The latest season of Sherlock plumbs previously unexplored depths of family relationships in a darker, more dramatic tone than previous seasons. Look for more violence and more-disturbing villains this time around--with arguably more character development as a result--but also less of Sherlock's characteristic deductive reasoning, as the story focuses more on the action and drama in each episode than on actually solving a puzzle. To me, this season had a very different feel than the previous three.
I LOVED season one of this show, but it has been on a steady decline in my opinion. Generally speaking, the Watson and Holmes relationship is a great story arc. While I do not always enjoy the relationship troubles the writers choose, it is usually a well done and understandable (for the ways each of them are particularly broken). There is a certain character they choose to keep bringing back (VAGUE ATTEMPT AT AVOIDING SPOILERS AHEAD!) in different ways, I assume because the character can figure prominently into post-Conan Doyle Holmes adaptations, and the writers feel the need to keep him present - but it feels like a desperate attempt to continue using that figure, and in the third episode, there was absolutely no need and the character really added pretty much nothing to the story. As for the individual episodes - the first was pretty good, I would still have rated it a 3, maybe even 4 stars. The second was fine, maybe only two stars, and the third was absolutely dreadful, I would have rated it negative, not even zero. The acting was good, but as these episodes devolved into absurdity, the actors had to feel like they were putting on a play at the fun house in the circus! Clearly, this writing staff is short on quality ideas for more Sherlock episodes - time to be done, or to clean the writers' room and bring in fresh blood.
While the show is still one of the most enjoyable shows on the BBC, it's beginning to taper out. Series 4, like Series 3, doesn't feel as clever as Series 1 and 2. It almost feels like Moffat, the head writers, was moving the show to become more of a 'hip' action-drama sitcom, rather than a modernized version of the original ACD novels. Which isn't bad. It's still a great show, but in trying to be 'hip' and 'fun', it loses some of the appeal of the original 2 Series.
You are in for a Treat! Best Season yet!
Diehard fans of the show will probably not be disappointed and forgive this dark season. For those of us who watch it for Sherlock's skill in the details, the relationship between Sherlock and John, and its biting and witty humor -- the 4th season is a pass. It felt as if the show's only two writers had a compulsive need to justify what makes the brothers tick. Most viewers do not tune in to see Sherlock and his brother. All of the episodes seemed to flatten due to the incredulous underlying season storyline. The first episode did have wonderful graphics to add some spark, the second was pure camp (when I wasn't distracted by the notion that the character Moriarty wasn't in disguise, but it was truly the actor Toby Jones. ); the final episode definitely took a page or two from the series "Lost" and some horror films. I so wanted to enjoy the ride. If the two writer creators don't add more writers, I agree with the comment below - this was a good place to stop the series. In fact, the last shot was a perfect whimsical way to bow out. P.S. I wouldn't be surprised if Mary's dvd scenes were increased in post production because only she made you care.
Such a disappointing season 4. I'm not sure why Benedict and Martin would sign on for this.
This show gets better and better. A great mystery! the game is afoot! and you are in for a treat, just the right amount of dialogue, but don't forget to keep your eyes open - its not always about telling, its about what your viewing.
The second episode will blow your mind!
(Warning: Spoilers!) Season four of Sherlock would be a great ending for the series. It doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but instead ends with Sherlock and Watson happily solving crimes together. It would be the best possible way for the show to end too. In this season, over the three episodes, the main theme is family. From losing Mary to gaining Eurus, Sherlock and Watson realize the importance of their families. The acting and writing on this show are always done so well. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are iconic as Watson and Sherlock. It’s also nice that this season was darker than season three. It was more dramatic and had very little comedy in it, compared to the previous season. Overall, season four was a great season! It is not known if they will continue with the show, but I do hope that this is where they end it though. I highly recommend that you watch Sherlock!
- @reviewsfromthe9 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The previous seasons were better. I didn't care for the stories. One episode was too much like a horror film.
This started out rally well--texting, great plots, inetersting people. It has moved to totally weird. I did like the episode where a vaguely disguised Trump is a serial killer. Otherwise, this year is a snoozer.
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