Megan Miller ’17/Emertainment Monthly Staff
Surely the great Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) should’ve known not to talk to strangers on the internet. But it certainly is enticing, isn’t it, Sherlock? Unfortunately, interacting with hackers is exactly what almost ruins his case in this week’s episode of Elementary, just as they wanted it to.
In “We Are Everyone”, a man approaches Sherlock and Watson (Lucy Liu) to ask for help in tracking down a rather infamous man named Ezra Kleinfelter (Christian Campbell), who released stolen classified information to the press. Sherlock realizes that Kleinfelter is most likely being targeted by the corporation that he is stealing money from, and decides to bring him in before the man is assassinated. However, his view becomes less friendly when he finds out that Kleinfelter may have committed a murder. In addition to that knowledge, the other hackers on Kleinfelter’s team, using the phrase “We are Everyone”, have destroyed and hacked every account and electronic connection that the two of them have, including Joan’s newly made “TrueRomantix” profile.
In the beginning of the episode, Joan meets with her friend for coffee, who explains that she’s signed her up for this website. Though initially hesitant, Joan utilizes the website in order to get back in touch with the real world, something that she believes she’s lacked since starting to work seriously with Sherlock in his crime-solving endeavors. When she is hacked, her home address as well as some unpopular opinions appear on her profile, and one of the men who has stumbled upon her arrives at their front door, guessing what happened and checking up to make sure she is okay. Seeing an opportunity for a real world connection, she insists that she is and then invites him to go out for dinner once she works everything out and can explain.
Sherlock, on the other hand, has given up on love. He claims that he is “post-love” after discovering the true identity of his long-lost love, Irene Adler, as the criminal known as Moriarty (her first name is Jamie, similar to the name James in the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). He maintains this stance until the very end of the episode, when he sits in a chair and reads a letter from her while she is in prison, telling him that she feels the exact same things he’s been feeling the entire episode. Is it worth getting to know anyone?
Sherlock’s ponderings will most likely lead into a nice evaluation of what Joan means to him over the course of the season. More importantly, it will allow her to see what she means to him, especially as she begins to document their cases, just as John Watson did in the stories. Because, as Joan says, she isn’t the only one who should know who he is.