When Sherlock Got Bored
What did Sherlock do when he got bored? You'd think that the very intelligent consulting detective would have been able to amuse himself between cases, wouldn't you? But the Victorian era held very few of the distractions that we enjoy today.
Sherlock couldn't surf the Internet, there was no Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, and television hadn't even been invented. He'd devoured all the news in the Times with breakfast and never had a clue when his next client might wander in. Sherlock liked to indulge himself in a good argument, but John wasn't always around to oblige. The good doctor did, after all, get married and move out at one point. Sherlock wasn't at all domestic, so cleaning the flat or whipping up a new recipe wouldn't have occurred to him, even eating was usually off his list. He wasn't into relationships or socializing which eliminated dating and visiting family and friends.
Unfortunately Sherlock had several fall back activities on which he relied, the first of which was his drug habit. During Victorian times, cocaine and morphine were both legal and readily available. This proved an ongoing point of contention with John, who as a physician, was aware of the physical detriments of drug addiction. Sherlock did however enjoy experimentation, but that occasionally involved dismemberment or misuse of cadavers which has also come to be frowned upon.
Another of Sherlock's amusements was the use of firearms. He might have gone hunting, but as he lived in Central London and the countryside was a train ride away, that wasn't always possible.
Sherlock decided to use his pistol to write VR on the wall of his flat. (VR for Victoria Regina, England's queen at the time.) BBC's Sherlock spray painted a circle on the wall and created a smiley face with bullet holes. Neither of these amusements made Mrs. Hudson very happy.
It was not a good thing for Sherlock to be bored. He was at his best in the midst of an adventure, dashing off to collect data or even mulling over his observations without stirring for hours on end. Sherlock was rarely so dangerous as when he was bored. No wonder John always looked so relieved when Sherlock announced, "The Game is afoot!"