We spend a lot of time here at the Midnight Myth discussing heroes, villains, epic adventures, and feats of derring-do. But it’s easy to lose sight of those characters just outside the realm of glory, just to the right of the protagonist, propping them up in times of need. This week, we’re talking about the sidekick—through the eyes of one of the greatest sidekicks in all of storytelling, Dr. John Watson. As he accompanies the great detective Sherlock Holmes and chronicles their adventures, Watson may seem like a lesser man, but time and again proves himself essential to Holmes’ success. We’re taking a close look at the pilot episode of the BBC series Sherlock, ‘A Study in Pink,’ to break down what makes Watson both so ordinary and so exceptional.
How did you know episode 3 of the Midnight Myth would be great? Elementary, my dear listeners. Derek and Laurel talk about the detective archetype in storytelling as they break down the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. We also talk about the latest season in the BBC smash hit show Sherlock. You do not know want to miss the clues to understanding why detectives are part of the quest for the perfect story!