Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Television Critique 2016  – 06/13/2016: Sherlock - The Abominable Bride

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a TV Show review.
Prologue: Go here.

For all movies of Sherlock Holmes or related to Sherlock, go here.
Stars: 5 / 5
Recommendation: Need I say that this is a must watch series.

The Abominable Bride is a special episode of British TV Series Sherlock - a series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books - that was released on Jan 1 2016. It was released in theaters for a very limited period of time. The title is based on the quote "Ricoletti of the club foot and his abominable wife" from The Adventures of the Musgrave Ritual.

Sherlock Holmes has been an inspiration, an enigma and a favorite on many book lovers especially those who love murder-mysteries. While Dr. Watson has remained his faithful partner aiding as needed and yet making a mark of himself in the reader's minds. From the time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created his character, Sherlock Holmes has taken a personification of his own rather than just staying inside the book - so much so that sometimes one forgets that he is just a figment of Sir Doyle's brain. Perhaps Sir Doyle must have felt the same too because he had taken a long hiatus after slaying away Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty over the  Reichenbach Falls in the story "The Final Problem" in 1893.  After a lot of pressure from his publishers and demand from the readers, Doyle had finally written the novel The Hound Of Baskervilles in 1901.

A toast to such a great author who created a character that lives out of the books and has crept in everyone's bedrooms and minds charming them with his mind-boggling capabilities to solve the unsolvable. Whenever someone applauds at how Sherlock solves a crime, I always feel that the credit lies solely in Arthur Doyle's hand and mind. How can one imagine so much complexity on paper giving it visual impact of dark-side of humanity in the form of murders, etc. and at the same time keeping the readers gripped with wit and charm. A person within a person within a person - such seems the complexity of Sherlock Holmes.

With the fame of the character comes the passion of the readers to make him alive by re-creating him in theater plays, movies and cinemas; giving him an actual home to live in and an actual life to portray. In years that passed, several actors have portrayed as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson but only few of them have become memorable. One that comes to my mind is Matt Frewer. I know everyone likes Jeremy Brett as the best Sherlock Holmes, but for me Matt Fewer for some reason tops. Until I watched the new Sherlock. Now Benedict Cumberbatch tops all the lists and he is The Sherlock that Doyle would have imagined in every way.

With the episodes period setting being current era and technology they have become all the more interesting. With the inhumanly calculating and addictive personality and not being cold is the essence of Sherlock. Benedict has married all the three qualities into one and has become the 21st century Sherlock Holmes. I have watched every episode of this series since its inception. And love love love it. Here's me sporting the t-shirt of Sherlock to show my love.

Back to this episode of the series. It is very interesting to see that the episode rolls back to 1890s - the time when Sir Arthur had written about Sherlock - with Holmes meeting Watson for the first time.

And moving speedily until the time where Watson is married to Mary and is successfully publishing Holmes adventures in solving murders in The Strand Paper. A unique case of Emelia Ricoletti - a consumptive bride - who had committed suicide keeps coming alive and killing people. Sherlock doesn’t believe in ghosts and very much knows there is a human intervention.

In solving the crime his trusted friend Dr. John Watson and his wife Mrs. Mary Watson come to aid. His brother Mycroft Holmes also aids in his own way. However he gets stumped when all clues lead to Professor Moriarty - the one person who he was sure was dead. Is Moriarty really alive? Is he the cause of the murders? Who really has been doing the killings?

Answering all those questions was at one side of the scale - a scale that balanced with only one on the other side: Why is the series rewinding to the 1890s setting? As always the episode has been produced brilliantly with such unexpected twists and surprising turns that it keeps one glued to the sofa. Another part excellently made and worth every penny if watched in theater.
Spoiler Alerts:
1) Check out the The Strand magazine in the arms of this street seller. The magazine is promoting Watson's latest story of Sherlock titled "The Blue Carbuncle".

2) The meeting is Holmes and Watson is as interesting in the 1890s as it is in the 2010s.

3) One thing that I never understood was why would Sherlock think of his brother Mycroft as fat, a glutton and one who weighed more than 400lbs unable to move from his chair while he was revisiting the case from 1890s in his Mind Palace. Wonder if Sherlock really saw Mycroft as thus in the original episodes as well or even if in original Holmes stories.

4) The meeting of Holmes and Moriarty gives you a pause into thinking if Moriarty beat Holmes for real.

Tags: critique by amateur, reviews, sherlock, tv shows

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