I have a (secret, crazy) obsession with Sherlock, and since it takes TWO YEARS (really) for every season to come out, what else am I supposed to do but watch the only other Sherlock-related show on Netflix.

Unlocking Sherlock.

Obviously a pun on the pun they made in the first episode of season 2. Remember that moment in the end, when Sherlock finally figured out the code to Irene Adler’s phone? I AM “S-H-E-R” LOCKED. All Sherlockians, including myself, definitely made that as the lock screen. It was brilliant. Just mind-blowing. It remains my favourite episode because the mind games are simply sexy (and also because nobody dies).

The BBC special explores the creation of the hit series, Sherlock. It takes viewers to the process that writers, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, went through in creating the new, modern version of the adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.

The original stories and the various film adaptations served as inspiration in creating the beloved characters. Gatiss and Moffat also shared the obstacles they encountered in recreating the Victorian stories into the 21st century. The special also includes interviews from the cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Lara Pulver.

I enjoyed the “equivalents” Gatiss and Moffat made in the series, especially the very simple blog that John Watson has. It’s the equivalent of the Dr Watson’s narration in the short stories. Also Sherlock’s habit of smoking to help him think relates to the original Sherlock’s use of cocaine (and other intravenous drugs) to help in his deductive process. It’s those little things most viewers would take for granted (honestly, I did too in the beginning), and these little hidden treasures are salutes to the original works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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