Continuing with the previous Elementary episode’s concerns of challenging Sherlock and Joan’s methods of catching bad guys, “Tremors” raises the philosophical and emotional stakes much higher by having Detective Bell get caught in the crossfire. As stated in the script, it isn’t a direct cause of Sherlock’s almost immature ways of handling his suspects and decisions, but Sherlock and every other person close to the situation knows that Bell getting shot with the possibility of permanently losing function in his arm wouldn’t have happened if Sherlock had been more careful or at least less carefree (in the sense that he does not anticipate the repercussions to his callousness and arrogance). Sherlock, though, doesn’t do things by the book by design. He and Joan exist in the grey areas, he tells her in frustration. With the collateral damage that comes from working in a crime division, it’s almost a wonder that more things haven’t happened like this in Elementary.
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