Sherlock Season 4: Will it be wasted on fan service?

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I’ve been a huge fan of Sherlock since season one. From the beginning, the writing was incredible, the cast was perfection, and the witty back and forth between characters was delightfully fun.

But sadly, Sherlock is not what it used to be. During the premiere of season 4 I found myself browsing Pinterest and answering e-mails while “The Six Thatchers” played in the background. I was just so


I don’t know about you guys, but I do not care about John’s love life at all. They’ve tried to spice up John’s personal life by marrying him to a super badass secret agent and I could not roll my eyes any harder. It’s like I’m watching a cheesy action movie, not an episode of Sherlock. The characters are unbearably predictable.

So much of this episode was wasted on fan service. Within the first ten minutes, Sherlock becomes a caricature of all the qualities fans love most about him. He’s texting during important events, he’s being flippant with virtually everyone, and he talks very quickly and seriously to let the audience know what a total genius he is. Ugh, don’t you just LOVE IT?


Except, I don’t… Because it’s boring. I can appreciate a little fan service, but c’mon. There’s no subtlety to it and what’s worse is it leaves no room to explore Sherlock’s character.

I used to be glued to the screen when Sherlock was on. Like many fans, I’ve watched the first two seasons multiple times for the clever quips between Sherlock and John and the intricately woven cases. But not anymore.

The story line has suffered since John and Mary’s relationship became a focal point of the series. The plot is not unique, challenging, or frankly very interesting at all. Maybe it’s just me but I cannot buy that Mary used to be a dangerous secret agent. It completely takes me out of the show every time. I was hoping in this new season they would drop that story line, but the writers have picked up a shiny new plot device that they’re not ready to put away.

I’m hoping that the return of Moriarty will be exciting at least. Moriarty was absolutely brilliant and haunting in past seasons, but bringing him back is not going to be enough to redeem this show. What Sherlock needs is some genuine character development and a clever story line.

If you haven’t watched it yet, you can stream it on the PBS website for free right now. Go watch it – you might enjoy it, and if you don’t you can just come back here and rant with me.

Will I keep watching season 4? Of course.

Shelby Dougherty
Emerged bleary-eyed from a four day Battlestar Galactica binge and never looked back.

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