Two years since Sherlock has been put on a plane and sent to certain death by his charming older brother. One year since he passed out on that plane ended having a delirious dream due to drugs use. Sherlock is finally ‘back’ on the British soil and the game is on again. But not exactly as we knew it!
In this first episode of the series 4 “The Six Thatchers”, Sherlock seems to have gained a surprising dose of humanity in a short time (perhaps too much in too short). But he learns quickly, he always did. Now, he is strangely aware of other ones’ feelings and tries to compose with it, not always with best results. The emotional progress of Sherlock could be good news, but it unfortunately takes a bit of his charm away. The more Sherlock is human the cheesier he sounds. His show off attitude combined with his sudden capacity to verbally express feelings is quite confusing.
Nevertheless, this episode still remains a genius just as the other ones. The directing is as fabulous as usual, the actors are excellent and viewers will still find some precious hilarious scenes (Sherlock as a babysitter is a must to see!). Besides, a lot of new elements are introduced in this episode, promising interesting developments for the rest of the show.
First of all, the cast welcomes a new member- the baby girl of Mary and John Watson- Rosamund. Meanwhile, Watson seems to be having difficulties to adapt to his new life of a father and starts to look at other women. A shock for everybody! (Not really, John Watson has always been a sort of a Don Juan). But don’t worry the moral is safe as he is John Watson for God’s sake!
Moreover, the secret past of Mary Watson starts to resurface, which, you would have guessed, is not good news. Sherlock starts then to become a James Bond lookalike, ready to rescue the whole world with the only weapon his brain. Not exactly, in fact! This episode offers plenty of fight scenes, proving that Sherlock also knows how to use his muscles and has some talent as a spy. The perk is that this inevitably leads to more appearance of Mycroft Holmes, as his enigmatic position within the British Government implies it. The confrontation between the two brothers is always priceless.
Finally, the ghost of Moriarty still overshadows the entire plot. We are worried to discover the next move planned by the criminal mastermind, even from the Beyond. But don’t have too much hope about a big revelation in this episode. Perhaps in the next one, if we are lucky. The episode ends tragically and fatally for one of the characters, without real surprise though. The emotional scene will not leave you indifferent.
In a nutshell, this episode is more focused on the relationship unifying the main characters than the mysteries behind the Six Thatchers. The intrigue seems to become an excuse to introduce new data within relations between the characters and could appear to be a little neglected. Some will find this just fine and others will probably be a little bit disappointed. However, with such end, the second episode promises to be quite interesting. It will also welcome a new great villain, ensuring a lot of rebounds.
|The Six Thatchers (2017)|
|Rating: 8.7/10 (2756 votes)
Director: Rachel Talalay
Writer: Mark Gatiss, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of), Mark Gatiss (created by), Steven Moffat (created by)
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Louise Brealey
Runtime: 88 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 01 Jan 2017
|Plot: Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move. One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard - but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly-trivial detail. ...|