(This review may contain spoilers).
I have seen most of the BBC series of Sherlock, though not for a while. However, when I saw this on DVD, I was immediately interested in watching it.
I really liked the idea of having the characters from the modern day in the Victorian era. It was interesting to see the different attitudes they had that related to the time period, though I wasn’t especially keen on Watson’s character in the Victorian part.
I thought it was interesting to see how the case related to what had happened to the modern-day Sherlock, though I did feel this episode crossed into the fantastical at various points. There was a scene towards the end that I really couldn’t suspend my disbelief for.
I liked being able to see certain aspects of the events of history, such as the Suffragette movement, even though that did tie in with my suspension of disbelief. It was also strange to see some aspects of modern-day language being used… although that made sense with what was revealed later on.
I did like seeing the familiar characters in the Victorian setting, though I was somewhat confused by the whole thing with Mycroft. That also seemed a bit weird… though it was good to see his machinations and interactions with Mary.
Moriarty’s appearance was a bit confusing at times, though it was good to see how affected Sherlock was by him. At the same time, although it made sense later on, I did find it confusing how Moriarty seemed to take over the whole abominable bride case. I felt that fell by the wayside.
This was an interesting special, but I think there was a bit too much going on and not everything was followed through on. It was entertaining to watch the first time, but I don’t think I’d re-watch it any time soon.