Sherlock: A 4th Series is Upon Us

SHERLOCK (S4)

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CREATED BY: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat

STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, Andrew Scott, Amanda Abbington

GENRE: Crime Drama

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, United States

sherlock-season-4-sherlock-with-dogJumping forward in time to when John and Mary have a baby daughter named Rosamund, and Sherlock got off with that whole shooting Magnussen thing. But nothing on Moriarty’s ‘return’ yet. After investigating a case of a death of a student, Sherlock becomes intrigued with the smashing of a Margaret Thatcher bust at the victim’s home. Similar busts are smashed elsewhere, before Sherlock fights the culprit and discovers the last one contained a memory stick containing info about Mary and her past as a government agent. This is just episode one. Don’t want to spoil too much for all of you out there.

So…Who else has been waiting eagerly for Sherlock to come back? I’m a little disappointed that it was here and gone so quickly, but hey, three episodes go by rather quickly. But just like in the rest of the series, the cast performed wonderfully. Normally I praise Benedict Cumberbatch for his show-stealing performance, but this year I think I should give it to Amanda Abbington, who played Mary. Even though her character as a whole at least was done after the first episode, her performance left an everlasting mark on our characters. I also incredibly enjoyed the increased banter this season, as it added plenty more comedic elements (like the show needed any though).

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Today…they are soldiers

Okay the real meaty core of my problem with this season is with the season/series finale “The Final Problem”. While I am not saying that I didn’t like the episode, I just feel that it was a little TOO convoluted and melodramatic, even for Sherlock. For example, they use an entire sequence as a convoluted metaphor that inevitably ends in a mess of a plot. It was incredibly confusing about that status of some characters that I lost interest for just a mere moment. Sherlock, don’t do that to me…ever…again.

PROS:

  • Entire cast performance.
  • Massive suspense.
  • More witty banter.
  • More struggle/drama.

CONS:

  • “The Final Problem” convolution.
  • “The Metaphor”

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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