I could be wrong, but I think we’ve made it to Day 12. This make me feel…accomplished, but impatient for Sunday. One thing we could do is another (err, semi) Sherlockian activity like listening to the BBC radio show ‘Cabin Pressure‘. How does that sound to you?
Whether you are a part of the Cabin Crew already or are about to embark on your first flight today, as a fellow Sherlockian I will tell you now that there is an entire episode of Cabin Pressure referencing Benedict’s role as Sherlock Holmes (or rather, skirting around the reference to hilarious effect – ‘just like Miss Marple, Skip!’). Trust me, you will find ‘Paris‘ a particularly tickling episode as Martin (Cumberbatch) attempts to solve a mystery of his own…
Day 12 – Cabinlock!
While it may not be exactly Sherlock-related, Cabin Pressure is the perfect way to bide our time until Series 3 airs. Our Sherlockian link with the radio show is that the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch voices one of the four title characters, Captain Martin (du) Crieff. And while that may sound like reason enough to climb aboard (Mr. Cumberbatch -> Voice acting -> Voice.), it is a ridiculously funny show with compelling characters and silly situations. Writer and creator John Finnemore is infinitely clever and Cabin Pressure is just plain fun to listen to. (Caution: You WILL laugh out loud)
Because of the crossover with Benedict Cumberbatch, ‘Cabinlock’ was created and you’ve probably run into at least one mashup of Sherlock and Cabin Pressure – even if you didn’t know it! (Ever wondered about those traveling lemons, yellow cars, and polar bears being brilliant?) Day 12 is all about getting into the Cabinlock spirit. And listening to episodes of Cabin Pressure, of course.
There are Cabinlock versions of Sherlock and Martin being one and the same. There is a larger gag about the two characters being related. And then there are just really great uses of Cabin Pressure quotes and references being mixed with Sherlock, and vice versa. You’ll notice that even the otters managed to get involved!
Right then, go ahead and pull out your Standard Operating Procedures for a little revision. Ready?
In the case of a BBC Sherlock wait and/or countdown: Toss an apple. Listen/re-listen to Cabin Pressure. Get Cabinlocked. Don cap (so fellow fans may identify you), enter tumblr, deviantART, YouTube, etc. and let the hours of waiting slip by as you peruse awesome Cabinlocked fanworks. Optional: Create Cabinlock.
You can poke around the Internet for the episodes if you don’t have them, but each series is available to purchase online as audio books and it is well worth the little amount you will spend on each series. The cast are in a word (to borrow from lovable character Arthur Shappey), brilliant, and the replay value of Cabin Pressure is extremely high. Think of it as an investment in lifelong entertainment that you can and should share with your Sherlockians Anonymous support group.
And we’re nearly there now, so check back tomorrow for the next 15 Days of Sherlock spoiler free way to spend the day. ‘The Empty Hearse‘ premiers this Sunday, January 19th, on PBS Masterpiece Mystery!
‘How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?’ – The Sign of Four
Thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…