Not everyone was fond of Sherlock Season 4 Episode 1, which was entitled The Six Thatchers. Critics were in disarray over how to exactly feel about the first episode of Sherlock after three years of hiatus (with only a Christmas special last year to make up for it).
One particular critic, Ralph Jones, wrote on The Guardian, about how the show took an “ill-advised liberties with Conan Doyle’s stories.” The show, he added, had begun “to feel implausible.” Jones critiqued that Sherlock slowly stopped being the “brainy, vital” show and turned into a Bond story with underwater fisticuffs.
Mark Gatiss not taking the critique of Sherlock Season 4 sitting down
Sherlock’s unofficial tagline was “brainy is the new sexy.” True enough, that same tagline turned Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) into a household name, and formed his official fan club, the Cumberbitches. Jones said that soon, the show may cease to be sexy because it morphed into “Sherlock Bond.”
Sherlocks’ most titillating feature is his intellect; his ability to slay enemies and solve cases by merely sitting on a chair. Episode 1 showed nothing of that, according to Jones. Instead, we saw Sherlock fighting underwater with someone who just smashed six figureheads of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Mark Gatiss, one of Sherlock’s writers who also plays Mycroft Holmes in the show, is not taking anything of this sitting down. Taking inspiration from a poem written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gattis answered the critic in a five-verse poem. In perfect lyricism, Gatiss questioned Jones’ ignorance of the incidents that pushed Sherlock to the brink.
“From Rathbone through Brett to Cumberbatch dandy, With his fists Mr Holmes has always been handy.”
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Sherlock Season 4 will be more action packed
Episode 1 has quite a lot of action, seeing as Sherlock just run, fist-fought, and basically stood before a barrel of a gun. Gatiss said that Season 4 will grow darker, more intense, and more action-packed as the episodes progress.
And by the final episode of Sherlock Season 4, we will see “definitely more fighting.” Whether it’s from Sherlock or his trusty sidekick, Dr. John Watson, remains to be seen.
— Julius Johnlock (@Julius_Johnlock) January 2, 2017