Critic Consensus: Sherlock makes a welcome and shocking return, and Cumberbatch and Freeman are game, but it may prove difficult to live up to the lofty expectations created by the series' lengthy hiatus.
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If Sherlock were to continue, its problems would only grow, while its virtues would stay the same.
The Six Thatchers is worthy of all the hype, and a powerful comeback. Steer clear of Twitter for a while - as promised, the plot twists are brutal, and anything but elementary.
Once fleet, wry and cheerfully eccentric, it has become bombastic and bloated.
In "Bad Boys" Joe Pantoliano's Captain Howard says "Just do what you do; only faster." That's the exact pep talk that you imagine Gatiss and Moffatt having with Cumberbatch and Freeman as they return to Baker Street for the 4th series of "Sherlock."
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