by Brigid Walshe `19
Season four of the critically acclaimed series Sherlock premiered earlier this month after almost a three-year hiatus, and it did not disappoint. Like I said, it’s been almost three years since the last full season of Sherlock aired, back in January 2014. There was a special last year, but Sherlock fans wanted more and on Jan. 1, they finally got what they wanted.
Each season of the show consists of three, one and a half hour episodes, with each of the episodes being loosely based off Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. The storylines and the characters are pretty similar to those in Doyle’s short stories. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title character, Sherlock Holmes, while Martin Freeman plays his friend and assistant, Doctor John Watson.
Cumberbatch shines as the odd, witty, and brilliant detective, and he has received many positive reviews from critics, including award nominations for his performance, and has led to a pretty impressive fan base. One of my favorite things about the show and this season particularly is the spectacular way they portray Sherlock’s brilliance.
The cinematography is pretty brilliant, with the audience watching as Sherlock enters his “mind palace” as he searches for the answers to the most mysterious mysteries. The audience enters into the mind of Sherlock and sees how he can manage to solve the most complex mysteries in only seconds.
The latest season of Sherlock picks up exactly where season three left off, despite the three-year gap in between the two seasons. With high expectation for this season, it had everything a Sherlock fan could hope for. It had plot-twists, old (and new) villains, the death of a major character, a cute baby, and even more mysteries. This season definitely had a darker nature than the previous seasons, with the audience seeing different sides of the characters the events of the season definitely tested the characters and their relationships with each other.
Now that the season is over, anticipation for the next season has already begun, but fans of the show have expressed concern that this could be the final season of the beloved series, due to scheduling conflicts of the two main stars.
While both Cumberbatch and Freeman have expressed that they would love to continue working on the show, as long as the scripts are compelling and well written, no one knows for sure the fate of the show—it’s a mystery. Regardless of whether or not if this is the end, you should definitely tune in to see the charm of the show as you follow Sherlock and Dr. Watson on their adventures.