Sherlock Season 3 … Or Why I’m Angry at England and On Hiatus From Social Media

The moment it all began ...

The moment it all began …


The day of my fangirl birth stands out in infamy. I was minding my own business, and my husband was scanning Netflix. From my office, I heard snippets in the background: British snippets. Next thing I know: “Babe, come watch this scene.”

“What is it?”

“The BBC’s Sherlock. You gotta watch this part.”

It was the scene where Watson and Sherlock first meet in the lab at St. Bart’s and Sherlock tells Watson his whole life based on nothing but observations. I remember thinking, “Well, this Sherlock guy is cute, isn’t he?”

I sat down and watched the first episode with my husband. Soon after, we finished season one. Then, season two. By that time, I was enamored with the show and the odd fellow with the odd name: Benedict Cumberbatch. And … oh, right, Sherlock had apparently jumped off a building to his death.

sherlock.2x03.the_reichenbach_fall.hdtv_xvid-fov 421What follows is what can only be compared to mourning a lost relative because I realized there were no more episodes and there would be no more episodes for a very, very long time.

I sated my addiction by following the hype. I became a Pinterest addict and a dedicated (obsessive?) Cumberbitch. I read fan fiction (I don’t read fan fiction). I found out everything I could about the show and the forthcoming third season.

Finally, the release date reached American shores: January 19, 2014.

And disaster struck.

The BBC followed up on the American release date by announcing Sherlock’s much-awaited premiere would play in England on January 1, 2014.

There were fountains of cuss words, threats of flights to England, and then, the only reasonable conclusion hit me like a London black cab: a total avoidance of Sara’s social media. That’s right: no more Twitter, very little Facebook, and a complete blind eye to my beloved Pinterest.

I see no alternative, because I will not have some crazy Brit telling me how Sherlock survived the fall from St. Bart’s. The only way I want to hear about Sherlock’s survival is from Sherlock’s cupid’s bow lips. Got it?

Do I feel punished for being American? Do I want to ring Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and ask them what the hell they’re thinking, doing this to us poor, sad little Americans? Yes! And yes!

On January 1, 2014, the geeky underworld of England will erupt in cheers. I will be silent, stewing, mourning the loss of my favorite internet addictions. My silence will continue until January 19, when I will finally sit in front of a television, geek out, and swoon because Sherlock has come back to life.

Image from season three. My guess? Watson's going to punch him out.

Image from season three. My guess? Watson’s going to punch him out.

13 thoughts on “Sherlock Season 3 … Or Why I’m Angry at England and On Hiatus From Social Media

  1. I think we’re kindred spirits because I could not have summed up my feelings any better! I too read the fanfiction and followed all rumors and noises about season 3. I would even have flown to England for the public showing of the first episode but I was already out of town…

  2. …Or you can do what everyone else will do and download the episode that will be available within ten minutes of the episode ending in the UK. Or watch a stream. The Internet is your friend. (Also the airings in America are edited for time and content compared to those aired in the UK. So you’ll be better off just downloading/watching the UK airing)

  3. Until yesterday, I thought that maybe BBC America would be playing it on January 1. Doctor Who gets simulcast, why not Sherlock? I just made the comment at lunch that I felt like I was being punished for being an American fan of Sherlock. I’m banning myself from social media too. So help me, if someone emails or tells me what happens before I can see it myself, I will not be held responsible for my actions. I’m looking into those alternatives…

  4. Dear God, when will you bloody Americans stop whining! This is what it’s like for the rest of the world ALL THE TIME! Movies takes weeks to months to come to our countries – when we were kids, the yearly Disney movie took about an additional YEAR to reach our cinemas. When How I Met Your Mother revealed the mother they pubished the photo on their fb with no prior warning withing seconds of revealing her in America. When it comes to Sherlock most people are considerate and tag spoilers or at least mention that they will be publishing spoilers. There’s ONE show that you don’t get immediately and you whine and complain and even threaten the Brits.Give it a rest! – And welcome to the rest of the world!

    • All right, all right, I’m sorry, Jackie!! I will complain quietly, but I must complain. This is my first psychotic fangirl experience. This is what full-on obsession does to a usually reasonable human being :/

      • Sorry, it’s not you personally that annoy me. I can completely understand your frustration. I follow a lot of Sherlock boards on Pinterest as well as Sherlockology on fb (I’m a Swede btw so we have to wait as well – unless you download, *hrm*) and hardly a day goes by without me seeing comment upon comment from Americans with this complaint. I undersant American fans frustration, what gets to me is the whining with no consideration or thought for all the rest of us who always have to wait. So sorry for letting my ranting take over your blog. Feel free to delete my posts.

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