Finally, a return to what worked so brilliantly in the first season. While the reveal is not surprising to any Doyle aficionados, Toby Jones is a worthy adversary with echoes of Drumpf, giving Culverton Smith a chilling presence that steals every scene.
An episode of Sherlock that I actually enjoyed. That's a pleasant surprise. Toby Jones is great as the villain, and this has the two best twists I've seen in any episode of Sherlock, and neither of them are Eurus.
One of the best villians in Sherlock. In "His Last Vow", Magnussen nearly defeats Holmes because of his intellect and Holmes' arrogance; but in "The Lying Detective", Smith nearly defeats Holmes because of his influence and Holmes' helplessness. Fascinating stuff.
After the "little" disappointing of THE SIX THATCHERS, now comes a decent episode in the series. THE LYING DETECTIVE brings back all the things you love from SHERLOCK. Intriguing and interesting plot? Check. Some mysteries? Check. The twists and turns? Check. I must say in this episode is more a psychological thriller than solving a mystery. Also, there's a hint about Sherlock's past. One of the best episode!
(3.5) Only show I hate-watch has to be this one. Curiosity and what-if's tend to get the best of me because I'm such a darned pessimistic optimist. While majority of the show makes me wanna wave with my fists at the screen for various reasons, occasionally there's a glimmer of quality film-making. And this one, disregarding the mystery, is rather good. And that drug induced skewed perspective scene? Woah!
6 - A decent enough episode with a disappointing central mystery that comes off smelling like roses by the sole, sky-rending virtue of not shitting its pants. Far and away the highpoint of the catastrophe that is "Sherlock"'s fourth season.