Four decades. Four cases. One solution.
From the plains of Afghanistan to the alleyways of Victorian London, from the dark heart of the English countryside to the ruin of Europe after the Great War, join Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in a quartet of astonishing new investigations which span their lifelong friendship and beyond....
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WE ARE SO ACCUSTOMED TO HIS SUCCESSES, HOWEVER…..
Everything contributed to the success of this production: the theme music was somber, but active and moving, creating interest, even intrigue; the sound effects very good; the writing creatively contiguous, while the story wove together and back on itself, the acting excellent. However, I was not prepared for the intense sadness I would feel. Didn't Holmes admit his imperfections in cases unsolved? Yes, but the authors here make us understand in our gut, the consequences as Dr. Watson never before wrote to those with whom Holmes interacted, and
with those whom he was trying to save. The good, often costly, still seemed to outweigh the
bad, until now.
It appears to be a series of unrelated stories, starting very interestingly with Dr. Watson in Afghanistan, trying to save a British citizen or officer sequestered amoung some natives. It is really too late, especially without proper medicines, but seems to end well, with Dr. Watson's life unimperiled, and only a small package to deliver somewhere in London upon his return. The next story, again, seemingly unrelated, is soon revealed to be absolutely, but somewhat mysteriously
connected; and so, too with the next stories.
My recommendation would be to listen to less than the whole train of tales at once. As before mentioned, I became so sad at Holmes' remorse, and truly humble admittance of misjudgment to
the man he would have aided, I cried myself. Same with the next story. If you can remain blythe in the face of such pain, then you may want to finish it all the way through. The stories are each
unique, like differently cut precious gems on a necklace, but you will understand what connects them.
At this writing, I have not finished the last story, where Holmes' and Watson's relationship seems to have changed somewhat, perhaps more toward an equilibrium of truer mutual respect, but it will be a while before my desire to go back into such emotional desolation - no, that's a bit too strong but bear with- has recharged itself.
Still, very well and creatively written!
- Lanna S. Seuret
Didn’t Expect a Chat show
The plots of these faux-Holmes stories are not bad, though the attempt to update and modernize the sensibility is wrong-headed.And why in the world would the producers imagine that listeners want to hear the actors chatting informally about the stories between each episode? A very self-satisfied lot they are, too.
- Joseph Duemer