« on: January 17, 2017, 07:20:24 pm »
I thought the first one of the series okay, the second one I thought was terrific, but oh lordy, that last one was a car-crash of a piece of television. Even accounting for a suspension of disbelief, there seemed a complete absence of narrative logic and plausibility. Oh, and the flippant way in which they wrote off the episode 2 cliff-hanger was a terrible piece of writing (dialogue AND narrative construction).
Part of me wants that last episode to be the last ever (the series has generated enough good-will with me that I can overlook one stinker for the sake of the reputation of what preceded it), but also I wouldn't mind seeing at least one more in the hope that they could actually go out on a high!
The biggest disappointment, for me was that Cumberbatch's climactic line at the end of The Abominable Bride ("Yes, Moriarty is dead. And I know exactly what he's going to do next..."), which really seemed to be a peg on which the fourth series was going to hang, didn't seem to feed into, or be resolved at any point during, this series. And indeed it didn't really appear that Sherlock knew anything of the sort!
So, for all the disappointment of the third episode (and I'm remaining sufficiently open-minded to the possibility of it opening itself up rather more on a second viewing in a few weeks time!), there was plenty to like about this series. Nice to see Una Stubbs getting a bit more to do, and ditto Louise Brealey (I suspect I've mentioned on here before that I have a bit of a thing for her, so any increase in screen-time is fine by me, especially when she gets some decent material!). And Toby Jones can do no wrong in my book - his Savile channelling was yet another remarkable performance in a long list, and I hope he gets remembered when BAFTA comes around!