“Don’t make people into heroes, John. Heroes don’t exist and if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.” ~Sherlock Holmes, “The Great Game” (Season 1, Episode 3)
Playing video games is the modern way of playing cowboys and bandits according to my dad. I think we all can agree. The same can be said about TV shows, movie franchises, and book series. Whatever fandom we choose to dive into — or whatever we are sucked into by accident, for that matter — that fantasy world replaces our reality.That is, in those cases where a person goes beyond just liking something and places such heavy importance on their new obsession. Once that has occurred, we live carelessly through our favorite characters, and so often, that becomes a distraction from our ordinary lives.
I’m guilty of this crime myself. It began with none other than Harry Potter. Years and years of collecting toys, cards, board-/video/computer games, magazines, candy and notebooks affiliated with the entire series. Not too hot on the last five movies, seriously, but I loved how Joanne Rowling grew as a writer book by book, still do. She is the very one who kicked off my striving desire to become a published author. Then there are other obsessions that have followed. Whenever I talk about “Gilmore girls,” my roommate likes to point out how sad and frightening it is that I know so much about it. I am equally drawn to the Marvel universe, my favorite superheroes being Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. Plus, Batman, but he’s from DC. Then my favorite villain is Loki, of course. Power-hungry and vicious, but boy, that man has a good sense of style.
My most recent affection has been directed towards the BBC produced detective show Sherlock. It’s gotten obnoxious, really. I saw the show for the first time barely two weeks ago and I’ve seen both seasons twice already, gone on several websites to read about it, looked at pictures and gifs on Tumblr, printed some images from the show and taped them on my wall, and I can’t stop thinking of several great lines.
“Dear God, what is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.” ~Sherlock Holmes to Chief Inspector Lestrade and his crew of police officers
“Anderson, don’t talk out loud. You lower the IO of the entire street.” ~SH
“We can’t giggle. It’s a crime scene.” ~John Watson to SH
“My brother has the brain of a scientist or a philosopher, yet he elects to be a detective. What might we deduce about his heart?” ~Mycroft Holmes to JW
“Oh, oh, can we please not do that this time? You being all mysterious with your cheekbones and turning your coat collar up so you look cool.” ~JW to SH
“Honey, you should see me in a crown.” ~Jim Moriarty to SH
“Oh, I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I’m one of them.” ~SH to Jim Moriarty
I am hooked on Sherlock like it’s a fucking drug. I’m also so glad that I didn’t get into it until now, because apparently the final episode of season two played in January 2012 and the third season premieres next month. Can you imagine being a fan and you got to wait TWO YEARS for a show like that to pick back up? A friend of mine told me that the next season wasn’t even announced until the fall this year. That’s a tremendous larger torture on top of the waiting, not being sure whether it’s over. Gosh.
Dan here can certainly tell you a thing or two about fandoms:
I do realize that once school starts again, it won’t be long until Sherlock waltzes into my life as well. I will have grave issues. Lucky that I don’t have as much on my plate this semester so perhaps I can afford being distracted once in a while.
I guess I should tell you why I love the show so much. Aside from it being so well written, I think it’s beautifully performed by the actors and the producers, not to mention how the setting is downright perfect yet appearing so natural and taken directly out of daily life in London. And as someone who in fact has read one book and some of the short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and who wrote about Sherlock Holmes in an essay for school, I love seeing little pieces of the original Holmes poking through the television screen. There are quotes that were written by Doyle tucked into each episode, like when Sherlock says in ‘The Hound of Baskerville,’ “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” They also have characters, however small, in the show as well, like the graffiti artist in “The Blind Banker,” who I think represents the little boy who would sometimes help Holmes track down information without attracting any attention.
Very cleverly done. I love it when something original, creative and intellectually challenging comes along.
Yesterday they put a teaser of the first episode of season three online. Surely a tease, surely is.
New ‘Sherlock’ Mini-Episode Teases Detective’s Return
[I hope someone gets the title of this entry. Turns out it fit after all. With me discussing bored Sherlock after all...]
**UPDATE ON 12.27.13**
You gotta appreciate the passion.