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Sunday, January 03, 2016

entry arrow10:25 PM | Film Log 6: The Abominable Bride

To say that this latest episode from the popular British series Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, has been long awaited is a gross understatement. The waiting was excruciating. When I discovered the TV show three years ago, I found myself astounded by its delirious craftsmanship and ability to transport the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "highly functioning sociopathic" detective and his plucky assistant wholesale to contemporary times. That it borrowed the old stories and recast them to suit the sensibilities of the present felt like a masterful sleight of hand. I loved it. This time around, the whole cast -- including now superstars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman -- has been transported back (more or less) to Victorian times in a new and original story -- a standalone feature, The Abominable Bride, that's meant to sate the show's fans before the series proceeds to Season 4 in a year's time -- about a murderous bride who just happens to be a ghost. A string of killings, all attributed to the titular character, ensue, and Holmes and Watson set out to discover the perpetrator, only to stumble upon a cabal of proto-feminists out to make a statement about patriarchal society. But enough spoilers. It was entertaining, but the show has been better. ★★★★☆

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