Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 8/29/16 6:10 pm
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The initial episode of this four part drama, starts with Sherlock and Watson encountering The Society, the organisation who want to change the post WW1 world, and turn the United Kingdom back to the more Victorian and Totalitarian super state that is the one whom dictates the worlds balance, as long of course as that it is in the balance of The Society. The initial episode introduces us to the relationship again of Holmes and Watson, it is however not soon before Watson who is having a domestic with wife No.3 is drawn into a twisted a dastardly plan of terror, bomb explosions, kidnapping and blackmail. Add into the mix Holmes who is trying to work everything out at once, in his savant with OCD pre-occupation of detail and try and take on the entire issue and come up with a deduction and all the answers so that we can find out whom is really behind the destruction, and attempted terrorist acts that are gripping the capital. In turn who the society really are.
It is easy to draw comparatives right from the off with this release. There are obvious elements of The Society, and some of the less un-savoury terrorist cells that have committed acts of terror in todays society, unfortunately, we don't have Sherlock and Dr John Watson at our beck and call, what is more the baddies in this world of early century have "rules" as do all Victorian melodrama criminals and must conduct themselves with impeccable manners expected of the evil entities. You of course have to forgive Johnathan Barnes, it cannot be easy to write a new adventure and not parallel modern societies wrongs, and the issues which now form part of everyday events, and use them as a inspirational tool for this release of Prophet in the Rain. To be fair, Johnathan as done a rather good job, of mixing it up, and giving the listener an adventure that simply pulls you into the action. Briggs and Earl are excellent, and in audio form, they have to be by now amongst the most established and also most well versed, that have been thrown into the foray of this genre, and that relationship, and the effortless way they are Holmes and Watson shines through, they are so completely at ease with each other and with the parts they are playing the relaxed simplicity immediately takes you in.
With a women changing into a monster, and Watson discussing martial difficulties, the City of London and it's government on the brink of disaster and destruction, with The Society batting heads with the establishment, and trying to determine the future of not on the UK's society but potentially the world, we are on the start of promises and delivers a exceptional experience.