So! Have you seen it? Have you? Have you? And by “it,” I mean, of course….
Of course, I’m writing this post weeks ahead of schedule, so I have no idea if this is the episode we’ve been looking for, but I can tell you that I am far more excited about it than the other hotly-anticipated media event of the season.*
I didn’t always feel this way about BBC Sherlock. I don’t watch a lot of television, so I missed it entirely when it came out, and just accidentally happened onto it on PBS one night. It was the scene in “The Blind Banker” where Soo Lin is telling her story to Sherlock and John in the museum, and it just…didn’t grab me at all. Several months later, I decided to try it again via iTunes, and I was hooked. Completely.
The Sherlockian world is so very broad, and there are so many stories and films and aspects of the hobby that it can, I think, accommodate just about every possible interest. Which is wonderful, but it means that, while you may find collecting pastiche is your passion, someone else may only be enraptured with the Canon and a collection of vintage pipes. The woman sitting next to you at a scion meeting may be the slash queen of Tumblr, while you may run a blog centered around John Barrymore. The man who irritates you with his continual chronology arguments may share your desire to collect every Holmes figurine ever, even the weird mugs with faces. What I’m trying to say is, appreciate others’ Holmesian interests, even if (and perhaps especially if) you don’t share them, and once in awhile, step out and try something new. You may find you like it.
Which, of course leads us to today’s prize which is–shockingly–a DVD or Blu-Ray (your choice) of The Abominable Bride. This prize will be available to ship on January 12, and I will try to match your region if possible. Because not everyone will have seen the episode by today, we have a choice of questions:
Question 1: List three Canon references which appeared in Sherlock:The Abominable Bride. Be sure to include the story in which each appeared!
Question 2: List 3 brides (or brides-to-be) whom Holmes helped in the Canon. Be sure to give the names of the stories in which they appear!
As always, send your answers via blog comment, Facebook PM or Twitter DM! Good luck!
Congratulations to Claire Danes, winner of the Otto Penzler volume of Sherlock Holmes short stories! The violin pieces submitted were: Hoffman’s Barcarolle (several times), the Chopin piece Holmes sings in STUD, Mendelssohn’s Lieder, “Gabrielle,” from “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,” Sarasate’s program from REDH and, of course, Patrick Gower’s opening from Granada Holmes.
*Sorry, my darling husband.