The last episode (I mean, the previous before this one) ended on Sherlock
flying away as he had to be a time outside while they solve his… criminal status, as he just killed the bad guy, but just then, Moriarty appears on tv and they are WTF!?, so four minutes after takeaway the plane is called to return.
I liked this special, in parts I liked it a lot, in fact. Only weak part is
exactly that, the ending, or at least the solution to the crime, the league of women. It takes me off a bit from the story, because in a way I see it as the writers couldn’t write a normal mystery on the nineteenth century, they couldn’t help themselves and they had to shoe-in our present times perspective and give a patronizing moral lesson to the inhabitants of that age, and by proxy a history lesson to us viewers. I stop seeing fictional characters on screen, I see the writers themselves when it happens. And more than that, it doesn’t make a lot of sense? First it’s a way too byzantine complot to just kill someone for revenge. I mean, it’s ok if you want to kill someone, but all of that! They try to explain it because that way other men would have fear but… is never explained or rationalized that way, it was presented as “crazy ghost kill husband”, not “ghost kill husband because in life he was terrible with his spouse”, so I couldn’t make the connection until the perpetrators said it literally; so the rest of people of that age would have the same problem. And hell, if you press me, I don’t know if really the cold, calculating, logic Sherlock Holmes with no regard for emotions, feelings or tact would empathize with them and leave the killer unpunished. Actually, they didn’t even solve the case, they were called by the actual perpetrators to their meeting just because. And the wife of the second murder called for Sherlock’s help just because, too (they even lamp shade that, and in that moment Moriarty appears and it’s forgotten).
In the ending too, I also liked how they tie in Moriarty and the present world.