Curious because I just saw your post about the TLD. Hear me out, but couldn't one argue that the creators were simply taking a new approach to Sherlock (i.e. the more postmodern season 4 vs the other more linear mystery narratives of 1-3), and that the harsh reaction to this newest season is simply because the fans are incapable of adapting to new cinematographic styles? That's ironic. Because wouldn't you say that above all the POINT of Sherlock is its modernization and shit im outta space
Tbh no one in the fandom is arguing about the cinematographic style. Unless it comes to TFP. Which is a weird example of cinematography and editing in an otherwise flawless show. As I said, TLD had the most stunning visuals. Talking about the modernization..Umm the show was modern from start. Nothing changed there. The whole point of the show was of course modernization and it remained the same. Upgraded as it should be according to passing years. The problem isn’t there. Ask anyone. They will say the same.
The problem totally lies with the narrative and storytelling. Which pretty much changed from s3. And jumped a ten foot building in s4. It is not about the liner narrative. It’s about a confusing narrative.We ignored the change in s3 because most of us expected something else from s4 and thought s3 was just a warm-up. But what did we see in s4? Putting the canon narrator i.e John Watson in the sideline for most of an episode. The iconic duo that was the beating heart of all of the adaptations, making the relationship between them bad. A character, which had every potential to be a badass villain, getting redeemed. Asking questions, raising issues. And then brushing them aside like they are nothing. Fans are not incapable. Fans are just tired of not getting answers.What happened is the writers forgot about storytelling 101.
It was still a Sherlock Holmes adaptation upto s2. Then became a loosely based on ACD’S Sherlock Holmes show in s3. S4 was a show using canon characters and names bearing no resemblance to the original work. You can say it’s a still a detective story, a thriller,a mystery, even a superhero show ( talking about Eurus here). But it’s not Sherlock. Actors tried their best. But it’s not their story and their effort is limited.
As always, personal opinion.