I’ve seen a couple of episodes of BBC’s great Sherlock series with Benedict Cummerbatch, but now I’ve been watching them all on Netflix. As I watched the pilot, “A Study in Pink,” I realized that this show is built on the same dynamic as The X-Files.
Each show is about a man who already investigates mysteries. The man is a social outcast because of his peculiar interests and obsessive personality.
Each series starts with a new partner teaming up with him. The partner is much physically smaller than the man, and has a much more reserved personality. Clearly, the two main characters are foils.
The partner is a medical doctor.
Throughout the series, each character grows by becoming just a little more like the other.
Their adventures are complicated by powerful behind-the-scenes interests who alternately help and oppose them.
It’s a great foundation for any high-energy mythology. Surprising it isn’t used even more often.