Now that most viewers from the U.S.A. have officially* seen ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, the final episode of season two of BBC Sherlock, I suspect many have found themselves in the moribund grip of saturnine anxiety (and perhaps donning a black arm band). Whether this state is the result of the highly emotional nature of the show (@BakerStBabes: “The tears are starting…..it’s the phone exchange between John and Sherlock that does it.”) or the news that Moffat and crew won’t begin filming season/series three until January 2013, I suggest seeking solace in the words of Christopher Morley:
[“What opiate can best abate / Anxiety and toil? / Not aspirins, nor treble gins, / Nor love, nor mineral oil - / My only drug is a good long slug / Of Tincture of Conan Doyle.” Text shot from The Standard Doyle Company: Christopher Morley on Sherlock Holmes (ed. Steven Rothman) p. 76 in which Morley refers to the above as his “Christmas carol of last year”.]
Depending on your level of familiarity with The Canon (aka The Sacred Writings), you should also be comforted by the fact that many more Sherlock Holmes stories occur (chronologically speaking) after the events recorded in “The Final Problem” - the story from which Moffat’s “The Reichenbach Fall” is based. If you’ve never read the stories of Dr. John H. Watson (facilitated of course by the literary agent Arthur Conan Doyle), now is the perfect time to pick up one of the many complete sets in book or e-reader form (cf. Dan Andriacco’s blog post ‘The Complete Sherlock Holmes’ for a selection of the more lavish editions).
If you are upset mainly because season three of BBC Sherlock won’t appear until well into 2013, just consider the plight of loyal readers of The Strand who after reading “The Final Problem” in 1893 had to wait ten solid years until “The Empty House” to find out exactly what gave Watson “the greatest shock and surprise of any event in my adventurous life”. It is to these mourning band wearing, Strand patronizing, late-Victorians that I dedicate the following image:
[The STRANDom that waited!]
Perhaps @BakerStreetBlog’s tweet immediately following ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ - reminding us of one of the most familiar #BelieveInSherlock images - is for a variety of reasons the best note to end on:
[Posted originally on January 19, 2012 on MilkBubble.]
* For an extensive set of links relating to the ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, please see my ‘Friday Sherlock Links Compendium - The Reichenbach Fall Special - (January 14 - January 20, 2012)’ which was posted after the initial UK airing of the episode in early January. Also check out the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast “Episode 39: #BelieveInSherlock” as well as the Baker Street Babes podcast “Episode 18: The Reichenbach Fall”.