Cody Gotchall is a student at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon who has focused his academic efforts on data analytics and a STEM curriculum. Considering Sir Arthur Conan Doyle one of his favorite authors, Cody Gotchall enjoys Benedict Cumberbatch’s ongoing portrayal of iconic 19th-century detective Sherlock Holmes in the popular BBC series Sherlock.
With the fourth season of Sherlock having kicked off on New Year’s Day of 2017, the detective portrayed by Cumberbatch in a contemporary setting has been described as evolving into a “kinder” character who is able to find more empathy for those around him. This seems a necessary trait for survival, as the series takes a darker turn in a case that starts with the seemingly pointless theft of six plaster busts of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
As described by Sherlock costar Amanda Abbington, the appeal of Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is his “unashamed intellectualism” in an age of sound bytes. What he represents is particularly reassuring in this era of of dumbed-down presidential debates and news of questionable veracity.