The only thing worse than disappointment in one of your favorite shows is disappointment before the show even begins.
After nearly six months of waiting, I was all ready to watch the second season premiere of Sherlock – glass of prosecco in hand – when my television abruptly dropped all channels due to a “weak signal.” Despite feverish attempts at restoring the signal, I couldn’t get service to OPB for another 25 minutes. (And only after I followed IT Crowd protocol by turning everything off and back on again.)
Needless to say, I entered the second season of Sherlock thoroughly disoriented. There was a woman in a robe (presumably Irene Adler) and Sherlock in a sparsely furnished room with a safe, a mobile phone, and a couple snarly Americans. It took another fifteen minutes to figure out what the heck was going on.
I have very mixed feelings about “A Scandal in Bohemia.” I really enjoy Steven Moffat’s work; I adore Benedict Cumberbatch’s and Martin Freeman’s acting. Yet “Bohemia” failed to capture the same level of cleverness as the first season. It didn’t crackle and rush like the first three episodes. It wasn’t a bad episode; I just didn’t love it. The puzzle or mystery plot of “Bohemia” seemed to serve more as an apparatus upon which to hang the “love” story between Sherlock and Irene Adler.
(And yes, I use the phrase “love story” loosely.)
It was intriguing to see Sherlock flummoxed by a woman. It revealed an emotional depth to him that had been hinted at before but not examined. Still…I liked the sexually ambiguous Sherlock from the first season. His romantic/emotional attachment to Irene felt wrong somehow. Like a betrayal unto himself. (My own interpretation. I’m sure others feel differently.)
And what about Irene Adler? I’m not sure about her either. I really like her strength and intelligence, yet did anyone else find her to be too much? As though we were hit over the head with her wit and schemes and mystery? If Irene were so intelligent – rivaling Sherlock – why did she need to consult Moriarty? Why did she have to fall in love with Sherlock? (Well, to be fair, who wouldn’t?) It felt a little cliche for “the only woman to beat Sherlock Holmes” to succomb to sentiment in the end.
I need to watch this episode again. This time in its entirety. Maybe I’ll like it more the second time around. What did you think? Sound off below!