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REVIEW: "Sherlock" Season 4

by Tegan Mazur - Copy Editor
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 11:00 am

 "Sherlock" is a show that is always trying to test its limits. Just when you think the rug beneath you is steady and secure, it comes flying out from under you. This season was no different: the showrunners went all out to make its audience feel truly flabbergasted. However, this season the confusion was a little different. Those of us scratching our heads this season were probably doing it because of how surprisingly terrible it was. 

A show that prides itself on subtle camera work, engaging dialogue and psychologically introspective stories seemed to drop the ball this season in a massively disappointing way for many. The show aired three episodes, "The Six Thatchers," "The Lying Detective" and "The Final Problem," respectively. "The Six Thatchers" opened the season rather slowly, with an ending meant to be very dramatic, with the death of John's wife Mary, who sacrificed herself to save Sherlock's life.

Leaving aside the seemingly impossible leap she made to save him, the death scene is fairly lackluster and tries hard to make us feel bad for the passing of a character that most fans either don't like very much or are indifferent to. 

"The Lying Detective" shows Sherlock trying to help John get over the death of his wife, a sweet relief from the unsettling dynamic of Sherlock and Mary we were forced to endure earlier in "The Six Thatchers." 

The episode ends with a tender hug between John and Sherlock as they resolve the major tension in their relationship, the only bright spot in the season. This brings us to "The Final Problem" — oh boy, the final problem indeed. After a season that promised so much, including but not limited to, "Sherlock is in love, but with who?" and "be part of making history". However, "The Final Problem" delivered nothing of the kind, giving us a fanfare of ridiculous explosion survivals, secret siblings, mind control and watered-down repressed memories. 

"Sherlock" is supposed to be a show about masterful mystery, and foremost about John and Sherlock. The season finale and perhaps series finale should do nothing short of exemplify that. What we got instead was something more akin to a cheap action film. 

Viewers were given nothing more than a disappointing adventure about Sherlock's secret sister and a deplorably low amount of interaction between our main characters. The creators have had little to say about this lackluster season and who can blame them? The great thing about Sherlock Holmes is that he has staying power; he has been around for 127 years already, so, there's always tomorrow for someone to get it right.