Sherlock: The Six Thatchers – What Did You Think?

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Well, Sherlock fans, the new series is officially here! Episode one of the fourth season – titled ‘The Six Thatchers’ – has already aired here in the UK and will shortly arrive in the US too.

So for those of you who have seen it, we want to know what you thought! This is a page for anyone to comment their two-cents on the episode and for people who haven’t seen it to stay the hell away from until they have.

Leave your rating of the episode in the poll below and then sound off in the comments! People who wish to remain spoiler-free, this is your final warning…

 

22 thoughts on “Sherlock: The Six Thatchers – What Did You Think?

  1. I absolutely loved it. My only critic would be the first part. and the title of this episode. It felt so hurried and a bit heartless to me, but I have to admit that I laughed several times. And then, it just snaps. Wow. But I was so happy when some of my theoies actually came true!
    And there were just so many plottwist, big and small ones.
    It is so incredible how well connected and especially well thought this whole series is. My pulse still hasn’t normalised and I just sit here on my bed and stare at the wall because I still can’t really believe what I just saw.
    Also I am fighting the impulse to see it again.

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  2. Thought the characters were spot ob in the main; the death scene in paticular.
    But i font agree a jot with johns reaction of blaming Sherlick.
    John is fully aware that sherlocks blind spot is tge extent of peoples affection for him so he would nit have foreseen what mary did!!!

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  3. So disappointed. Whether the plotline is just setting up the next episode, it was impossible to feel any sympathy for Watson or Mary. So much of this episode felt pointless. The announcment of the real couple’s marriage so close to the episode release, made it awkward to watch them. Gutted I waited all year, but the necessity to produce SOMETHING, outweighed something worthwhile. Although I’d gladly be proven that this episode was necessary or relevant. Fingers crossed.

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  4. I feel as though I’ve seen better episodes to be honest. I really have to concentrate whilst watching it usually, as I get confused and lost easily. So I did this time but feel a bit bereft. I don’t usually see what’s coming or try to guess what’s going to happen so I had no idea of the ending. I preferred the first plot regarding the young kid’s death – that was short, sweet and clever – but sometimes too many twists distracts a little bit. I thought we were going to see Moriarty or a storyline starting to bring him in to things, so having Mary’s team mate instead was interesting. But from there it dragged out a bit for me. Should have seen that it was building up to a dramatic finish. Can’t say I’m bothered about Mary dying to be honest. It’ll be far more interesting to have Watson as a single dad juggling his life, work and possibly a new relationship, with Sherlock sticking his oar in and the others trying to help. Whole thing felt as though it was trying a bit too hard.

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  5. I think I’ve have lost the Sherlock I loved in the previous series. This one is becoming too “human”. On a similar note, it wasn’t really about Sherlock, was it? More about Mary. I am hoping that now she’s gone (or is she?), I may get the old Sherlock back?

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  6. Loved Sherlock getting ‘rattled’ by the baby! Wasn’t as tight and racy as I hoped it would be, but I suspect they’ve deliberately saved that for later. I think they will ratchet up the tension from next week in TLD to end with the big explosion in TFP. Thought if anyone was going to die it would be Mary; she did die in the original stories. Not enough Molly, but again hope that she will have proportionately more to do in the next two.

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  7. I was really expecting something about Moriarty. After all, someone had to have left those “Miss Me?” messages! I’m assuming we will find that out in the next two episodes. I knew Mary would die because she does in the books but I didn’t expect it to happen in the first episode! I understand John’s reaction is based on grief and shock. I think he will come around but it will take something big for it to happen. I loved the episode but I have to agree with sherlockedlinnea it felt sort of rushed. They did warn us this season would be darker and it has been so far! I will miss Mary but I look forward to the next 2 episodes. Was it worth 2 years waiting? I think so.

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  8. I find it highly suspicious that Mary, being an expert assassin with another assassin hunting her would run into a dangerous situation without wearing a bulletproof vest. So I have a very small idea that she faked her death.
    I’m also wondering if she is Moriarty’s twin (it’s never twins.) Sherlock did say that is not her original accent. I decided all of the twists without much trouble but still enjoyed the episode for the most part. John’s dalliance seems too much out of character, yet if he feels too much domesticity in his new role of fatherhood, I guess he could be chasing danger, as he is wont to do. The Other Woman also send an obvious plant.
    Still waiting on the appearance of the third Holmes brother. Wondering how Redbeard fits in. Wondering if Mycroft is terminally ill. I liked the symbolism of the hard to arrest jellyfish in the background of the confrontation.
    The soporific in the letter was very reminiscent of the trick pulled on Clara by Madame Vastra in an episode of Doctor Who penned by Moffat.

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    • Moriarty’s twin? In the stories he had two brothers, so why not an unmentioned sister. It would be interesting to cross reference ‘our’ modern Sherlock with the American version in ‘Elementary’, as the Moriarty there is a woman!

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  9. Also , upon further consideration, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mary and John faked her death. She *was* wearing a vest, rigged with blood. John said she was dead so the arriving paramedics would not try to save her. She’s off grid now with Mycroft witnessing it. John won’t see Sherlock because Sherlock would be able to deduce he’s not grieving. John would justify this as Sherlock made him believe he was dead for two years.

    The timing of Mrs Hudson finding the DVD is suspicious. And the “Go to hell” bit might be asking Sherlock to go to the hell John is supposedly in to save him. I don’t think all of my ideas can coexist but I’m looking forward to seeing if any of them stick!

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  10. I surprised myself and my guests by laughing with glee when Mary took the bullet. I never did forgive her for shooting Sherlock. Bitch had it coming but props to her for making the sacrifice. Hopeful she stays dead. That whole bit with the lady on the bus and the secret texting, I think there is more to it then meets the eye. It was the most intriguing part of the episode, closely followed by Mycroft calling Sherrinford.

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  11. I absolutely loved it! Very exciting at some points, while I cried my eyes out two seconds later… It was fantastic, absolutely fantastic

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  12. Start as we mean to go on I guess. No mercy it would seem. Looking forward to the next episodes…. them and the next series, bring it on!!

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  13. Loved the episode but can’t understand why nobody made any attempt to save Mary. Considering John was an army field medic – I would have thought he would have made at least a basic attempt at first aid. But, as perhaps a previous correspondent mentioned (and which hadn’t occurred to me!) – it was all a set up and she’s not dead.

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  14. I admit to being quite disappointed in the whole thing. But then i never liked Mary or John being married. Yawn. There were a few good moments but which ones escape me just now. That said I will be watching the next episode with hope. Hope its not more John being fed up and not speaking to Sherlock. Yawn.

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  15. I love this show. I was so excited and couldn’t wait, then fell asleep after an hour. Hit rewind and finished it and am now rewatching to look for more. Sad to know Mary’s gone and it makes no sense that, with all those trained fighters in the room, that not one could or WOULD disarm one little old person. They had every opportunity, so the outcome wasn’t believable to me. No matter what, though, I love this show.

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  16. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the woman on the bus was the third brother?! I’m also wondering if it was really her who Watson was texting.

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  17. Unfortunately, I have to say it had many flaws that are characteristic to TV series usually but was not characteristic to Sherlock so far. I mean the situations which are painfully plot-driven instead of being character-driven.
    1. For start, that scene in aquarium had lots of flaws: What was the point of Mary or John personally being there, or Mycroft? he is a big figure, is he not? and does not favor “footwork” or how he calls it. Sherlock could just gone their with Lestrade and arrested that lady and that’s it. Or he could have just informed his big Brother about his finding and again, that’s it – he did so with the Lady Smallwood did not he? Sherlock was not involved directly involved in her arrest – when he thought she was the culprit,, he just made a little phone call to his big bro. So why calling everyone and inviting them in person in that damned aquarium?
    2. Also, Mary running around the world was pointless. Going underground and Running is an option when you don’t have ties “above the ground” – no need to chase you, just target those “ties” and drag the runner out of cover – simple. And in this situation it was even the ONLY option – since there was no way for that guy to track down Mary, he would naturally go for John & Baby in his frustration. I think Mary offering herself as bait would be much better and natural plot development in this case.
    3. Finally, the “Tbilisi, Georgia, 6 years ago” scenes – for me as Georgian it was important – First of all, thanks for featuring my country and if the plot would say “Tbilisi, Georgia, 20 years ago” then yes, no problem – Tbilisi 20-25 years ago in early post-soviet era WAS that kind of place, maybe even worse. But not in this century, not anymore. So, sorry, but that was unrealistic too 🙂

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  18. I never was never so upset, how could you kill off Mary? Then to find out that Amanda and Martin really broke up? That was crushing to read. I just can’t believe it. No longer a fan.

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  19. I follow sherlock since season 2…i’ve waited for years…i rewatched the episodes until i can say the lines before the characters. What i saw in this last episode was NOT Sherlock. The atmosphere, the characters, the jokes…everything seemed off to me. At first i hoped in some brilliant twist that would reveal why everything felt so wrong. I’ve always had so much trust in mofftiss…but i really wonder how they are going to fix this. Very few deductions(and those that we saw were kinda boring), lots of action scenes(and those are really not the best around: action has never been one of sherlock’s best features). There were funny jokes, but they sounded weird after all the angst of the last season. The Watsons back together like nothing happened. Mary as the new John…seriously….this show has always been about Sherlock and John, and John was pratically non existent in this episode. And then Mary’s death. That’s something i really don’t understand. The entire episode felt like it was about her because she had to die. It felt forced. I expected her to die at some point, but all this looked like drama for drama’s sake. And if they planned of killing her, following the canon, why putting a baby in the story?! And john’s reaction to her death…i mean, a suffering martin freeman is always something to watch in appreciation, but…we know how john watson deals with pain…that’s NOT it. And i’m not talking about blaming sherlock…that could….in some way…work….i mean about the immediate reaction. And Molly being almost cruel while reporting john’s words? that felt off too…i don’t know where to start or to finish with this episode. I felt it neverending…and i am soooo sad to say i don’t feel like looking forward to the next…and i consider myself a pretty hardcore fan….i’m very sad.

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