Sherlock season 4, episode 3 is the last new material fans will see for a very long time. Was it a satisfying farewell to the series?

The Sherlock season 4 finale is a healthy mix of emotional highs and lows. But was it, as co-creators Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss describe, “television history?” No. It was not. It was not even the best episode of the Sherlock series.

However, it is what we have to left to unpack as we leave Holmes at Watson in 221B by the fire. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

The final problem

The greatest flaw of Sherlock is when it gets stuck in its own heightened story telling. “The Final Problem” is the perfect example of retelling the past and not giving the audience any new information. It’s not hard to deduce. The episode does not suffer for this. Because it is not about the game at all.

Eurus’ game is well-crafted, brutal, and unforgiving. She is a master. The episode goes above and beyond to prove that over and over. Eurus wants to understand the complexity of human empathy. The only way she can do that is to cut the people open and see what makes their muscles move.

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The maze she crafts tests the resolve of Sherlock, Mycroft, and John. One great example of this is the use of Molly Hooper. It should be noted that Molly Hooper deserves so much better.

Using her love for Sherlock as a weapon, Molly Hooper’s life shatters with three words. Unfortunately, all of this is in service to unravel Sherlock with no resolution on her end.

As he smashes the coffin with his bare hands, John and Mycroft are there to reel him back in. They lend a hand to rebuild the walls that are falling down around him. That is until they literally fall at the doorstep of his childhood home.

The final problem is how do you deliver human connection to someone who does not know how to receive it? That desire to feel that her brothers appreciate her for more than her brain. If Eurus’ favorite person, Sherlock, could just take a moment to play her game, everything can end.

The test, it turns out, is for Sherlock to lean heavily on his capacity for emotional connection throwing logic out of the equation. He makes room for John, Mary, Molly, even Greg in his life. Can he find a way to make room for Eurus in spite of everything he just found out?

“You were always the grown up,” says Mrs. Holmes near the end of the episode. Sherlock takes the family into the next chapter of their life. One where music bridges the gap between them and the entire Holmes family can sit together without words getting in the way.

‘I’m a pirate’

The biggest twist, if you didn’t already work it out for yourself, comes when John discovers the bones of “Redbeard” in the well. They are not dog bones, but the bones of Sherlock’s best childhood friend, Victor.

But the best appearance is by far the inclusion of Mycroft’s Christmas gift — Jim Moriarty.

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Moriarty’s obsession with Holmes begins well before Eurus calls him in for a meeting. But did he succumb to being one of her agents? Probably. But Jim likely steered his own course to Sherlock. But the game… well, the game now reeks of Eurus.

Mycroft Holmes

The Holmes brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, have the most fascinating relationship on Sherlock. “The Final Problem” highlights the complexity of their past and the trajectory of their future.

The most moving scene in the entire episode arrives when Mycroft, John and Sherlock are contemplating the reality of what may be their final moments alive. Hearing that Sherlock appreciated a talent of his, one that is not based on their familial intellect, moves him to a smile. Well before Mycroft sacrifices himself for Sherlock’s partnership with John, he gets the validation that their relationship is full of mutual appreciation.

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The minds of the Holmes siblings may be capable of great feats, but no fortress is entirely secure.

Mycroft’s home at the start of the episode is infiltrated by the combination of Holmes and Watson. Later on, his mind’s security system fails. He is a strong, put together person. After years of arranging Sherlock’s safety behind the scenes, it’s time for Sherlock to step up and do the same.

Is there room for more?

Perhaps we will all meet again at Anemoi. In the credits letters it is typical for the editors to highlight certain letters. The final sequence produces just a single word — Anemoi, the meeting place of the four winds.

While the finale ties up loose ends, recreates the scars that affect the duo the most, it does feel more like a beginning than an ending.

Sherlock may or may not return.

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Why Disney shouldn’t cut songs from live-action adaptations

The latest news about Mulan leaves us wondering about the future.

9:00 pm EDT, March 24, 2017

After the live-action Beauty and the Beast’s musical numbers captivated audiences, it’s strange that Disney would suggest that their upcoming remake, Mulan, should include no singing.

More Disney live-adaptation news comes out every day, and has us simultaneously excited and terrified. This week, the latter feeling was heightened by director Niki Caro’s news that Mulan will not be featuring any of the classic songs from the original animation. No, not even I’ll Make A Man Out Of You.

This is only one of the many concerns that have recently been raised by the upcoming film, and the passionate fandom reaction to the news has caused Caro to backtrack slightly in an interview with the LA Times, stating: “We’ve never talked about songs, and no decision has been made.”

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After the live-action Beauty and the Beast’s musical numbers captivated audiences, it’s strange that Disney would suggest that their upcoming remake, Mulan, should include no singing.

More Disney live-adaptation news comes out every day, and has us simultaneously excited and terrified. This week, the latter feeling was heightened by director Niki Caro’s news that Mulan will not be featuring any of the classic songs from the original animation. No, not even I’ll Make A Man Out Of You.

This is only one of the many concerns that have recently been raised by the upcoming film, and the passionate fandom reaction to the news has caused Caro to backtrack slightly in an interview with the LA Times, stating: “We’ve never talked about songs, and no decision has been made.”

Mulan song

But with movies like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King also in line to be remade, the idea of plans being made to do away with the musical aspect of classic Disney films is rather concerning.

While it’s rare nowadays to see live-action films with musical numbers in them, Disney has a long history of continuing with the tradition even once singing and dancing started to fade away from mainstream filmmaking. The charm of movies like The Jungle Book, Aladdin and even Mary Poppins often largely resided in the beauty and enthusiasm of their songs.

Cinderella was the first live-action remake of the recent trend, and although it was still applauded without music, the reception was nothing compared to the warm reviews about Beauty and the Beast. Cinderella simply brought nothing new to the table. And with the legend already being featured often in other films, both live-action and animation, such as Ella Enchanted and Ever After, it was hardly a game-changer.

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Screenwriter Chris Weitz explained the reasoning behind the lack of singing in Cinderella:

“I don’t know how to write that kind of thing really, and I think that that’s something that for me, it’s much easier to do that with an animated film. That’s why many of the Disney animated films are musicals. With live action, sort of getting into and out of those moments of song is really super tricky.”

Yes, it is super tricky, but isn’t that what ended up making Beauty and the Beast so great? The fact is, we’ve seen big-budget fantasy romances before, and seen pretty much all CGI under the sun. It takes a lot to wow an audience (and aren’t these remakes being done to avoid exploring new ideas, anyway? But I digress). We aren’t satisfied by quick adaptations to fairytales we already know; we need to see something magical.

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The studio clearly learned from Cinderella and directed its creative energies to making Beauty and the Beast an improvement rather than a copy of the original. Both Belle and the Beast are more well-rounded characters, the Stockholm Syndrome themes are smoothed out, and some historical context is given… but what brings it all together so successfully is how magical it is; a perfect balance between realism and the innocent romance that takes us away from the everyday world.

It’s the music that makes Disney unique. Like Weitz said, that’s in great part what made the animations so memorable and catchy. And with Beauty and the Beast, Disney has proven that they can do it in live-action, too.

Aladdin is currently in the casting process, and the casting call points to there being singing in this one. So why even consider cutting out the songs from Mulan, the original of which sports one of the best soundtracks in Disney’s history? Whose songs have empowered a generation (albeit with lyrics full of irony)?

Movies like Maleficient and Snow White and the Huntsman worked because, while having deeper themes, they didn’t advertise themselves as exact remakes. They had an angle meant for an older audience, and moved beyond merely switching animation for actors and adding extra violence.

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As an audience, we’re not looking for gritty remakes. The news weighs down on us with its darkness as is, and even DC and Marvel have shifted away from gloom. We want to relive the old animations that were a part of our childhood; with improvements, yes — but also with what made them magical.

An adaptation like Mulan is inherently tied to its musical numbers in the hearts of the audience. When you take out the songs that made the original stand out, the story runs the risk of fading into the already large collection of epic fantasy films, and struggles to stand the test of time. Disney should tread carefully.

Should the new Disney adaptations have singing in them?

April is shaping up to be the most overwhelming month of television. Are you going to be able to keep up with all the shows?

Forget everything you know about sweeps week and conventional premiere and finale dates. The fourth month of 2017 has more prominent finales and premieres than September and May.

There are a few networks and streaming platforms making their presence known in the coming month. All of the shows listed below are in addition to your favorite broadcast television networks. These are all in addition to The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, Scandal, Superstore, NCIS, Empire, Once Upon a Time and whatever other 22 episode series you already watch.

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April is shaping up to be the most overwhelming month of television. Are you going to be able to keep up with all the shows?

Forget everything you know about sweeps week and conventional premiere and finale dates. The fourth month of 2017 has more prominent finales and premieres than September and May.

There are a few networks and streaming platforms making their presence known in the coming month. All of the shows listed below are in addition to your favorite broadcast television networks. These are all in addition to The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, Scandal, Superstore, NCIS, Empire, Once Upon a Time and whatever other 22 episode series you already watch.

Remember — stay hydrated, take breaks, stand in the sun for at least one hour per week. We can and will get through this together.

The FX overload

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‘The Americans’

If you were to just watch FX for the entire month of April you would not be disappointed. The Americans will debut a brand new episode every week and will be in the sweet spot of building towards the penultimate season’s climax. If there is any show you need to stay on top of, watch live, and turn off all distractions during, it is The Americans.

Watch it or leave it? Catch up and watch it live. Airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.

‘Fargo’

Just as Noah Hawley’s Legion takes a bow, his second show for the network prepares for its premiere. Season 3 of Fargo is shaping up to be another can’t-miss installment in the anthology series. This year Ewan McGregor joins the cast playing twin brothers, while Carrie Coon (more on her later) hits the icy roads as one of the town’s cops.

Watch it or leave it? Watch it live. Premieres Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 p.m.

‘Feud’

Feud continues its run kicking off the month with the 1963 Oscars before heading to the finale on April 23. The eight-episode miniseries is the latest offering from Ryan Murphy and company. This period piece captures the melodramatic fallout of the two of Hollywood’s greatest rivals.

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Watch it or leave it? Leave it. Binge this series over the summer. Airs Sundays at 10:00 p.m.

Streaming services offer an impressive lineup

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

One of the year’s most anticipated adaptations arrives on Hulu, April 26. The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel by the same name, tells the story of women’s resistance in a dystopian United States. But don’t let that word “dystopian” fool you. This series is going to hit a bit close to home for many viewers.

Watch it or leave it? Watch it. Episodes begin on Hulu, Sunday, April 26.

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’

Netflix has plenty to offer in April with the highly-anticipated premiere of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Fourteen new episodes will air on the streaming platform starting April 14. Fans of the original incarnations of the series can watch 20 episodes on Netflix right now ahead of the premiere. The new series will feature Felicia Day, Patton Oswald, and Jonah Ray as the humans forced to watch horrible movies.

Watch it or leave it? If you’re familiar with the show, binge it immediately. If not, save it for a rainy day. All episodes arrive Friday, April 14.

‘Girlboss’ and ‘Dear White People’

Girlboss and Dear White People are two original series hitting Netflix in April as well. Premiering April 21 is Girlboss, a series starring Britt Robertson as Sophia, the female entrepreneur whom the series is based on. The series will follow Sophia from selling clothes from her living room floor on eBay to running a wildly successful business.

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Dear White People is also based on a prior release, this time a 2014 film. It stars Brandon P. Bell, Logan Browning, and Antoinette Robertson as three black students attending an Ivy League college. Like the film, the 10-episode series will focus on the students as they navigate racial and other forms of discrimination.

Watch it or leave it? Binge both. All episodes arrive Friday, April 21 and Friday, April 28.

HBO: How ‘Bout Overindulging

HBO is not only going to be the hot spot on Sundays in April, it has quite a knockout night planned for April 16.

‘Girls’

Girls ends its run on the network on Sunday, April 16. The final episode, “Latching,” written by Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Judd Apatow is going to be a “must-see” for both passive and engaged Girls fans. It’s the end of an era after all!

Watch it or leave it? Watch the finale live. Final episode airs Sunday, April 16 at 10:00 p.m.

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‘Veep’

Who wants to watch a show about politics in 2017? Anyone who loves Julia Louis Dreyfus, that’s who. Veep returns for it’s sixth season and, honestly, JDL’s Selina Meyer is the type of politician we need. Let’s see how post-presidency life is treating the public figure and try to decide if the headlines on the show seem more real than the ones currently on the newsstands.

Watch it or leave it? Watch it live or binge it this summer. Premieres Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 p.m.

‘The Leftovers’

The Leftovers returns for its final season on the same night as the above shows. It is another piece of the brilliant tapestry sewn over the years. The journey of Kevin Garvey and the community of people he has drawn into his life picks up as the family heads to Australia. If you thought the departure was a terrifying event, get ready for tale of the great flood and the reluctant Savior.

Watch it or leave it? Watch it live. (And this is not because creator Damon Lindelof sent a letter to critics telling them not to binge the series.) Premieres Sunday, April 16 at 9:00 p.m.

The lonely Starz, shines the brightest

‘American Gods’

american gods premiere date

Not to be outdone by anyone, Starz closes out the month with a monster of a series. On Sunday, April 30, Bryan Fuller’s American Gods will air its first episode on the network. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods tells the tale of the Old Gods waging war on the New Gods. What happens when the nation stops worshipping the Gods of wisdom, literature, and turn all their attention to the Gods of technology and celebrity?

Watch it or leave it? Watch it live. Premieres Sunday, April 30 at 9:00 p.m.

What shows are you looking forward to the most?

March is #TryPod month, and Hypable has 10 fantastic podcast recommendations to add to your must-listen iTunes list.

All throughout the month, podcast fans have been using the hashtag #TryPod to spread the word about their favorite shows. Of course, we here at Hypable produce plenty of our own amazing podcasts — you’ve definitely heard of MuggleCast, right? — but we’re avid listeners like anyone else!

So, from history, to fandom, to sociology, and the just plain weird, here are 10 podcast recommendations that we just couldn’t commute/exercise/clean/basically function without.

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March is #TryPod month, and Hypable has 10 fantastic podcast recommendations to add to your must-listen iTunes list.

All throughout the month, podcast fans have been using the hashtag #TryPod to spread the word about their favorite shows. Of course, we here at Hypable produce plenty of our own amazing podcasts — you’ve definitely heard of MuggleCast, right? — but we’re avid listeners like anyone else!

So, from history, to fandom, to sociology, and the just plain weird, here are 10 podcast recommendations that we just couldn’t commute/exercise/clean/basically function without.

The best podcast recommendations for 2017

‘Children of the Force’

If you’re a grown-ass adult who loves Star Wars, there is no shortage of podcasts to feed your obsession. But Children of the Force, hosted by a dad (Al Nowatski) and his two kids (Anna and Liam), offers a different entry point to the theater of analysis and speculation.

Though thoroughly kid-friendly (segments are marked by silly songs, and include a bad joke corner) Children of the Force isn’t just for younglings. Anna and Liam’s insights into the Star Wars galaxy may be different from the grownups, but they are no less keen for their youth. Prompted by Al, the kids explore concepts of justice, morality, and yes, even politics through the lens of the galaxy far, far away.

Sweet, funny, smart, and poignant, this Force-sensitive family is a much-needed break from the cynical side of fandom — and reminds me of why we all became fans in the first place. – Michal Schick

‘The Complete Guide to Everything’

In The Complete Guide to Everything, Tim and Tom teach you everything there is to know about a wide variety of topics, from left handedness, to Tom Hanks, to the ever mysterious sport of golf.

Okay… so a more accurate description of The Complete Guide to Everything would be that Tim and Tom pick a topic every week and go on a series of unrelated tangents, rarely touching the actual subject.

The appeal of The Complete Guide to Everything isn’t derived from its educational value. What keeps me coming back, week after week, is the hilarity and charm of the hosts. As longtime friends, they have an effortless rapport that is so fun to listen to. You truly feel like you’re hanging out with a pair of your own hilarious friends. In fact, The Complete Guide to Everything is my go-to source when I need a laugh on a Monday morning.

Give them a try! You probably won’t learn anything, but they just might put a smile on your face. – Kendra Leary

‘Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People’

If you like listening to real people tell real stories of any kind, Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People is the podcast for you. Comedian Chris Gethard receives an anonymous phone call, and isn’t allowed to hang up. After one hour, the phone hangs up on its own, and he and the caller will probably never speak again.

This set-up makes for beautifully open conversations with all sorts of people, from frustrated artists to talkative nurses and cult escapees. Chris listens, laughs, cries and asks questions, and we become aware of just how interesting people can be if we only get a chance to listen. – Nasim Mansuri

‘No, Totally!’

If you’re looking for an entertainment podcast that is equal parts hilarious and insightful, then you need to give No, Totally! a try. Hosted by the incomparable Shaun Lau, and often featuring his equally excellent co-host Brian, the show delves into various movies and television shows — recent and older — and they bridge the gap between hilarious commentary and serious analysis to great effect.

But it’s when Shaun, particularly, turns the spotlight on social issues where the show really shines. Arguably, the jewel in the No, Totally! crown is a series of episodes called “49 Voices” — where Shaun spoke to 49 LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals in the wake of the Pulse shootings. It was deeply affecting and one of the standout moments for me in podcasting last year.

There’s plenty to love about the podcast. You might come for the excellent insight into and eclectic mix of films, from Romeo Must Die to Star Wars, but you’ll stay for the frank and honest discussion of the Asian American experience, diversity in Hollywood, and so, so much more. – Donya Abramo

‘The Pirate History Podcast’

As the name suggests, the Pirate History Podcast dives deep into the story of Caribbean piracy. Host Matt takes a long view of the buccaneer’s trade, beginning with the very earliest European explorers who braved the waves to plant their flag (and kill people) in the New World.

In his delightfully sonorous voice, Matt offers a unique perspective on the bright blue drama we think we know. From the cataclysm of the Protestant Reformation to the very specific torture tactics of famous pirates, the distant fruits of Europe’s violent greed become clearer with every episode.

And it’s not all grim work! Matt occasionally breaks from form to discuss topics in pirate life, like Christmas on the high seas, and whether or not pirates actually said “Matey.” A heady blend of hard fact, smart commentary, and the salacious details we all secretly want, the Pirate History Podcast is sure to please your inner history nerd… and the rest of your brain as well. – Michal Schick

‘Dear Hank and John’

From Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green (yes, the author), it’s a comedy podcast about death, dubious advice, and the latest news on Mars and English football team AFC Wimbledon. It sounds random, but you’ll instantly love the poems, fun questions (what are the top 10 kinds of spoons?) deep questions (will we ever be a perfectly unified planet?) and bizarre questions (should we fear a locust apocalypse?) You’ll even start caring about obscure football teams!

Whether or not you’re already a fan of the Vlogbrothers, Dear Hank and John is for anyone who likes a healthy mix of depth and silliness, science and literature, space and sports, and doesn’t mind scaring fellow commuters by bursting into laughter because of a podcast. – Nasim Mansuri

‘Revisionist History’

What makes a podcast stand out is not the story, but the storyteller. Revisionist History has a storyteller that unfolds each sentence flawlessly. With each episode hardly exceeding 30 minutes, you would never imagine the topics of the past, present, and future would be satisfyingly concluded, but amazingly it is.

Host Malcolm Gladwell chooses a topic for each of the 10 episodes of season one and explores it on many levels. One of my favorite episodes is the exploration of what makes someone an artistic genius and how time and iteration take a role in the production of their work. How some of the most memorable works of art have had very modest and undistinguished beginnings.

Don’t let the title fool you. This is far from the boring lectures you remember in history class. His topics are things we don’t typically think or talk about. Little moments in history that may seem small to begin with, but end up being a piece of a whole picture. A picture we like to call life. – Emily McDonald

‘Shut Yer Five Hole’

When you’re a fan that sits firmly in the intersection between sports and a more traditional fandom experience, it can often be difficult to find media that caters to that — even less so when it comes to craving female voices speaking on a heavily male-dominated space.

Enter Shut Yer Five Hole. As you may have guessed, it is about ice hockey — but it is so much more than just that. You don’t need to be a fan of ice hockey to enjoy the discussion, which takes on a distinctly familiar fandom flavor, but you’ll be hard pressed to remain indifferent by time time you’re done.

It’s still a fledgling podcast, but hosts Meg and Piper — who are very serious sports analysts and hockey experts — have an easy rapport that will have you hooked by the end of the first episode. Nothing is off limits for discussion, and it is clear that they both have a lot of love for hockey, but they don’t forget the key part of any fandom — having fun. Sure, they can be critical of certain aspects of the sport (and rightly so) but they are always fair, and always, always hilariously delightful. – Donya Abramo

‘Radio Westeros’

If you’re like me and think you know everything there is to know about A Song of Ice and Fire, well, sit yourself down. On Radio Westeros, hosts Yolkboy and Lady Gwynhyfvar dive deep (really, really deep!) into the characters, plotlines, mysteries, and theories of George R.R. Martin’s epic work.

Casuals beware — this is the excavational kind of analysis. It’s an intricate hunt through the wilds of story, with the text unfailingly consulted to shore up every detail and claim.

Though often scholarly in approach, Radio Westeros is anything but dry. Analysis and speculation is interspersed with fandom-inspired music and cheeky “advertisements” from ASOIAF-themed “sponsors.” (Frey, Frey, Frey & Frey Wedding and Party Planners, anyone?)

Beautifully produced, wry, and unfailingly compassionate toward GRRM’s literary victims, Radio Westeros is a valuable addition to any ASOIAF diet. And with most of their episodes clocking in at well over an hour, the podcast serves another essential function: Helping to pass the time until GRRM finally finishes The Winds of Winter! – Michal Schick

‘Sawbones’

Sawbones is podcast for people who like to learn weird historical and/or medical facts… and maybe have a story or two to fascinate and/or horrify at parties.

Sydnee and Justin McElroy are a married couple; one a professional doctor, the other a comedian. They break down all the ways humans have tried to cure diseases across history, and tell stories like “The Man Who Ate Everything” and “The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits” (probably the strangest story ever). You might also find out how a horrible rectum-related disease actually became a fashion thanks to a certain King!

Humans have done a lot of weird things, and Sydnee and Justin help you appreciate just how interesting, messed-up and hilarious it all was. – Nasim Mansuri

Curated by Michal Schick.

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