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Sherlock 4x02 + James Clavell’s The Children’s Story + The Americans 4x12 Reviewed

The Lying Detective
Well, that was a vast improvement. Watson pawns his baby off on ‘friends’. What friends? John crackles with resentment and has an implacable grudge. He also hallucinates his dead wife. Naturally Johnlocke fans think Mary isn’t dead, that John shot her to prove his love for Sherlock and that there is no baby. John goes on and on about the dead wife he truly madly deeply adored for no clear reason. Sherlock unravels but it is a lie.

Culverton Smith (Toby Jones) is vehemently terrible. John has a decline in his concern for Sherlock. Smith and his horrible teeth and mush-mouth accent has dark intent. There is guff about memory drugs and people don’t act like people. I feel less ardour for series 4. Smith has a daughter, Faith, who has a walking stick for no clear reason. Sherlock festers and is toxic. Smith is a local menace, Sherlock is drug addled and Wiggins lurks.

This is slightly uneasy as Sherlock is socially void. Interest does not dissipate. Mrs Hudson whines. Mycroft sneers and Sherlock is watched. Who or what is Sherringford? Smith has a grubby secret. Mrs Hudson panders to Sherlock who is intemperate and insalubrious. John cannot bear another moment of Sherlock’s presence. Molly is inauspicious. Sherlock rants and John is apology rejecting. Sherlock is not unembarrassed.

Sherlock is an emotional addict. John has a steely gaze and Smith is a coagulation of human evil. I detest Molly. People scream their approval of Smith who is perniciously bad. This was okay but has no scorching insights. Smith has no self-regulation. Mycroft and Lady Smallwood may date. Who’d buy Smith’s breakfast cereal? Sherlock unravels, Lestrade sighs and John beats the tar out of Sherlock and causally mentions how Sherlock shot someone in the face. Oddly Lestrade a highly ranked police man does not do anything about the confessed murder or assault.

John has punching people powers which oddly don’t work when he is imperilled later on. Stupid rift. Dreadful people. This was OTT. Mary is on the make from beyond the grave. A nurse is snotty. Sherlock was faking yet again. Why does John put up with him? This was subtext free. TPTB ruin John some more. Irene Adler sexts Sherlock. Oh come on. John falls into a trap and is apparently shot in the face by Sherlock and Mycroft’s long lost evil sister Eurus. Like WTF?

Best Lines:
“I stopped lying down.”

“Of course alone.”

“No one’s seen him.”

“I don’t think about him.”

“Not something you can fail to notice.”

“This is obscene.”

“Elective ignorance.”

“A need to forget.”

“I need to kill someone.”

“Go away.”

“He’s left his flat.”
“Was it on fire?”

“Privacy could not be assumed.”

“Cooking smells.”

“Taking it from who?”

“Rich and powerful and necessary.”

“Games’ afoot.”

“Sherlock on Twitter.”

“You will not have me.”

“They don’t matter, you do.”

“You’re not my first smackhead.”

“They dropped me. Twice.”

“I’m against new people.”

“The boot was mean.”

“The world being explained to you by a man.”

“Only catch the dumb ones.”

“I rounded up for dramatic effect.”

“I am a bit creepy.”

“We always saw it coming. But it was fun.”

“Stop it now.”

“Setting a man trap for Father Christmas.”

“Karate the fridge.”

“The scary mad one.”

“She’s insanely dangerous.”

“The secret one.”

“Yes boring, go away!”

~
James Clavell’s The Children’s Story (1982)
This 26 minute play is hosted by Peter Ustinov. The US has been conquered by them and a classroom awaits the arrival of their new teacher as their old teacher cries. The bad child actors gawp in the aftermath of the war. This was by the author of ‘Shogun’. Who has defeated and occupied America? We never learn. The new teacher walks into the classroom in her fascist jumpsuit. She is relentlessly positive about her diabolical intent of making the children reject the pledge of allegiance and prayer in school.

She reframes their hopes. The children didn’t understand the pledge of allegiance anyway. She has comforting power and habituates them to the new regime. They cut up the flag in strangely stilted fashion. She says their daddies will be home soon. There is vague talk of re-education camps and wrong thoughts. This was oddly compelling even if everything is treated as the ultimate dramatic moment.

Best Lines:
“The enemy have beaten us.”

“I’m afraid for all of you.”

“I’m your new teacher.”

“Good children like you.”

“Christopher, but he’s away.”

“Saying it good.”

“We just had to learn it.”

“How can a flag be more important than a real life person?”

“She’s going to have a long rest.”

“Is the war over?”

“WE won.”

“Dad’s gone away forever.”

“Wanted other grown-ups to believe them.”

“My dad never thought anything bad.”

~
A Roy Rogers In Franconia
Paige whines about her mother casually dispatching people. The FBI pry and poke. William is scared. Philip has perseverance and determination. The mail robot is busted. Oleg looms. There is a mention of Challenger. Oleg spills his guts to Stan. William has a crisis. Paige is an informer. Stan uncovers something. A sense of finality hangs over this ep. Nobody has enlightened standards. Paige strongly resents everything. Henry is dim and Stan feels jubilant. Risk rises exponentially and this was good.

Best Lines:
“A very undignified way to go.”

“Squirt yourself out your anus in liquid form.”

“You’re afraid.”
“Who wouldn’t be?”

“Dangerous didn’t matter.”

“How can I believe in this?”
Tags: 1980s horror anthologies, sherlock, the americans
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