Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016)

Another dose of Sherlock – even if it was only a ‘Special’.

This Sherlock episode got a lot of criticism for a lot of people because it touched on themes such as feminism in a convoluted way.

This episode involves convoluted dream sequences and is mostly set in 1890s London – the stomping ground of the original Sherlock Holmes. It feels like gentle satire at itself, and also puts plenty of references to old episodes and other Sherlock Holmes stories.

I can see where a lot of the criticism came from and to be honest I really don’t watch a show just to unpick gender roles and norms. I just don’t! Of course the show has pretentions. The ‘it was all a dream’ palaver seems very overdone but for this particular instance it was probably the easiest way to acknowledge the original source material while also adding scenes from the modern retelling which many fans know and love.

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch et al were all on point with their acting. The change in location and historical setting helped to bring a new breath of fresh air to characters who were obviously re-treading old paths.

Apparently this episode was even released in some cinemas. While I liked it well enough, I wasn’t so besotted by it that I would’ve shelled out to go and see it on a big screen. With some more time to wait until the next series of Sherlock is released, at least this special whetted our Sherlock appetites. All the same, my feelings have greatly changed towards the Sherlock fandom and episodes. I am not head over heels in love as I once was with the series, but there is still gold among the dross and they shouldn’t give up just yet.

MY RATING: **** / *****



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