History YMMV / Sherlock

14th Sep '17 11:54:14 AM DrakeClawfang
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** "A Scandal in Belgravia" thanks to Mycroft picking up the IdiotBall. The instigating incident is Mycroft sending Sherlock to apprehend Irene Adler without telling him [[spoiler:the CIA are also looking to apprehend Adler because she's working with Moriarty to bring down an anti-terrorism venture that the CIA and MI6 are working together on]]. To say nothing of [[spoiler:the CIA breaking into Sherlock's apartment and brutalizing Mrs. Hudson instead of going through Mycroft]]. Also, Sherlock has been nosing against the edges of this plot in peripheral cases for months, and Mycroft recognizes this but tells him nothing. The episode can be summarized as "Mycroft and [[spoiler:the CIA]] keep Sherlock out of the loop on their plan while simultaneously putting him in the middle of it, allowing Adler to manipulate Sherlock against them." Sherlock and John even lampshade to Mycroft how foolish it was to send them after Adler without telling them what was going on, and Mycroft has no response.
14th Sep '17 2:05:46 AM Oransel
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*** [[spoiler:Yet another group liked the episode fine despite its flaws, but disliked the GrandFinale-like ending, feeling it came out of ''nowhere'' after the whole Eurus story, thus ruining an episode that could have been fine on BrokenBase: Has [[BrokenBase/{{Sherlock}} its own if not for it being treated as the very last.]]]]

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*** [[spoiler:Yet another group liked the episode fine despite its flaws, but disliked the GrandFinale-like ending, feeling it came out of ''nowhere'' after the whole Eurus story, thus ruining an episode that could have been fine on BrokenBase: Has [[BrokenBase/{{Sherlock}} its own if not for it being treated as the very last.]]]]]]
13th Sep '17 2:07:40 AM Oransel
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* BrokenBase:
** Although fans of the show had their minor disagreements over various aspects of the show during its course, nothing caused more controversy than Season 4. Aside from (possibly) "The Lying Detective", the first and final episodes of the season were ''polarizing'' at best, with critics and fans crying out how the series became less about of a detective series and more action packed and obsessed with the mentality of DarkerAndEdgier. "The Final Problem" became the biggest polarizing episode however, with '''more''' fans and critics debating on whether the series ended on a good note or if it ended in a cop out, especially with the revelations involving [[spoiler: Eurus]]. And of course it lead to ''some'' fans attacking [[ScapegoatCreator Steven Moffat]] [[RunningGag for "ruining the show"]], like some do to the [[Series/DoctorWho other show]] he runs for.
** Some fans outright detested "The Six Thatchers" for [[spoiler: focusing on drama rather than an actual case and for focusing too heavily on Mary. It goes without saying that a lot of fans disliked the fact that John, of all people, was unfaithful, and that he was ultimately pushed to the background by both Sherlock ''and'' Mary; the former stating that Mary was far better at helping him. Some viewers also did not like changes to Sherlock’s characterization.]] On the other hand, some fans thought it was a refreshing episode with a much-needed change of pace. [[spoiler: They liked that Mary got some more backstory, and enjoyed that she was made into a badass super spy, rather than just sitting in the background with the baby. They liked that there was more action, as opposed to detective work, and liked seeing the dynamic of Sherlock and Mary working together. Fans also liked the implication that John isn't perfect, and did cheat on his wife, and they also liked seeing the more human side of Sherlock saying it is a good case of CharacterDevelopment.]]
** The finale "The Final Problem" ''[[UpToEleven somehow manages to be even more polarizing]]'' to the point of causing significant InternetBackdraft, with [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38635953 the episode's ratings hitting an all-time low]] for the series:
*** [[spoiler:Some believe that it was an intense, emotional roller-coaster of an episode and served its role as an exhilarating conclusion for the darkest and most tragic season of ''Sherlock''. [[EarnYourHappyEnding The ending of the episode]] is considered to be both a satisfying uplifting wrap up of the series, in case it is indeed the end, and a positive affirmation of [[AndTheAdventureContinues the immortal status of Sherlock Holmes’ legend]]]].
*** [[spoiler:Some believe that it is by far the ''worst'' episode of the whole series, considering it to be a particularly edgy variation of JumpingTheShark. Why? The series makes a drastic {{genre shift}} to what may be considered an out of place ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' rip-off with newly arrived Holmes sibling [[DarkMagicalGirl Eurus]] serving as an improbable antagonist. She shatters viewers' [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspension of disbelief]] regarding what is humanly possible, even by the show’s already borderline-superhuman standards, with her superpowers including ''instant brainwashing of anyone she meets and predicting terror attacks in an hour based on Twitter patterns''. Like most antagonists of the series, she is obsessed with Sherlock and uses her [[InformedAbility alleged]] intellect to construct a clichéd slasher maze full of {{sadistic choice}}s. This whole incredibly {{complex|ityAddiction}} and [[CrazyPrepared well-prepared]] long-range plan, based on numerous [[GambitRoulette unpredictable]] variables, was forged by her and Jim Moriarty in '''''five minutes''''', breaking the suspension of disbelief even further. Unsurprisingly, both Sherlock and Mycroft look severely [[TheWorfEffect underpowered and helpless]] in this episode, for no reason playing by the villain's rules for quite some time. [[PlotInducedStupidity Mycroft specifically turns out to be an imbecile]] by letting a dangerously-psychotic genius mastermind have an unsupervised conversation with another dangerously-psychotic genius mastermind, who both openly obsessed over and directly threatened his little brother. Ultimately, Sherlock defeats his sister through equally magical abilities and empathy, revealing the horrible truth about what happened to Redbeard in the process and learning about the undercooked [[DrivenByEnvy motivation]] of Eurus. Unsurprisingly, lots and lots of blatant {{plot hole}}s appear. Perhaps it is also not surprising that some people saw it as a bad fanfiction rather than a genuine episode.]]
*** [[spoiler:Not to mention how emotionally oppressive and uncomfortable to watch "The Final Problem" was. Witnessing [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Molly Hooper]] being humiliated again by being forced to confess her love to Sherlock ''by'' an equally-humiliated and unwilling Sherlock was an especially gruelling experience for quite a lot of fans.]]
*** [[spoiler:Mary's narration at the end is seen as either a touching way to cover the ending montage, while others found it {{Narm}} and out of place. A fan edit was made removing the narration, which had many people feeling it made the ending a lot better.]]
*** [[spoiler:Some fans think that despite the episode’s plot being a mess, its emotional moments, especially the ending, as well as completed character arcs for Sherlock and John were more than enough to make up for its other shortcomings.]]
*** [[spoiler:Yet another group liked the episode fine despite its flaws, but disliked the GrandFinale-like ending, feeling it came out of ''nowhere'' after the whole Eurus story, thus ruining an episode that could have been fine on BrokenBase: Has [[BrokenBase/{{Sherlock}} its own if not for it being treated as the very last.]]]]
*** [[spoiler:Other than the argument of whether or not it was a good finale, the fact that John and Sherlock are not explicitly in a relationship did not go over silently. One half of the fandom is enraged that the creators queerbaited them for the entire series only to not go through with it at the end. The other half point out that the creators never said the relationship would happen, and that a few people looked too deeply into John and Sherlock's relationship. The argument of whether the Johnlock ship is more appreciated than the show itself is a ''whole new war entirely''.]]
8th Sep '17 5:50:45 PM Eagal
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** In "The Great Game" Sherlock goes "I am on fire!". A couple of years later, he literally [[Film/TheHobbit becomes fire]].

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** In "The Great Game" Sherlock goes "I am on fire!". A couple of years later, he literally [[Film/TheHobbit becomes fire]].
27th Aug '17 10:35:58 AM LongLiveHumour
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** When Sherrinford was mentioned in Series 4, fans assumed he would make an appearance, being the fandom equivalent to a smarter Holmes brother. This was thrown out the window when [[spoiler: not only was Sherrinford a ''location'', but the Holmes sibling was a demented psychotic female named Eurus]].

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** When Sherrinford was mentioned in Series 4, fans assumed he would make an appearance, being the fandom equivalent to a smarter Holmes brother. This was thrown out the window when [[spoiler: not only was Sherrinford a ''location'', but the Holmes sibling was a demented psychotic female woman named Eurus]].
3rd Aug '17 2:41:59 AM SorPepita
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** John Watson seems to have PTSD in the first episode, to the extent he'd developed psychosomatic ''pain'' ...but gets over it pretty quickly. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} as being away from the war is what's causing his issues. Getting back to adventure solves that nicely.
*** Although as the FridgeBrilliance page mentions, there is the implication he didn't get over it, a subtle one but it's certainly there.

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** John Watson seems to have PTSD in the first episode, to the extent he'd developed psychosomatic ''pain'' ...''pain''... but gets over it pretty quickly. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} as being away from the war is what's causing his issues. Getting back to adventure solves that nicely.
*** Although as the FridgeBrilliance page mentions, there is the implication he didn't get over it, it; a subtle one one, but it's certainly there.
30th Jul '17 11:47:31 PM Silverblade2
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* BrokenBase: Has [[BrokenBase/{{Sherlock}} its own page]].
6th Jul '17 8:59:55 PM UrthWyrm
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* SophomoreSlump: Applied to episodes rather than seasons. "The Blind Banker", the second episode of the series, is almost universally considered to be the weakest due to its plot holes, Sherlock's less-than-clever approach to the mystery, and its stereotypical YellowPeril villains.

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* SophomoreSlump: Applied to episodes rather than seasons. "The Blind Banker", the second episode of the series, is almost universally considered to be the weakest [[note]]at least until the fourth season[[/note]] due to its plot holes, Sherlock's less-than-clever approach to the mystery, and its stereotypical YellowPeril villains.
5th Jul '17 9:16:29 PM comicwriter
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* AssPull: One of the most consistent criticisms of the Season 4 finale is that [[spoiler: the very existence of Eurus, Sherlock's secret sister]], strains credibility to a truly ridiculous degree.
23rd Jun '17 4:10:54 AM jormis29
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* OlderThanTheyThink: When the series was first announced, there was some minor purist outrage at the very idea of taking Sherlock Holmes out of his Victorian milieu and into the modern day. Both Moffat and Gatiss pointed out that the Basil Rathbone movies, among others, had adapted Holmes' stories to a contemporary setting as well.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: When the series was first announced, there was some minor purist outrage at the very idea of taking Sherlock Holmes out of his Victorian milieu and into the modern day. Both Moffat and Gatiss pointed out that the Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone movies, among others, had adapted Holmes' stories to a contemporary setting as well.
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