I have just finished watching ‘Sherlock’ on BBC One and for once I feel so strongly on the programme, that I felt it was necessary to blog about. After watching this new episode (The 2nd in the series) I have come to the conclusion that it is now solely aimed at TUMBLR FANGIRLS. Let me explain;
The first two series of ‘Sherlock’ were brilliant. They were full of drama, wit and genuine mystery. However, since returning to our screens after a 2 year break I feel that the show is…different somehow.
As we know, the ‘Tumblr’ culture is growing ever stronger amongst teenagers (mostly female), causing the increase of so called ‘Fangirl’ population. In fact, ‘Fangirl’ is such a huge part in our society, it even has it’s own entry in the dictionary;
‘Sherlock’ has a vast fanbase on Tumblr, where many Gifs and Fanfiction on the show are posted.
I feel that the last two episodes in this series, seemed to be aimed more towards the Fangirls then the rest of its audience, take tonight’s episode for example. John Watson appoints Sherlock as his Best Man for his Wedding, where follows a rather uncharacteristically soppy speech from Sherlock. Ok fine, even Sherlock the “High Functioning Sociopath” is allowed to get soppy at his best friends wedding, but surely that’s no excuse for the rest of his behaviour. For example, dancing, flirting with the bridesmaid, looking up napkin tutorials on Youtube! I love ‘Sherlock’ I really do, and I love what Moffat and Gatiss have done to bring it into the 21st Century, but this new series feels like just one big nod to the Fangirls. I genuinely felt like I was watching a Fanfiction being played out in front of me as opposed to a real episode. It lacked drama, suspense, even the usual dark colour palette was replaced with a bright yellow.