I will start off by saying that I usually become a frantic fan over any BBC drama. Since Sherlock Holmes was placed onto our channel one screens, I’ve been obsessed. The story plots manage to grip me with anticipation and suspense.
In regards to the most recent episode, I wasn’t completely satisfied. I was left to feel cold and disappointed.
What I Didn’t Like (the bad):
The crime. Usually, I’m a wide-eyed owl not daring to blink in case I miss something momentous in the next step of one of Sherlock’s cases. Not this time. Don’t get me wrong, I was able to understand what was happening and I was a bit surprised at the end who the evil villain was. But that was about it. I’ve tried to work out what I didn’t like about it and there’s no clear answer. I just didn’t find it gripping to the point where I would be trying to figure out the answers myself. Shame.
John’s character. This series gives off the impression that John is unfaithful. What the bloody hell. Through my eyes, John still has the mentality and presentation of a soldier and a dark horse hero. I couldn’t get my head around the idea that John wasn’t truly loyal. A characteristic I associate with a soldier. It didn’t seem right to me. I can understand why they may have chosen to insinuate it. To make John more human, to follow through with the idea of John turning into a darker character. Not darker in the sense of wicked, but just humanly darker. Plus, bringing in that female character (who he might just fancy) will hopefully bring a whole can of worms into the next coming episodes. It might be the case that it turns into something romantic, but I bet she’s got a malicious smirk under her guiltless grin.
The Good and Bad:
Mary. I enjoyed Mary’s company during the third season and basically making John happy. The part I didn’t like was Mary getting involved in the cases, she didn’t bring anything extra for me. Just another individual with a thirst for danger. I’ve always felt this should mainly be left to John and Sherlock. The dynamics of John and Sherlock’s characters compliment and balance each other. Placing Mary into the equation, imbalanced everything for me. Except for making John happy, I will emphasise how that’s the good bit. Her character also brought comedy into the stories, sometimes being wittier than both Sherlock and John. Plus, having a bit more of an insight into her background was interesting.
Then came along Mary’s death. Talk about drama. I should’ve been there, balling my eyes out. But no. During her death, I stopped feeling sad quite quickly. The scene was too dramatic for me. It just oozed too much ‘I’ve always loved you, woe is me for I am dying, take care of so and so’. I didn’t manage to make a connection with her death. Which makes me sad. So I still managed to get sad but just for the wrong reasons. A potential reason for this was due to her and John’s relationship. During this episode, I felt a lack of connection between the two. Even before the hint that John was leaning towards being unfaithful. Additionally, John’s reaction to her death was anger towards Sherlock. As a result, I felt a bit peeved myself. Maybe this was what was intended, that I felt some anger and not sadness?
Overall it made sense to kill her off, she didn’t bring anything gripping in the long run. She didn’t compliment Sherlock’s and John’s relationship, and well, in the books she apparently dies anyway. Fans appreciate people trying to stick as close to the books as possible. So well done Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
I’ll tell you when I did feel sad…the part at the end, with the DVD ‘miss me?’ She wanted Sherlock to look after John. To save John. At that point, I really appreciated her character and realised that we needed a Mary somewhere in the story.
Sherlock, Molly, Mrs Hudson, Mycroft and Lestrade: They have stayed the same! I was worried that the developed Sherlock would come across as too ‘lovey dovey’ as he now seems to show that he cares about people. Instead, they have kept him as the wonderful sociopath that he is. Strange to put wonderful and sociopath in the same sentence. He clearly cares about people but is still same old Sherlock. Thank you, Moffat and Gatiss.
Molly is still there, never get rid of Molly. There is a Molly in all of us. I still hope her and Sherlock will get together. Realistically, it won’t happen, but a girl can dream. Mrs Hudson. I just love her character, her voice, her agitated and naïve attitude. Although we didn’t see much of her, she’s still the top gal. Sherlock’s and Mycroft’s sibling rivalry is essential to bring some comedy into the series. And to bring into place the saying ‘men will be boys’. Ok, I know it should be ‘boys will be boys’, but some men will always be boys.
I hope this episode is a reflection of a darker storyline. Interviews with the actors themselves have hinted this series will be darker. I hope this episode was a build-up to something big coming in the next one.
Usually, the season comes out in blocks of three episodes, I truly hope Sunday’s episode didn’t count as one of the three but is counted separately.
(Disclosure – Perhaps there is a Molly in all of us, where we eagerly wait for Sherlock’s presence and even after a cold heartless comment, we still remain there for him. I’m a bit of a Molly right now. I feel dissatisfied after watching that episode, but I will always be loyal and continue watching.)
What did you think of the Sherlock episode? Do you know if it’s one episode of three?