Is it normal I’m more excited about the Sherlock Special than the BoTFA Extended cut?
It’s no secret that I’ve been fascinated by Sherlock Holmes (who isn’t?) for many years: both as a literary character and the various film and TV adaptations.
I am also a massive fan of the British TV series Sherlock, and – if you’re like me – you possibly cannot have failed to read about the upcoming Christmas Special in December.
Well, with yesterday’s newly released trailer, that excitement couldn’t be more evident. That mixture of nostalgia and child-like anticipation, that has been so synonymous with the Festive period whenever a new Middle-earth film was released, is being felt again.
So yes, I’m finding myself constantly on edge for any updates on the exact date of this Special’s release; whereas for The Hobbit Extended Edition, it’s simply a casual waiting game.
I wouldn’t like you to think I’ve lost interest in seeing the new 20 minutes of footage. Nor that I’m not eagerly waiting to get my hands on the entire trilogy box set. Not at all. It’s just that the lack of interest from Warner Bros. (the marketing and hype from their end has been almost nil) has not fuelled the flame of my passion for this release.
BBC, especially in the case of Sherlock, have always been extremely clever with their marketing strategies: revealing details and teasers at appropriate times without overdoing it. Just enough to keep our curiosities satisfied but leaving ample room for the surprises to come.
And hey! There’s Martin Freeman too in it!
The void that has been left during Christmas, following the release of the final Middle-earth film, is being replaced by an equally-dear adaptation. As with the lead-up to The Battle of the Five Armies, I’m savouring most of this excitement for when December 2016 comes round and I’ll find myself yet again with that same void to accompany me.
But for now, the game is on!