BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH – SHERLOCK –
SERIES FOUR – BBC - 2017
It has all to do with Conan Doyle though it is antipodean to
that poor Sir Conan. We are in the modern world and Sherlock’s minds works like
a texting machine that receives myriads of texts from all over the world and
from all periods of time, past, present and future. He can thus read in his
mental texting smart phone anything that has happened, is happening and will
happen forever and ever. It is absolutely hilarious at times but texts are easy
to jump from one deep – wine or root beer? – cellar to the top of a tower –
London’s Monument I guess – in less than 140 characters. Sherlock in other
words is the super Tweeting Twitterer and he should be recommended to President
Trump: that might give his American counterpart some inspiration to be more dramatic
and not melodramatic and a lot funnier with his tweets.
This fourth series that comes to the final problem of Sherlock’s
life that explains how everything he is and he does is the result of his
superiority over his brother Mycroft who is well introduced in government circles
but is an infamous coverer-up. But it is revealed there was a third child in
the family, a daughter and that’s the final problem because she was so much
more superior to her two brothers that she could not be tolerated free in
normal mediocre society. In five minutes she was able to reprogram anyone that
approached her and touched her.
The daughter is the dominant evil-doer in this fourth series
and she even pulls the strings of Moriarty. And yet Sherlock can bring the
survivors, his friend Dr. Watson, his brother Mycroft, his sister Eurus, Dr.
Watson’s son and Mrs. Hudson, not to mention the Holmes parents, together with
his violin and his music that communicates with the Stradivarius of his sister
Eurus. Peace and quiet in Brexit and the world is at peace too and can go on
with its humdrum silliness.
I don’t think this series is that brilliant. The special
effects are simple and I will not take you for ignorant film-watchers by
enumerating the models and allusions. You will capture them just like me and
even probably more than I because I am not that learned and that would be
quotations and I don’t need these crutches. But they are too many and in the
last episode one is even quoted: “Lost” mind you. I am sure the BBC could have
done better than insert texts messages on the screen. It looks too much like a
trip in the underground or the tube at peak hours when everyone is texting and
reading texts around you and you don’t even have to look at the smart phones to
see the messages jumping out and dancing in front of your eyes. People are so
little modest and shy, bashful and timid about their texts and their tweets.
Look at Trump how he makes it a great carnival parade.