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It can be rough when your show goes on hiatus. It can be especially rough when your show goes on hiatus after one of the most emotionally harrowing season finales you've ever seen, with nary a promise of when to return other than "sometime after
Peter Jackson frees Martin Freeman from New Zealand." And considering they're going back to film a third , that probably isn't anytime soon. BBC's Hobbit film Sherlock series said they'd start filming the third season "sometime in 2013," which could be anywhere from six months to a year and a half from now. In the meantime, we're still chock-full of what we can only call " Reichenfeels," and sometimes we just don't know where to put all of them. To help ourselves (and you), we put together this list of six things you can do to distract yourself while we wait.
Read: The Complete Sherlock Holmes Canon
The more hardcore
Sherlock fans have already done this, of course, but if you haven't yet and you're looking for a way to simultaneously pass the time and develop deeper connections to the characters, I'd highly recommend it. Not only is it a really interesting exercise to see what Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat changed and adapted to fit the canonical stories into their modern retelling, but considering this is where they get all their stories from, it's the first place to check if you're wondering where the series might go in season three.
What more is there to say about it, really? It's the series that started it all. Go read.
Watch: Other Sherlock Holmes Offerings
When in doubt, just watch as much Sherlock Holmes as possible. There's the Granada
Sherlock Holmes, the brilliantly acted and very book-faithful adaptation of the canon that ran from 1984 to 1994. It stars Jeremy Brett (pictured above), who many consider to be the definitive Holmes. There's the Sherlock Holmes that ran for just one year in the 1950s (most of it can be found on Youtube), and one episode features Holmes and Watson finding a baby on their doorstep and Sherlock getting flummoxed, suggesting to "make it some tea, John." Oh, and don't forget The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which presents an alternative to The Final Problem wherein Holmes develops paranoid delusions because of his cocaine usage and travels to Vienna to be treated by a fictionalized version of Sigmund Freud--as played by Alan Arkin. There's also , which I know is a film that influenced quite a few Sherlockians of my generation in deep and stirring ways.
The Great Mouse Detective
This is not even to mention the
Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law-starring Holmes films, which for those slashers out there could just as realistically be called Sherlock Holmes: Gay of Gay as Game of Shadows. Every adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's canon could be considered to be some form of high-budget fan fiction, but this one takes the cake; Tumblr could have written it.
The moral is this: Doyle's characters have been adapted
literally the most out of any literary work of all time. We know we missed some. We neglected to mention the one with Sherlock in the future with a robot Watson, as well as the one where they're doctors in New Jersey hidden under the pseudonyms "House" and "Wilson." We missed a lot, go forth and find them! If you love the Holmes/Watson dynamic and are willing to let any other plot restrictions fall away and have a little fun, you will not regret it. Hit the comments with your favorites.
Watch: All of Doctor Who
The masterminds behind
Sherlock, Gatiss and Moffat, are sadists of the highest degree, and I'm pretty sure they feed off of fangirl tears for sustenance. They are also very good at making their audience feel things. Moffat, as you might have heard, is also currently in steering position over at that other little British show Doctor Who. And I'm sure they're out there (they're probably materializing in the comments section as I write this), but I for one have never encountered a person who likes Sherlock but not Doctor Who, or vice versa. Even if Moffat's seasons aren't your style (we've heard from people for whom they are not), there's plenty of other material out there to work with; ten whole other Doctors worth.
The point is:
Doctor Who has a lot of history, a lot of ups and downs, and a whole lot more episodes than the total of six (six!) that Sherlock has. New Who is all available on Netflix Instant Play, as is much of Old Who. Years worth of mystery, intrigue, and space-hijinks and "feels" to tide you over until our more Earthly detectives return. Oh, and did we mention that Gatiss will be writing an episode for the upcoming season, and Rupert Graves will be making an appearance in an entirely separate one? Honestly, we miss those two enough that that would be enough; the fact that Doctor Who is a made-of-awesome cultural phenomenon in its own right is just the frosting on the cake.
Watch: All of The Vlogbrothers Videos
Alright, so this one is not quite like the others. But if reveling in fandom is as fun for you as it is for us, we think you'll like these guys. They are
John and Hank Green, and they have devoted their lives to making awesome things for us to watch and read. Beginning their vlogging time in 2007 when they decided to go a year without textually communicating with each other, the Vlogbrothers (one of whom is a New York Times best-selling novelist) have since been steadily growing their following to monstrous, inspiring proportions. Their fans are called Nerdfighters, and they even do things like flash their hand signal at the Olympics.
So how is this at all relevant to helping you get through this
Sherlock hiatus? Well, in some roundabout ways as well as some slightly more concrete ones. Take this: I (Alanna) saw Hank Green in concert the other day in Portland, and during one of his songs he referenced Benedict Cumberbatch. The roar from the crowd almost took away my hearing it was so passionate. If you are reading this, their people are probably your people.
John and Hank consistently make hilarious, heart-touching, and incredibly intelligent videos. Whether it's just them in their basements talking into a camera, the songs Hank sings, or the books John writes, in my humble opinion it is all worth your time. They've also posted about a zillion videos, so if you watch all of them (which is not at all required), it might just take you from now until when
The Hobbit finally wraps filming.
You should also consider the fact that the Green brothers talk fast and will feed your brain; it's always nice to add more of that to your life, especially when Sherlock himself isn't there to take us to his mind palace.
Revel in the Fandom
There are times when I'm not entirely convinced that Tumblr will survive this hiatus. Sometimes scrolling through my dash is like staring into an
M.C. Escher painting of emotional turmoil and hedgehogs, with little bursts of Tom Hiddleston scattered throughout.
So, yes, there are others suffering through this hiatus alongside you. You are not alone. As more time goes by, the
Sherlock fandom does not grow weaker, but rather more campily twisted. So go forth, dear fanpeople, and revel in the fannish glory. Lean on each other. There's fan fiction, mind-blowing fan art, and a whole lot of people waiting just as eagerly to see what happens next. Go draw something, or write something, or read something. Go create posters about how you still believe in Sherlock Holmes--or, alternatively, that you believe in Richard Brook. Or maybe just reblog some things. Listen to the Baker Street Babes. Draw a picture of Martin Freeman as a hedgehog. Ship Mycroft with an umbrella, or two mugs who maybe remind you of Sherlock and John. Fawn over how amazing Amanda Abbington is at twitter and at life, and curse Moffat for being such an unrelenting internet troll. Or try knitting yourself a John Watson sweater.
And sometimes you find fan fictions like
“We could rule the seven seas,” Lobsteriarty says. “We could be mightier than Triton and Poseidon combined.”
So there's always that.
And If All That Fails....Maybe Go Outside For A While?
Summer's almost over. I hear it's nice out there?
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