Sherlock has been one of the shows which have built a reputation of actually doing one notch better, every season. The show has constantly pushed boundaries and with the season finale of its 4th season, “The Final Problem” lived up to its expectations and is absolutely brilliant!
THERE ARE A FEW SPOILERS BECAUSE I AM VERY EMOTIONAL ABOUT THIS EPISODE. PROCEED WITH CAUTION :
The episode starts off with an odd tactic from Sherlock to scare his brother Mycroft and get information about his third sibling, who was revealed to be named as “Eurus Holmes” as she confronted Dr. Watson and shot him.. AND IT’S REVEALED IN THE FIRST SEQUENCE THAT HE WAS SHOT WITH A TRANQUILIZER.
If you read my last article in which I reviewed the 2nd episode of this season, I pretty much mentioned that a major character won’t be killed even if it was shown to be like that.
Now with the revelation that Eurus is very much alive and kicking, given the fact that Sherlock didn’t know about her and Mycroft never revealed her origin, the episode builds on to this with some amazing storytelling with a lovely under-current of emotional context in its narrative.
Now, it is revealed that Eurus had/has been made captive in Sherrinford, which is a fortress to incarcerate the most dangerous minds on the planet.
After a bombing threat in 221B Baker Street which Sherlock, Mycroft and John Watson luckily escape, they decide to pay Eurus a visit and travel to Sherrinford where her hauntingly dark past is revealed.
NOW, HERE’S THE INTERESTING PART :
Mycroft had made sure Sherlock doesn’t remember his sister out of the DEEPLY TRAUMATIZING things that she did to them, which included her drowning Sherlock’s dog “Redbeard”, who turns out to be not a dog and rather SHERLOCK’S BEST FRIEND IN HIS CHILDHOOD. MAAAAJOR MAJOR SPOILER, which is revealed in the episode’s end.
Now, from a technical perspective, this episode one of the best I’ve watched in the series. The episode builds on themes like morality, fear, abandonment, hatred and total psychiatric damage, which leads to an interesting yet slightly disappointing climax where the show ends on a “All’s Well That Ends Well” note with comparison to the much superior build up to the whole climax.
The character of Eurus, who is shown to be a master manipulator of all sorts, capable to have brainwashed the chief of Sherrinford and basically run the institution on her own terms has BEEN BRILLIANTLY PORTRAYED by Sian Brooke.
Co-creator of the show Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman wear the characters of Mycroft, Sherlock and John Watson like gloves, supplying their usual charm, wit and grittiness to the roles, respectively.
AND GUESSS WHAT!! JIM MORIARTY MAKES A SPECIAL APPEARANCE AND THAT IS TOTALLY SLAYYYY!
It is later revealed that Mycroft brought Moriarty to Eurus at Sherrinford for 5 MINUTES OF UNSUPERVISED CONVERSATION WITH HER AND THE TWO VILLAINS WENT ON TO CONSPIRE ON HOW TO TAKE DOWN SHERLOCK.
DISTURBING, ISN’T IT? YES, WE THINK SO TOO.
Benedict Cumberbatch is the undisputed star of the show and his character has been brilliantly written for the finale by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who as show producers and writers have taken up every possible personal detail about his past and used it to counter his modern day persona, which has been given a near perfect back story with credible reasons of Eurus’s disappearance.
The show ends on a slightly melodramatic “family first” note with Sherlock embracing Eurus and embracing her fears, but the build up to the climax is the triumphing moment as to how the emotional vulnerability of Sherlock plays a part into the moral decisions that he makes and how the supporting cast is affected by it.
The melodramatic and rather oddly predictable climax was my only complaint for this episode.
The intellect factor and the brilliant yet sadistic character of Eurus leaves no stone unturned to haunt Sherlock and that plays a major part in deciding the finale’s outcome.
All in all, this is perhaps the most fitting season finale to this season of the show, with the viewers still wanting more from the show and hoping that the series comes back for a 5th season.
As for me, I am still in awe and I loved the episode. One of the best, surely!
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