Friday, January 1, 2016

Sherlock The Abominable Bride - My Thoughts

I watched the brand new episode of Sherlock tonight. It's called Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. Here's a quick synopsis: Imagining himself back in the 1890s Sherlock is visited by Inspector Lestrade, after newly-wed Emelia Ricoletti, having apparently killed herself in public, murdered her husband Thomas the next night in front of witnesses before vanishing. Some months later Holmes is approached by Lady Carmichael, who tells him that her husband Sir Eustace has been threatened by Emelia, who then, seemingly does away with him. With an intrusive Moriarty crossing him Holmes attempts to solve the enigma, with unexpected help from Watson's wife Mary and evidence of a conspiracy involving half the population of the country.

When I saw the previews to this episodes I figured it was a one off special with Sherlock and company set during the Victorian era. But it's not and somehow they tie everything back in with the final scene of the last episode that aired a few years ago... I think it was pretty ingenious. 

I enjoyed the episode over all, it was fun seeing these guys in a different environment (and time). I enjoyed the story and how it evolved. It really did keep me guessing.. and when it went back to Sherlock on the plane and they started to explain that everything we saw up to that point was happening in his "mind palace" was an OMG moment.

After that started to go back and forth between the two worlds and the entire reason Sherlock was doing this was because he was trying to figure out if Moriarty could survive a gunshot to head. He was analyzing a previous case where the same thing happened.. this lady shot herself in the head and then rose the next day to kill her husband. In the end we find out that you can't rise again once you shot yourself in the head.. meaning Moriarty is dead but he will always be part of Sherlock's conscious.

I would say that only downside to this episode and the series as a whole is Sherlock's drug use. I know the Sherlock from the books was a drug users but they really played that down in the first few seasons and I liked it better that way, but that's just a minor grip.

It's been almost two years since we got the last episode of Sherlock season three but when watching this new episode it feels like no time has passed at all. Of course will have to wait a few more years for season four but we always have seasons 1 - 3 and this special to rewatch... and that's good enough for me.

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