June 12, 2014
Gutter Troll Crew meowed
I've read two reviews that were fair but leaned negative, and they both made good points.
The first (at Lainey) was that Sherlock minimized the mystery story. We used to get great character development embedded in a one-episode mystery, and the mystery and character development both contributed to the larger series story arc. But the episode story was the key. Now, the mystery is the least important element of the three, and everything suffers.
The second review (at Den of Geek) pointed out that the episode had three parts: the frenetic setup, Mary's Bond-like worldwide mystery tour, and the denouement, and that they didn't work together very well. They might even have been better as three half-hour episodes.
I agree with both. I have hopes still for the season, since they've also eliminated the fan-service that I found absolutely shittastic in the third season, but this could go either way.
I totally agree with this point. They have focused way too much on the bigger story arc, but it means that the individual mysteries episode-to-episode seem really thin, and the mysteries are why the show was great.
I also agree that Mary's storyline just didn't seem believable at ALL. Maybe it was the particular actress and how soft/passive she seemed, but the whole killer/spy thing felt extremely forced.
April 21, 2012
I'm hearing from people on IG and Twitter that this episode is supposed to be much better than the last one.
Any UK hams who've already watched The Lying Detective?
June 12, 2014
Just watched the new episode this morning, and I rescind all my previous criticism!! Not going to spoil anything – suffice to say that Mark Gatiss & Stephen Moffat are v v good.
April 30, 2012
Much better episode this week. Although I do loathe the trope of "messages beyond the grave" to solve a mystery. Other than that though, I enjoyed it so much more than the previous one.
November 13, 2013
Second episode was bizarrely different from the first. I liked it better because it focused more on the mystery and it interesting to see John explain to these super clever clocks that they'd been wrong about him. He's always been my favorite character.
I also really love when Mrs. Hudson lays down the law.
February 5, 2014
The Final Problem was confusing and weird. I guess Mycroft starting working for the government at age 13, given that he was allowed to know the whereabouts of his sister and his parents were not, lol.
February 12, 2016
my friend, another meowed
The Final Problem was confusing and weird.
And the writing was so lazy at times. Last week's cliffhanger was only mentioned in a single line. How did he get out of there, and what was the point if they're not going to address it? Same thing with the … "big event" … in the flat (don't want to spoil it). It felt so contrived.