On Sunday night, Season 4 of Sherlock concluded with another intense and energetic episode. However, many fans were left unimpressed with the show’s visuals.
For a series that has always been praised for its creative use and execution of visuals, with VFX company ‘Milk’ even recently winning an Emmy for its work on the show, it was surprising for many to see such amateur special effects for an explosion in the season’s finale, which fans criticised on Twitter:
— デイヴ (@deivudesu) January 16, 2017
Sherlock & John jumping out a window unscathed from an explosion in the worst special effects ever was one of the first things to annoy me
— Stods (@jstodtv) January 16, 2017
this episode just didn't seem like bbc sherlock at all and even special effects (the explosion in 221b) looked so cheesy fake and bad
— deesapointed (@blessursoulb) January 15, 2017
The exploding building special effects in that episode were shockingly bad #Sherlock
— Joe (@JoeHarrisUK) January 15, 2017
Johns face was very poorly photoshopped in that explosion ? #sherlock
— Roz (@_RozT) January 15, 2017
I love #Sherlock but that explosion was fucking stupid.
— Danny Hayes (@dannyisaroyal) January 16, 2017
#sherlock Def not winning any vfx awards this year!! ?
— Sherin (@sherin_vfx) January 15, 2017
The explosion in Sherlock looked fake AF.
— Mark Davenport (@markdavaus) January 17, 2017
Some fans have also become tired of the show’s heavy use of visuals:
This episode of Sherlock is the visual equivalent of rubbing my eyeballs with sandpaper.
— XeLeNe (@xelene) January 16, 2017
Tried watching "Sherlock" last Sunday. He talked so fast I couldn't understand him, and so many special effects, I was dazzled senseless.
— Gayle Alstrom (@GayleAlstrom) January 5, 2017
#Sherlock appears to be suffering from a visual effects overdose.
— Sam Buntrock (@SamBuntrock) January 9, 2017
The weird slide show effects on Sherlock are too much now
— tam ⊙▽⊙ (@mattflykick) January 4, 2017
One criticism: In past episodes, the After Effects effects were used sparingly, and it worked. Here, I think they're over used. #Sherlock
— Josh Stepp (@SteppStuff) January 4, 2017
Sherlock season 5 is yet to be announced.