Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 8/24/16 9:32 pm
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Most of the second part is slower paced as we get some solid character development. While Holmes remains sharp, his being out of step with the time is shown in a few places, including where he thinks he's found a key clue but he has a far harder job of it because the city's been built up substantially from when he remembers. At the same time, we get to know Colonel Stoddart and the debate Holmes and Stoddard over fighting fanatical evil is very well-done as well as timeless. Doctor Watson's strained relationship with his third wife adds a wrinkle to his character, and she's a sympathetic character because of the trouble she has in being compared to his earlier wives.
At the same time, the plot moves ahead with suspense being built throughout the episode with many hints of what lies ahead. The story isn't without faults. Even within the limits of Victorian melodrama, Rackem's speech was a tad much. Still, besides that, the story has a lot to commend it including another fantastic cliffhanger.