Lord, it's been a LONG time since I wrote anything on this once active Holmes blog! (I was really rolling for a while, and then just sort of lost my mojo.) And then I watched "The Abominable Bride" one-off episode of Sherlock...
First of all, I agree with everything this reviewer on the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE) blog said: Meta, Meta, Meta-An Abominable Bride Review.
I would add, however, my personal feeling that this episode was a frustrating mix of wonderful and annoying. All of the references to the Sherlock Holmes canon, while entertaining, often bordered on farcical. By the end of the episode, I was not sure whether I was thrilled or disappointed, pleased or...not pleased. Yes, Cumberbatch and Freeman are the best possible Holmes/Watson pair I have ever seen, no matter what period you put them in. Yes, Gatiss and Moffat are extremely creative and talented writers. And yes, the rest of the Sherlock cast is delightful. But I'm beginning to wonder, are they starting to use the "Mind Palace" plot device too much? Is this originally brilliant plot device beginning to become just a little bit tired?
I still don't have answers to these questions. I'm still torn, as far as my personal enjoyment of the episode goes. And, of course, there's a part of me that is still lamenting the fact that this is the only glimpse of this brilliant series that we're going to get for another extended period of time. So there's that.
Meanwhile, I do think the episode was well worth watching. Incidentally, I rather liked this AV Club review of "The Abominable Bride" as well. I don't know if she got it quite as right as the IHOSE reviewer, but she makes some good points, nonetheless.
Finally...it's good to post on the Baker Street Babble blog again, after all this time. I have no idea if anyone is still reading, but if you are, thanks! I should try to check in more often. Meanwhile, for today, at least, the game is afoot once again!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.