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Okay, that was pretty awesome...

I love how they made it a Victorian special while keeping it NOT a Victorian special. I love the meta, the fact that it was kind of a Sherlock Holmes lampoon while still managing to be a serious episode. The fact that it continued Sherlock, but only for five-ten minutes, over a whole 90 minute episode. Really, it was a great episode.

It's also nice to be reminded why I like the show. In truth, I had completely forgotten - it's so long between appearances, that the fandom can't maintain the excitement for me, and I can't actually recall all the little things that make me love the series. So, it's nice to have a refresher. Once again, though, as soon as I get a glimpse of the love between the characters and how it's so subtlely woven into the actors performances, I'm like "damn, I have emotions about this."

Anyway, it was very fun... and though I always get sad when Sherlock uses, I thought it was a very clever way to have a Victorian special/lampoon of themselves. The very brief blurry flashback to young Sherlock and Mycroft was pretty heartbreaking though. It gives me all sorts of Holmes brothers feelings. ETA: Also, the fact that Victorian!Watson interrogating Sherlock about his love-life was actually Sherlock's own head interrogating him about his love life is a BRILLIANT thing to pick apart. Especially since Victorian!Watson was fairly gender-nonspecific, beyond mentioning Irene. It also is fairly reminicent of my fic The Switches, which I thought was pretty cool - though in that fic the conversation is real, it's the answer that's a dream.

The end was great, with the way that they comment on Sherlock Holmes as a literary figure too. Gives me all the Sherlock Holmes feels.

So, very short quick reaction, I know. If there's anything in particular you want to discuss, please do so in comments! :)

Mostly, this makes me want Series 4, because I'm kinda of itching to revisit my Unfortunate Brother fic series.

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claudiapriscus
Jan. 3rd, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
I've never really been able to get into Sherlock, but everything I've heard about this special makes me think it'd be right up my alley. (Even if most of the reviews I've seen were....I think hard to please is probably the right description. "This was all awesome and clever, especially this particular bit, except for how terrible it was." )
hells_half_acre
Jan. 3rd, 2016 07:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, people are really weird about Sherlock. It's like every episode has to be the most brilliant thing that they've ever seen on television or it's shit. I'm not sure why they expect that. I think, if you go in expecting to be entertained for 90 minutes, you end up being much more satisfied with your experience. Was I entertained for 90 minutes? Yes. Well, good show then. Did anything horribly offend me? Nope. Cool, good show then.

I just rewatched it this evening. I'd say it's not AS interesting on the rewatch, as some part drag a bit when you know what's happening - but that could just me wanting to get to the good bits.

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