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"The Final Problem" provides a fitting finale for Sherlock's beloved characters-- if this is indeed the end of the series -- although it may feel unfulfilling to those not ready to say goodbye.
Rather than illuminate the complex fabric of the show, as good series finales do, The Final Problem poked holes in it, pulling any threads of narrative consistency apart.
Whilst this wasn't the ending some of us will have been expecting, the journey to get this far has at least consisted of more highs than lows, with a heavy vein of experimentation throughout.
It was like our beloved characters had been restored to factory settings. If this was the last-ever episode, which it surely won't be, it worked well as a sign-off.
This finale represents a fitting end to the foundation of the show that had been there all along, even if we the fans had put up new moldings and installed new floors.
The Final Problem was an interesting thought experiment, but a disappointing episode of Sherlock.
For a show that seems to want to be smart and make a statement, it feels lazy.
[The Final Problem] is bold, daring, and incredibly emotional. Shock twist after shock twist is handled well, even if Sian Brooke's Eurus is so over-the-top that it can become an irritating rather than terrifying performance.
One part psychological horror film that never quite had the balls to go all the way, one part self indulgent trifle, and one part metaphor for hell, the entire souffle spent a good portion of the story threatening to collapse under its own weight.
It's daft but we're damned if it isn't entertaining.
The Final Problem is full of ludicrous twists and unearned revelations, and despite that fan service-y closing montage, Sherlock ends, for the foreseeable future, with a messy, unsatisfying finale.