If they are purposefully recreating the social phenomenon surrounding The Final Problem of 1893, that means very soon, I would guess within a couple weeks, the BBC is going to announce Sherlock will not be renewed for a fifth series. The only thing Holmes fans are holding on to is the idea that there might be a fifth series to clear all the loose ends. Everyone has given up on the idea of The Lost Special. The BBC is going to take away hope of a fifth series, too, and they’re going to do it soon.
Right now the dedicated Holmes fan base is complaining about many things, but it’s not mourning.
We know “The Empty House” was the story written after Sherlock’s death in The Final Problem and the hiatus, but keep in mind “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – the story Holmes is arguably most recognized for – came out between “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House”. It could do this because Doyle claimed “Baskerville” to be set years in the past, so it didn’t matter that he’d killed Holmes in The Final Problem. The people rejoiced, and overnight thousands of fans subscribed to the paper, back on the Sherlock Holmes bandwagon.
Out of nowhere Doyle gave Sherlock fans the story of a lifetime. When all hope was lost, Holmes revived. The crowd went wild. A legend was resurrected.
So if the BBC announces very soon it will not renew Sherlock for series 5 and Gatiss comes out to say, “Yeah, we had a good run, but we left it in a great spot. This is for the best. We will not continue writing.” – keep everything you know about Doyle’s history in mind and remember The Final Problem.
“Human experimentation from the perspective of lab rats”
a new-ish hockey fan: makes a funny post about hockey, exaggerating for comedic effect.
a Real™ Hockey Fan: Wow. Wow. This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever laid eyes on in all my years. I don’t even have time to explain how wrong you are. Did you learn all that from Check, Please? Can you name any player other than Snidney Crosbey? I’ll have you know I have been following Hockey from the Womb and I will not stand for a blight upon the the sanctity of this sport… [10,000 word essay about why bandwagon fans are Ruining hockey].
honestly…some of you guys gotta chill with attacking “bandwagon fans.” like, i get being pissed if they attack you first on something they don’t know about, but that’s not what i’m talking about here. who gives a shit if a new fan decides to root for whoever won the cup last, or whoever has the cutest rookies, or whatever their criteria are? they’re literally just trying to become fans of the sport you love and say you want more mainstream attention for. if that means watching their first-ever game and reblogging eight gifsets of the same player, how does it affect you??? it literally does not matter…just let people enjoy things casually ffs
i’m literally going to defend ‘bandwagon’ and new hockey fans until the day i die. every hockey fan has to start somewhere. every hockey fan gets pulled into hockey one way or another, and if it’s because of a popular team or a popular player or a successful team or a successful player then so be it.
you can’t make all of this noise about wanting more hockey fans and wanting hockey to get bigger and then go “well you have to do X and Y and be able to list off these three things and not be a fan of this team to count” like that’s not how it works. you can make efforts to (politely, not condescendingly!) explain more about the rules and teams to new fans (if they want! don’t force it on them, lord. some people just are casual fans, and that’s fine too.)
i’ve been dealing with gatekeeping regarding hockey my entire life , and i’m so tired of it, and i’m going to do everything i can to make sure that nobody else has to deal with it.
if a person likes a team because they’re popular or successful or because of a certain player, let them. sometimes these people turn into multi team fans who pay super close attention to stats and standings and rumors and stuff. and sometimes they don’t, and that’s okay too.