It feels like yesterday — probably because it was.
The Sherlock fandom, one of the most actively noted fandoms on the internet for their insane deductions of the show’s secrets and avid devotion to the actors, finally got their wish: season three of Sherlock, a celebrated BBC show about the modernized telling of Sir Doyle’s beloved Sherlock novels, aired in the UK for their short run of three episodes. Each episode runs like its own mini-movie, capping at 90 minutes a pop. Fans waited for two years since season two’s epic finale, and this January, on back to back weeks, they finally received their wishes.
Was it satisfying? Absolutely.
Would it last? Probably not.
If you aren’t familiar with the show’s timeline, then you wouldn’t know that this show takes a long time to shoot. A lot of people speculated a December return, something that the fans were elated about, but Stephen Moffat, the co-creator of the show (also known for his work as show runner of Doctor Who, the mecca of television shows in the UK) has changed his mind.
With season three over in a span of three weeks, fans were over the moon to hear about the show’s fourth season underway. The only downfall is that the wait will be as excruciating as its prior season. Slashfilm interviewed Moffat about the hiatus:
I have no idea. Sue [Vertue, producer] is working on the schedules right now. I just started with [Peter] Capaldi on the new series of Doctor Who. You know, we’ll do what we can, but with no sacrifice in quality — that’s the thing. If people have to wait two years, they’ll have to wait two years. When’s the next James Bond film? You know, it’s not that kind of show that turns up all the time. It’s just not. But the good news is, that probably means it will turn up sporadically for a very, very long while.
Sad? Yes, but would you rather the quality of the show be jeopardized by faster seasons or would you prefer to embody the phrase ‘patience is a virtue’?