Last week I was SO excited that there was a new Sherlock. Not a new season, sadly, but a one-off Christmas special, which is apparently a British thing. It's really not fair that in America, we have to watch bad re-runs during the holidays, while in England, everyone gets cool holiday specials. But we get Hallmark Christmas movies. Yay.
In any case, I just watched... The Abominable Bride.
Even though this special isn't really part of the Sherlock BBC series plotline, any major spoilers will be avoided or hidden. Here's what I liked (and didn't.)
- The Victorian setting.
- Sherlock's slicked back Victorian hairstyle
- The idea of a murderous ghost bride -- that was by far my favorite part!
- The fact that the episode referred a lot to Watson and his Sherlock stories
- Molly's new look
- The fact that Sherlock's drug addiction -- which is a big part of the original character and seemed a little glossed-over in prior seasons -- was way front and center.
COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT:
- Mycroft's new look. What WAS that exactly? Very realistic-looking, but super weird. Was there a point to that I was missing?? (ETA: Yes, there was. Jaime has helpfully filled me in down in the comment section. Thanks!)
- The rather forced feminist themes.
- The strange and disappointing resolution to the Abominable Bride Case. What WAS that exactly? It made no sense and I thought it was bizarre and completely illogical that (spoiler)the there would be this mob of scorned women marching around in quasi-KKK hoods.(end spoiler). And I guess it wasn't just me who felt that way.
But all in all, I thought the episode was really clever. I liked the back-and-forth time travel elements a lot and I'm really excited about the season to come ... in 2017.
Next up .. anyone want to talk about Downton Abbey?