Hey Em! I haven't seen the Sherlock episode yet but lots of my friends were pretty upset about it. And although I was a true Sherlockian the last couple of years I am less and less inclined to buy this season. I will probably watch this last episode but the way I currently read it, it didn't save the rest of the season for me like i hope. In my opinion they got to lost in the grandeur of a high budget. In the end they cared more about a spectacle than a truly good story. (1/2)
(2/2) I also still feel slightly uncomfortable about episode two who I think was a bit foreshadowing for episode 3? Maybe? Were they needed to make EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. HETERO. In the last couple of minutes. My queer ace heart was not particularly pleased about it. Also: This season was fucking dark as shit and it left me feel weird. Not only because of hella depressing themes but overall the vibe of the OOC characters.
In a way, Sherlock has always, for me, been a lot about the look o the thing as much as the story. There are just some really beautiful iconic shots that will stay with me; there are lines of dialogue that stay with me too. In these latest episodes, we had “it is what it is” and “soldiers today”, both of which I thought were really nice touches. the stories that they were involved in… the killing off of Mary, the dark Saw-esque “shall we play a game”… I wasn’t so moved by them as I was by those lines of dialogue. One of the reasons I loved Sherlock at the beginning was its sheer style. In that last episode, though, style diverged too far away from substance, for me. The plot just didn’t hang together imo and the last act was so rushed as to be jarring.
Also, I agree that in hindsight, the decision to suddenly take a dive into Mycroft’s sexual proclivities in the second (and arguably the start of the third) episode feels fairly deliberate, given how sexuality was brought up in the TFP. Mycroft is firmly placed on the side of the heteros, just so we know he’s good - in much the same way as Irene was self-professed gay and definitely a villain, until she fell in love with a man and her character began to edge upwards on the moral spectrum. The overt text of Sherlock tells us that the straights are on the good side, and the gays are on the bad. And that is not a fun thing. Do not like.
Sherlock has always been kind of dark - the Reichenbach Fall wrecked me for weeks, honestly, I cried and cried - but I agree with you that this was a different kind of dark. I didn’t cry, I just felt hollow. It wasn’t a fun kind of horrible, like Jim Moriarty; it disturbed me, it made me want to look away. I can only speak from my own perspective here and I completely appreciate that other viewers might have thoroughly enjoyed the darkness. But given the claustrophobia and pointlessness of the “case” of the episode, I just ended up wanting to turn it off.