TV Review Sherlock The Six Thatchers

Photo taken by me – a TV set
Preston, England
January 2, 2017 4:31am CST
Spoiler alerts A very mixed reaction to this disjointed cluster of stories, threads, and tragedy. The opening conveniently draws a disappointing line and magic reset button over Holmes killing the villain at the close of the second to last adventure back, with brother Mycroft in high places just rewriting history. The Death following his prey to another city story is an old one, possibly from The 1001 Nights – Boris Karloff relates it in the under-rated movie Targets. It is here used both to relate to Mary’s efforts to evade Holmes, with a highly trained MI5 agent failing to consider that she might be being tracked, and of course, not being able to cheat Death, except Holmes does in that Mary sacrifices herself to save him, even starting her leap in front of him after the bullet has been fired. There is little real deduction going on – Holmes uses trackers, (electronic and sniffing dogs) rather than his mind, and once we know it is a leak in MI5 there are only two suspects left, one proves she is innocent to Mycroft just by saying, no I didn’t, honest, and the other is practically confessing to Holmes before he even accuses her of it. I was half expecting someone to get eaten by a shark. The scene was reminiscent of scenes in the same aquarium in MI5 intrigue film The Quiller Memorandum with Alec Guinness. The baby has barely time to be born and Christened before becoming a minor aside, and even brought along for part of one pursuit, absurdly involving following a dog to the meat market. The opening case with a young man dying in a car in suburbia while supposedly in Tibet seemed to belong in a Jonathon Creek story rather than a Holmes one. There is actually a cinema ad showing a magician using a similar camouflage suit to surprise car passengers when he suddenly jumps out at them or drives the car while invisible. Then there’s the first Thatcher bust being at the same as the car-tragedy – a Hell of a coincidence there, on top of the car burning a week after the victim died in it from unlikely natural causes. The real mystery was who Watson was flirting with on the bus and by text, so soon after having a baby. I expect that will unfold in episodes to come. Arthur Chappell
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@celticeagle (119312)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Jan 17
My mother enjoyed reading Holmes books. She would have loved having them on her beloved PBS station too. They just more and more twisted don't they?
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• Preston, England
3 Jan 17
@celticeagle I have a complete volume of them, loved the books, especially the story Silver Blaise
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@celticeagle (119312)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Jan 17
@arthurchappell .....SHe never did. She got them mostly at the library I believe.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan 17
@celticeagle nothing wrong with reading library books
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@JohnRoberts (61352)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Jan 17
I gave up on this Holmes series after last year's ridiculous time warp special. I can appreciate taking a modern different take on a classic character but there's never any mystery and is quite nonsense at times. But it's popular and people love Cumberbatch as Holmes.
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• Preston, England
2 Jan 17
@JohnRoberts the performances are great, but the ability to create mystery has clearly faded
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@JohnRoberts (61352)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Jan 17
@arthurchappell There's nothing wrong with the actors especially Martin Freeman and there is also Rupert Graves but the stories make no sense. Are they a real story or is the intention that Holmes is a schizo nut job?
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• Preston, England
2 Jan 17
@JohnRoberts it is playing on Holmes as a crazy eccentric - Moffat is doing him like his Dr Who withoutthe time-travel in many ways
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@jaynepal (229)
• Nepal
2 Jan 17
I watched Season one of Sherlock, very hard for me to understand.
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• Preston, England
2 Jan 17
@jaynepal I enjoyed the previous episodes, just not so much with this one
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@jaynepal (229)
• Nepal
2 Jan 17
@arthurchappell May be best is on the way.
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• Preston, England
2 Jan 17
@jaynepal yes, there are more episodes to come
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@LadyDuck (171373)
• Switzerland
2 Jan 17
I remember the movie "he Quiller Memorandum", it was an interesting film, but for what I read here, this Sherlock sounds a bit weird compared to the usual schemes.
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• Preston, England
2 Jan 17
@LadyDuck quite straight forward though set in the present day with Watson's wife as a kind of Female James Bond
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@LadyDuck (171373)
• Switzerland
2 Jan 17
@arthurchappell It can be interesting to watch.
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• Preston, England
2 Jan 17
@LadyDuck oh yes, it was far from boring
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
2 Jan 17
is this part of enjoying that tv license?
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• Preston, England
2 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt yes very much so
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@Kandae11 (40406)
2 Jan 17
Sometimes the best is in the opening series - or perhaps the last.
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@pgntwo (21995)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
2 Jan 17
Yes, the Mivvi ice-lolly lady was the next obvious suspect once Mycroft's interrogation of Lady Smallwood was closed. A few scenes were reminiscent of Bond films too... Vauxhall Bridge, and Morocco, for example.
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