Why is that hit counter on Dr. Watson's blog stuck on 1895? Just a glitch? An homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Perhaps.
But it also foreshadows the major developments in "The Riechenbach Fall." And we aren't the first fans to take special note of the fact that reality on Baker Street is always set at 1895:
221Bby Vincent Starrett (1886-1974) All Poetry Dot Com
Here dwell together still two men of note
Who never lived and so can never die:
How very near they seem, yet how remote
That age before the world went all awry.
But still the game’s afoot for those with ears
Attuned to catch the distant view-halloo:
England is England yet, for all our fears–
Only those things the heart believes are true.
A yellow fog swirls past the window-pane
As night descends upon this fabled street:
A lonely hansom splashes through the rain,
The ghostly gas lamps fail at twenty feet.
Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
And it is always eighteen ninety-five.
It was reported in post 5 of this Baker Street Irregulars thread that:
Conan Doyle tried to kill off Holmes at the end of his second story collection, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1895). Public outcry was so strong, though, that he eventually brought Holmes back to life after a decade's hiatus
... a crowd gathered outside Sir Arthur's house wearing black arm bands demanding that Holmes be brought back to life one woman is even reported to have said "Bring him back you brute!"
The Sherlock writers seem to be having a great deal of fun with the homages to Conan Doyle's classic Holmes through the ages. But we don't want to miss the significance of these clues when they appear. The number 1895 and the number being "stuck" on John's blog, happens in the first episode of Series 2, "A Scandal in Belgravia."
Note above that it was in his second story collection that Doyle tried to kill off Holmes. So we should have expected, when we learned the count was stuck, that in Series 2 Holmes will appear to die. And we should know that he will only appear to have died.