And then, there was this . . .
First thought: Patton Oswalt having a Sherlock moment is some super-cool geek stuff.
Second thought: Goddamned PBS.
Nobody likes being Mr. Negative, especially when it comes to a "public" network that's supposed to be working for the good of humanity, teaching kids the alphabet and exposing us to fine arts. But this isn't the 1980s any more. We all know there are networks in Great Britain that have these TV shows that are made for citizens of the imperial island. We actually have a cable channel called "BBC America." We can buy their shows on iTunes and watch them on Netflix.
Well, at least I think we all know that. But we must not.
If we all knew that PBS was just slapping "Masterpiece" in front of Brit shows and calling them their own, then why the heck would anybody give PBS a dime for making Americans wait five or six months to see BBC Sherlock like they did on the last outing?
Anyone who watches both Dr. Who and Sherlock was painfully aware of the disparity last time out. With the Doctor, we can keep up with our Brit cousins without buying a region-free DVD player and ordering European DVDs from Amazon UK. We don't have to ignore Twitter feeds and podcasts and blogs for almost half a year, trying to keep some of the joy a fresh TV show brings when we watch Dr. Who. Thanks to PBS, though, series two of Sherlock made that spring a very irritating time to be a Sherlockian . . . just so PBS could stick to their outdated business model.
So to see PBS happily starting to put on the fake PR smile about "their" Masterpiece Mystery series once again is like seeing a driveway paving con man show up at your door for a second or third time. But at least we can slam the door in the face of that guy.
Still, cool about Patton Oswalt.