Oh, how the mighty fall- Sherlock Finale

It’s Friday!

On this day, I will review movies and TV shows, without sticking to the strict alternating schedule that I do with fiction/poetry posts. Sometimes it’ll be several shows in a row, sometimes films.

I can’t go to the movie theater every week (or keep up with TV!), so many of these will be new material off Amazon video or Netflix. With that said, let’s talk about that Sherlock finale…

I used to love BBC’s Sherlock. I was one of those “superwholock” people on Tumblr, referring to the unholy trinity of SupernaturalDoctor Who, and, obviously, Sherlock. That’s why I find myself disappointed in the recent Season 4 finale, “The Final Problem,” which aired January 15 on PBS (for us Americans).

Now, this is somewhat late, but…the blog wasn’t set to launch til this week.

*all the spoilers below*

Surprise! Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) and Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) have a sister! And she’s insane! And a murderer! I guess all really smart people are actually really crazy, aren’t they? Ugh.

Once upon a time, Stephen Moffat had promise. The first season of Sherlock was excellent, the second great. But he seems to rely too much on red herrings. It’s pretty obvious when John (Martin Freeman) bemoans that he ‘isn’t alone’ after his wife’s death. Obviously it’s the woman he was cheating on his wife with in episode 2, yeah? No, it’s an illusion of his dead wife. Okay then. That…whatever.

Eurus (Sian Brooke, as an adult) killed Sherlock’s dog. But not really, because our resident genius rewrote his memory. He “rewrote” so he never had a sister, and also “rewrote” that there was ever a dog. Eurus actually killed a human child, young Sherlock’s best friend, Victor. Okay then.

The evil sister can get somehow get into the head of everyone around her and make them her ‘slaves’ (even though she can’t tell the difference between laughing and screaming, and somehow kills an orderly during sex?). So she devises a plan. She gets out because she ‘owns’ the governor (Art Malik), and forces Sherlock, Mycroft, and John to play a game in order to save a little girl who is alone on a plane.

But the little girl is actually Eurus, who is living in a metaphor. Sherlock saves the day when he has a breakthrough with Eurus-because every psychopath is just a lost child- and after her rearrest he returns regularly to her cell to play violin with her. What a lovely ending.

If this sounds like a strange cluster of “what?”…welcome to the club. It’s a shame, because Cumberbatch and Freeman are stellar actors, and Moffat and Gatiss created a Holmes and Watson that are, admittedly, more human and accessible than Doyle’s. Perhaps the show, like the episode, will get a new beginning and be back to its former glory in 2019.

Director: Benjamin Caron

Writers: Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss

(Image source credit: https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sherlock-the-final-problem.jpg?w=620&h=348&crop=1)

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