And I say this as someone who feel the series went off the boil after series 2.
The opening had me worried, that cliched dream sequence, but when it turned out to be an elaborate ruse with two junkies hired by Sherlock to flush out Mycroft’s secret I knew we were in for a good time. The escalation in the ep was superb. The drone scene was pure Billy Wilder’s Holmes with the two brothers one-upping each other and yet somehow at the same time saying how much they felt for one another.
The island was great, but Eurus was an amazing and quite logical addition. It just worked. The sleight of hand last week with Hiddleston having been trailed to the press was genius. The moment with their hands clasping over the non-glass wall had me shriek around at my wife at how amazing this was.
This maybe tops Belgravia as the best ever for me.
I thought last week’s was very good too, the show feeling very much back on form after Watson’s wife being written out. She’s a good actress but miscast as a super-spy and I never, ever bought the character. I also think the actors were becoming a little too big for their roles over seasons 3 and the special. The first episode of this season was all over the place and I suspect the backlash to the finale is the punishment reviewers wanted to give for earlier crimes, much like Star Trek Beyond punished for Into Darkness.
But this finale was a corker. If they end this show here it’s gone out on a high. Well done to Moffat and Gatiss, both of whom I wrote fan email this morning!