The BBC released their version of Sherlock in 2010. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. I have watched this series more times than I will ever admit because the number is embarrassing. My favorite character is Mycroft Holmes as played by Mark Gatiss. I couldn’t tell you why because, as we have discussed, I am not a good critic.
So if you haven’t seen this series, it is on Netflix and it is worth your time. If you aren’t sure it is for you, check out Common Sense Media’s review of Sherlock and that should help you decide. I don’t want you upsetting yourself, that is what watching the news is for.
I am going to take this opportunity to say something that I have learned about myself. It occurred to me, as I was watching Sherlock for the umpteenth time, that I did not want to date or marry or be romantically involved with a man like Sherlock or Mycroft. I wanted to be them.
I wanted to be Sherlock (my own no sh#t Sherlock moment) but Sherlock was always a man and that got in the way of my ability to imagine myself in his place. That is what we often do with fiction, we imagine ourselves as the character we are reading or watching or hearing. But when that character isn’t like us, there can be a disconnect. In fiction, powerful men are often portrayed as the man “every woman wants and every man wants to be.” And so I tried to put myself into the “every woman wants” him category and missed the fact I wanted to be as smart and ahead of everyone else as he always is.
And so here is yet another example of why representation matters. Get out your pens and pencils, dust off those typewriters and get to work. All the young dudes are busy working on their screenplays, ladies. Time to get cracking on yours.
If you have already seen the BBC version of Sherlock, join me in my rewatching of this endlessly entertaining adventure. Also, the actors who play Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents in the series are actually Benedict Cumberbatch’s real parents, so that’s fun.