Do Christmas-week-Tuesday-which-feels-like-Monday blues have you down? Remember BBC’s Sherlock Season 4 airs January 1, 2017!


It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for since The Abominable Bride hailed the return of BBC’s Sherlock with the words, “Did you miss me?”

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Yes! The world has missed its favorite highly-functioning Sociopath and blogging ex-army doctor. Luckily for all of us, the new year will kick off with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman starring in Sherlock: Season 4:1 on January 1, 2017.

There’s a lot to look forward to in the next segment of this modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery stories. For example, we will get the chance to see Sherlock talk to animals:

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But can Season 4 live up to its predecessors? The game is on!

What They Will Do:

Each episode is going to have its own spin. Continuing to work with the 90-minute length allows the creators to shape each section of the story into its own “movie” of sorts. They’ve done this before to great success, but this series they are taking it to the next level.

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have admitted in interviews over the past couple of years that they each are writing an episode, (The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective respectively), and then  working together to write The Final Problem.  Additionally, each episode will have a different director to build on the difference among the new stories (Rachel Talalay, Nick Hurran, and Ben Carron respectively). Including an American, a veteran Sherlock director of “His Last Vow”, and a post biopic director/future Shakespearean director of Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo & Juliet will certainly bring some variety to your January TV screen.

I deduce that many creative minds were selected to capitalize on the previous success of the wildly different Series 2 episodes of BBC’s Sherlock. 

 

What They Won’t Do:

Gatiss and Moffat are not going to dial back the pressure in this season.

Season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock had some considerably lighter moments: Sherlock’s waiter mustache, that epic best man speech, crashing the Holmes’s Christmas celebration…. Not to mention Molly’s Sherlock-double boyfriend.  And I don’t think Sherlock will ever be devoid of humor. How could they with all the Sherlock vs. John’s baby jokes to be made? But Moffat continues to describe the season as “devastating” and “darker” than previous chapters of the story.

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It’s a smart move. After all, nothing keeps a story moving like conflict and misery. In particular, expect some tension between the dynamic duo. Nothings strains a good friendship more than an ex-assassin wife to protect and a crying infant who won’t sleep through the night when the safety of Great Britain is at stake.

 

What They Should Do:

They should add some more obvious connections to the original stories. And I’m not talking about deer-stalker photo opportunities.

Up to this point, Gatiss and Moffat have done a marvelous job of keeping just enough of the original stories within their own Holmes interpretation to keep things interesting for lovers of the canon. However, I think its time for the creators to come full circle and follow the plot of a single story more closely instead of harvesting the best bits from a dozen.

Rumor has it that “The Six Thatchers” Sherlock 4:1 is based on the Conan Doyle tale “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.” It would be great to see some actual bust-smashing. Doesn’t have to be Napoleon, but busts should shatter.

 

What They Should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO:

Sherlock Holmes is not a character that you put in a box.

Whether this be a coffin or the proverbial stereotypical box of marriage, the character of Sherlock Holmes has survived immortal and beloved by readers everywhere because he does not have the same weaknesses of normal human beings.

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After all, he knows things.

But that doesn’t mean that Gatiss and Moffat won’t fall into the same trap of other adaptations and do something weird like marry Sherlock off. Personally, I think they’re too smart for such foolishness. Smart enough to take us right up to the edge and leave audiences to dangle there for a while.

 

Wish List Item:

I really want to see the continued development Mary Watson and her past. Although this is contrary to the cannon, it seems fitting that a modern-day sleuth adaptation would include an adventurous and outspoken wife for John.

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Chances of this happening: I’d deduce they’re quite excellent. 8 “funny hats” out of 10.


BBC’s Sherlock: Season 4 reappears on PBS an BBC One on January 1, 2017. The Final Problem, (Episode 3), will appear in select theaters across the country. 


Media was obtained from Masterpiece Theater, Clean Meme Central, and the BBC.