Classic TV Review: Sherlock: “The Abominable Bride” (2016)

Posted: January 16, 2016 in Comedy, Drama, TV
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In 1890, 5 people are dead, and the suspect is the ghost of a bride named Emelia Ricoletti (Natasha O’Keefe) who has a big hole in the back of her head.  Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) are asked by Scotland Yard to investigate. Sherlock is skeptical that the murders have been committed by a ghost, but Watson isn’t quite sure.  Shortly after the murders, Lady Carmichael (Catherine McCormick) reports to Sherlock that her husband Eustace (Tim McInnerny) is being haunted by Emelia Ricoletti. Eustace later dismisses his wife’s concern, but Sherlock wants to use Eustace to bait the apparition.  Complicating matters, Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) is working for a corpulent version of Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) and she attempts to solve the murders, putting her life in mortal danger.  Does Sherlock save Mary? Does he solve the murders?

I love Sherlock and this episode is no exception, I’ve always thought that the episodes were like little movies and this episode, even more so.  This episode had the requisite mystery, overlaid by a supernatural element, which made the episode even more fun to watch, the writing is crisp, and crackles off the page.  The writers deal with the fact that the majority of the episode takes place in the 1890’s cleverly.  The characters are funny and engaging, the only flaw with this episode was the writers attempted, rather clumsily, to turn Sherlock into an action hero for a few seconds, and then realizing the futility of that endeavor, drop the idea immediately.

The acting is superb.  The chemistry and timing between Cumberbatch and Freeman is amazing,  They really work well with each other, sometimes friends sometimes rivals, good naturedly poking fun at each other while solving the mystery.  Natasha O’Keefe is sufficiently creepy as the ghost bride, Mark Gatiss is mostly comedy relief, but also plays Mycroft as a thorn in Sherlock’s side.  Amanda Abbbington is funny as Mary Watson, and Catherine McCormick is intriguing as Lady Carmichael.

The direction is great, visually arresting, great cinematography like a little movie. The director also gets great performances from  everyone in the cast, and keeps thing moving at a brisk and exciting pace.

Sherlock:  The Abominable Bride.  Wed yourself to the television for 90 minutes and enjoy.


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