Sherlock believes it’s in retaliation for his “misadventures with his. (This leads to a cute scene between the two of them. “You wouldn’t be sleeping with him, psychologically speaking, you’d be sleeping with me,” Sherlock explains. Will these two please just do it already?) At dinner, Joan figures out that Mycroft had a bone marrow transplant, and now Mycroft hopes to repair his relationship with his brother. “How does one become Sherlock Holmes’ friend?” Mycroft asks Joan. As the episode closes out, Sherlock and Mycroft share a moment on a bench, but Mycroft doesn’t tell Sherlock about his disease. Instead, Mycroft blows up the storage locker that housed Sherlock’s belongings. “I forgive you, for everything. Have a safe trip back to the colonies. I’ll know that things are different between us now,” Mycroft says. This delights Sherlock.

Langdale Pike: The character never appears on camera, but is one of Sherlock’s paranoid sources. In the books, Pike is a gossip columnist.

221 B: Mycroft is now living in Sherlock’s abode, much to the detective’s annoyance, although the name of the street — classically, Baker — is not mentioned.

What did you think of the season premiere, “Step Nine” (which refers to Sherlock’s attempts at making amends with the people he’s wronged in his life)?


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