Maybe the sex wasn't that great.

The more I think about it, the more weird it seems that Joan and Mycroft had the sex. I’m with Sherlock in that I can’t put it into context. Joan seemed to be clear that Sherlock’s obsession with his brother’s vengeance plot regarding “bedding” her was bullshit, as was his tacit permission for the same. She rolls her eyes and ignores him. She also tells Mycroft it’s not going happen when she suspects that’s what is being set-up. But apparently it did. It makes me want to go back to the ep in London and see if it was being set up somehow through lighting or camera angles or whatever the heck (though the actor herself likely didn’t know it at the time).

Elementary Season 2: On Betrayal, Relationships, and the Seasonal Arc

Is Mycroft working for Moriarty?

We start season two a few months after the end of season one.  Sherlock’s arm is healed, but he’s still suspicious of other people.  Moriarty continues to cast a shadow over him.

Enter Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s estranged brother.  He’s sophisticated, quiet, and overseeing multiple restaurants.  He is calm when Sherlock is emotional, mature when Sherlock is childish, and in a superior position economically and family-wise.  Also, he is recovering from an illness (or leukemia, I can’t remember which at the moment).  His health is owed to a bone marrow transplant.  After months of frantically searching for a donor, including Sherlock, Mycroft finds a match through his friend Nigella.  The identity of the donor has been kept secret.  In fact, there is something about this life-saving donation that seems…suspicious.

Maybe I’m looking for a conspiracy in all the wrong places, but I wonder…was Moriarty involved in Mycroft’s ‘miraculous’ recovery?  We know from season one that her network is vast and international.  We know that she has been keeping tabs on Sherlock for quite some time.  We know that she gets perpetrators of the crimes she conducts to work for her via blackmail and other illegal and grey-area forms of persuasion, such as with 'the Narwhal.’

Perhaps Moriarty, or one of her lieutenants, found out about Mycroft and supplied him with the needed marrow in exchange for Mycroft to 'rekindle’ his relationship with Sherlock and to reach out to Joan.

Moriarty’s network is wide and invasive.  She has high funds for her project.  It would be relatively easy to threaten Mycroft with his dwindling health and restaurant business.  Who knows?  Maybe Moriarty is responsible for Mycroft’s successful business.  Either way, Mycroft could be in Moriarty’s clutches.

She is able to communicate with Sherlock via letters even while she is in prison.  Who says she can’t do something similar with Mycroft or her lieutenants?  Mycroft can inform the organization of his time with Sherlock and Joan in London, and she can instruct him to come to New York when she believes the time is right.

In these past few months, Sherlock has adjusted and started the healing process.  He has returned to his work with a new-found rigor and swears off love and romance (opting for casual sex every now and then for stimulation).  Moriarty sends Sherlock a letter, ripping off any protection over his wounds.  Even in absence, she is able to make him vulnerable.

A little while after Sherlock receives the letter, Mycroft arrives in New York, asking Sherlock and Joan to help solve a case involving Nigella, a former fiancee and someone Sherlock has had a past–however brief–physical relationship with.  

In the most recent episode, Mycroft convinces Sherlock to spend time with him and open up.  Sherlock has never been good at explaining his emotions, and Mycroft’s insistance on Sherlock writing a personal letter to Mr. Holmes is a painful way of making Sherlock even more vulnerable.  

Moriarty has cast a wider net this time.  Mycroft goes for Joan and the two have a brief night together.  They share a moment at the end of 2x07 and we can see that Joan, on some level, does have feelings for Mycroft.  Moriarty tricked Sherlock and now Mycroft will trick Joan.  For two people who aren’t always open to having relationships of a romantic or sexual nature, their loneliness, and seeking a cure outside of their friendship, will be their downfall.

We end the episode with Mycroft’s suspicious phone call, reminiscent of Moriarty’s letter questioning how possible it is to truly know another person.

This season has shown us examples of various types of relationships: marriage (Tommy and Cheryl Gregson), family (the Holmes brothers, the Gale-Tyler family, and the Delancey family), romance, and friendship–with friendship being considered the best of all.

It is interesting how most perpetrators of the crimes so far in this season have generally been female and/or done to a family or pseudo-family member.  Loved ones manage to cause more pain and destruction than strangers.  As with last season, the culprits are not always who they seem to be.

A pattern is emerging.  The victims have been double-crossed by those closest to them, often people they share a romantic or familial relationship with.  What does this say about Mycroft and how he ties in with the overarching plot?  Is he working for Moriarty?  Is he targeting Joan like Moriarty targeted Sherlock?

One thing is for certain, Moriarty has not given up on ruining Sherlock, and no one is who they appear to be.

I actually hope because I want to keep liking this show think that Sherlock’s recent character regression in Elementary is on purpose.  Because the show was making a huge point about how he was growing as a person and learning not to be so self-centered.  Then Moriarty showed up and was all “You’re not like the rest of them” and “You’re a super special genius just like me” and he starts backtracking.

The recent conversation he had with Detective Bell where he talks about his drug use makes me think that maybe this isn’t true and the writers just don’t know how to be consistent. I hope it is true, though, because I think it makes a lot of sense. 

Betrayed by family vs betrayed by lover

So I guess my main objection to Mycroft being in cahoots with Ms Moriarty is a visceral one. It causes a sad ache in my solar plexus. If Mycroft is actually that cold and calculating is it about the revenge for a situation he claimed to have forgiven? If so how could a man like Sherlock who has managed to steer himself to the good, who still has empathy for the suffering of others, how could this person exist in the vacuum that is this lack of love?  Absent, cold, neglectful father, scheming, duplicitous, lying brother, and no mother present to validate his right to exist and be loved?  If Mycroft is evil then that means Sherlock was never loved, only and ever betrayed by those who should have loved him. It means that every other close relationship is and has always been based on a lie. And that he has repeatedly in the past opened himself up to trust in these people and he’s (apparently, tentatively) done it again.

I’m fine with Mycroft being dark or having motivations which are manipulative - but for some greater good! I am fine with the idea that Mycroft will prove to be much much smarter than his very smart brother, so smart that Sherlock bought into the elaborate persona Mycroft created for himself  in order to help save the world (or however he justifies it). I am not okay with him being a patsy for or beholden to Ms Moriarty or any other mastermind of evil. There needs to be a representation of good in Sherlock’s past (however Big Brother-esque) in order for him to continue moving toward the good.

Eh, I don’t know what I’m saying. I just want all the sad, brilliant kids to have been held when they were babies and cuddled and loved and encouraged by someone, damn it!