Well, still after just a week of the final episode of season 4 airing and I’m missing it already. When sitting down to watch Sherlock, I always know that I probably won't be disappointed however I always question, ‘Can it get better?’. It did. The last two episodes, for me, were significantly better than the first. Not to say that ‘The six Thatcher’s’ was bad, I was just truly more invested in the last two because of the references and metaphors and the overall meaning behind them.
In terms of visuals, the continued use of information/text on the screen and the swift transitions is something Sherlock is known for, and that to me stands out as a viewer. The counselling session was also something of note. The back and forth between Dr Watson talking about his problems and them being shown was a moment of honest truth. When going to counselling sessions we tell partly the truth but not the whole truth. For example: When Dr Watson said he had a bad night, we saw a moment where he was drinking which is something not said or explained. He tells the truth in saying what happened but only to a certain extent. The change between light and dark was something that was interesting to the eye as I feel lighting in TV/Film is something that can create a certain atmosphere or meaning, however, is not always executed to its fullest. Further, in this scene, the set and dialogue also stood out. The use of light and spaciousness gave an open and revealing effect as well as the use of the red carpet – to me representing his blood on the floor. Where he lay out the hard truths. Who he was. When watching TV/Film there is always moments in the dialogue where I find myself verbally responding to the TV. When Dr Watson replied saying what he was doing wasn’t ok and not everything has to have a reason, I found myself having a moment of glee. The sheer honesty in that moment was revealing not only for the characters but when relating it to real life. Why does there always have to be a reason or an excuse for why you behaviour a certain way? Can't we just realise we are wrong? This is something I had to mention as it is moments like this that make me want to be a writer.
From this scene, it shows two points of view. Benjamin Caron did a clever job in showing two points of view play out and meet both at one point without having to do the mundane flip from one person's view to the next. The incorporation of merging the past and the present especially in the scene where Mycroft relives his traumatic memories was a sharp way of building the horror and impact of his past memories. How vibrant they are to him, to this day. The development of all the characters through these four seasons has been an amazing transformation from moments when Mrs Hudson finally snapped at Mycroft to the moment of tension building when Holmes was going to kill Holmes. I couldn’t be more happy that the emotional side of Sherlock has finally been revealed, believing for so long that he had no emotions it’s good to see some development or exposure to relatable qualities.
The reason I mentioned earlier I was drawn to the last two episodes, in particular, was because of the metaphors and/or messages that were put across. From quite early on there has always been a conspiracy of their being another brother and to finally reveal it as a sister brought back memories of Pretty Little liars reveal. Even though you can’t compare, I don’t think I can deal with another reveal of a secret sister for a while. However, when piling the story together it was incredible to see the struggle of their sister and the representation of her struggle being used by a girl on a crashing aeroplane. Not normally being surprised by things I was glad that the idea of this girl on a plane where everyone is asleep but her, plummeting to its ultimate end was something that was showing the struggle she was enduring of not being able to control her life and no one being there to help her. I mean, I have no idea how I bought into the idea of Sherlock’s sister being able to contact and control this plane in the first place however it’s Sherlock, anything could happen, but I’m glad they used it as a message as it was a strong and powerful ending to the series. Other subtle messages of technology being at the forefront in this day and age and incorporating that into Sherlock’s character, make certain moments funnier and light-hearted.
Overall, I was so pleased with the writing and the visuals of the piece as I always am however it has definitely stepped up in my opinion. The honest and genuine moments of dialogue and character development are aspects I really like to look at to inspire my work and in all honesty, watching this last series has helped me develop characters in my own work and helped with ideas of how to approach writing in the future. I hope that this series is the launching pad for a series five because I truly believe it can only get better.