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.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 11 out of 26
  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 16, 2017
    6
    Aside from series co-creator Mark Gatiss questioning the intelligence of every fan who did not grovel to the fourth series of Sherlock.Aside from series co-creator Mark Gatiss questioning the intelligence of every fan who did not grovel to the fourth series of Sherlock. Sherlock season 4 comples a short list of enjoyable moments intwined with exposition followed by more exposition making each sequence feel somwhat contrived and over-eloborate. To even the most casusal fans of the series, audiences cannot lie about the evident drop in quality since the end of season 2 where originality all but dried up and fan service was all but left to fill the void, with Moffat and Gatiss consuming member berry after member berry to relive some of the glory of the first 2 seasons "Ooh, member Irene Adler?" "Ooh i member!".

    From even before the show had begun, people were famaliar with Sherlock Holmes, the clever detective in the funny hat, ever accompanied by his loyal physician, Dr John Watson and it was within the first few moments of watching Holmes for the first time that we truely got a measure of how intelligent he was in his ability to accurately observe what others simply see. However in season four any audience members will doubt what Sherlock can actually see as in between season 3 and 4 Sherlock has appartently developed a God complex that not only grants him the ability to solve cases with no other viable evidence then his mind palace but to also read the future.

    The main complement however that i can give this season is its behind the scenes production with acting talent and set value being of the gold standard, even if the story and hideous CGI hinder the preformances and scenery that have been so carefully crafted to retain the look from the first series of Sherlock in 2010.
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  5. Jan 17, 2017
    2
    By trying to show the character, Sherlock, in Season 4 (particularly "The Final Problem") as being more "human", compassionate and having moreBy trying to show the character, Sherlock, in Season 4 (particularly "The Final Problem") as being more "human", compassionate and having more heart, he actually seemed to have less heart. The characters in Season 4 lost the chemistry of the previous seasons and there was a lack of consistency and believability (in both the characters and the plot). In the first three seasons, there was character complexity and growth, brilliant cases and you actually cared about the characters. Viewers are not confused because they don't understand what is going on (they get what is happening). They are confused as to why this season doesn't feel right, like it's a different show,..why characters are completely out of character and why a show that was working so well would change so drastically. The actors are all so talented and I really loved watching the first three seasons of "Sherlock". However, except for a few scenes and moments, I was disappointed by the fourth season and did not enjoy watching it. Expand
  6. Jan 10, 2017
    1
    Ugh this series is just needlessly complicated and confusing, I was concentrating but it just seemed to be twisty-turny for the sake of it,Ugh this series is just needlessly complicated and confusing, I was concentrating but it just seemed to be twisty-turny for the sake of it, and at the expense of good functional story telling. Aaaaand we see that Sherlock Holmes is also a world class fighter as well – it seems this guy could give Batman a run for his money. Well, to be honest I find it quite entertaining but I think the writers should concentrate more on having a story that you can actually follow, rather than showing off. The cast are great on paper but starting to get annoying – especially the woman who plays Watson’s wife. I love Benedict of course but he’s also getting to be a bit annoying in this, let’s hope this is the last series. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2017
    0
    What a piece of garbage. This only rug pulled this appalling, misogynistic queer bait of a season managed is to show that the writers had noWhat a piece of garbage. This only rug pulled this appalling, misogynistic queer bait of a season managed is to show that the writers had no clue where they were headed this whole time. The amount of inconsistencies is mind blowing. The acting was fantastic but could never redeem this insult to the viewers' intelligence. Expand

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