Imagining himself back in the 1890s, Sherlock is visited by Inspector Lestrade after newlywed Emelia Ricoletti, having apparently killed herself in public, murders her husband Thomas in front of witnesses before vanishing. Some months later Holmes is approached by Lady Carmichael, who tells him that her husband Sir Eustace has been threatened by Emelia, who then seemingly does away with him. With an intrusive Moriarty crossing him, Holmes attempts to solve the enigma, with unexpected help from Watson's wife Mary and evidence of a conspiracy involving half the population of the country.Written by
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The concierge at the Diogenes Club is named Wilder. Billy Wilder directed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), which is one of the favorite films of writer Mark Gatiss and is often referenced throughout the series. That film features a scene in the foyer of the club similar to the scene in this episode. See more »
When Holmes and Watson break into Sir Eustace's manor house after sighting the ghost, Holmes uses an electric flashlight. The invention of the dry cell and miniature incandescent electric lamps made the first battery-powered flashlights not possible until around 1899, more than a decade after the scene is set. See more »
We all have a past, Watson. Ghosts. They are the shadows that define our every sunny day.
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Sherlock and Watson land in the late Nineteenth Century to solve the case of Emelia Ricoletti, a bride that killed herself, and then later manages to shoot her husband and bring about the death of Lord Carmichael. The duo must uncover how this devious crime was carried out.
I must admit I have been hugely looking forward to this, possibly because I was keen to see how the altered setting would work. Series 3 had been somewhat of a disappointment, a little too self satisfied I suppose, so I'm glad they did something different to refresh it, it was certainly different.
A few minor quibbles, a little contrived at times, and as is the nature of the show it did seem a little wrapped up in its own smuggness at times, but I was utterly enveloped in the story, it had me wrapped from start to finish. Beautiful cinematography, great direction, awesome production values. It managed to feel fresh and exhilarating once again.
Cumberbatch was definitely on fine form, I loved the altered appearance, suited him, I noticed a few Jeremy Brettisms, not sure if anyone else did, maybe the hair and some of the body language. The scenes between Holmes and Moriarty once again were simply amazing, Andrew Scott is just unbelievable, he is such a charismatic performer.
Crazy, fun, Gothic, energetic, waited a long time, and it was worth the wait. 9/10
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