It’s back, it’s finally back. On New Years Day, to the delight of the fans, BBC’s Sherlock returned to our screens. Exactly one year after the last episode The Abominable Bride the new series was (and still is) highly anticipated. And not for nothing, episode 1 of series 4 The Six Thatchers kicked it off in the usual thrilling but also in a surprising way.
Don’t worry, no spoilers in the first part – I will warn you!
Sherlock – The Six Thatchers kicks of with a roundup of events that’s funny and fast-paced. The start takes the viewer back in the exciting and also entertaining world of the characters we’ve all grown to love (at least all the fans like me). Before it gets boring the plot turns and there is a proper case coming up for Sherlock, John and Mary. It revolves around the apparently random destruction of Margaret Thatcher busts. As always with Sherlock, it is neither random nor simple though and so the viewer is taken on a rapid, shocking journey to investigate what’s really going on.
The writing is both light-hearted and incredibly heavy. The characters have evolved from when we have met them first in A Study In Pink. And they develop and change even more during this episode. It will and already did trigger lots of different emotions in everyone watching. Happiness, joy, fear, surprise, anger, sadness – all of them. A true experience.
Also, every time I’m watching an episode of Sherlock, I can’t help but be amazed by the stunning and creative production. There’s always a lot of detail and the visual elements like the overlaying pictures and visualisation of messages are beautifully made. The Six Thatchers didn’t disappoint in this area as well.
The new episode certainly was an exciting start to the new series. It has opened a whole new chapter. It seems like we’re up for two very different Sherlock episodes now – darker, full of emotions and with changed personalities. But hopefully with just as much thrill and excitement.
If you haven’t seen Sherlock – The Six Thatchers yet (or Sherlock at all), I highly recommend doing so. In my opinion, it’s one of the best series out there. You can catch up on The Six Thatchers on BBC iPlayer (UK) and PBS Masterpiece (US). The new episode is also available to buy on Amazon and iTunes in many other countries (Links for Germany: iTunes // Amazon). You can also get all the former episodes from there or stream them on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Now, if you have seen the episode read on for a bit more. But if you haven’t don’t scroll past the next picture – huge spoiler alert.
What I enjoyed most of the episode is the evolution of the characters and the viewing experience that came with it. The first change I noticed was Sherlock actually caring about baby Rosemary. I mean, has pictures on his phone and shows them to Mycroft. I repeat, he has pictures on his phone. He deletes all of John‘s texts but he has photos of the baby on it.
Then it got more obvious, more upsetting and less cute with the change in John‘s and Mary‘s relationship. John texting other women and seemingly contemplating an affair is upsetting. Even though I‘m still not sure if that‘s what E is all about. (Check out this theory for example. And honestly, I am still of the opinion that it is a trap.)
After that, everything just explodes. Mary leaves John and the baby to save them, Sherlock intervenes and then, just as I was still angry about the affair thing and about everything being about Mary, she dies. She dies saving Sherlock’s live. And I cried my eyes out. I mean, everyone kind of knew she would die eventually, at least those familiar with the original stories, but no one expected it to happen that soon. And now Sherlock and John falling out? John being the cold one now that Sherlock is starting to be more of a human being… it‘s a lot to take in.
Sherlock – The Six Thatchers is an emotional roller coaster and I loved it. And the dog, I loved the dog (watch this and you will love him too or even more).
All in all, I am very contented about that episode and how it played out. Especially, I really can’t wait what is going to come our way next, when The Lying Detective premieres on BBC One next Sunday, 9 pm (UK time).
What do you think of the episode? Thoughts? Theories? Expectations? I want to know everything! Scroll down to leave a comment.