On Season 4 of Sherlock

Warning: This post contains spoilers for season 4 of Sherlock.

This most recent season of Sherlock definitely had some good moments. Mainly when it came to character development. But when it came to story and re-imagining the original short stories, I felt like this season fell flat. Which was a disappointment after the impressive season 3 and the strong The Abominable Bride.

The Six Thatchers
I have mixed feelings about The Six Thatchers. It was a Mary-centered episode, which is always a good thing in my book because I love her character. Plus John and Sherlock’s character development (both with John cheating and Sherlock’s devotion to Mary) were fantastic.

However I had a hard time with how this episode linked to the original cannon. One of the hallmarks of Sherlock is that it re-imagines the original Holmes stories, and this episode was obviously referencing “The Six Napoleons.” But it felt more as a means to an end, as a plot device for Mary’s story. It was a letdown after how well the series did it before, like with The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Empty Hearse.

The Lying Detective
Without a doubt, The Lying Detective was my favorite episode of the season. It had massive stakes–Sherlock’s life was on the line–for John. Should he believe his best friend? Or should he walk away from the man he blamed for Mary’s death? Him imagining her still being there made things even more interesting.

The villain–Culverton Smith–also made the episode memorable. Even though I knew that he was the bad guy and knew that he was a serial killer, I still doubted Sherlock’s deductions. He was too charming. He had too many reasonable explanations. And that was amazing.

The Final Problem
There’s no other way to say it: The Final Problem was over the top. It felt like I was watching a PG-13 version of Saw with all the tasks that Eros forced the Holmes brothers and John to complete. Plus there was the whole “secret, evil sibling” angle that felt like it came from left field, especially Eros’s ability to seemingly hypnotize people.

The saving grace for this episode was the character development. Not so much forJohn apart from cementing that he’s actively trying to do the best that he can. But absolutely for Sherlock and Mycroft. They emerged on the other side as far more human than they’ve ever appeared in the series. I’ll never forget Mycroft burying his face in his hands and turning away when the prison governor was about to be killed. That was my favorite moment.

With how season 4 ended, it’s not absurd to think that this might be the end of Sherlock. I hope that it’s not. And that’s not just because I want to seem more re-imaginings of my favorite Holmes stories, but it’s because there are so many more layers to these characters that are just waiting to be exposed.

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Patience is a Virtue…Or Maybe an Attempt to Delay the Inevitable

Sherlock (TV series)

Sherlock (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Series 3 of BBC’s Sherlock premiered in the U.K. on January 1st. Fans have been waiting over a year and a half to see how the writers get Sherlock out of the situation they left him in in the series 2 finale. While the show won’t premier here in the U.S. until January 19th, a large number of over-eager fans will find ways to watch the new episodes. And that means the internet will be brimming with spoilers about the new season from now until January 19th.

That’s a bit of a problem for me.

I’m a huge Sherlock fan. I absolutely love how the writers have remained true to the original stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and also updated them for a modern audience. The actors do a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life. I’m excited for the new series.

One of the unique aspects of Sherlock is that each series consists of three episodes at ninety minutes each. It’s also infamous for taking a long time in between series as pretty everyone involved end up having full schedules. In between series 2 and 3, Benedict Cumberbatch filmed Star Trek: Into Darkness and played Smaug in the new Hobbit  movies. Martin Freeman also had plenty of work starring as Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movies. Add in stage roles, commitments to other shows (writer Steven Moffat also has a large producer/writer role with Doctor Who), and dozens of other happenstances that life likes to throw in the way, and almost two years pass.

So who’s to say that the wait for series 4 won’t be another two years?

That’s why I’m going to be doing my best to stay away from any spoilers or online versions of the show over the course of the next few weeks. I don’t want to know what happens just yet. Because now I can still relish in the fact that series 3 will be on PBS in a few weeks. Then I’ll have three whole weeks to absorb the awesomeness of that is Sherlock before realizing I don’t get to see anymore for a while.

I’ll go through a grieving process, the same one other viewers will be going through in less than two weeks. I’m going to curse the BBC, Mark Gatiss, and Steven Moffat. I’ll rewatch series 1 and 2 until I can practically recite lines with the actors. Then I’ll get over the worst of it and sit here patiently for news about the next series.

But not yet. To paraphrase Game of Thrones: “What do we say to Sherlock?” “Not today.”