I knew that the new Sherlock Christmas special was coming, and that it would be set in Victorian England, however, I had lost track of when it would air. Then, Friday night my wife noticed that it was starting in 25 minutes on our PBS station. Despite just finishing the first volume of Kill Bill, and being ready for the second, we decided to put on Sherlock to finish out our evening.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!!! I’m going to talk openly about the episode, so if you don’t want to know what happens, turn away now!
I really enjoyed this episode, as I always liked the Sherlock Holmes books as a kid. They were all set in Victorian England, and had a wonderfully classy feel to them. Getting to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman together in old England was a delight. Because they weren’t in modern times, their banter was all the more enjoyable, with words and phrases that came straight from a bygone era.
As we come to discover though, the entire world is just a setting in Sherlock’s mind-palace, and soon we’re brought back to modern times to discover this entire world was a drug induced hallucination. Knowing that this was all taking place in Sherlock’s mind created a puzzle for the viewers to solve. Certain things just didn’t seem to make sense, until you realized that it was all in his head. But once you realize that, you start to remember all the clues you missed in the rest of the episode.
I was pleased with how it wrapped up, confirming that, in fact, Moriarty is dead, but leaving open the question of who is now pulling the strings. The short foray back to Victorian England at the conclusion, was of course put there to leave open the possibility that the entire modern day era is the fallacy, but I firmly believe that the modern era is the true reality of the show. I’m looking forward to the series continuing, but the last I heard we may have to wait until 2017 to see what happens next.