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Let Us Contemplate Oneself
on 7 November 2014
When ‘Sherlock’ burst onto the BBC, you could say I was excited. The show took one of my all-time favourite characters and created a modern take that was cool and believable. Season 1 was an absolute triumph and rightly propelled the careers of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman further. Season 2 was also very good, with two out of the three episodes being great, but it also hinted at what was to come. By Season 3, ‘Sherlock’ is seemingly less about crime solving and more about relationships.
The relationship between Sherlock and Watson is key to any version of the characters, but it should be a backdrop for intelligent debate and intriguing mysteries. It would appear that Steven Moffat, no stranger to sacrificing actually storylines for characters, and Mark Gatiss have forgotten this. Out of the three episodes here, only one actually has any sort of mystery. The rest are small events that seem to wrap around the latest anguish for our heroes. I am all for development and nuance, but not in the stead of something that actually holds the episode together.
The show still has plenty to recommend it. The acting is brilliant and it has a level of direction and set design rarely seen on British TV. It is perhaps the best looking show of the past few years and when the cool clicks, there are moments of greatness. However, these moments are far too far between and you end up over the 3 episodes with 200 minutes of omphaloskepsis and only 70 minutes of Sherlockian adventure. Add to this the potential of the worst version of Moriarty making a return and things may not be much better in Season 4. Still worth watching, but only just.
The show does look spectacular and should be seen on BluRay. There are extras on the disc that will please fans, but as the show plays its cards so close to its chest, you never really get to discover that much.