Now, as we look at the possibility of Holmes and Watson leaving theaters at any moment, the fan of this particular incarnation of the pair can see a golden opportunity appearing. With a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson seemingly so unpopular, this could be the one opportunity for someone to step up and claim the title of "Number One Fan."
I know that at least two of us, Noreen Pazderski and I, have seen Holmes and Watson three times since it came out, and the clock is ticking on bragging rights for "seeing it most in the theater." I may be done with my attempt to claim that, due to a booked-up schedule and the fact that I really have to see a different movie in a theater at some point. I'm falling behind in my normal viewing habits.
And while there are always those deep-pocket Sherlockians who can waltz in and come up with a prime collection of anything, Holmes and Watson is apt to have a very short window of collecting its best memorabilia. Timing and ardor could be key on this one. (Some of us being post-Christmas broke will also open that window up a bit for the opportunist.)
Sherlock Holmes has, for most of his hundred-and-thirty-some years, been mostly a niche fandom. Sure, the general public likes him, but when 221B Con attendance got around the thousand mark, it was a first that experienced eyes had to marvel at. The lower three digits had been the norm for even the biggest Holmes gatherings forever. We've had folks like John Bennett Shaw or Ron DeWaal or Peter Blau, whose accomplishments you could look at and go, "Yep, that might be the number one Sherlock Holmes fan!"
Holmes and Watson fandom, once can see already, is a niche within a niche (or maybe a niche within a niche within a niche, of you count "Holmes film fans" as a layer). One might have to compete with the Will Ferrell fans for collectables, just like Holmes and Ripper fans have always fought it out for Holmes/Ripper crossover stuff, but we haven't met that group yet, so who knows?
Anyway, we'll soon be in the hiatus between theater and DVD release (and boy, does that DVD hold the potential for some extras), after which point our little Holmes and Watson fandom will get a second wave of new members, so it's still a prime moment in Sherlockian history for getting on board our latest little fad within a mega-fad.
And to all of you who didn't like Holmes and Watson for whatever reason, I say a very sincere "Thanks!" Your disinterest made all of this possible, and we couldn't have done it without you.
(In 2018, our "glass half full" skills really got a workout, didn't they? They were good and ready for this bit!)