It's seems like only yesterday that a whiney commenter on a past blog was calling me "anti-American" for writing about how much I like BBC's style over PBS. Well, today I definitely have to give the Brits points over our slow-witted American television networks and the audiences they feed . . . yes, Duck Dynasty fans, I'm insulting your fellow beard-fanciers . . . because it's Minisode Day!
Minisodes have been one of the great treats of watching Doctor Who, little video confections that come along when you're missing your favorite show, completely in the Canon of the show involved, completely separate and different material from anything that will be shown later. Generous extras for the fans, and what did Sherlock Holmes say about extras?
"Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers."
Flowers, minisodes . . . it is only goodness that gives us extras, whatever form they take, and I think we have much to hope from minisodes.
And now we have a Sherlock minisode. Thank you, Providence, or BBC, or Moffat and Gatiss. It is goodness.