We Review the Latest Episode of Sherlock SN04 EP03 – ‘The Final Problem’
Last night the final episode of season four aired and what a way to go out, it went out with a bang! I so hope that there will be a Sherlock season five. I don’t know about you, but I just start getting into it and before you now it, the season is over. Right here is the recap of episode two to refresh the little grey cells.
Sherlock SN04 EP02 – ‘The Lying Detective’
Sherlock faces one of the most chilling enemies of his long career; the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith, a man with a very dark secret indeed.
Sherlock SN04 EP03 – ‘The Final Problem’
A young girl awoke on a plane and troubled when she can’t wake anyone up, including her mother, and the pilots are all unconscious, and the oxygen masks have all deployed. A phone rings, and when she answers the phone, the voice on the other end says ” Hello, my name is Jim Moriarty. Welcome to the final problem.” Mycroft is watching an old film when it is disrupted by footage from his childhood, when an ominously flashing message, “I’M BACK” appears on the screen just before the reel ends. Mycroft is visually bothered by this, and as he tries to leave, he finds the main door is locked. He is forced to use a hidden door that mysteriously opens and slams behind him. He takes a sword, disguised as an umbrella, he follows a girl running about and the whispers coming from his walls to an upstairs corridor. A clown confronts him with a sword from nearby and challenges Mycroft to a sword battle. Mycroft reveals a hidden gun from the blade of his sword however it fails to fire. The clown lunges at Mycroft, but he dodges it and flees back downstairs. In a panic, he tries to open all the doors to escape, but they are all locked. As his panic starts to set in, Sherlock and John appear and reveal it has all been a ruse to prove the existence of the brother’s’ secret sister, Eurus Holmes, and the fact she had been incarcerated from a very young age at a facility controlled by Mycroft. John tells Mycroft they had to do it this way for him to admit the truth.
Mycroft meets with Sherlock and John at Baker Street they treat him like a regular client. Sherlock demands that Mycroft tells him the whole truth because he cannot remember Eurus at all, or indeed ever having another sibling. Mycroft describes Eurus as being more brilliant than either of the Holmes brothers, confirmed by professional assessments done in their childhood. Sherlock has no memory of Eurus, but Mycroft tells him that every action and decision that defines Sherlock is based on his memory of Eurus. Mycroft recounts some disturbing instances from Eurus’ childhood at their family home, Musgrave, such as cutting herself to see how her muscles worked or cryptically singing about their dog Redbeard she had killed. Eurus was taken away after she set fire to the family home and watched it burn to the ground. Mycroft tells Sherlock that their parents were told that Eurus died there after starting another fire. Mycroft admits, she has been contained at a maximum security facility called Sherrinford ever since. Just as Mycroft dismisses the idea that she has escaped, they hear Eurus singing her cryptic song as a drone flies into the flat carrying a powerful bomb rendering them to be still. Otherwise, it will detonate when sensing motion. They make a plan to escape and then move, setting off the bomb just as John and Sherlock jump out the windows while Mycroft makes for the doorway.
Sherlock and John are dropped by helicopter onto an unsuspecting boat, and they pirate it on Sherrinford. Mycroft was severely injured by the explosion and is unconscious with little hope of recovery in the hospital. The boat’s captain and his first mate are found on the beach of a nearby island, which a message in the sand regarding Eurus. John and the captain are found and taken into custody for questioning. The head of security sees through the captain’s disguise. He gives the security card to the guard to check on Eurus. The captain removes the prosthetics and it’s Mycroft, the man who was given the security card was, in fact, Sherlock. He sneaks past security and visits his sister for the first time since their childhood. After a short conversation which leaves Sherlock visibly nonplussed with him asking Eurus repeatedly how she escaped, Eurus coaxes Sherlock closer to the glass, so she can tell him the truth of how she escaped. He attempts to touch the glass, he instead feels her hand behind it and then realises that there was never any glass there. Mycroft, John and the governor review the tapes of Eurus’s psychiatric sessions, all of which happened against Mycroft’s express instructions; not to have any communication with Eurus because of her powerful manipulative abilities. Anyone one that comes in contact with Eurus is invariably corrupted and put under her influence. The governor recalled one such instance when she talked a member of the Sherrinford staff into killing himself and his family, but then John realises the over voice on the tape was the governor himself, and he too is under her influence.
Mycroft and John alarmed at realising the security of the compound was already highly compromised, they attempt to leave. The head of security apologise first, then sounds the alarm, with the guards capturing them both, but John hears the alarm and releases it is Moriarty talking gibberish, then the security screens flash his face and saying “Did you miss me?”, Before John is knocked unconscious. We flashback to Christmas five years prior, as a helicopter arrives at Sherrinford with Moriarty onboard by Mycroft’s orders. At Eurus’ request for a Christmas present, she wanted five minutes of unsupervised time with Moriarty. Mycroft expresses that Eurus had taken an interest in Moriarty’s obsession with Sherlock. Eurus had him record the audio and video that the girl on the plane heard on the phone which John had seen before being knocked unconscious along with hundreds of messages. John awakes in a Sherrinford prison cell along with Sherlock, Mycroft, and the head of security. They briefly talk to the girl on the plane before the connection gets terminated by Eurus, who has been communicating with them via television screens around the compound. To reconnect to the girl on the aircraft Sherlock has to choose either John or Mycroft to kill the head of security or she will kill his wife. John accepts the gun, but he can’t bring himself to fire the weapon. The head of security takes the gun from John and shoots himself, and because neither John or Mycroft did the deed, Eurus shot his wife anyway. She directs Sherlock to take the gun, as he will need it later.
Eurus opens a secret cell which leads to a series of rooms with puzzles, in the first room, Eurus has left them an envelope with images of suspects of a crime in which a man was shot, along with the rifle he was shot with. They need to solve who did it in exchange for more contact with the girl on the plane. To motivate Sherlock, she suspends the three suspects outside the window bound and hanging over the ocean. They choose one of the suspects, and Eurus unexpectedly let’s the other two men fall to their deaths instead, and when John reacts angrily to another pointless murder, she lets the condemned man also fall to his death. In the next room is an empty coffin with the lid simply saying, “I LOVE YOU.” John and Sherlock deduce that the coffin is intended for Molly Hooper. Eurus had rigged Molly’s apartment with explosives, and to call off the detonation, Sherlock must get Molly to say “I love You” within a time limit of three minutes, on the condition that he does not reveal the threat. Sherlock get ‘s Molly to say I Love You which leaves her emotionally wrecked. Before leaving the room, Sherlock put the cover on the coffin and suddenly loses it and destroys the coffin. In the following room, Sherlock has to choose John or Mycroft to continue with him and has to kill the other. Mycroft says intellect rather than sentiment is needed here. They argue, and Sherlock unable to shoot John turns the gun on himself while threatening Eurus with a ten-second countdown. Not getting the result she wanted Eurus has an adult-sized tantrum and shoots them with a tranquillizer dart from the walls.
Sherlock wakes up hours later in a cell with images scattered on the walls. He is reconnected to the girl and guides her in landing the plane, before being cut to John who is chained to the bottom of a well. Sherlock realised the cell is a ruse and he pushes down the walls and he is at Musgrave. Eurus challenges him to solve his first case, the Musgrave Ritual, and save John. While solving the case Sherlock guides the girl in landing the plane, he also solves the puzzle, while Eurus taunts him with her cryptic song. Eurus reminds Sherlock that Redbeard was not a dog for they could never have one because of their father’s allergy to them, but rather the nickname for his best friend, Victor Trevor. The revelation comes as Jonh discovers the bones in the well are human. Sherlock remembered Redbeard as a dog to cope with the horrific truth of his friend’s death. Sherlock deciphers the cryptic song and realises that it along with the girl on the plane, which is a mental metaphor was Eurus asking Sherlock for help. Finally, Eurus gets the love she was denied in childhood from Sherlock. She discloses where John is and is rescuded. Mycroft is also safe and was locked away in her old cell in Sherrinford. Eurus is taken back to Sherrrinford and Mycroft has the task of telling their parents their daughter is still alive after all theses years. Sherlock visits Eurus regularly, and although the don’t speak, they play violin duets together separated only by the now-solid glass pane of her cell. Sherlock and John return to clean up and repair their Baker Street flats. John gets an anonymous CD with “MISS YOU” written on it, which he watches with Sherlock. It’s another message from his late wife, Mary Morstan, who encourages him to continue working with Sherlock in solving cases and having adventures together.
My fellow Sherlock fans what did you think of this season and the final episode?