The wait is over and The Abominable Bride has finally aired.
So they have told us time and time again that this is a one-off special episode and that is has nothing to do with series 4 (which starts filming in April), but my question hende the title, is that really the case?!
I loved The Abominable Bride and *SPOILER*, how it tied together with the modern version – yes we also see the modern Sherlock where series 3 ended and we find out some secrets about Sherlock – that if you have read any of Doyle’s stories you’ll know Holmes had a drug problem.
The episode was in the spirit of Doyle’s stories and there are a lot of references – so if you’re a fan of the books you will have a field day guessing them all!
The episode starts out in Victorian times and I must say it brought me back to my favourite Holmes Jeremy Brett. The characters interaction is slightly different – or should I say more witty, and it made for some hillarious moments both between Holmes and Watson, but also between the two Holmes brothers… And now for another *SPOILER* I now get why Mycroft is on a diet in the current version – because he is SO fat in this episode it reminded me of the very fat man in Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life. Although in the books Mycroft is heavier than Sherlock I did not think was on these scales!
The whole episode surrounds the case of the Bride that apparently kills men even after she is dead – a ghost, which Holmes do not think is the case. The case brings Holmes in deep and even deeper into his mind palace, where he meets an old friend Moriarty. Yes the brilliant Andrew Scott is back as the Napoleon of crime Professor Moriarty.
This was actually my favourite moment, when Moriarty as a part of Sherlock’s mind palace helps him with the case.
But it is also during these mind palace and drug fueled stages that we pop in and out of Victorian time and current time, but it flows very well with the story!
I don’t think I will go into more detail now. But my verdict is that this episode is great in the sense that as I said earlier ties great with the modern version and I think it makes for a great start to series 4 – a little wish for new series please bring back Moriarty, I would love it if he was alive but it is okay if he is only a part of Sherlock’s mind palace.
It also has a gothic feel to it which I love because it is my favourite literary genre, so my final verdict is I give it 5.5 out of 6 stars.