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Thoughts on Sherlock: The Final Problem

It should be a crime to make a TV series with only 3 episodes per season, let alone having such a painfully long wait in between seasons! Can you believe Sherlock started in 2010? That was 7 years ago, 7! After a 3 year break (not counting the Christmas special in 2016) Season 4 came to our screens on 1st January, and just 15 days later, it’s all over again. What I can’t stop asking though is, is Sherlock over for good?

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Spoilers from here on out, you’ve been warned!

The Sherlock Squad (consisting of myself, my husband, my parents and littlest brother) went last night to our local Showcase cinema to watch The Final Problem. We’ve been so excited for it, we had our tickets booked before Christmas! There’s just something extra special about seeing something like this on the big screen, although we were slightly concerned about how we’d make it without our usual pause breaks for the loo, or biscuits. Cinema goers had an extra 15 minutes of footage, too!

So, whilst trying to prepare myself for what was being set up for a dark episode, I had 2 main questions. What’s the deal with the Holmes sister, Eurus, and just how did Sherlock not recognise her? Is Moriarty back after all, despite how impossible it seems? Thankfully both were answered, and not in the way I expected.

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I have to say, watching the episode at the cinema was such an amazing experience. The screen felt like a gigantic family gathering, with whisperings before it started of what everyone thought would happen, frantically checking the time to see how long we had to go. We were giddy! Our bonus footage was a small documentary with Amanda Abbington discussing her role as Mary and how it all began. It wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped for, but it was wonderful looking back at clips from the earlier seasons and seeing how things had changed.

And then BOOM. We’re at Mycroft’s place. There’s a creepy faceless doll running around. The portraits on the wall are bleeding. There’s a clown trying to kill him. WHAT. THE. HELL. GUYS. I can’t watch this stuff at home, let alone in the dark. Will not forgive you for that one, Sherlock Holmes.

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Over at Sherrinford, which we now know is the BBC’s Arkham Asylum, we finally get to learn about Eurus, and why Sherlock doesn’t recognise her. Or even remember her existence, in fact. That game she plays with Sherlock, John and Mycroft is one of the most intense things I’ve ever watched. I was frozen in place, shaking, and trying to hide in my jumper all at the same time. Fellow Sherlock and Molly shippers, rejoice? I mean, we’ve been waiting for ‘I love you’ for so long, but did any of us want it to happen that way?!

Onto Moriarty. I should have seen it coming. When Mycroft mentioned he took Euros a Christmas present, I knew straight away he meant Moriarty. So why, why when Queen started playing, did I join the room in a chorus of ‘YES’ when he stepped out that helicopter, just to see the ‘5 years ago’ on the screen and have all my dreams shattered. Major sadface, reporting for duty.

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My heart can’t bear to talk about Redbeard, I didn’t see that twist coming at all. I just. Cannot even. Sherlock cried. I cried. We all cried. Moving swiftly on…

Have we ever had a Sherlock season end what wasn’t a cliffhanger? I really do feel like this is the end, and if it is then it’s a good ending. Maybe we’ll get a Season 5, maybe just a Christmas Special in a couple of years. No, I can’t do it any more. I miss the Baker Street boys already! I need an entire season dedicated to Sherlock and John trying to look after Rosie. I don’t want this to be the end!

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Thoughts on Sherlock: The Six Thatchers

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great night. Mine was, well, rather tame, but there’s always this year, right?! More importantly however, Sherlock is back! You don’t know how happy this makes me. It’s a big deal in my family, we got together and had a big home-cooked Sunday roast dinner before the main event. Okay, it might have been for New Year’s Day…

Spoilers ahead, obviously, so you’ve been warned!

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My terrible memory of the Season 3 finale seemed to recall Sherlock being sent away on a plane after shooting Charles Augustus Magnussen, and then having to land almost immediately after a video(?) of Moriarty with his famous tagline ‘Miss Me?’ was broadcast. This of course left us all wondering, is Moriarty back? How? I mean, we still don’t really know how Sherlock survived The Reichenbach Fall, we never even considered the fact Moriarty survived it too! Of course there was also the mystery behind Mary’s USB stick and the initials, A.G.R.A.

The new episode, titled The Six Thatchers, started with the covering up of the security footage of Magnussen’s death, and reminded me exactly why Sherlock is such a brilliant character. Who else could get away with sending tweets and scoffing ginger nut biscuits at such a critical time?

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Soon afterwards Mary and John’s baby was born, and we followed the gang on a case. Moments like these are my favourite part of the show, watching in awe as Sherlock solves the mysteries with surprising ease, whilst being a lovable, big-headed idiot at the same time. The small case led on to something much bigger, a series of Margaret Thatcher busts being destroyed. For perhaps the first time in his life, Sherlock is trusting intuition rather than facts, as he tracks down why these busts are being targeted.

This is where I lost interest slightly, as the whole focus of the episode switched from case solving to being all about Mary and her past. I have nothing against Mary, but we had enough of her shady history at the end of Season 3, and I wanted something new. I get that it was still a case to be solved but I wanted to reach into the TV and shake Mary, why would she go on the run,┬áleaving her husband and newborn child behind?! Surely she should have kown she would have been safer under Sherlock’s protection. Argh!

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Does this remind anyone else of Friends? “So no one told you life was gonna be this way…” *clap clap clap clap clap*

Of course, in the episode’s finale, I felt super guilty about my mean thoughts. I hope John can forgive Sherlock soon, because it really wasn’t his fault, Mary wasn’t even the target of the bullet, and I miss John and Sherlock together! I’m still not 100% sure if I understand what happened with A.G.R.A, AMMO, or the mean old secretary lady, I’m going to have to read into it I think.

All in all, it was a solid episode and I’m happy to have Sherlock back, but it didn’t have that fun factor that Season 3 had with the wedding. For me, that’s what the show is all about, some serious detective work with dry humour scattered liberally throughout. Maybe I’ve been building it up in my mind for too long. What sucks the most though is that in 2 weeks, it’ll all be over AGAIN!