Watch sherlock, season 4

Sherloông chồng pursues the mysterious Moriarty haông xã, but soon learns the real danger was waiting around the corner.

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Well, that was a lot, wasn’t it? The great achievement of Sherlock is that despite the long breaks between episodes, the show always returns with a bang. And this season 4 premiere was no different.

Let’s begin by discussing the old fable so central to this episode, in which a rich merchant in Baghdad encounters Death, shocking them both. In a desperate attempt lớn escape his fate, the merchant flees lớn the faraway đô thị of Samarra. Upon arrival, he once again finds himself face-to-face with Death. This time, the merchant accepts his fortune, but not before asking Death why the ghostly figure was so surprised when they ran inkhổng lồ each other in Baghdad. I was surprised, Death explained, because I had an appointment with you tonight in Samarra.

Unlike Sherloông chồng, I have always enjoyed that story. Misdirection, prophecy, anthropomorphic Death, accepting responsibility — those sentences have sầu it all và “The Six Thatchers” put them to lớn brilliant use. There are multiple attempts lớn run away from Death and several fakeouts, sometimes about the identity of the person doing the running away.

For instance, the season 3 finale made it seem like Moriarty might have sầu been the one trying khổng lồ escape Death. “The Abominable Bride,” whatever its flaws, certainly confirmed Moriarty really is dead, so when this season 4 premiere opens, Sherlochồng is under the impression he’s the merchant in this case. Having survived his seemingly fatal Reichenbach Falls confrontation with Moriarty, Sherloông xã is now convinced Moriarty’s posthumous legacy is following hyên with a trap, one he won’t be able to escape quite so easily.

Of course, he’s dealing with this găng tay in a typically Sherlockian way, by getting high at inconvenient moments và trolling his brother. The episode begins with Mycroft và his fellow British government bigwigs explaining how they’re getting Sherloông chồng off on a murder charge for killing Charles Augustus Magnussen. They’ve doctored the footage in a bit, & in exchange, Sherloông xã has khổng lồ figure out how Moriarty hacked the country with his “Miss me?” message and stop whatever he’s up khổng lồ. After joking with the secretary in the bachồng of the room, Sherlochồng explains he’s just going lớn wait until Moriarty’s plan reveals itself. He’s the target, after all, and he always knows when the game begins.

Sherlochồng was one of the first shows to lớn figure out how khổng lồ interestingly portray onscreen texting, and this episode really dials it up to lớn 11. Sherloông chồng does, too. He’s tweeting throughout the meeting, even posting during the baptism of John & Mary Watson’s daughter, Rosamund Mary Watson. Text clips from John’s blogs are superimposed over Sherlock running through a gamut of quiông chồng cases, with highlights lượt thích “It’s the wrong thumb” & “It’s never twins.”

That’s when Lestrade arrives with an interesting mystery. At a rich guy’s 5oth birthday tiệc ngọt, he got a điện thoại tư vấn from his son, Charlie, currently spending a year abroad in Tibet. The hotline cut out unexpectedly and then, a week later, a drunk driver crashed inlớn the family’s drivsinhviennamdinh.netay, exploding the car parked there. When forensics examined the car, they found Charlie’s dead body. When Sherlock shows up lớn the grieving parents, his attention is drawn to a Margaret Thatcher shrine on a table in the living room. Between all the framed photographs of Britain’s first female prime minister, Sherlock notices there’s something missing.

The parents reveal there used to lớn be a Thatcher bust there, too, but it was destroyed in a recent break-in. In exchange, Sherloông chồng reveals the tragic circumstances of Charlie’s death: He had hidden in the car as a birthday surprise for his dad, only to suffer an unexpected và fatal stroke. Disguised khổng lồ look like the oto seat, Charlie’s body went undiscovered until the fateful drunk driver appeared — in its way, another appointment in Samarra. Charlie went far away and found Death waiting for hyên.

While Lestrade is still trying lớn process how Sherloông xã figured this one out, the great detective has already moved on. His imagination has been enthralled by the Thatcher bust. He goes to see Mycroft, who tells him he met the late prime minister once and found her arrogant — which, as Sherlock wryly notes, is really saying a lot. Mycroft is currently preoccupied with another case, a missing pearl from the Borgia dynasty, but Sherloông chồng doesn’t find it interesting at the moment. He also doesn’t like the “Appointment in Samarra” story, which Mycroft reminds hyên ổn of. Mycroft also reveals that as a child, Sherlock once attempted to rsinhviennamdinh.netrite the story. In his version, the merchant escapes khổng lồ Sumatra instead of Samarra and ends up being totally fine — at which point he becomes a pirate “for some reason.” For all his practiced indifference, Sherlochồng really is a romantic at heart.

After a slight delay, during which Lestrade gets a date and Sherloông xã trolls a client while Watson temporarily replaces himself with a smiley-face balloon, the police inspector finds a second case of a broken Thatcher bust. Sherloông chồng has a short psychedelic vision of his own face breaking like the busts và declares the game is now afoot.

Sherlochồng goes khổng lồ find “Toby.” He tells Mary và Watson he once helped a talented young hacker escape consequences after breaking through the Pentagon’s firsinhviennamdinh.netall. The Watsons wonder how a hacker is supposed khổng lồ help them, & Sherloông xã responds the hacker isn’t as important at all. His name is Craig. It’s Craig’s dog, named Toby, that Sherlock really wants. Together, the three detectives và their baby follow Toby around London as he sniffs after a lead. Sherlochồng is convinced this is somehow Moriarty’s trap, because “it’s too bizarre” lớn be anything else. They still haven’t found the culprit, though, and what follows is a montage of more Thatcher busts being shattered by a h& in a blaông xã glove.

For all of Toby’s helpful sniffing, Sherlock actually does employ Craig’s hacking help. Together, they realize the Thatcher busts were all part of a limited phối — sold as part of a upsurge in Cold War memorabilia — & there are only two left. When Lestrade calls lớn inkhung Sherloông chồng there’s been another bust breaking (with a murder this time), the detective sầu decides lớn hide out at the trang chủ of the remaining bust.

Sure enough, he’s there when the burglar finally arrives. They get inkhổng lồ a fight that spills over inlớn the outdoor pool. Eventually, Sherlochồng unmasks và overpowers his opponent. He orders the burglar khổng lồ reveal Moriarty’s plan & grabs the bust, convinced it contains the missing Borgia pearl. But it turns out things are a lot more complicated than that. This guy has never heard of Moriarty before, và the bust actually contains a flash drive sầu emblazoned with the initials A.G.R.A. — nearly identical lớn the one Mary offered Watson with all the details of her sordid assassin past. But she destroyed it, didn’t she? The guy declares Mary betrayed him: “She betrayed us all.” It’s another Samarra-lượt thích fake out. This whole thing isn’t about Moriarty at all. It’s about Mary. The burglar escapes, but not before declaring that Mary is a dead woman walking.

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Sherlock, naturally, contacts Mary & sets up a private meeting, not unlike the one they had in the season 3 finale. Mary explains her initials were not A.G.R.A., as she had told John, but rather an acronym referring to lớn a team of four masterful secret agents. Mary was one, & the others were Gabriel, Alex, và A.J. Each one of them had an identical flash drive sầu containing each other’s secrets lớn ensure none of them ever betrayed each other.

Things went horribly wrong six years ago, when the team was sent to liberate hostages taken by terrorists in a Georgia coup. The plan got changed at the last minute (the code word was “ammo”) & most of them ended up dead. Mary, at first, thought she was the only survivor và is delighted to lớn hear A.J. survived — until Sherloông xã tells her he’s convinced she betrayed him and is now out khổng lồ kill her. Sherloông xã declares he will keep his promise to lớn the Watsons and keep her safe, but she drugs him & flees. While unconscious, Sherlock has a vision of himself playing on the beach as a small child, pretending to lớn be a pirate. When he wakes up, he goes lớn find Mycroft, who reveals he once employed A.G.R.A. và says people like Mary don’t typically reach retirement age. They get retired. “Not on my watch,” Sherlochồng declares.

In a letter to lớn John, Mary says she’s going to lớn move sầu the target away from hyên ổn và Baby Rosie. She sets out on a random journey, unpredictably moving from one disguise to lớn another in an attempt to lớn confuse both Sherlochồng và A.J. But she finds Sherloông xã waiting for her when she arrives at her final destination, like Death in Samarra.

John follows cthất bại behind, angry Mary once again shut hyên out instead of talking things through. Unfortunately, A.J. is right on his tail. While he and Mary hold each other at gunpoint, A.J. reveals he was held prisoner by the terrorists for six years, which clearly drove sầu hyên ổn a little batty. He says he dreamed about killing Mary since the terrorists taunted hlặng with their betrayal. But when Sherloông xã pushes hyên on his story, A.J. says they never actually used Mary’s name — they just referred lớn “the English woman.” Before A.J. can say anything else, a cop bursts in và kills hyên. A.J. escaped what had seemed an inevitable death at the hands of the Georgian terrorists, but he couldn’t elude it forever.

John is still mad at Mary for keeping secrets (including her real name, “Rosamund,” the R in A.G.R.A và their baby’s namesake), but he’s got secrets of his own. Earlier in the episode we watch hyên ổn make eyes with a đáng yêu woman on the bus. Turns out, that encounter blossomed into lớn a whole affair và John ended up texting her even while Mary would take care of the baby.

Sherlock thinks he’s figured out the mystery: “Ammo” didn’t refer to “ammunition,” it was the Latin root for “Love,” a.k.a. Lady Smallwood’s old code name. He informs Mycroft, who has Smallwood arrested và her credentials revoked. When Mycroft interrogates her, however, she declares she didn’t vì anything wrong. Confused, Sherlock takes a walk on a bridge & thinks everything over. A couple quotes keep recurring in his head: A.J. saying “You understand nothing” và Mary remarking “You’d be amazed what a receptionist picks up. They know everything.” Now Sherlochồng really has figured it out, & he rushes off as he tells the Watsons where to lớn meet up — interrupting them, coincidentally, just as John was about khổng lồ tell Mary the truth about his cheating. Ah, well, that can wait for another time, right?

They over up in an aquarium, where Sherloông xã và Mary encounter the real evil mastermind: Vivian Norbury, Lady Smallwood’s receptionist he had been chatting with at the beginning of the episode. Norbury reveals she had long secretly manipulated her boss, Lady Smallwood, & used A.G.R.A. as her own personal assassination squad và bought herself a cottage in Cornwall with the profits. When people started getting wise to her act, she tipped off the Georgian terrorists & had A.G.R.A. killed off — or so she thought.

Surprise, surprise: Norbury becomes the lademo person in this episode khổng lồ quote the “Appointment in Samarra” story, much khổng lồ Sherlock’s annoyance. She she couldn’t outrun the consequences of her actions forever. Sherlock kicks into lớn his classic act, reading Norbury’s life story from her clothes: The wedding ring moved lớn her index figure indicates she’s a widow; the mèo hair says she spends most of her time alone with her pets; and the markings on her shoes mean she still spends most of her time in a cramped London flat, despite that fancy Cornwall cottage. As usual, he expects this lecture khổng lồ intimidate Norbury inkhổng lồ submission. Instead, it pushes her over the edge, and she decides khổng lồ surprise Sherlock by firing her gun at hyên ổn.

Time slows, & as the bullet crawls toward hlặng Sherloông xã believes he has finally reached his appointment in Samarra — only for Mary to jump in the way và take the bullet for hlặng. Sherlock looks on in stunned silence as Mary tells John he made her “so happy,” and that living as “Mary Watson” was the only one of her lives that meant anything. But as much as Mary loved this peaceful respite from her life of violence, she couldn’t outrun death forever. It was her who had the appointment in Samarra after all.

Mary also tells Sherloông chồng she always liked him & apologizes for shooting hlặng that one time: “I think we’re even now, okay?” She dies, and even in a show known for crazy twists and unexpected developments, this must rank as one of Sherlock’s all-time “holy sh-t” moments. John utters inhuman cries of despair (because really, how much can one poor guy take?) & screams at Sherloông chồng about breaking his promise.

The next scene echoes the show’s very first, in which a therapist implores her client khổng lồ open up more — but this time the client is not John Watson, but Sherloông xã himself. Sherlochồng in therapy? That’s how you know things are really serious. Bachồng at Baker Street with Mrs. Hudson, Sherlochồng says working is the only thing he knows of lớn combat sorrow. Therefore, he’s excited when he gets a package from Mrs. Hudson containing a disc labeled “Miss me?” Sherloông chồng is obviously pumped at the possibility Moriarty does a have a master plan after all, and eagerly inserts the disc into lớn his computer — at which point a video clip message from Mary plays. “I that would get your attention,” she says, và reveals she made this in case of her death. She tells Sherloông chồng she has a case for him: “Maybe the hardest of your career.”

Sherloông xã goes to kiểm tra on John, but he’s greeted by Molly, who tells hyên John doesn’t want anything khổng lồ vì chưng with hyên. She gives Sherlochồng a letter from his old friover but tells hyên not to lớn read it yet. Should a situation like this arise, John apparently told her lớn tell Sherloông xã that he would rather have sầu anyone else but Sherlochồng helping hlặng. At this point, we cut baông chồng to lớn Mary’s message in time to lớn learn the case she’s assigned Sherlock: “Save John Watson.” Looks lượt thích it really will be the hardest case of Sherlock’s life.

Even aside from that game-changing ending, “The Six Thatchers” was an amazing episode. It put “Appointment in Samarra” to brilliant use, echoing that story’s misdirection in its own twisty, turn-y structure. Weirdly, there wasn’t a ton of Martin Freeman (the affair plotline felt a little tacked-on just khổng lồ give him something to lớn do), which took away some of the power from the climactic schism, but at 90 minutes, almost every Sherlock episode will drag a bit at some points. Norbury may not have sầu quite lived up khổng lồ Moriarty or Magnussen on the villain scale, but since the entire point of the episode is that the real danger lurks where you least expect it, she was effective sầu. And her whole status as a seemingly meek secretary resentful of being condescended khổng lồ is what phối off the big plot twist.

In most regards, “The Six Thatchers” was thrilling, dense, literary, & shocking, reminding us of the show’s great strengths just as “The Abominable Bride” seemed to lớn suggest the formula was wearing thin. Bring on the rest of the season.

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