The Sherlock Victorian-era New Years’ Day special delivered on multiple fronts…it was good as a standalone, it moved the plot forward slightly from the end of Series 3, and it addressed some things Sherlock had not yet addressed about the famed detective, most notably his drug issues. There was a brief reference to Nicotine patch abuse in season 1 and various smoking references, but nothing hardcore. In this special, the hardcore was addressed and used as a clever way to justify the delving back in time to a case that had been cold for over a century but mirrored the events at the end of the third series, when Moriarty returns from the dead.
Something else interesting that the creators did was use the flashback to chronicle the overlap of the publication of Dr. John Watson’s stories about Sherlock Holmes in The Strand with the effects this then had on the “real lives” of the characters. Mrs. Hudson doesn’t like being the silent caregiver and Mary Watson doesn’t like being left out of either scenario. [Read more…]