Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – Episode Review

Duration: 1 hr 29 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 1 January 2016

Genre: Crime, drama, mystery,

Season: Christmas/New year’s day special.

Episode Number: Christmas/New year’s day special.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott…

Description: Going back in time to the 1890’s, Sherlock and Dr. Watson try to solve the case of the abominable bride, a woman who shot herself in the head after murdering several civilians but then hours later turned up to her husband’s location and shot him in the head too, the only thing was she was supposed to be dead…

My Thoughts: I -as have loads of people, I imagine – been looking forward to this episode of Sherlock for quite some time, and not necessarily because I like it but because it’s something that my whole family like and unfortunately, I somehow manage to get drawn in and then I just cannot stop watching!

Anyway, here’s my thoughts on Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.

The first thing that was note-worthy or of any significance was that I learnt a very important lesson, and this lesson happened pretty early on and luckily for you I’m going to share that important lesson with you! Here is that lesson:

Five pumpkin seeds = death.

And I really think that is a lesson for life, honestly, you should take it seriously. And after learning this incredibly valuable lesson I’ve realised they never explained why five pumpkin seeds = death. So, I’ll never know what kind of death to expect if I ever encounter those terrifying five seeds.

I have to admit although being previously excited about the Christmas/new year’s special episode of Sherlock once I found out it was supposed to be set in the past *instant eye roll* I thought it was going to be really frustrating and annoying and I thought that if they had made the decision to try and set this Sherlock series in the present then they couldn’t change their minds and then set it in the past but as always I found myself drawn in and engrossed in the story, the mystery straight from the very start.

There were a few scenes when it was verging on being a lot like The Woman In Black and also a few scenes when it really reminded me of Harry Potter particularly the last one – The Deathly Hallows – maybe someone had been having a Daniel Radcliffe marathon whilst writing the screenplay for this episode…

There were a few truly ridiculous scenes such as random floating bits of paper, for no explained reason. And there was also a scene in which the abominable bride lifted up her arms in front of Dr. Watson and he ran away like it was the scariest thing he had ever seen, which was kind of stupid.

There were some moments that were quite funny and made me laugh, I’ll give it that.

I hate how long Sherlock episodes last, and I know quite a lot of British programmes last that long or at least mystery/crime British programmes but I just think it’s kind of annoying, because it drags on for so long and there’s not really enough content to actually keep it interesting the whole way through.

There was the worst fight scene I have ever seen, and by worst fight scene I mean most ridiculous, comedic and badly filmed.

At a couple of times in the episode it went back to the present day and made the whole being-in-the-past thing make a bit more sense and it was kind of annoying but at the same time kind of clever.

By the end of the episode it became beyond ridiculous, cheesy and comedic. The episode was just as frustrating as I thought it was going to be.

3/5 stars.

If you have watched Sherlock: The Abominable Bride and would like to share your thoughts on this episode please feel free to leave a comment (feel free to disagree!) or if you have your own review please post a link. If you haven’t yet seen the episode but you’re going to, then make sure to come back here and share your thoughts afterwards!

Warnings: violence, alcohol consumption, drug use, some scenes may be upsetting or scary to younger audiences. Unfortunately IMDb do not have a parents guide for this episode. But the show has been rated a 15 as previously mentioned earlier on in this review (although personally I’m not really sure why, because the content wasn’t that bad.)

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the episode and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3845232/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Other Information: The Sherlock series was inspired by the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can find out more information here: http://www.arthurconandoyle.com/

How To Get Away With Murder, Season 1 – Review

Episode Duration: 43 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 2014

No. Of Episodes: 15

Genre: Drama, Murder Mystery, Crime,

Creator: Peter Nowalk

Cast: Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza…

Description: Annalise Keating is a defence attorney and law professor, each year she selects a handful of law students to come and work for her, this year has she made the wrong decision on who to trust? When her students end up in the wrong place at the wrong time it’s Annalise’s job to get them all about before it destroys their futures and her career. But how does one get away with murder?

My Thoughts: This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a TV show and I’ll tell you why, I feel like it’s really difficult. For instances I’ve never reviewed my favourite TV show of all time (Nashville) because I feel like it’s too complicated to review as it’s not one thing it’s lots of little things that make one thing, and I feel it’s stupid reviewing each episode but it’s impossible to review an entire series in one go because too much has happened. However, this seems like a pretty easy TV show to review because it’s kind of one big thing scattered into lots of different pieces, so I’m going to give it a try anyway.

Right, I first watched this show about a month ago (maybe sooner than that) because Netflix suggested it to me and I thought it sounded really good (SPOILER: I was right!), so I watched it in a couple of days because it was only 15 episodes and I was completely hooked from the first episode, it was so good. The way they do it is really clever, with most murder crime shows there’s always a storyline per episode and then an even bigger ongoing storyline. And this show was so good that even if it was only small storylines within the episodes and didn’t have an ongoing even bigger, even better storyline going on I would still watch it. I haven’t seen that many crime drama shows, but I’ve seen enough to know this is my favourite, I love watching court cases on the television the satisfaction I get when the person wins or proves their point it just great! So the storyline per episodes are really good but the ongoing storyline (it’s more like two really, but they’re kind of connected to each other) is so amazing, you never know what’s going to happen next, you’re always suspecting everyone, it’s impossible not to watch the next episode, it’s a brilliant properly planned show where it knows where it’s going and it keeps you guessing the whole time, there is never a moment where you think you’ve finally figured it out. It’s so clever.

Character wise I feel like it’s got a really good selection of characters, I feel like it’s got a bit of everyone really. And there are moments when you like all the characters and moments when they really annoy you and there are also moments when you wish you were there with them helping them so that nothing bad happens. Basically they are the perfect example of normal students, and I feel almost like I could look them up on Facebook or Twitter and find them right now posting about a new case they were working on or something. And that is the best feeling I think, that is when you really know a book or a film is really good, when you completely forget that the people on the TV or in the book aren’t real. They’re made up and they don’t exist, the only reason they are alive is because someone keeps writing about them and if that person were to stop they would cease existing. But it doesn’t feel like that, the moment you feel like the person you are reading or watching could be your friend, or you feel like they are out there somewhere getting on with their lives, that’s the moment when you know something is good.

I found the law cases really interesting and it has in fact inspired me to get a qualification in law myself so that’s pretty good!

There are some funny moments, there are some sad moments, there are moments that make you cringe, there are moments that make you question everything that has already happened in the programme. And best of all it keeps you guessing, and you know what? No matter how hard you try you will never be able to solve the mystery.

I cannot wait to watch the second season because it’s going to be absolutely phenomenal! If you haven’t watched How To Get Away With Murder I strongly suggest you do, as someone who watched it twice in the space of about two weeks (I know, it’s pretty sad.) I can guarantee that you won’t regret it! And if you have already watched it please leave a comment and tell me what you thought! (Except no spoilers from the second season please!)

10/5 stars!

Trailer: For more information on the show and to see a trailer click the link: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt3205802/

Warnings: Contains quite a few sex scenes (including gay sex, which I do not object to, I am just making people aware of the content.), drug taking, alcohol consumption, swearing, suicide, and some violent and potentially upsetting scenes. (Please note: this is only the content from season 1, not 2) For full details click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3205802/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Other Information: How To Get Away With Murder season 2 is currently being aired in the UK on the Universal Channel, Wednesdays at 9PM. For more information click the link to the Universal Channel website: http://www.universalchannel.co.uk/shows/how-get-away-murder-season-2