After what has become typical to the Sherlock fandom, we are given a new episode to the BBC gem after a two year layoff. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman bring something very special to the screen in this version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Quite possibly the best version made to date. If you haven’t seen a single episode of this version yet, feel free to start with tonight’s, “The Abominable Bride”. As it is believed to be a little of a one-off and a throwback to the traditional image of Sherlock Holmes. Not necessarily an outlier, but the kind of episode that could wet your whistle without giving away too much from previous episodes. Then perhaps, you can join the rest of us and binge the episodes you’ve missed before season 4 kicks off in earnest. For those not new to the BBC Sherlock, welcome to the NJATVS coverage of this incredible show.
I have no intention of giving any details prior to air time, so no spoiler alert is necessary. In part because, in this household, we have been waiting for this episode with a significant degree of anticipation. Like any new highly anticipated show or movie (refer to any social media commentary surrounding Star Wars The Force Awakens spoilers), I want to view this with unbiased eyes. If this is the first you’re hearing about this episode on this air date, I will give you the vague episode synopsis:
Sherlock on Masterpiece – The Abominable Bride
1/1/16 S4 Ep1 – In 1895 London, Holmes and Watson tackle a ghostly case: the apparition of a woman who committed suicide seems to be on a revenge-inspired rampage.
It goes without saying that Sherlock on PBS Masterpiece tonight (in the US) or BBC elsewhere (check local listings) is must see tv. For the first time in a while, the Mrs. and I have scheduled our day around seeing this episode. We politely suggest you do the same. And of course, at its conclusion and the conclusion of future Sherlock episodes, come back here to NJATVS for all of your Sherlock coverage.