After three years in hiatus, the British crime drama TV series “Sherlock” is back on BBC One with its fourth season whose first of three episodes aired on January 1, 2017.
While the overwhelming excitement of the TV series was very obvious with the show’s massive viewership during its Season 4 premiere, “Sherlock” also generated some controversies when both fans and critics noted the actions of Benedict Cumberbatch in the show.
Apparently, instead of Cumberbatch acting as the brainy sleuth of Scotland Yard that Sherlock Holmes has been known all along, the “Doctor Strange” actor delivered James Bond-like antics in the Season 4 premiere that really got some critics disappointed, reports the Independent of UK.
Sherlock was seen in a bone-crunching fight in the first episode of “Sherlock” Season 4, entitled “The Six Thatchers” and it was where the critics pointed out that the character was becoming more like Agent 007 instead of the thoughtful and deep-thinking agent from the Scotland Yard.
Responding to the criticisms with a poem
Mark Gatiss, co-creator of “Sherlock,” who also plays as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft on the show, responded to the criticism in proper British fashion, through a lyric poem.
Entitled “To an Undiscerning Critic,” Gatiss pointed out in his poem that Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock stories had plenty of action too.
He also cited numerous examples of the classic Sherlock Holmes kicking butt and ended his poem with a reference to the great actors who’ve portrayed the iconic detective through the years.
However, the complaints of too much action might not cease anytime soon. Gatiss himself hinted that the Season 4 finale, airing on January 15 is probably more action-packed than they have done for a long time, if ever.
It only implies that more fighting means that the butt-kicking Sherlock Holmes is here to stay so both fans and critics should get used to it, notes TV Line.
Mary as an assassin
Another big talking point among those who watched the premiere episode of “Sherlock” Season 4 is the revelation that Mary Watson was actually an assassin being hunted down by her old hit-group.
Eventually, things do not go well for the newlywed as she sacrifices herself for Sherlock in a cringe-worthy moment worthy of a Razzie.
Incidentally, actress Amanda Abbington has stirred the fandom up once more by posting an image of herself donning a red wig.
Accordingly, there are two things to note on her post. The first being that Mary spent a lot of “The Six Thatchers” wearing wigs while on the run, none of which were red so perhaps the scene was cut.
Fans are also leaping on the idea that the red wig is very much like the mysterious woman’s hair who Martin Freeman’s Watson was having an affair with.
While previous teases indicated that Jim Moriarty, played by Andrew Scott, shall be back in the fourth season of “Sherlock,” recent spoilers seem to suggest that Sherlock Holmes would have a new enemy who is going to be more dangerous than Moriarty.
The enemy is said to be Culverton Smith, who shall bring his evil plans for Sherlock including his plan to poison the detective.
But Moriarty is going to be back in Season 4 of “Sherlock.” It can be recalled that Sherlock did not actually defeat Moriarty in their previous encounter so he would surely be back with a vengeance.
There are reports saying that Moriarty might be back and worse than before. In fact, there are also speculations stating that he could be the guy behind Smith in making the devious preparation against Sherlock Holmes.