A group of Russian hackers infiltrate a closely guarded secret and leak it to the entire world. No, that is not the story of this episode, but it is how the episode had got leaked prior to its release. But, much thanks to the fans, it wasn’t shared that wildly and hence the sanctity of the show was maintained.
The Final Problem deals with the most personal and procedural case till date. Eurus Holmes takes the trio of Sherlock, John and Mycroft into a hayride that redefines possibilities and makes them ‘experience science from the perspective of lab-rats.’ In addition to that, we find Sherlock dealing with a plethora of cases and sometimes two at a time. And boy! That was a treat to watch.
We find commendable performances from the usual Cumberbatch, Gatiss and Freeman. Una Stubbs reprises her ‘badass’ touch to the character of Mrs. Hudson in this episode as well. The real game was that of Sian Brooke as she was just extraordinary as the ‘East Wind’. An honourable mention would be that of Art Malik who played the Governor of the prison ‘Sherrinford.’
A supervillain with a phenomenal brain, an army of soldiers and a top-secret headquarter. Sounds familiar? Yes. This episode did reek of James Bond’s adventures, which was justified in a way because Moffat and Gatiss are a big fan of Agent 007.
Though it’s a mostly original tale, ‘The Final Problem’ does take its name from Conan Doyle’s 1893 short story and incorporates elements from the same year’s ‘The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual’ and 1924’s ‘The Adventure of the Three Garridebs’.
A good watch, but the anti-climax was a bit too steep and rather easy. The ending brings us to Rathbone Place – a homage to the great actor Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in the movie versions in the 1930s and 1940s. But is it a nod to how Season 5 could begin, if it does? Gatiss said, “The reason we [ended with] Rathbone Place is that, actually, if we do come back – and we would love to come back – we could absolutely very easily start with a knock at the door and Sherlock saying to John ‘Do you want to come out and play?’. They have become the two heroes that we always knew them to be.”
Image Credits – BBC one.
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