Sherlock : Season 4

Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • Summary: The British detective series returns with three new episodes and Toby Jones is set to be the duo's latest antagonist.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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  1. Reviewed by: Christian Bone
    Jan 3, 2017
    80
    Helping move things along at a nice pace is Mark Gatiss’ script, which is quite strong. Though not his best for the series, he clearly relishes taking the show into a more serious direction, as well as providing lots of customary laughs in the episode’s first half.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 30, 2016
    60
    Watching "Sherlock" is like dropping in on old friends who are as smart and sarcastic as ever but don’t seem to have as much joy in their lives anymore.
  3. Reviewed by: Aja Romano
    Jan 4, 2017
    50
    Unfortunately, the season four premiere has revealed that Sherlock’s most promising and divisive element in the wake of the season three finale--the evolving three-way relationship between Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), John Watson (Martin Freeman), and John’s mysterious wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington)--is little more than a giant distraction, a red herring for ... whatever the show has up its sleeve next.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. Jan 8, 2017
    10
    not the strongest start we couldve hoped for, but how can we judge based on one episode. tonights episode was mindblowing and i have very highnot the strongest start we couldve hoped for, but how can we judge based on one episode. tonights episode was mindblowing and i have very high hopes for the next one. gotta love sherklock Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2017
    10
    Never gets old...never gets stale...never lets down its fan base. Wickedly smart fun....hang on to your hat...suspend your disbelief, onceNever gets old...never gets stale...never lets down its fan base. Wickedly smart fun....hang on to your hat...suspend your disbelief, once again this ride is worth it. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2017
    8
    I acknowledge the criticisms about this season, but I still found it more entertaining than a lot of other shows.

    Yes, there wasn't a lot
    I acknowledge the criticisms about this season, but I still found it more entertaining than a lot of other shows.

    Yes, there wasn't a lot of actual mystery solving this season, the first episode was all over the place, the second episode's villain is a little over the top (though very menacing), and there are logic holes in the final episode.

    Still, the cast is still on point, and it's always fun to see Sherlock and Watson. The dramatic moments in this season are far superior to previous seasons. Finally, not to give away spoilers but the main antagonist this season is quite effective.
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  4. Jan 1, 2017
    6
    Well polished and executed, great acting. The plot however is disappointing - fragmented, hectic and plainly obvious. Not even a tiny stepWell polished and executed, great acting. The plot however is disappointing - fragmented, hectic and plainly obvious. Not even a tiny step towards uncovering the intrigue of Moriarty return story line from previous season. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2017
    2
    I suppose the production team believes us senile and in a retiring home 7 years after the first season aired.
    Sherlock has been given a big
    I suppose the production team believes us senile and in a retiring home 7 years after the first season aired.
    Sherlock has been given a big budget and has become a play ground for camera men: one nice shot is not enough we need three and the film becomes the sort of challenge your optician would use to test you. Then comes the fast sequences that were so charming and new in the first seasons... instead of being useful to the plot line they're used to speed off the points we probably would have been happy to be included in the main story or are just used to show off the series' new budget.
    My sympathies to the actors who worked hard to forget how ridiculous was the set or their outfits. Both disrespected the wonderful work done in the previous seasons (seriously since when do we go to Mycroft's office or home and why the hell are both underground??) The actors tried to save what they could and probably would have done a better job if the script had allowed them more than 10 sec dialogues full of one line cliches.
    You've heard me, Sherlock has become the super budget day-time soap opera. An overbearing juxtaposition between a children's tale, and an aquarium used so cleverly as a "clue" to the end of the episode. Remember the time when we had to watch Sherlock three times to actually find theses clues?
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  6. Jan 29, 2017
    2
    This season, the show can be summarized by 1 sentence: 'lower IQ of the whole street' (by the season 1's famous quote). It totally lost theThis season, the show can be summarized by 1 sentence: 'lower IQ of the whole street' (by the season 1's famous quote). It totally lost the wits and intellect and non-stop mysteries that made season 1 and 2 so successful, rather it becomes a soap opera, super hero movie with the plots and story lines descent to such an unbelievability or fantasies that even people with average IQ wouldn't buy at all.

    I didn't like season 3 much, and expect season 4 would make up for it, but it got even worse now, and I don't think the show can recover from this if they are going to make more of it and keep the same stupid plot lines. Don't get me wrong, I got what the writers trying to do with this season, but they had such bad ideas in their writing that this show becomes unrecognizable from previous seasons, except actors in it.
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  7. Jan 25, 2017
    0
    Season four was extremely disappointing; it's as if the showrunners got the bit in their teeth and let their egos run wild. Rather than giveSeason four was extremely disappointing; it's as if the showrunners got the bit in their teeth and let their egos run wild. Rather than give viewers the careful character development that made the first season so masterful, they decided to razzle-dazzle us with cleverness.... except that cleverness should actually be clever. The inconsistencies, improbabilities, plot holes, and neglected resolutions made the whole season painful to watch, particularly the last episode. Eurus, the long-institutionalized Holmes sister, can control people around her simply by being in their presence? How does that work? How does she magically mover herself (and Sherlock and John) from one place to another? The mind-controlled staff of Sherrinford seems to be relatively small.

    Is this an episode of Dr. Who? Because it borders on sci fi.

    Also, season four proves once again that Moffat and Gatiss have trouble portraying female characters. "Strong" female characters seem to them to be "kickass." Mary a ninja assassin who can leap in front of a bullet once it leaves the muzzle of a gun fired ten feet away? Eurus the deadliest person on the planet? Mrs. Hudson cornering an Aston Martin like Mario Andretti? Give me a break. I can't possibly suspend THAT much disbelief. Someone needs to tell Moffat/Gatiss that "strong" characters are nuanced, believable characters, which is why they're memorable.

    One other complaint: this show should NEVER have killed off Moriarty (I think they did this because they wanted to move on to other villains). As portrayed by Andrew Scott, he is the perfect foil for Sherlock, and he should have been used as an occasionally recurring character. It seems that once Moffat/Gatiss belatedly realized how popular Moriarty is, they kept bringing him back, but the posthumous version, a hallucination in Sherlock's "mind palace" isn't HIM; it's a corrupted version that makes a fool of him. What a terrible shame. And baiting the audience that he might be alive, only to yet again confirm he's not, is truly insulting to the viewer.

    Season four episode three was presented as a "finale," and that's fine by me. I'm not enough of a masochist to watch a season five. And sadly, I can't even play my DVD of season one anymore... knowing what's coming is just too painful.

    Au revoir, Sherlock.
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