Imagine what it feels like for Ben and Martin to see the ratings for S4 to hit all time low and what a big blow it must be to them. Watching the show they have worked in for almost a decade. It’s like a slap in the face to see the hours you clocked in, with your blood sweat and tears, AND the emotional rollercoaster needed to get in character was for naught.
I imagine them doubting themselves, wondering if this brilliant show’s downfall was because they did not try harder, they did not work harder, they did not put in enough effort to get in character, they weren’t consistent, they weren’t… they weren’t… they weren’t….. they weren’t enough.
If their thoughts do lead them down this path, i hope they know that they are wrong.
I hope that someone, anyone, or rather everyone will let them know that they were enough, they were more than enough, in fact, they were brilliant and marvelous and wonderful and and and… incandescent! It’s because of them I fell in love with this show 5 years ago; the way Martin displayed a soldier’s bravado, clinging to every last ounce of will to live, finding hope in Sherlock where everyone and everything else in life has failed him, or rather he thinks he have failed in life, the way Benedict portrayed a character so uniquely, holding his own in a sea of Sherlock Holmes in the past century, giving life to a detective whose seemingly nonexistent heart is apparently almost as big as his mind palace. Most of all I love how their undeniable chemistry and spark made me believe in love, or finding hope in places you’d never think of. Such cliched sentiments but they are true nonetheless.
It’s a shame that this love story, veiled vehind heteronormativity since its conception due to societal expectations, set in this modern-age where it is plauded to be forward-thinking and ingenious, has to once again be lowered down to nothing more than subtext because ….. what? Was the timing not right? Implications? Poor reception?
Whatever it is, I only hope that the actors realise that they were perfect in embodying their characters, and that our disappointment is nothing more but a reflection of the screenwriters’ failure this time round.
The actors deserved every accolades they have garnered.