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Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
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Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit films) star in this exciting installment of the global phenomenon, Sherlock. Once again, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are tasked with solving another impossible crime this time in Victorian England!
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That being said, I have heard some complaints about the trite (and very obvious) gimmick they used to place this in the Victorian era. I have also heard ridiculous theories about this possibly being the 'reality' while the modern adaptation is the 'fantastic' one. I just roll my eyes at those.
Maybe I am just too much in love with symbolism, psychology, and the abstract, but the thing I love most about this special is that we see things NOT as they 'are,' but through the filter of Sherlock's perceptions. So his opinions and observations of other characters are more pronounced, his flaws and fears given form, and things that he has been unconsciously observing are being worked out 'on the side,' providing what I feel is probably a lot of foreshadowing for season/series 4. I came out of this not so much feeling like I had solved a case or been provided information of something 'real,' but that I knew his character so much better.
*If you haven't watched the previous episodes, you won't understand what's going on, as the "abominable bride" story is only part of it.
*It does affect the on-going story arc, as certain qualms are laid to rest going into Season 4
*It is set in the 19th century -- except when it isn't.
Setting all that aside, or maybe because of trying to do too much of it, this episode isn't up to the usual quality of this show, in my opinion. I admire the concept, and some parts certainly are fun when you compare the 19th century characters to their 21st century counterparts. But the "abominable bride" story wasn't particularly engaging, and Sherlock's mental exercises were frantic and confusing rather than riveting. Maybe I'm just getting too old to keep up.
Even after watching it a second time (now that I know what it really is), I don't have the "let's watch it again" thrill that I have with the other episodes.
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