Review By jolyon
5/19/12 8:43 am
A much more entertaining play than The Last Act. I can see this would make a wonderful stage show. I'm not overly convinced that I'd rush back to hear it again though.
Review By komodo
5/6/12 10:07 pm
As a means of linking the Titanic legend to the Holmes legend, this serves very well. Watson's like to the Titanic really serves to drive the dialogue between him and Holmes and heightens the disfunctional nature of their relationship.
My first thought was that too much time was spent on Holmes' retirement, but as I think of it, this is what underpins the deepest wedge between him and Watson. Without that the story would have been quite flawed.
The actual case was one that you wouldn't normally choose to investigate without the right reason, and Watson serves to deliver that. The case is quite simple and Holmes solves it almost with a stray thought, but again this is fitting given Holmes is more interested in bees than solving crimes.
My only real problem is that I hear Holmes, but picture Robert Downey Jnr. It doesn't detract in any way from the story though. It is simply perfect for what it is: An interlude that transforms Holmes from retree to investigator once again and a tribute to the sinking of a great ship.
This is not the first time Count Dracula has crossed fangs with Sherlock Holmes. The two of them have met in other fictional stories, and yet few have made such a persuasive, entertaining story as this.
Spoilers follow ...
If you're slightly apprehensive about these two titans meeting, it is doubtful you would be as scornful of vampires than Holmes himself. His first words on this audio are dripping with mirth and incredulity, spitting out the names Van Helsing and Dracula with much venom. As you may imagine, however, even the famed sleuth is forced to admit he might have been hasty in his dismissal.
This is excellent, a 10 out of 10. Following last month's 'Hound of the Baskervilles' is no mean feat. Not only does this match that famed work - it could have been written by Conan Doyle himself - 'The Tangled Skein' is almost a sequel of sorts, revisiting familiar locations and meeting once more Stapleton. Stapleton - played with glorious contempt by Barnaby Edwards - had a somewhat disappointing exit from 'Hound...' I would have liked to have had a certain graphic confirmation of his death, inkeeping with the sombre tones of the story. And yet he survived to wreak further mayhem here, but not in the way it is easy to predict ...
Do listen to this!