Hi Internet People,
Okay, let’s get this out of the way, I suck as a Sherlock fan. I have had The Abominable Bride on my dvr for weeks and just made time to watch it a couple nights ago. I know, it’s been way too long and everyone else has already talked about it, but I really want to share how excited I was to finally see it.
I love Sherlock Holmes. When I was a little kid I used to watch Sherlock themed cartoons. Now I’m sure you are thinking The Great Mouse Detective, which is my favorite Disney movie, but there were more. I had Sherlock Hound on vhs from the Dollar Tree. It was an anime version of Sherlock Holmes were everyone was a dog, Watson was a Schnauzer so he could have a little mustache. I also watched Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, which I totally own on dvd now. It aired randomly on Fox and I would try and watch it whenever I could catch it. I read Sherlock themed books too, including Shirley Holmes, a YA book series about Sherlock’s distance relative who solved crimes similar to his, in the modern day.
When I got older I stated reading the actual Sherlock stories, my favorite is The Hound of the Baskervilles. That might have been influenced by Wishbone’s Sherlock themed episode based on it. I have Sherlock movies, Sherlock radio broadcasts, and Sherlock book tapes. I’ve even read a bunch of offshoot stories where other Sherlock characters are the focus of the stories, one series was all about Mycroft and his assistant.
Now with all of that backstory The Abominable Bride made me so happy. We got to see Mycroft as he’s portrayed in the books, which meant he was an impressively massive man. I totally squealed with delight, no lie. The costumes and sets were wonderful and I really enjoyed Sherlock’s slicked back hair. Moriarty also kept showing up, he was amazing! Now if you haven’t watched it yet, this is gonna get spoilery. The fact that the Victorian England plot was in Sherlock’s mind palace was so cool. We got to jump in between universes and we learned more about Mycroft and Sherlock’s relationship. The ending was tricky, but it was fun to think that the entire story might have been a story in the mind of Victorian Sherlock about a story in the mind of future Sherlock. It was so crafty, I highly approved.
If you are a fan a Sherlock I’d love to talk to you about it. You can comment below or tweet at me, @kleffnotes. I also posted a new video on YouTube yesterday and I’ll have more up on my YouTube channel soon. You can also find awesome articles over on The Nerdy Girl Express.
Talk to ya tomorrow,
One thought on “I Finally Watched The Abominable Bride”
When I was in 8th grade, my Reading class teacher recommended two things to me: “The Hobbit” and Sherlock Holmes. Needless to say, I’ve read everything from Tolkien and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle since. For the sake of this post, I’ll set aside my love of Tolkien and obsess over my love for Sherlock.
To be honest, I was something of a Holmes snob. I refused to accept anything outside of the original stories which (sadly) includes some of the stuff you mentioned. One thing that truly impressed me was the BBC series starring Jeremy Brett, which I felt was a perfect adaptation of those stories I so dearly loved.
Then, a few years back, I suffered through not only the horrendous Robert Downey Jr. movies but also a few episodes of the disappointing “Elementary” tv series. I thought I was forever going to cater to only the original Doyle books and the 80s-era BBC series.
And then my friend Doug convinced me to start watching “Sherlock” and I was simply blown away by the premise, the clever writing and the outstanding performances of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and all of the other amazing talent in the show. Yes, some of the seasons are better than others but the overall quality keeps bringing me back (despite the damnable short TV seasons they have over there).
I loved “The Abominable Bride” episode. Here was my favorite Holmes in that classic period that I’ve always loved. I watched the episode the day after it aired and recently watched it again with a friend and forgot just how much I missed it.
I’m just sad that we’ll have to wait at least 1 more year for any new episodes.
Finally, Katherine, I always enjoy reading your blog and your posts. Keep up the good work!