"Will Holmes & Watson Hook Up?"
If you missed seeing or hearing about this week's issue of TV Guide, the above words are its cover's featured headline. Mark this date in history as another first in Sherlockian history . . . Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have finally made a tabloid headline.
It's a little forced, of course. Anyone who knows the show in question, has glanced at any of a hundred articles or interviews on the wetb, or just mistakenly thinks they're talking about Jeremy Brett and David Hardwicke for some reason . . . well, the answer is clearly, "No."
On the other hand, if one is answering the question for the entire history of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, in film, print, and the internet, the answer is not only the opposite . . . it's almost foolish.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson hooked up a long time time ago. And seem to do so quite regularly.
Porn got to them first, of course. Fanfic added variety in said hook-ups. I don't know if the hook-up question really excites the true Elementary fan or the casual TV viewer, but to a lot of us, it probably seems kind of ho-hum at this point.
Even given the history of television and Elementary itself, it seems kind of ho-hum. Will the two main characters one day hook up? If the show runs until its makers and stars choose to end it, rather than an unexpected cancellation by the network, I would bet on them becoming a couple.
Consider the alternatives. For a climactic final episode, there are the basic choices of comedy or tragedy. Comedy ends in a wedding, tragedy ends in death. Jonny Lee Miller performing a death scene as a part of Lucy Liu's Joan Watson finally ascending to master consulting detective would seem like a strong possibility, a logical conclusion to the current setup. But if Elementary goes seven seasons or more, I think a certain sentimentality is going to develop that won't allow that. And what's left once you rule out death?
Marriage. Or something close. Like the unimaginable coupling of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully on X-Files, it seems like one of those weird choices that will inevitably get made for reasons outside the demands of good story-telling. But anything is possible.
If TV Guide featuring a headline asking "Will Holmes & Watson Hook Up?" tells us nothing else, it sure tells us that.
Anything is possible. And we're probably going to see a lot more things we never expected before Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are done.