The USP of this show (other than Benedict Cumberbatch’s cheekbones) is the length of the entire show so far: all the episodes in all the seasons.
The show started in 2010. 6 years! Must be a lot to catch up on, right?
Let me tell you how many seasons and episodes there are.
3 seasons. 9 episodes. In totality- not per season.
Only 3 episodes per season.
Seems doable right?
Granted, the episodes are a little bit longer than usual.
They are around 90 minutes each.
You could still probably do it in a day, if you have enough dedication.
And believe me, once you watch the first episode and fall in love with Benedict Cumberbatch the show , the dedication will come of its own accord.
Now obviously, you have heard of the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. You’ve probably even read the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (and tried to deduce things yourself, but have failed miserably… Am I right? Don’t worry, we’re all the same!).
This TV show puts a modern spin on all the characters of the Sherlock Holmes canon in the best possible way.
As a kid, when I had read one or two Sherlock Holmes short stories, I hadn’t fallen head-over-heels in love with them. True, they were impressive but for some reason I hadn’t liked them very much (the fact that those stories were compulsory reading might have had something to do with it. The rebel in me refuses to do things- or at least, enjoy them- when you /make/ me do them!)
Then I watched Sherlock and GOD did I awkwardly fall in love with him or what?
(Reference to first fandom post because I’m cool like that)
The love is no longer awkward because Sherlock might look dangerous but is actually a cinammon roll.
John Watson, on the other hand, is the exact opposite!
One of the common threads throughout the three seasons of this show is that Sherlock Holmes cannot do emotions.
In the beginning of the show we see him insulting and offending people left and right without even realising he is doing it.
Therefore it comes as a surprise that, other than the obvious cool mystery-solving aspect, one of my favourite things about the show is Sherlock’s relationship with every single character in the show.
His relationship with Mycroft Holmes (brother) is especially one of my favourites- other than JohnLock, but wait for it.
By the end of the show, we realise that he also cares about everyone else even though he doesn’t really show it.
He has hugged Lestrade, apologised to John, apologised to Molly (and also pecked her on the cheek), given a tearjerker best man’s speech at John’s wedding and developed an amazing relationship with John’s wife- says something about his character development, doesn’t it?
Speaking of character development, the show starts out showing us that Sherlock is a genius (or a freak- depending on whether you’re a John or an Anderson) and you ask yourself whether this guy is even human!
By the end of the show, you realise he is just as human as anybody else.
If the second last episode doesn’t make you cry, you tell me!
As for JohnLock, *sigh*
John Watson and Sherlock Holmes
Sitting in a tree
Well it is more detailed than that, but yeah! That should give you a fair idea.
Basically JohnLock is the ship name of John and Sherlock AKA my OTP(One of the many).
It is a good thing that this contest doesn’t let us post pictures or this post would be titled “JOHNLOCK IS THE BEST THING EVER AND DON’T YOU DARE TELL ME OTHERWISE!” followed by a series of JohnLock pictures and fanart that would most definitely be NSFW.
Then again, I also cannot post the picture I took with Mark Gatiss when I met him at Comic Con or a picture of the signed Sherlock poster… Aah well!
But really, it’s pretty obvious at this point that they’re both in love with each other.
Now you may take this platonically (which they definitely are, not even the most homophobic person would deny that!) or in a more “How badly do they want each other?” way.
That’s the best part though.
That is actually how every relationship with everyone should be.
Sherlock and John understand each other in a way nobody understands them, they (to use an extremely clichéd phrase) complete each other.
Sherlock would give his life for John and John would do anything to save Sherlock’s life.
John keeps Sherlock grounded, Sherlock brings out the best in John.
I don’t care if you do not ship them (actually I do, tell me why not!!), but you have to acknowledge that their bond is a special one.
I guess I have convinced you to watch the show by now.
It gives a whole new meaning to “Brainy is the new sexy” because you realise just how sexy it is!
(By the way, DON’T miss the first episode of the second season- it is my most favourite so far)
At least all the sapiosexuals will understand this.
Now warnings (because Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss AKA Satan and his best friend) :
You require patience. It’s alright if you don’t have anything else, but make sure you have patience when you watch this show.
The show is mostly just waiting.
Once every two years, you get like one episode every week for 3 weeks and then you wait for 2 years for the next season, and things don’t become easy due to the cliffhangers.
Things also don’t become easy due to the fact that you don’t know for sure if there is going to bea next season.
Be prepared to go mad. I mean literally insane.
Because not getting your periodic dose of Sherlock will make you go crazy.
You will start photoshopping weird things, you’ll make a gif of every single scene in the show, you will hijack posts on Tumblr that are not even remotely about the show (SuperWhoLock kinda have a reputation for that actually), and Tumblr (get this, Tumblr, a website notorious for its weird content) will ask you “fandom, u ok?”
The answer to which is “we’re never okay”
Go forth and you may now watch Sherlock, and remember: Don’t Panic!
(Wait sorry! Wrong reference 😉 )