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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/10/15 6:23 am
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The first story with Big Finish's proper Sherlock Holmes and Watson team of Nick Briggs and Richard Earl does quite a few things right. Briggs and Earl have great chemistry as Holmes and Watson, with Earl's Watson landing kind of between Nigel Bruce and Edward Hardwicke. Briggs' Holmes is probably one of the most passionate portrayals of Holmes ever, though it's probably a little too passionate in this first outing.

Indeed, there are certain aspects of the story that are a bit jarring. First and foremost is the fact that Holmes involvement and the confirmation of the solution involve Holmes meeting and falling for a psychic girlfriend. Introducing both a romance and such a plot device in the first episode is an odd production choice. Also, this is probably grittier and more edgy than most fans of radio Sherlock Holmes are used to dealing with. Then again, the story is dealing with the Ripper murders which are definitely a bit more gory and shocking if you're going to deal with them honestly.

The solution is interesting. Although it's quite improbable, it does a good job of resolving the Ripper murders with a grand and clever solution that ends up involving some of the most important men in England and even includes an explanation of why Watson didn't write about them. Overall, a worthy first outing for Big Finish's own Holmes and Watson.
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