Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

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  1. watson42 says:

    If they had done the whole thing with a lighter touch, I would have enjoyed it more. As it was, it felt a lot more like wankery than a romp. And the writing was all over the place – like all the writing flaws of the series so far magnified into one episode.

    I completely agree with you that it really showed how messed up Moffat is about women and women characters. One of these days he will be able to write real, normal, interesting women characters, but obviously not yet.

    Things I did especially like:

    Some of Watson’s voiceovers were lifted directly from Conan Doyle, a nice meta on the fact they were (supposedly) in the Victorian era, and a nice little bit of misdirection right at the beginning to make you think they were going to play it straight.
    Andrew Scott was a joy as always. Making Moriarty the voice of reason in the church was a nice touch – driving home how meta and a little crazy the whole thing was. (Incidentally, the fact that Moriarty is indeed dead (at least, one hopes) is reassuring.)
    Both Cumberbatch and Freeman did a nice job creating a 1895 version of their characters. Cumberbatch especially, taking on slightly different speech patterns, changes in mannerism – very well done.
    Once it became clear – if the first scene with Mycroft wasn’t a dead giveaway – that this was a mind palace/dream sequence/drug trip, it became interesting to interpret John Watson as how Sherlock sees him, rather than the “real” John Watson we’ve been shown previously.

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