I’m always behind

By Mir
January 20, 2016

I realize that we are probably the last people on earth to have discovered Sherlock, but OMG, are you watching Sherlock?? I’ve never really understood all the fuss about Benedict Cumberbatch—I mean, fine, he’s an actor? Who acts well? And I have always enjoyed this ridiculousness—but now I get it. I GET IT. TEAM SHERLOCK 4EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

Seriously, if there’s an evening I think we’re going to watch it and then it turns out we can’t for some reason, I become despondent. And I’m probably headed for a full nervous breakdown, because we’re almost done with Season 3 and then what am I going to do with my life? I just love it more than anything I’ve seen on television in forever. I love it more than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (don’t tell Monkey), which is saying something, because I really love S.H.I.E.L.D. more than is probably normal.

Better late than never, right? I think so.

Right. CUE THE AWKWARD SEGUE: I want to say “Why didn’t you tell me??” about Sherlock, except that I’m sure you did and I didn’t listen. And many of you warned me about all of these pesky FEELINGS I would be having this year and I was all NOPE, NOT ME! And of course I was wrong, because I am often wrong. Also I am behind (per usual) on figuring things out. I feel like I’m just starting to figure out just how hard this whole releasing-my-kid-into-the-world thing is, and “Why didn’t you tell me?” is the wrong question, I know. The right question is, “Why didn’t I listen?” or maybe “How do I make it more bearable?” You’re welcome to read more on Alpha Mom, but fair warning, it’s a little sappy. I’m sorry. We can always go back to talking about Sherlock, if you’d rather.


  1. Alison C

    If you love Sherlock (I do too!) you might also enjoy Elementary. A different interpretation but I love them both (even though I expected to hate it because they made Watson a woman)

  2. Mary K. in Rockport

    Did you see the recent throwback episode?

    • Mir

      I don’t think so… we have it all queued up on Netflix and I see that Season 3 is 6 episodes instead of 3, thought someone told me the other three are “specials” so I dunno. We just watched episode 3, season 3.

      • nicole

        There was a one-off this month on PBS called the Abominable Bride. It’s definitely worth looking for after you’re all caught up. They might air it again on PBS or maybe on their website. It gets kinda David Lynch-y there in the middle.

        • Samantha

          I think it’s streaking on pbs.com through the end of the week.

          • Samantha

            Ha! Streaming, not streaking. That’s what I get for commenting with one hand while nursing pre-coffee.

      • Karen R

        Three episodes every few years. And yes, wow!

  3. Nickles

    I enjoy both shows but husband does not, so YMMV.

    There is a Gram Norton episode clip on YouTube where he asks BC to match expressions with photos of otters (because apparently the internet says there is a resemblance), and he does, and it is so charming, you should check it out.

    • Mir

      (I can’t stop laughing!)

    • Jessica (tc)

      Nickles and Mir, have you seen the Graham Norton clip where they make fun of BC about his ability (or inability, as the case may be) to say “penguin” correctly? My husband and I watch it periodically and it still makes us laugh way harder than necessary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GHPNKUMf70

      I have never heard so many ways of saying “penguin” wrong in my entire life. How did NO ONE tell him that he was saying it oddly the entire documentary? Seriously. Wouldn’t you want someone to say something to you before the documentary when public?

      (I just sent my husband the one that Mir put below, too, so we have another one to laugh at.)

      • Mir

        What did I just watch? PENGING? PENGLING? PENGEEN???

        • Jessica (tc)

          I have no idea! We are always laughing so hard by the end that we’re crying, and neither of us pronounces “penguin” correctly any longer. It’s only pengling or pingwing. If it’s good enough for BC, it’s good enough for us! ;)

  4. nicole

    are you also watching Agent Carter? it just came back last night. It’s a nice placeholder until Agents comes back.

    • Mir

      We haven’t started Agent Carter yet but it’s on the list. Doing Jessica Jones right now but still waiting for it to really grab me.

      • Genevieve

        I was just about to ask if you were watching Agent Carter, as it has some overlap with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and also with Sherlock, I think — I wasn’t grabbed enough by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I feel like Agent Carter has all the Marvel stuff plus the awesome ’40s costume drama stuff plus gender issues in the ’40s plus a terrific lead actress. Just watched it all this weekend (the back episodes were on Hulu but may be gone now?) and liked it very very much.

  5. Leslie

    Love Sherlock and Jawn (I’m sure you get that!). When the girl and I finished season 3 I didn’t think I would survive until the 4th comes up but rest assured the twitches do pass. It’s all about otters and hedgehogs in our house.

  6. Tracy B

    I’ve been wondering what to watch next on Netflix. I’m up to like 4 series now and none are due to release new seasons until this summer. We just finished “Making a Murderer” and well, that is really disturbing and thought provoking. I’m sure there is more to come on that since all the attention and hype. I certainly hope so anyway. But until then, Sherlock it is!

  7. Brigitte

    I learned about him from one of Joshilyn’s posts; I kinda liked the actor, but am in loooove with his Sherlock character! I’m afraid I’ll have to bookmark that otter video for times when I need cheering up. :-)

  8. Jennifer

    A) Once you are done, re-watch the episodes. The dialog is so quick there are a ton of jokes you may have missed. I did. Gets funnier every time. B) If you haven’t seen the special they did for New Year (“The Abominable Bride”), I think you may need to see it before Season 4 airs next year. There are definitely hits of things to come. C) There is always Doctor Who, another show written by Steven Moffet. Power through season 1 of the current series (although Monkey may like the farting aliens). You will need to know about events in that season to understand some later events. There are 9 seasons (so far) of that you can binge on and enjoy the same fast past jokes, etc.

  9. Stacy

    We just discovered Prison Break (from 2005!) on Netflix. We binge watched it. Main character is structural engineer and we loved the science / nerdy part to it. And, the main actor, Wentworth Miller may be one of the most gorgeous men live (just sayin’)!

  10. Aska

    I’m probably among the rare people who didn’t like Sherlock. It’s for three distinct reasons.

    1) The viewer doesn’t get to participate in Sherlock’s genius. I remember how it used to be in these detective series; the viewer would be given clues about the mystery, and even if it would’ve taken a genius to actually figure it out, you felt like it was almost close. If you’d put in an effort, maybe you could’ve figured it out yourself! In Sherlock, all the clues are kept away from the viewer. Only Sherlock with his incredible abilities is privy to them. We are there to watch and be amazed at his greatness, instead of being actively engaged in the puzzle.

    2) The portrayal of women in the series. They’re simpering idiots, obliging servants who fade into the background, or caricatures. Even the lab assistant isn’t represented as an intelligent, confident female scientist. She is little more than a slavering lackey to Sherlock’s greatness. I’m not one of those SJW morons who would demand equal representation or anything, the story needs what it needs. But it’s really a bit too much in Sherlock. I believe this is a trait of Steven Moffet as a writer.

    3) The typically British exotification of the Orient. Again, I’m not the type to go searching for anything that might be seen as “problematic,” I cringe at that word. But in Sherlock, it’s so bad, I thought I was watching some vintage movie set in colonial times.

    Still, I totally get why someone would love Sherlock. It has tremendous flair, it takes you in with so much charisma and excitement. Perhaps in a while I’ll get over my objections and watch it anyway, and I know I’ll probably enjoy it despite them.

    I much preferred Elementary in this regard. The main two actors have nice chemistry, it’s pretty invigorating. Although, it gets a bit repetitive around season three or so. I stopped watching around then because I got bored.

    Have you seen Mr Robot? It is absolutely excellent.

  11. Mary

    Here’s something to tide you over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNPp74zh8lM

    And to help you in the Sherlock void…both Inspector Lewis and Endeavour (PBS detective series) are excellent with similarly fantastic young-ish British male stars and clever dialog. They will keep you busy for a little while anyway.

  12. Flea

    Oh em gee. I discovered Sherlock about a month ago. Cumberbatch is one ugly lizard-man, but I LOVE that show! Watched them all in one week, in time for the abominable bride episode to air. Discovered Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the following week and am HOOKED. Doctor Who – those took a couple of months to get through 50 years of episodes.

    As for Chickadee leaving, can’t help you there. My youngest moved out last week. He’s 18. He’ll probably flop. but I’m excited that he’s stretching his wings and being all grown.

  13. Peggy Fry

    They filmed August: Osage County here a few years ago. I had seen Sherlock and heard that the Cumberbatch was in it. Thank heavens he wasn’t there the day my car (not me, of course) got to be an extra in the film. We spent the day watching Famous People through the venetian blinds in the church (they were filming them going to the funeral of one of the characters) and I kept it all together and didn’t go all FanGrrrl on anybody. And I’m talkin’ hi-powered folks like Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Euan MacGregor, Julia Roberts, etc. But if the Cumberbatch had been there, Peggy would have UTTERLY lost. her. shit. Tee Hee!!!

  14. Jadine

    This is only tangentially relevant to topic, but the Cumberbatch texts (which I’d never seem before) reminded me of this stupidly (we don’t say “stupid!”) amusing You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxEA5UFpTGw about how to pronounce words…or not :)

  15. Paige

    Oh lord. Welcome to The Fandom That Waits. We have cookies and angst. And lots of very high quality fan fiction if that’s your thing.

    And I study fan fiction as part of my phd, so yes, high quality and fan fiction can go together.

    Prepare to sate your hiatus thirst by purchasing the complete Sherlock set (with hours of behind the scenes and commentaries) so you don’t have to go cold turkey. Just…I mean…*I* had to, ymmv, but…yeah.

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