If you have been on Tumblr recently or just on the internet at all, it may have been difficult to escape the resurrection of the “Sherlock Fandom.” For those of you unfamiliar with the lingo, this describes those who are fans of the BBC Miniseries Sherlock, produced by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. While there is a large following, the miniseries has been on hiatus for almost two years – the last show airing January 15, 2012. This has made the fans antsy and out of their mind with anticipation, waiting impatiently for more content. That being said, even before the hiatus, in two seasons only six eighty-minute episodes were released.
A major reason for the long hiatus falls with the two primary actors. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, creations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman respectively. The past two years has been extremely busy for the famous actors. Over the past two years, Cumberbatch has been involved in almost thirteen projects according to IMDB and Freeman has been the main character of the three Hobbit films which are incredibly lengthy. Even with the Hobbit films, Freeman has been involved in numerous other projects decreasing his availability as well.
On top of the actors’ unavailability, producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss also are heavily involved with several major projects, such as television series Doctor Who of which Moffat is both executive producer and head writer.
However, despite the conflicting schedules, Sherlock has returned to airwaves. The first episode titled “The Empty Hearse” released on BBCone in England on January 2nd and will be released January 19th in America on BBC America. Series Three will contain three episodes, “The Empty Hearse,” “The Sign of Three,” and “His Last Vow.”
The series left off with Sherlock Holmes faking his death by jumping off a building in “The Reichenbach Fall.” John Watson watched Holmes fall to his supposed death without the knowledge that it had been faked, which rightfully caused him to be extremely distraught. The episode concluded with John praying at Sherlock’s grave for him not to be dead. The show resumes two years later with Sherlock’s return and with John having moved out of their famed shared residence: 221B Baker Street.
I had the privilege of watching the episode along with the English viewers which was very exciting considering those online were just as excited as I was. Everywhere on Tumblr, users were counting down the hours until the premiere and I was counting along with them. I quieted my entire family and made them promise to not interrupt me as the clock struck 4 EST. Sat before my screen, I was immediately enraptured. From start to finish, I had no qualms with the episode and neither did many online fans. Many described the episode by hypothesizing that the writers went online, took a list of what we wanted to see, and shoved it into one episode – but no spoilers here for American fans! Just watch it as soon as possible – you won’t be disappointed!
With such a long time in between episodes, I had almost forgotten how much I enjoyed the series. However, the fantastic cinematography coupled with the acting and writing reminded me straight away. The episode was a celebration of the series and the expectations of the fans, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store during the short series. I just hope I don’t have to wait two more years for Series Four!