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Elementary season 4 13 February 2017

2015-2016, 24 episodes. In modern New York, (a completely different) Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson continue to consult for the police.

The big theme this season is Sherlock's relationship with his father, Morland Homes (John Noble with a profoundly unconvincing British accent), one of the movers and shakers of the world. All the baggage they have to get through tends to come down to "rich people are Just Like Us really", though some of the detail is pleasingly different, and the eventual resolution of this arc is something that few other shows would try.

Unfortunately, the quality of the case-of-the-week spackle seems to drop this time. There are some definite CSI moments, using the formula that show would dig out whenever it ran out of ideas: here's someone who lives an unconventional life such as being in a group marriage or trying to be a real-life superhero, and being at all weird means you are socially inadequate, therefore it's bound to end in MURDER! There are some good episodes (the rescued kidnap victim who may be an impostor; a setup for a raid on a drug-dealing bike gang's house, but then the inside man gets shot before the raid can begin; a different take on The Hound of the Baskervilles) but they're rarer than in previous seasons.

It's still watchable, and Miller and Liu in particular continue to impress, but there's less here than there was last year.

The show was renewed for a fifth season.

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