Sherlock Finale: It Wasn’t That Bad

The season 4 finale of Sherlock aired on Sunday night and it wasn’t exactly a resounding success. Firstly, Russian hackers leaked the episode online before its release resulting in the smallest audience in the show’s seven-year history. Secondly, a large number of people were already feeling let down by this season and didn’t embrace the latest instalment with quite as much gusto as usual. Finally, the finale wasn’t that great an episode.

It hurts me to say it – I adore the show – but the finale simply wasn’t of the quality that I have come to expect of Sherlock. However, it wasn’t that bad.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, I suggest that you close this page now because the following will contain spoilers.

Previous seasons of Sherlock have always had a big, bad villain at the end. Somebody that tests Sherlock and really allows him to stretch those clever, brain muscles. Normally, the entire season would be leading up to that but the writers called an audible this year and changed up the structure.

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Unfortunately, people don’t tend to embrace change.

The first episode served to clear up some of the plot holes from the previous season and then they killed off John’s wife. I loved the second episode – it felt very old-school Sherlock and included Toby Jones’ villain that had been marketed as the season’s big nemesis. However, it turned out that a previously unknown Holmes sibling was to be Sherlock’s final foe.

A lot of unbelievable things happen in Sherlock but by virtue of excellent writing, you find yourself completely believing it. At the end of the second episode I was completely ready to believe that Sherlock had a secret sister but the third episode simply did not lay out a convincing argument for it at all.

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The sister herself wasn’t a particularly good villain, either. A mixture of casual cruelty and a campness that paled in the wake of Moriarty, made her seem like a throwaway villain. The question of how she escaped her island prison and wreaked havoc in the Holmes boys’ lives was never really answered, and it turned out that she only ever really wanted a friend.

It wasn’t a normal episode of Sherlock. However, I don’t think that it was supposed to be. Everything about this episode seemed like the closing of a book to me. The creators, Moffat and Gatiss, have reported that they have a fifth season plotted but have not yet decided whether or not to produce it.

My opinion? Don’t. As a strange, final episode, The Final Problem works. John and Sherlock are raising a baby; Sherlock is more human than ever; all is well at 221B. Euros Holmes felt like the show was grasping and I don’t think that there needs to be a further four and half hours of Sherlock made it that manner.

What did you think about the final episode of the season? Should they continues to produce episodes of Sherlock? Let me know in the comments.

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The Best Of This Week’s TV

It’s Sunday evening which means that you’re likely trying to avoid thinking about the work week that begins tomorrow. Sorry for reminding you about that. If you want to think about something different then why don’t you join me in looking over the best of this week’s television. Before we get to the crème de la crème, let’s take a look at this week’s honourable mentions:

Honourable Mentions

  • raf.pngGotham – for a sublime anti-relationship PSA.
  • Once Upon A Time – for making ‘Darth Vader’ a verb.
  • Supergirl – for extra-terrestrial debt-collectors.
  • Empire – for taking the drama level from soap opera to telenovela real fast.
  • Jane The Virgin – for all the gratuitous male shirtlessness.
  • Pitch – for continually being so well-written that it makes me angry.
  • Black-ish – for trying to pass Laurence Fishburne off as somebody in their twenties.
  • Legends of Tomorrow – for not even slightly challenging my hatred of Westerns: that’s not a compliment by the way.

Show of the Week: Modern Family

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There aren’t many sitcoms that can continue to make you laugh after eight seasons but that’s exactly what Modern Family is achieving episode after episode. I mean, a dead goat and Nathan Fillion? There’s no way that that isn’t comedy gold.

Seriously, Modern Family follows a simple formula with every episode but it hasn’t gone stale. The show remains hilarious but heart-warming; interesting but comfortably familiar. This week was just an example of how there is still so much to be learned about the wealth of characters that the show has.

One of the wonderful things about a show about family is that they’re always growing and developing. New members come in and some people leave but the core unit is always there.

This Week’s Worst: Arrow

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I adore Arrow and I think that this season in particular has been fantastic for the show which just makes this week’s episode even worse. It’s almost bad in a funny way.

The realistic, hand-to-hand combat fighting style is what really sets this show apart from the other superhero shows on The CW but this week missed the mark – literally. So many of the hits clearly did not land, a standout was Mr. Terrific flying backwards when he was just barely touched by Vigilante.

Other odd moments include the use of a teenager as paedophile bait; Oliver’s obtuseness as to the identity of the man behind the Vigilate mask; and we can’t forget the cringe-worthy voice modulation of Oliver’s new team.

The next time we see Arrow will be in the four-way DC crossover event and it will hopefully be back to true form.

What did you watch this week? Are you excited for the DC crossover event? Let me know in the comments.

The Best Of This Week’s TV

If, like me, you were trying to pretend that a certain democratic process didn’t result in catastrophe this week than maybe you threw yourself into television. Fortunately, there were some very good shows on this week. We’ll get to what was best and what was worst but first let’s talk honourable mentions.

Honourable Mentions

  • Frank.pngCrazy Ex-Girlfriend – for a tap dance about tapping ass.
  • Gotham – for the Penguin’s masterclass in holding down your man for all the high school girls out there.
  • How To Get Away With Murder – for making the absence of a beard the most upsetting part of a show about murder.
  • Supergirl – for embracing an open dialogue about sexuality and (fingers crossed) not killing their gays.
  • Scorpion – for allowing China to sabotage the election and giving Russia a much deserved break.
  • Legends of Tomorrow – for Reagan’s jellybeans.

Show Of The Week: Empire

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Even when this show has a lull it brings the drama more than most and this week was no different. The world of Empire is big and flashy which makes for great television but the reason that the show works so well is because it is about family. There is a real chemistry between the actors that shines in the intimate scenes but also in the incendiary, conflict scenes – much like the excellent argument we watched this week.

This show gets crazier and crazier but it continues to draw you in because it’s charming. Additionally, it helps that their music has only been improving as the show continues. Looking at shows like Smash you can see that it’s not always easy to incorporate music into the narrative and Empire not only does it but excels at it.

This Week’s Worst: ???

I honestly couldn’t pick a bad show this week. Can we just agree that the worst thing televised this was the election? Yeah? Awesome.

What did you watch this week? Do you think that Empire is too soap opera? What are loving or hating? Let me know in the comments.

The Best Of This Week’s TV

Did anybody else find that this week just generally had good television or have I just been riding that Doctor Strange high since Tuesday night? Either way, you know how this goes. Before we get to this week’s champion: The Show of the Week, we have to acknowledge some others.

Honourable Mentions

  • Image result for pitch tommy miller tv showBlack-ish – for making “The Purge” fun.
  • Gotham – for finally clarifying that character dynamic.
  • Legends of Tomorrow – for ninjas.
  • Once Upon A Time – for bringing my favourite Disney prince to life and only kind of ruining him.
  • The Flash – for all of the awesome awkwardness.
  • Pitch – for making me care about baseball transfers.
  • Westworld – for… well: they know.

Show of the Week: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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This week saw the second episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s second season and it is already better than its first. As an upbeat, satirical, black-comedy musical television series it is certainly unique but it also has massive potential for being a trainwreck. Somehow they haven’t only avoided that but they’ve created a fantastic show.

The original songs are funny and enjoyable whilst being insightful and intelligent but most importantly: well-integrated.

If this show had been a rom-com movie then it would have ended at the season one finale. Season two is the rarely seen story of what happens after the credits roll. The characters still have fundamental problems and we get to see how they navigate their way through these issues.

If you’re not already watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend then I would strongly recommend it. It is the only thing of its kind currently on television.

This Week’s Worst: Modern Family

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It physically pains to say a negative word about Modern Family. The show has endured for seven seasons and in its eighth season it looked like it was only going to get better. This week’s episode wasn’t bad: I laughed a few times and it was a good story but it wasn’t great.

Modern Family has placed itself in the terrible position of having to constantly top themselves. This week just didn’t reach the standard that I’m used to from them but I’m fairly certain that this dip isn’t going to become a permanent thing.

What did you watch this week? Are you loving any shows that I think that I should check out? Let me know in the comments.

The Best Of This Week’s TV

Flaky American television scheduling meant that there was no Black-ish, Empire, Modern Family, or Pitch this week but there was still plenty to watch. Obviously I am going to get to what the best thing that aired this week was but before that, let’s look at the honourable mentions.

Honourable Mentions

  • Image result for penguin riddler gothamGotham – for the most homoerotic episode in their history that still has me questioning whether it was intentional or not.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – for really taking advantage of the later time slot and creating some epic fight sequences with Ghostrider.
  • Legends of Tomorrow – for trying with the CGI. It didn’t work but you tried.
  • Arrow – for bringing Diggle back: the show needs him.
  • How To Get Away With Murder – for a drunk Annalise and a Southern Michaela because who says murder can’t be funny?
  • Westworld – for making me appreciate the fact that I never experienced the Wild West.

Show Of The Week: Atlanta

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Atlanta is a part of a new school of comedy that doesn’t try too hard to be funny. It deals with serious issues and can be intense at times but this was one of their lighter episodes.

As somebody who hates night clubs this episode spoke to me on a spiritual level and was full of plenty of laughs. I missed Donald Glover over the last few episodes and it was nice to have his character back in the mix but the way that this show floats around the different characters means that they have all been given the chance to develop and they can all hold their own story lines.

In this episode alone they dealt with prejudice, money, gender dynamics and violence. It was hilarious.

This Week’s Worst: No Tomorrow

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As this is a brand new show, I have given it three weeks to pick up but unfortunately it hasn’t done that.

The CW is usually very good at new content: shows like Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have unusual subjects and very strange structures but they work really well. I thought that this might be another one of those instances but it is not.

The premise of the show is that one man has discovered that the end of the world is coming soon and he decides to live like there’s “no tomorrow”. A woman with a crush on him learns about his idea and joins him in it although she doesn’t believe that the world is ending. Together they go through their bucket lists and check off things that they want to do before the world ends.

It’s an interesting premise but the actual show has zero direction. It is literally just these (typically attractive) people doing random things and making out a lot. There are some subplots but they aren’t nearly compelling enough to make the show worthwhile.

I can’t imagine that there’s any season arc past the world not actually ending but maybe they’ll surprise us all and their world will end. Because the show gets cancelled…

What did you watch this week? Have you started any new shows? Are you a No Tomorrow fan? Let me know in the comments.

My Top 5 Accidental Watches

I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have a TV anymore or that I’m just set in my ways but I have stopped discovering new shows. Everything that I watch; I plan to watch. That doesn’t mean that I never see new shows: right now, I’m watching Pitch and Westworld, but I’ve made a conscious decision to sit down and view these shows (most likely with some information as to what it’s about).

Recently I’ve been feeling nostalgic about the times when I would just turn on the TV and get sucked into some random show that I had never heard of: in some ways, I feel like that’s a better experience because it’s so spontaneous and when you fall in love with the show, it’s so unexpected that the feeling is a hundred times better. With that said, I wanted to share my top five accidental watches:

(5) La Femme Nikita

Image result for la femme nikitaThis is an oldie that I adored when I was little. They showed reruns at 7am and I would watch them before school with my mum. I can’t attest to how good it is because I don’t remember it that well but they rebooted it 2010 with Maggie Q and obviously I had to watch that and I can say that that version is great.

(4) Ugly Betty

Image result for ugly bettyYou probably know about Ugly Betty: it became a surprise hit at some point in its first season, but I found it a quarter of the way into its second episode. My brother was watching a horror movie in the living room and despite my protests (I still can’t do horror movies) they wouldn’t change it. To avoid being emotionally scarred I went upstairs and turned on the TV where I found this strangely colourful,fast-paced show about fashion and Latin culture. It was love at first sight. It was also the first show that I watched from beginning to end.

(3) Hustle

Image result for hustle tv bbcThe story behind my finding Hustle is a little embarrassing but I still re-watch the show so I can’t complain. In school there was a certain student that I had a strange infatuation with and they posted a Facebook status about what they were doing that evening: chinese food and Hustle. Naturally I had to find out what this show was and then I was hooked. I don’t give the BBC enough credit but they have amazing series (as shown by the last two shows on this list).

(2) Merlin

Image result for merlin bbcAnother testament to the BBC: I literally don’t have a clue how I ended up watching Merlin. I’ve re-watched it a few times so I know that I started watching it during it’s second or third episode but other than that I have no recollection. All I know is that I would tell people that I was busy on Saturday because Merlin was a iron-clad part of my evening.

(1) Sherlock

Image result for sherlock bbcIt’s strange to think that Sherlock began so long ago and when I was watching that first episode I had no idea how huge it was going to become. Everybody in my house had gone out for the night and my young, unsupervised self found this show about Sherlock Holmes. I remember wondering if it was a movie because it was so long and then being bitterly disappointed when I tuned in for the fourth week in a row to discover that the series was finished. After three episodes! Regardless, it became my favourite show despite only supplying four and half hours of footage every two years.

So those are my accidental watches. I get really happy thinking about these shows: they feel like a part of me becoming an adult (that’s weird, right? I should probably go outside more…). Anyway:

What shows have you discovered by accident? Do you have any fun stories? Let me know in the comments.

The Best of This Week’s TV

The CW heroes are back; Westworld and No Tomorrow premiered; and Pitch continues to be awesome. This was a good week in television but what was the best show? Before we get to that, I have to appreciate some of the runner-ups.

Honourable Mentions

  • Image result for westworldWestworld – for making westerns cool. It wasn’t easy, but you did it.
  • Arrow – for reintroducing quality fight choreography to network television.
  • Pitch – for keeping up an insane level of awesome three episodes in.
  • Modern Family – for talking about a presidential election without talking about the presidential election.
  • Gotham – for creating an episode that I actually remembered the plot of ten minutes later.
  • How To Get Away With Murder – for… well, it was just especially good this week. Props.

Show of the Week: The Flash

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The Flash came back strong in its Season 3 premiere. The much awaited “Flashpoint” was everything that you could have hoped for.

Something that I noticed last season with the Earth-2 story-line was that this show is very good at creating alternate timelines. It’s always fun and interesting to watch. Of course, the show has matured since its perpetually sunny first season but they still made sure that there were plenty of moments to laugh in this episode. The running ‘Kid Flash’ gag never stopped being entertaining for me.

Grant Gustin was fantastic – going from happy puppy to wounded puppy (let’s face it, he’s always a puppy) flawlessly and really selling the stakes involved in this new arc.

If you read my reviews last season then you’ll know that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow but her brief appearance in this first episode has me optimistic that she could actually be enjoyable to watch this season.

Unfortunately we will not be able to see how “Flashpoint” has affected the wider Arrowverse but we can look forward to another episode of consequences next week.

This Week’s Worst: Once Upon A Time

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Once Upon A Time is a tricky show to get right: it doesn’t hide it’s camp nature and that in and of itself is awesome. It’s essentially a fairy-tale for grown ups but it felt like they forgot the “grown ups” part this week.

In it’s sixth season, this show has explored almost all the stories that could make compelling television but they aren’t stopping. This week the gang faced off against the Count of Monte Cristo – I’m sorry, are you not intimately familiar with your 19th century French literature? – and it ended almost exactly how you thought it would.

I still have faith in this show but this week wasn’t its best showing, especially compared to everything else (and I’m including Gotham in that category).

What did you watch this week? Do you agree or disagree with anything that I’ve said? Let me know in the comments.