‘SHERLOCK,’ SERIES FOUR (2017): 221 B BAKER RETURNS PACKING A BRILLIANT SWAN SONG

February 21, 2017 12 Comments

For a number of years, Masterpiece Mystery! entertains viewers with a contemporary adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. Originally created by a man named Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle, the consulting detective Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson are an enigma that have never been seen quite like this.

Sherlock, Series Four (2017) BBC TV Review

The game is nearing its starting point. Or so that’s what Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) says when asked how he’d know the first sign. Returned to England after nearly being exiled for his actions murdering a government protected figure, Sherlock is needed to untangle the enigma that is Jim Moriarty. Only problem is, he’s dead. So Sherlock must discover who’s behind the “resurrection” of his mortal enemy and furthermore, why someone is playing the game.

‘SHERLOCK,’ SERIES FOUR (2017): 221 B BAKER RETURNS PACKING A BRILLIANT SWAN SONG. Review of the BBC series. Text © Rissi JC

Everything at 221 B has changed, and yet, somehow, remains the same. John (Martin Freeman) and Sherlock continue to occupy their time with cases as they await the arrival of John’s baby. Upon her arrival, Sherlock along with John and Mary (Amanda Abingdon) are quickly caught up in the Morierty mystery. Or so that’s what the deductions predict until they don’t.

Were I a person of few words or if I were asked to describe this series in one word, I’d reply as follows; brilliance. As is my usual choice, I did watch this on DVD, and without regret, did enjoy the three episodes in a weekend. During their airing on PBS, I saw a lot of hate for this series on Twitter which made me wonder what caused so much dislike.

As we all know I cannot end with one word, so below are some of my other thoughts which require entire sentences.

TV SERIES REVIEW | Sherlock, Series Three (2013)
‘SHERLOCK,’ SERIES FOUR (2017): 221 B BAKER RETURNS PACKING A BRILLIANT SWAN SONG #FWarchives Click To Tweet

I assume this isn’t an arc that closely follows the canon. However from my minimal reading, I have discovered that many of the issues the writers have given this Holmes follows Doyle’s Holmes. True, these things may be amped up to bring them into the 21st century, but they do plague Holmes. Because of this and a myriad of other reasons, I admire the heck out of this show. It earns my (TV show) respect time and time again without breaking a sweat. Or if it does, it doesn’t show it. This season is possibly its best yet.

‘SHERLOCK,’ SERIES FOUR (2017): 221 B BAKER RETURNS PACKING A BRILLIANT SWAN SONG. Review of the BBC series. Text © Rissi JC

The one caveat I will say is, I will confess to missing the “cozier” cases John and Sherlock solve in the early days. This kind of complicated arc that overwhelms entire seasons seems to be a trend in TV shows, and usually I detest it. It takes away from the characterization and tends to inspire lazy writing. With this, because the series’ are so compact (three installments), these problems don’t show to say nothing of the fact that this writing is anything but lazy.

FILM REVIEW | Doctor Strange (2016) – A Mind Bending Conspiracy of Shapes (Plus Benedict Cumberbatch!)

Since I cannot get off the script talk, let’s talk about it.All three episodes are tightly compacted and leave so many dangling threads throughout the entire show. What we think might be insignificant at the time winds through to the end of ‘The Final Problem.’ Everything comes full circle. This writing will make you laugh, cry, white-knuckle it and leave you with bittersweet emotions. That’s how good this writing is, which is, I’m afraid the best I can honor its skill.

Naturally, the acting is (again!) flawless. The depth these actors put into these characters never ceases to amaze me. Led by (the in demand) Cumberbatch right through to Mrs. Hudson, everyone is at their very best. While I wish I’d seen more of Molly (if that scene in the final episode doesn’t rip your heart out, I don’t know what will), I do discover my plus million reason why I adore Mrs. Hudson. As I type I’m fighting the urge to say more, but suffice to say, this woman rocks!

While there’s been no final word on the status of this show, this “feels” like an ending. Should it return for a fifth season, I will be front and center awaiting its arrival. If not, this is a satisfactory and “whole” ending that, in this fan’s eyes, doesn’t cheat us out of anything. It’s a rare storyteller that can do that.

There’s an East wind coming for The Boys of Baker Street. And the only person who can fit the pieces together is Sherlock Holmes.

(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Thank you to anyone who makes a purchase through these links. Read the disclosure page for details.)

You can find Sherlock, series four digitally on Amazon Video

Photos: BBC

About Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

All posts

12 Comments

  • MWGerard February 21, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    I had multiple problems with this season. I liked 1 & 2 a great deal. 3 was alright and Abominable Bride was 95% perfect. The issue comes into play when the "conspiracy" takes over the show. It's as if the writer(s) are saying, "Look at how clever we are!" rather than sticking to what actually made the show good (and a hit). It was already clever in the way it updated classic cases and characters for the 21st century. It was already good about giving us underlying and complicated emotions. And it was good at building mysteries for Sherlock to unravel.
    I agree the acting remained strong. There were endearing moments but as a whole, this fourth season was lazy, uninspired and arrogant.

    • Rissi February 22, 2017 at 4:06 AM

      Nothing wrong with that. We all take something different away from stories. I'm glad you did find some good in earlier seasons, and enjoyed The Abominable Bride. :)

      Ordinarily, I don't like shows moving away from their "cozier" case-by-episode protocol, but in this case, this show seems to be able to do just about "anything," and I cannot help but love it. The writing is so brilliant and clever that I forgive it its errors. I fully confess. ;)

      The complicated emotions are fantastic! I love how the characters evolve, in particular Sherlock. His character is brilliant. Glad you liked the acting! These actors sure did an A+ job with their characters. :)

      Thanks so much for coming by to share your thoughts.

  • Kara Lynn February 22, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED Sherlock so much it hurt! I loved Mary, and Sherlock, and Molly and really the whole season screamed perfection. Personally I think there needs to be another season because in a way yes it felt like the end but at the same time, no. It felt like to me the closing chapter of John and Sherlock's life with another one waiting about their new life as parents (I would love to see that on Sherlock's side haha) and as Sherlock's almost "new character" and his relationship with Molly.
    But season 4 did indeed pack a punch and everything – especially the sister – was genius and such a nice surprise!

    • Rissi February 25, 2017 at 5:44 AM

      I am right there with you, Kara. I have SO much admiration for this show. It's brilliant. It's smart. It's… well, everything I could say, it does so well.

      The one thing I feel like this series does (to perfection) is Sherlock's character. He develops SO much over these four seasons. The writer's humanize him without losing the core of WHO he IS. And I admire that like none other.

      I've loved Molly since day one, so see her and Sherlock find better footing.

      Well said. Glad you too enjoyed. :)

  • Sarah February 24, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed the new season, Rissi! I do disagree with you though, on one very significant point — where you said the show saved itself by not being lazy. I think it was lazy, and destroyed itself. :/ Granted, they did a great job making the writing seem smart and not lazy on the surface, but in comparison with first season, there were almost no explanations given for how things were done (mainly in the last ep) lapses in character, and frankly, and insulting number of plot holes. I won't get into it though, unless you're actually interested to discuss. That's just where I'm coming from, as a person who disliked the season very, VERY much.

    • Rissi February 25, 2017 at 5:47 AM

      Nothing wrong with that, Sarah. I know LOTS of people didn't like this season, and I think most fans (from what I can tell) do feel insulted by this season. I didn't, but then again I'm willing to admit if I were to watch episode one (which I have seen multiple times) right before this final episode (only watched once), perhaps I would notice problems. That said, I also don't think my opinion would differ to the point of disliking this season.

      Sorry you didn't care for it, and if you ever want to discuss anything further, you're most welcome too. :)

  • Korin February 24, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Initially, I disliked this season, but I must admit- it's definitely grown on me a lot! The storytelling, amazing acting, awesome character development… And yeah, Mrs. Hudson IS wonderful, isn't she?!

    • Rissi February 25, 2017 at 5:49 AM

      Cool. I'm glad you found yourself enjoying this season more as you've watched it (again). I have a feeling I'll have ever more admiration for it when I re-watch. Either way, I know one thing: I 100% enjoyed my first watch.

      Mrs. Hudson IS Mrs. Hudson, and this series she cemented her place as one of my ALL-time favorite TV characters. :) Loved it!

  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads February 27, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    I just fell in love with Sherlock end of last year so I was lucky enough to bingewatch all 4 seasons pretty fast without waiting for years between :) And I did love season 4 so much! I agree that I also miss the 'cozier' cases from earlier seasons, even though I did adore the plot overarching the entire season, because it was pure brilliance. I loved it as an ending, but I do still hope there will be more ;)

    • Rissi March 1, 2017 at 3:40 AM

      YAY you, that's the best way to go about watching Sherlock, Lindsey. :)

      *high five* My thoughts are the same as yours. This season is, without question, brilliant. Glad to know you liked it as well. As you say, I too felt this has a "ending" and could be complete, but I'd never argue should the writer's decide to give us another season! :)

  • […] being from BBC doesn’t hurt a thing nor does the supremely talented cast. Amazon Video 7. Sherlock Series Four (BBC) | Brilliant. Much as I want to, I don’t know I can say anything else. Sherlock, Season Four […]

  • […] the Sherlock groupies. But, since a comic-con Sherlock TV teaser for the upcoming fourth season of Sherlock (BBC TV show) is now out in the world, I couldn’t resist sharing it here. Just in case you […]

  • Leave a Reply

    (Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

    Bonjour and Welcome!

    Welcome | thank you for visiting and reading. if you like, you are invited to join our conversations and follow along – join us.  You’re most welcome.
    Read more about Finding Wonderland

    ps: please excuse the “disorder.” you can read more about Finding Wonderland’s changes, new follow options and why archive posts are a mess in my “Disorder + Feedback” post!

    Finding Wonderland Elsewhere!

    Finding Wonderland in your Inbox!

    Subscribe! Have Finding Wonderland's new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here. Please note, this does require a sign-up confirmation via email, and that email may be sent to a junk or spam folder.

    RSS Feed

    Enter your email address:

    Shop our Etsy Store

    Archives

    Disclosures

    Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive (a small) compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you.

    Rissi JC (RissiWrites.com) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    All written content (unless noted) is © Copyright Rissi JC and Finding Wonderland (RissiWrites.com).

    Categories

    ×
    %d bloggers like this: