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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious New Year’s Special: Sherlock? Shernot

by | 2nd, January 2014


JEREMY Brett played Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jnr. played an action hero using the name Sherlock Holmes. That’s where we’ve got with the Stephen Moffat/Mark Gatiss fan fiction-take Sherlock. While the first series of their gripping adventure series was closely yoked to Conan Doyle’s original tales, the stories started to diverge in Series 2. The final episode of that season, The Reichenbach Fall, left viewers with a tantalising cliffhanger how did Sherlock ‘kill’ himself but survive? but nothing like the shock that Conan Doyle inflicted on readers as he attempted to permanently end the clash of minds and bodies between Holmes and Moriarty.

Named in honour of the story Conan Doyle used to explain Sherlock Holmes’ survival following the Reichenbach Falls ‘death’, The Empty Hearse, New Year’s Day’s Series 3 premiere, was one long nodding and winking session at fans. It was studded with interludes playing out fan theories on how Sherlock survived his leap and a fair bit of fan service including a fantasy with Sherlock kissing Molly Hooper and, more egregiously, a potential kiss between Moriarty and Sherlock played for laughs.

The latter kiss partially explains the shocking rudeness of Caitlin Moran at the Sherlock Series 3 premiere where she elbowed the stars into reading out some slash fiction, holding up the author to mockery. Even ignoring the low-level homophobia that runs through Sherlock’s gay jokes how unimaginably horrible for John and Sherlock to seem like they might be gay!!!! the Moriarty/Sherlock pairing, proposed

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