Sherlock: The Final Problem

The season four (series??) finale of Sherlock aired this past weekend and naturally I was losing my mind for about a day, so I’m going to talk about it here. Consider this your SPOILER ALERT...if you haven’t watched it yet (and are planning on it), DO NOT scroll past the following image. 

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Well. That was quite a ride, wasn’t it? As you may recall, I had a lot of Thoughts about the season four premiere, “The Six Thatchers”, and the second episode, “The Lying Detective”, blew my mind (in the last ten minutes. I spent the first hour going “Is this real life or is this just fantasy?”). Since all I could think about for the past week was “Sherlock has a sister???”, I was eager to learn more about Eurus Holmes and how she fits in with everyone’s favourite curmudgeonly detective. 

So let’s talk about Eurus for a bit. First of all: girl is insane. Like actually, literally insane. So insane that she’s being kept in a facility that looks like Azkaban but is really called Sherrinford (so clever). I liked how she was explained – how Sherlock had blocked her out of his memory for killing “Redbeard” (which is a whole other thing to unpack!), even the way Sherlock forced Mycroft to confess. My issue with Eurus’ story line is that it was confusing, a mystery wrapped in an enigma and all that. It took several hours for me to really work out how Eurus did everything: how she managed to manipulate everyone in Sherrinford so that she was able to go in and out of her cell. How she was both the girl in the plane and the mastermind behind the game. But my real question is: how can I too get Jim Moriarty as a Christmas present??? (I guessed he was who Mycroft referred to the first time he mentioned “Christmas” but that didn’t stop me from yelping anyway). 

I may have spent forty minutes searching every variation of “Moriarty The Final Problem gif” I could think of because that was easily one of my favourite scenes to ever exist, and I’m still not over that blasted subtitle of “five years earlier”. I LOVE that they managed to bring Moriarty back into this episode (brb, weeping over Andrew Scott in a suit), but WAY TO PLAY WITH MY HEART by making me think he was alive, only to have his death confirmed (again). As if I wasn’t already screaming during the first scene with that phone call, they had to go and get my hopes up. Still, I spent several days listening to “I Want to Break Free” for a piece on idobi earlier this month and now I guess I’ll have to listen to it again because WHAT AN ENTRANCE. 

This episode was probably one of the most stressful that the series has ever done. It reminded me of the season one finale, "The Great Game", where Sherlock had to solve multiple cases otherwise innocent people would be killed, especially the last game when he realized a child’s life was at stake. Except the tension from that episode was multiplied by 221320947 because I was on tenterhooks the entire time. I was absolutely terrified for Molly – like a YA heroine, I let out a breath I didn’t even know I was holding when their phone call ended, but it broke my heart that Molly confessed her love for Sherlock and, while he said it back, he didn’t mean it the way she did. I believe Sherlock loves Molly in his own way, but not the way Molly wants or deserves. If there’s another season, I hope Molly gets a chance to shine – she’s an underrated character, but, as Sherlock once said, she does count. 

What else did I like? I liked that Sherlock and John’s friendship managed to survive such a stressful escape room game; I liked that Mycroft recognized how much John meant to Sherlock and went to great lengths to make sure his brother wouldn’t have to lose a best friend again (Mycroft is such an amazing character, oh my gosh, so many layers!); I liked that their parents showed up; I liked that Sherlock finally referred to Lestrade by his real name (without prompting); I liked that Sherlock has a real relationship with Rosie Watson; and I liked that Mary had one final message for her Baker Street Boys. 

I didn’t like that it felt more like a series finale than a season finale, but I suppose, if Sherlock has to end, at least they made sure they went out with a bang and didn’t leave too many loose ends.