News

Sherlock Season 4 Finale Draws Mixed Fan Response

An East Wind blows hard

by | January 16, 2017 | Comments

Sherlock star BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Courtesy of Laurence Cendrowicz/Hartswood Films & MASTERPIECE)

Sherlock fans are already feeling bereft of their beloved Baker Street Boys based on social media posts after the season 4 finale. Many praised the episode, “The Final Problem” — in particular, several fan-favorite moments punctuating the episode — but there were also detractors.

Spoilers ahead! Do not read on if you have not seen season 4, episode 3 of Sherlock. 

The episode began with an unfamiliar young girl on plane. Everyone’s knocked out. A phone rings. She answers it, begging for help. “Hello!” a voice says brightly. “My name’s Jim Moriarty. Welcome to the final problem.”


Sherlock Mycroft Holmes played by MARK GATISS (Courtesy of Laurence Cendrowicz/Hartswood Films & MASTERPIECE)

Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) orchestrate an elaborate scene to scare the wits out of Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) and force him to confess that they have a wicked younger sister: “Eurus is coming and someone’s disabled all of your security. Sleep well!”

Sherlock calls a family meeting back at 221B Baker Street where Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs)  is everyone’s hero.

And Mycroft is decidedly not running the show.

Then a drone shows up and blows up 221B Baker Street and spoils all the fun, but we’ll always have the memories…


 

Then Sherlock, Mycroft, and John have to resort to piracy to reach the impressive prison fortress Sherrinford, home to Eurus (Sian Brooke)?

 


 

Once inside Sherrinford, Eurus attacks Sherlock and proves that she is the one in charge. Then…

Moriarity shows up! To Queen’s “I Want to Break Free” and the sounds of crowds (and social media) cheering. Thanks, Andrew Scott for bringing to life such a delightful villain.

“Smell all that insane criminality,” Moriarty observes, then asks about the prison’s cannibal population. “People leave their bodies to science. I think cannibals would be so much more grateful.”

“5 years earlier” comes on the screen much to fans’ dismay.


 

Turns out Eurus wanted an audience with Moriarty. He’s her Christmas present. She says his Christmas present is Redbeard and creepy necking through glass ensues.


 

Back to present day.

The prison governor, Dr. Watson, Mycroft, and Sherlock are imprisoned. Eurus wants either Mycroft or Watson to kill the governor or else she’ll kill the governor’s wife. The governor kills himself when neither can do it. Eurus, of course, still kills the wife.

“She’s literally taken over the asylum…” Like the Joker in Arkham.


 

Sherlock must “save” Molly Hooper by forcing her in a three-minute phone call to confess that she loves him. That done, he kills a coffin.

(Actress Louise Brealey leaves a “goodbye” message.)


 

Moving on in this insane maze of limited location budget, Sherlock must shoot either Mycroft or John.

But Eurus knocks out all three when Holmes threatens to kill himself. When he wakes he has to deal with the girl on the plane, while John is in a well filling with water.

We learn that, as a child playing pirates, Sherlock was Yellowbeard and his best friend Victor Trevor was Redbeard. And Eurus was sent away because she killed a child, not a dog.

Then Sherlock goes maybe a little bit off the rails. Eurus is the little girl on the plane? (John Watson is drowning.) Sherlock appeals to the little girl on the plane. (John Watson is drowning.) Sherlock explains that Eurus’ mind has invented “the perfect metaphor” about being alone on a plane she can’t land. (For the love of procrastination, John Watson is drowning!) Sherlock finally asks the little girl to help him save his best friend.

A light shines on John Watson as someone throws down a rope, which he grabs. Wasn’t he chained? Someone’s going to have to get their boots wet.

Greg shows up.

In the end, all is well and “It is what it is,” Watson says.

Mycroft confesses to his parents that their daughter is alive, and his livid mom calls him “idiot boy.”

Sherlock plays dueling violins with Eurus at Sherrinford.

Mary has the last say, in her final recorded message imploring Watson and Sherlock to get back to work over a images of the renovation of 221B Baker Street.


Final fan reactions ran the gamut.  Mostly “Series finale? Say it isn’t so!”


But the grumblers were out in force.


 

And one final thought on the “The Final Problem”:


Has Sherlock‘s time come to end? Take our poll, then share more of your thoughts on whether there should be a season 5 in the comments.

Tag Cloud

USA President TNT crime thriller Biopics romantic comedy HBO Max free movies anime The Arrangement Music aliens E3 Hulu nature Cosplay New York Comic Con medical drama SXSW zombies Emmy Nominations WGN Epix PBS binge Stephen King renewed TV shows children's TV Horror YouTube Red Marvel Studios psychological thriller YA Logo Creative Arts Emmys dramedy Valentine's Day theme song Pet Sematary TCM Lifetime facebook GoT BET Elton John Fox News unscripted canceled TV shows Comedy Turner Classic Movies Disney Channel Sundance jamie lee curtis cancelled quibi Television Academy what to watch joker series History cinemax Binge Guide Film DC Universe travel Reality DirecTV cats crime drama award winner SundanceTV FX Amazon Prime Video comics Cartoon Network Fall TV vampires Turner psycho spy thriller Food Network Pride Month El Rey Video Games Calendar golden globes talk show Arrowverse Apple TV+ Rock based on movie sports kids Showtime Animation dragons Netflix Christmas movies Freeform 2016 American Society of Cinematographers comiccon Premiere Dates biography blaxploitation Mary poppins harry potter robots Mary Poppins Returns First Reviews Sony Pictures sitcom true crime TLC Holiday romance disaster Bravo GLAAD zombie political drama Lifetime Christmas movies police drama Reality Competition Acorn TV video Western VICE rotten movies we love tv talk streaming FXX Extras Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ratings Paramount Network Interview versus 45 adventure Women's History Month RT21 cancelled television Apple TV Plus Schedule latino 007 Star Trek MTV Paramount Lionsgate Nat Geo Esquire Rom-Com Netflix Pixar justice league Anna Paquin E! Writers Guild of America San Diego Comic-Con Crackle Musical Disney Spike werewolf VH1 Tomatazos adaptation Heroines serial killer dceu Character Guide spinoff Ellie Kemper Shondaland mockumentary 24 frames Family 2019 dc ITV animated Britbox DGA National Geographic IFC Films hist Emmys Disney+ Disney Plus historical drama TIFF comic Trophy Talk cars TV renewals Warner Bros. IFC Podcast TBS HBO transformers sequel Trivia spanish language OWN doctor who WarnerMedia Ghostbusters Classic Film technology CMT Adult Swim Kids & Family batman Hallmark Christmas movies Marathons BBC America revenge Super Bowl social media Toys cancelled TV shows cults TCA anthology A&E Chernobyl Comedy Central screenings ghosts strong female leads Columbia Pictures Captain marvel Spring TV Drama Amazon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt miniseries blockbuster Disney Plus zero dark thirty Spectrum Originals Comics on TV movies discovery Crunchyroll game show Pop YouTube Quiz Musicals period drama slashers foreign Marvel Hallmark MSNBC thriller green book toy story composers Nominations Mary Tyler Moore Tumblr Amazon Prime richard e. Grant Dark Horse Comics breaking bad spider-man The Purge Photos Holidays Year in Review CBS All Access Starz AMC 21st Century Fox halloween Peacock CBS singing competition USA Network Summer Trailer MCU game of thrones Box Office cancelled TV series christmas movies Sundance Now FOX cops Vudu Lucasfilm BBC festivals elevated horror PaleyFest crossover casting TV Land Country Marvel Television Pirates Thanksgiving war TV Cannes Song of Ice and Fire Black Mirror Infographic Teen natural history See It Skip It Comic Book Rocketman ABC Family Martial Arts The CW Watching Series stand-up comedy Disney streaming service Awards Tour Christmas Polls and Games hispanic CNN APB Syfy independent Action science fiction politics RT History canceled Mindy Kaling Apple Film Festival Ovation Opinion First Look Fantasy Nickelodeon DC Comics mutant NYCC television SDCC TCA 2017 DC streaming service south america supernatural Winter TV Masterpiece 2020 Winners Sneak Peek diversity cooking Awards Set visit book LGBT The Witch Certified Fresh ABC Mudbound Star Wars docudrama Brie Larson Best and Worst Mystery Superheroe GIFs witnail space Superheroes LGBTQ TruTV Countdown Shudder 2018 20th Century Fox Red Carpet Election A24 Sci-Fi The Walking Dead indie crime YouTube Premium spain Grammys ESPN CW Seed teaser Oscars Walt Disney Pictures NBC boxoffice cartoon X-Men 71st Emmy Awards 2015 Rocky Universal 2017 finale Tarantino