“It’s never twins.”
Victorian London and Sherlock Holmes, looking suspiciously like that wavy haired detective from the 21st century, has a most perplexing case, one which will stump him for a long time. Emilia Ricoletti was seen by a crowd of people dressed in her wedding gown as she shot indiscriminately at a crowd before turning the gun of herself, blowing her own brains own. She was declared dead at the scene… so how, hours later, did she murder her dead husband, again in full view of witnesses?
Sherlock is back for a one-off special with all of the regular cast in place, although as I said, we have a tale of the “real” Holmes rather than the modern one. Obviously, it’s just a way on not continuing the “Return Of Moriarty” plot until the next series comes along – but does the modern cast work in the past roles? And how do I review this without giving the game away?
And the prize for “Hardest Thing To Review Without Spoiling It” goes to Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss for “The Abominable Bride”. Because you seriously need to see this knowing as little as possible about it. I’d avoid reading any other review because you need to see this without knowing… something. And you need to see it because it’s awesome.
So what can I say? Well, the cast is on top form, as ever, as the Victorian versions of themselves. You get to have a bit of the Sherlock we know and love by establishing that the published version in The Strand magazine is an embellished version by Dr Watson rather than the real thing. Oh, and you get a proper impossible mystery in how the bride apparently rises from the dead. Not one I’ve seen before (and the motivation is a little on the iffy side) but damned clever. The thing that I can’t mention is fairly foreshadowed. And you get bits that I really can’t say anything about… Oh, and the very final scene is priceless.
Oh, just watch it as soon as possible. It’s a great episode of one of the finest television shows. Highly Recommended.