Is BBC Sherlock becoming ‘too cool’?

benedictDoes the epic stardom of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman somehow change the very nature of BBC Sherlock? Not to mention the meteoric rise of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

What I loved about Sherlock initially was that the series was a bit of an underdog. It quietly appeared on our screens starring a posh bloke with a funny name I’d never heard of and the man who played the shy porn actor in Love Actually.

I only had a vague knowledge of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss too. I think most people thought the show would fail. And this was good – the series and its team appeared cool in an un-cool, antiestablishment sort of way. A bit like Sherlock Holmes himself. That’s why so many of us fell in love with it.

Now Cumberbatch and Freeman are global megastars, Moffat and Gatiss TV royalty. They are proper cool, full-on powerful, A-list cool. Sherlock isn’t an underdog anymore; it’s one of the biggest shows on UK TV with a cachet of awards. It commands headlines and is caught up in a frenzy of anticipation for the new series.  The underdog has become top dog – with bells on. The outsider has become more inside than granny on a rainy day.

Now, I’m not saying they don’t deserve all this. As regular readers of my blog will know, I’m a genuine admirer of BBC Sherlock. I just wonder what impact these changes will have on the series long term. Has it reached its peak, will it live up to and then be able to sustain the hype? Or will it burn itself out?

Here in the UK viewers do love to build up a show then knock it down. It’s the same with the press. Just as they turned on Sherlock in The Reichenbach Fall, will they one day do the same with the series itself?

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4 Responses to Is BBC Sherlock becoming ‘too cool’?

  1. It may happen, but that seems to happen with a lot of pop culture be it television shows/music groups, etc. I can only imagine what original fans of mega-popular bands like Mumfords and Sons are now saying…

    I think we can just be proud to say that we were fans before all the hype and stardom for the show, actors, and creators and leave it at that. Enjoy that Moffat, Gatiss, Cumberbatch, and Freeman still enjoy it and, by all reports, are keen to continue. I think we have some pretty grounded stars and creators…and am thankful for that. I was a Holmes and Cumberbatch fan before Sherlock (though I discovered Freeman because of it) so I already feel part of an elite club 🙂 That is the best way to look at it

  2. Ennui Enigma says:

    Delighted for the success of the show. And of course, happy that the producers and actors have received credit for a quality production. One does wonder what might happen with all the increased publicity and ‘megastar’ status. In the end though, I think we can at least be assured that the spirit of Holmes – the basis for Sherlock BBC – will continue to endure. Underdog or not, Sherlock Holmes and what he represents is here to stay

  3. Berberis says:

    I think much will depend on Messrs. Moffat and Gatiss. The success of ‘Sherlock’ was clearly unexpected, and they rightly basked in the glory of S1 for S2. Faint alarm bells do start when we read (and I’m paraphrasing here) about how amazing S3 “is going to be”, how much the fans “are going to enjoy it” etc. etc. Of course, this is what we fans want (need?) to hear, but there is the risk that in ‘bigging up’ S3, it becomes too easy a target for a press that just loves to turn on what it has helped create, as well as those who helped create it (more BBC-bashing, anyone?).

    I think it’s a good thing that the ‘Sherlock’ creative team is still small, albeit with the personnel changes one might expect with the understandable delay in getting S3 to the small screen. This protracted filming schedule might have been more of a problem had not we been kept highly entertained during the recess by Mr Cumberbatch taking a sabbatical to another space/time continuum, and Mr Freeman getting his feet very dirty making a documentary about Middle Earth. Happily, interviews with both Benedict and Martin seem to show that their ‘megastar’ status hasn’t gone to their heads.

    Personally, I’d be content if the teaser-trailer for S3 that was screened recently was the last we saw/heard of it until about a fortnight before ‘The Empty Hearse’ is broadcast. I think it’s a case of less most definitely being more.

  4. ruthiputhi says:

    I know what you mean and I hope it doesn’t happen. I think it won’t happen because Gatiss and Moffart are huge Sherlock Homes fans and they started the show because they love it and not because they are trying to be successfull. As long as everybody involved (including the actors) has this special glow in the eyes when talking about Sherlock, everything will turn out well.The hard thing (which I never want to happen) will be to stop wenn the glow is gone and not to continue just for the money.

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