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December Blogging Meme Topic #8:
What are your thoughts about Sherlock series 3 and/or series 4?

I fear that my answer on this score is brief, and probably not terribly engaging. I didn't like Season 3 much at all, and I know absolutely nothing about Season 4. I love Seasons 1 and 2, still, and that's about where the scope of what I count as canon ends. The screenwriting turned too careless for my taste in Season 3; I feel like they're mocking their audience, and not kindly, either. I have better things to do with my time on the television front (my most recent hours-spent-watching-things investments have been In the Flesh and Six Feet Under, and I haven't been disappointed).

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What distressed me most about the last ep was

a) Mary's plotline and character making absolutely no sense whatsoever;

b) betraying the concept of Sherlock Holmes in having him "solve" the case through violence - the whole point of SH is to solve problems intellectually - anyone can shoot somebody :P (coulda just had Mary do it with her mad sekrit sniper skillz);

c) bringing Moriarty back, which is 1) trolling fandom yet again, and 2) shows utter lack of imagination. And how desperate they are for actual writing. Just ugh ugh ugh.

Oh yeah, I agree with your points. It was still a fucking mess, plot-wise, in my opinion. But I guess it felt more like the older seasons to me in how John and Sherlock were relating to each other? Like, as much as a small part of me loved the idea of how mushy Sherlock got at the weddding, that was a small fanfic part of me and it felt weird and OOC as canon. And the return! I love John's anger, and I don't mind a little humor about it, but the episode played it like it was all just a fucking laugh, and it wasn't. But the last episode felt more fraught between them, with all of those big feelings there below the surface without breaking through into ridiculousness, and that's what I love about that relationship, and that's what felt like it was getting better in the last episode.

Also, I thought Magnussen was a smart, creepy, effective villain. You're right about the laziness of how they dispatched him, though. I didn't think it was worthy of Sherlock OR him.

I just don't know about Mary. I'm reserving judgment until they clear some shit up, I guess.

I think the other thing that saved the last episode for me was Mycroft, because I love when their weird family dynamic gets screen time.

Edited at 2014-12-09 05:08 pm (UTC)

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