I must admit that by the time “The Abominable Bride” finally came along, I was almost certain that Sherlock had been canceled, or at least left to be forgotten in one way or another. After watching this latest episode, I think that maybe it is, indeed, time to let the show die.
So The Abominable Bride is a midly entertaining hour and a half special that takes you through one of the most chill-inducing, gloomy stories the show has ever seen. As a Sherlockian, some of my favourite novels and short stories of the canon were always the creepy ones: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventure Of The Speckled Band, The Adventure Of The Copper Beeches, etc. When the eponym “Abonimable Bride” showed her ghastly face on screen, I settled in for a good time. By the middle of the episode, I was checking my watch. By the end of it, I was ready to rant for the rest of the evening. Which I did. The atmosphere simply wasn’t enough, the witty dialogue didn’t help, and even the chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman couldn’t save it. “The Abominable Bride” is just a pretty damn atrocious Sherlock episode and a complete waste of time.
Most TV series have between 12 and 24 episodes per season, these days. That gives the public one episode per week per TV year. Good shows, like Elementary -oh yes, I’m going there, have plenty of time to establish some sort of season arc and get through it. They can waste a few episodes just frolicking in their own universe. Sherlock, on the other hand, just celebrated its tenth episode after what? Five years of existence? This is not a show that should waste time doing nothing. This is a show that should always, always get its intrigue going. “The Abominable Bride” is a pointless episode, where the characters had no purpose and the story runs after its own tail. I won’t even touch the so-called message brought to you from nowhere for no reason. I will just point out that saying that a concept or a cause exists is not enough to give a meaning to a script. As for giving us, the audience, an episode so poorly written after two years of almost complete silence, it feels like a giant fart in our faces.
To be completely honest: if the Sherlock team doesn’t care about the show anymore, I don’t see why I should.
It’s 2016. Oh, how time has flown. It was only yesterday when I was on Tumblr, GIF-ing every possible shot of Benedict’s face, hungrily consuming Johnlock fanfictions, and screaming at the world about how much I loved this goddamn show from my rooftop. However, time has passed. My Tumblr days are behind me, and my passion for Sherlock has died down to a mere ember compared to the roaring bonfire it used to be.
Couple of reasons.
You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become a TV show that bends and wanes at the call of its fans.
With its utterly mediocre third season, you would almost think that Sherlock has lost its way. What used to be 90-minutes of enthralling mystery with captivating character development, had turned into 90 minutes of Sherlock and John’s love/hate relationship, interspersed with some inconsequential crime nonsense. While I delighted myself over the tender character moments, I could barely remember the villain by the end of the season and why anyone even cared.
The Abominable Bride was no different. In fact, it may have been even worse than Series 3 in regards to cringe-worthy fanservice and overblown characters moments.
They recently announced Series 4. Coming sometime in 2017. All I have to say is: I really don’t care anymore.