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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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I loved the third season (apart from the final minute). There was no single episode as good as A Study in Pink (which remains the best), but there was no dud like The Blind Banker (which appeared to have wandered in from a completely different show), nothing that made me as uneasy as the treatment of Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia, and no rather dull one like The Hounds of Baskerville. As a season, it had an integrated story arc, which they'd never managed before; they did great things with Mary, Molly and Janine; they made Anderson interesting, and brought in Bill Wiggins, whom I adore; and we got a genuinely frightening villain in Magnussen. The last minute with its threat of the really boring villain made me fear for the future, but at least if they muck that up they've already given me the third season, which I will treasure.

I agree that ASiP is excellent, although I actually rather liked Baskerville where you did not. Anderson-made-interesting was one of the few other things I appreciated about S3; I also enjoyed Mycroft, because I nearly always do.

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