their last bow

jonhillm  Feeling extremely sentimental, saying goodbye to 7 seasons of a show that changed things for myself and my family. To these two beautiful souls @lucyliu @jonnylmiller the weight of carrying this show is not something many comprehend. Thank you for your devotion and love. 

It’s rare an actor has a gig they can count on in a business that reminds you it doesn’t need or necessarily want your voice. So truly, thank you all who watched and supported @elementaryofficial around the world. It was our honor to bring it to you ✌🏾 and ❤️ #goodbye #nyc #setlife #grateful

lucyliu  Jon no one can match your words so well said. Love you so much x

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my favorite snowy little archers ❄️

Shout-Out To Elementary For Producing One of the Best Finales I’ve Seen in Years

Why? Because it stuck to its roots. No flashy gimmicks. No over-the-top twists or ‘Gotcha!’s or rugs suddenly pulled out from beneath the audience’s feet in the name of ending on a shocking spectacle. 

Elementary did it right in that it treated its finale like any other episode, or at least any other season finale. With the exception of some emotionally charged details that fans had been hoping to see—most notably Sherlock hugging Joan for once—that finale followed the structure we’ve seen for the last seven years: 

We had a mystery. One tied up in the season’s arc as opposed to a standalone, but a mystery nonetheless. Joan and Sherlock investigated, deduced, discovered the culprit, and dealt with the consequences. It wouldn’t have felt like Elementary if the finale didn’t follow that formula. 

Every character was given a scene with Sherlock and Joan (because we expect to see all the major players in the finale), but none of it was out of the ordinary. Bell is slowly getting over another stupid thing Sherlock did. He and Gregson have another heart-to-heart. Sherlock doesn’t have some big and emotional moment with Joan’s son, just a quick hello that makes sense for a stranger meeting a young boy. Because the show remembers that these are people in flux, not characters in their final hour of television. 

There were changes to the cast after a three year jump—as one would expect—but nothing came out of left field. Of course the Captain would eventually retire, especially after Odin was taken care of. Of course Bell would replace him. Joan suddenly has a kid? There’s no ‘suddenly’ about it. That has been building for a while now. As said, nearly everything we see on screen is based on what makes sense for their ongoing lives, not what supposedly makes sense for a finale. 

Why does Elementary’s ending work? Because it wasn’t an ending. This is admittedly something most shows can’t get away with, but Sherlock Holmes is an episodic procedural that, significantly, has never ended in our culture; never even slowed down. Doyle created these characters and we’ve been running with them ever since, Elementary being just one in a long-line of adaptations. If Joan had actually died? If they’d split up permanently with Holmes joining the NSA?  That would have undermined everything Sherlock Holmes is as a cultural phenomenon. 

The allure of the Holmes stories is that it’s always 1895. Or in this case 2012. We leave Sherlock and Joan changed, yet still fundamentally where they started off. They’ve grown as people, yet have kept all the best parts of themselves that we began this journey with. From the big (acting as consulting detectives) to the small (Joan back with her black hair). The show even acknowledges that such details aren’t strictly necessary—nothing else matters so long as they’re together, not jobs and certainly not hair color—but those details are comforting. It tells the audience, “The show has ended… but the story hasn’t. Sherlock and Joan will always be doing what they can to help people. Those fundamentals will never change, no matter what else around them might. New kid? New Captain? It’s fine. Those are just the changes you expect from life. The core remains. Look! Sherlock already wants to go and dig up a grave.”  

Elementary’s finale did so much right. From the numerous canon Easter eggs to the inclusion of major themes, such as Sherlock’s ongoing addiction and his ability to love Joan without being in love with her (dear god Elementary has officially joined the ranks of Good Omens in terms of ‘How to establish a platonic and/or aromantic partnership in a TV show.’) But what really hit home for me was the structure. It was an ending… but not. If they suddenly announced that there was a Season 8, they could pick up right where they’d left off, no problem at all. 

And that is precisely what Elementary needed. 

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I’m staying. Of course I’m staying.