I actually really liked it. I can understand why others didn't, but I thought it was very clever, as Sherlock always is. I actually liked it more than most of Series 3. I agree with dalekbuster that the mystery of the Abominable Bride was solved satisfactorily, even though we don't know 100% for sure that Sherlock was right. Of course, none of it matters because the entire show exists only in the imagination of Victorian Sherlock Holmes. Although bizarrely it was actually almost exactly the same as a concept I'd had for an episode of a TV show I'd like to make one day. I'll take that as a sign that I'm some kind of genius. I'm starting to feel slightly too self-promoting for posting links to my discussions about things (last one for now at least. Promise), but I figure it is relevant, it gives more details than I can fit into a post, and mods can always just remove it if they think I'm just using this forum as a hit-generator. link
Post by Audio Watchdog on Feb 10, 2016 4:17:30 GMT
I was totally put off by the clips that came out prior to its transmission. It was all too meta, and too cute for me. So with lowered expectations I sat down to watch it tonight and I ended up really rather enjoying it. I know what I sat down expecting to find and what I got was something totally different. I found the flashback device to work really well and the having the show deal with Sherlock's addiction the way it did was a beautiful nod to the character's history. Color me surprised.
"A good writer is not someone who knows how to write - but how to rewrite."- William Goldman
I really liked the episode. Having Holmes and Moriarty facing off at the Reichanbach Falls was a nice touch, as was having Watson show up in that scene. I also liked how, starting with Holmes' use of the word crime scene (unless there is something earlier that I missed), you start to realize throughout his conversation with Mycroft that this isn't just a Victorian era story.
Fantastic special and a return to form. I can see why it didn't come out on Christmas Day - it's far too mind bendingly weird for that. Wonderfully meta as well. The tilt of the hat to Jeremy Brett was wonderful as well.
Loved the 'solution' as well. Molly Cooper..... Sherlock is a cynic and in this case, not unjustifiably so.
I think this special did a better of job of accounting for Sherlock and John's unbreakable bond then the enterity of series three. We actually see Sherlock's world view changing - yes, it was present in the third series, but here it's rightfully pulled to the forefront and it does John's character far more justice then the third series.
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