I love to read unfavourable reviews. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of the show, it's why I'm here. But there are things worth critisising and it really bugs me when nobody is willing to do so. Nothing is flawless. One has to analyse something very closely to find so many flaws, it shows great enthusiasm although the writer apparently has stopped watching altogether now.
The author highlighted seveal things that, although they're true, don't really bother me. There is a lot of fanservice, types of fanservice I didn't think of as fanservice. The family christmas dinner, sibling rivalry between Sherlock and Mycroft, kidlock, Sherlock playing with a dog. Just sort of there for emotional weight than for any genuine relevance. As a fanfiction writer I know how fun it is to write these things, but scenes like this would have no place in old-school-Sherlock (S1).
I can forgive plotholes, because many episodes have them (It was a supernova my ass!). What really bugs me is the so called "character development". People throw around that phrase too lightly. There is development, and there is acting completely OOC. Sherlock has shown examples of both. In some instances it can boil down to opinion, but Anderson? That is not development, that is... I don't even know what that was. I fall for a lot of the cheaper jokes (I am sorry, but the I'm Not Gay gag doesn't really bug me as much as it should), but I can't say I liked that aspect much at all. Anderson didn't need to be a fan for me to like him as a character, I liked him fine as he was, I don't want everybody to be sucking up to Sherlock and elevate him to Gary Stu status!
The bomb disposal scene was just weird. That really did have fanfiction all over. Put there for no good reason than to explore two character's interactions in a given situation. Utterly pointless. I honestly did not like it. But there were scenes I liked. TEH was pretty fifty fifty. HLV sort of compensated for the exagerrated humour in previous episodes but was sort of weak, trying too hard to make CAM repelling with usual tricks. ASoT was the best episode of S3 IMO. Blended humour, drama, suspense and action pretty well.
But it's true, the show isn't exactly what it was in S1. Of course shows need to develop, but is it development, or selling your soul to the devil? But in any case it's still enjoyable enough and the best thing on TV out there.
Last edited by falsedoor (December 31, 2015 9:18 am)