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Saw FIN. (So: spoilers.) I'd give it B- by its own merits, hovering somewhere around HLV or TBB. The biggest problem was I simply didn't care about the sister. I also didn't sense much connection, at all, to what John and Sherlock had been going through since TRF.

I'd like to suggest an alternate way of doing what I think this episode was aiming for: make Mary Moran. Don't kill her off, and come up with some suitable reason why she finds herself at odds with John and Sherlock. Don't make her evil -- make her  conflicted but ultimately a threat to them. To protect Rosie, herself, someone else. Or give her an ideological reason or, heck, *do* make her Moriarty's heir.

And use that to make John and Sherlock come together, go through a crucible and come out the other side as the team they were at this episode's beginning by some quirk of fate. Also, rather than making Molly... this travesty, why not use the fact that she betrayed Moriarty and forced Mary into this position. Use Mycroft's complacency in using "consultants," give us a reason why he stopped, have him be the one who put Mary in John's path for his own reasons.

Goodness, but there's such potential here if they'd just fallen their story through to its natural run, actually used the canon, actually written female characters worth a damn. You could even roll Euros into it, as a sort of partner for Mary if you wanted to do the complicated family thing.

I am... not thinking about Johnlock issues here. Can't make myself go there, and really you don't have to. Because there's just so much potential here, even without going there. Really --*really*-- such a waste.

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indybaggins
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:41 pm (UTC)
I agree, a huge, huge waste. There was so much they could have done. I'm very disappointed.
riverotter1951
Jan. 17th, 2017 02:02 pm (UTC)
FIN?
marta_bee
Jan. 17th, 2017 02:38 pm (UTC)
"The Final Problem," the last Sherlock episode.
engarian
Jan. 17th, 2017 03:27 pm (UTC)
I rather liked this series, but your comments have merit. My understanding was that Mary wanted to be written off the show since she and John were getting divorced in real life and she felt it would be uncomfortable for the two of them to be working together intensively the way that any show of that depth requires. Of course, I have no knowledge of whether the writers had planned to kill her off prior to her request to be written out.

- Erulisse (one L)
marta_bee
Jan. 17th, 2017 03:39 pm (UTC)
I heard about Amanda and was sorry to hear it for hers and Martin's sake. And yes that could make things very sensitive. But I'm not sure how much it affected the show's plotting. This felt very much like a final end to the show, complete with epilogue. I'm okay with that, actually (love the cast and not just Martin and Ben, but the directing and writing quality has been... let's just say lacking in the recent series; or at least so different it's not the show I fell in love with). But the point is I don't think any of them really had to worry about season five. Maybe she wanted a lighter role than being the finale villain would allow, of course.

My point is, if the show had to wind down in this episode, and even if it had to go with a big blow-out, I wish they could have done it in a way that actually addressed so much of what they'd been building and left unanswered. I think Mary-as-Moran --which I never wanted until last night!-- would have let them do that in a very interesting, canonical way. There are probably other ways to do that. Heck, Euros-as-Moran might have done it, too, if they'd just done serious work with what had come before. That's the waste, to my mind.
engarian
Jan. 17th, 2017 06:42 pm (UTC)
True, that!

- Erulisse (one L)
dioscureantwins
Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, before it aired I was so unhappy TFP wasn't screened in cinemas here in Holland but now I feel nothing but relief. I don't know how they managed it but the entirety of S4 was even worse than S3. And that bonus feature would have had me scream at the screen like someone's who really lost it so at least I was spared that.

I want to cry mostly. Lots and lots of crying.
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