I have to admit when season 1 of Sherlock aired I wasn’t a fan. This wasn’t because I didn’t like the show. The problem was I could never watch a full episode. Sherlock first aired in August 2010 this meant I was on holiday from college and working extra shifts. So every day I would come home from work and decide to watch the latest episode. And every day I would watch about 30 minutes and then fall asleep. I’m sure I did this every day for nearly 2 weeks before giving up and accepting I would not be seeing a full episode.
And I really wasn’t that bothered by this. I didn’t understand the story lines and the main character felt like some strange Mr Spock type person. But even though I didn’t actually watch Sherlock I had some idea of what was going on as many of the people I followed on various social networks seemed to be fans of the show.
When The Reichenbach Fall aired I watched it more out of curiosity than anything else. One thing I love about the internet is that I have instant access to millions of people through social networks. And when certain television shows are airing its fun seeing people’s reactions to them. When The Reichenbach Fall aired I was not disappointed. I am also quite sure this was the moment that the Sherlock fandom broke. Now I say broke because someone might get annoyed if I say they went insane. Even though thats pretty much what happened.
As it turns out if you only release a season consisting of 3 90 minute episodes every 2 years you give the fandom lots of time to do stuff. Like write fanfiction, songs, make gifs, leave notes at the actual 221B Baker Street in London. Stuff like that. So when season 3 of sherlock aired I actually took the time to watch it. Mainly because I had nothing better to do at the time.
And it was weird. Because it seemed like the writers of Sherlock had spent most of the last 2 years on Tumblr with the rest of the Sherlock fandom. Even though I wasn’t familiar with the previous 2 seasons I had seen all the stuff made by the fandom while scrolling through Tumblr. And I actually enjoyed the episode. After watching John Watson get married I decided to go back and try watching the first two seasons again.
And again I did this because I had nothing better to do with my time. Incidentally did you know its possible to watch 2 seasons of Sherlock in one day. But this time watching it through I got it. What I got exactly I don’t know but I actually liked the first two seasons. SHerlock Holmes wasn’t some Mr Spock character. Actually I would say he is somewhere between Tuvok and Neelix. Though exactly where on the spectrum he is I’m not sure.
I could feel myself falling into the Sherlock fandom. I felt some strange surge of joy when Sherlock exclaims “I’d be lost without my blogger”. And now I’m sitting here wondering why it took me so long to watch it in the first place. In some ways I’m happy that I waited till now. It saved me two years of waiting for season 3. But still I’m worried about what is going to happen on Sunday night. Have I fallen in love with a television show only to find out that I need to wait another 2 years for the next season. I hope not.
And even though I’m a little late. I believe in Sherlock Holmes.