Sherlock, Series 4: How did it go?

The final episode of Sherlock was broadcast just two days ago, and even since then I’ve not been impressed – much. It was a great way to end the series, but it became too muddled and complicated to easily follow. The episode started so promising, but as we watch further, the stupidity of the story is revealed.  The episode shows Sherlock discover about his sister, and further be tormented by her genius plans.

 

Young Eurus

Sherlock, at a young age, was convinced that his dog named “red beard” was killed by his sister, at his old childhood home. Throughout the episode, we see Mycroft (and other things) trigger relapses within Sherlock, towards the memories of his dog. Later in the episode, we see that Sherlock was mislead through his childhood, and the redbeard was actually a the childhood nickname for Sherlock’s best friend, Victor, who was thrown down a well, and thus essentially murdered by Eurus.

Sherlock and Eurus Holmes

Eurus is the unknown sister of Sherlock and was kept in a “high security facility” named Sherrinford. Sherlock, and his parents, were subject to Mycroft’s lies, about how their daughter (and in Sherlock’s case, sister) was killed in a house fire at their old family home.

As it conspired, Eurus was actually taken by the government and placed in a prison, where she was essentially held captive as a mental prisoner. She was kept in the most secure part of this prison, and was not to be approached when the cell was entered, as she seemed to be very persuasive.

Sherlock, without knowing the potential danger he would put himself in, went to Eurus’ cell to talk with her. After much talk, her explaining how they had met just days before in a previous episode, she reveals that the glass sheet which was between Sherlock and herself was never there, which is why she could easily get out of her cell without anyone noticing. As the viewer, we see the glass sheet as soon as Sherlock walks in, but somehow they’re trying to convince us that we didn’t? Is it as if Sherlock, someone who can preempt something weeks in advanced, and who soaks up every single detail, couldn’t feel the glass between his and his sister’s hands was non existent?

The storyline, up to this part, makes perfect sense and works without issue. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this is where the episode completely falls apart. It turns out that the prison warden had visited Eurus and talked to her, causing him to become brainwashed. When the government requested the help of Eurus’ mental ability, she demanded something in return from the warden, which she got. This demand, turned out to be a visit from a character we all know well – Moriarty.

Eurus and Moriarty were given 5 minutes to talk with each other, and with these minutes, they devised a plan to capture and play with Sherlock, Mycroft and Dr Watson. This is a great example of where the episode became inconsistent and confusing. In these 5 minutes, Moriarty and Eurus managed to come up with a plan which took Sherlock and his gang many many hours to complete. In reality, is this even possible in such a short window of time?

 

Towards the end, the storyline took a complete turn. I’m not too sure if it was intentionally confusing, but it ended up being very confusing. The confusion made it very hard to remember; I’m still now unsure what was happening. Hopefully the end of the next series will be a bit more understandable and easier to follow.

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