Did Elementary Influence Late-Period Sherlock?

Yesterday, Elizabeth Sandifer posted an essay on Sherlock‘s 2016 Christmas special, “The Abominable Bride,” on the Eruditorum Press blog. One issue raised in her essay is the sudden interest in Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes’ drug addiction, an element of the Arthur Conan Doyle canon that Sherlock hadn’t dealt with. What follows is a comment I … Continue reading Did Elementary Influence Late-Period Sherlock?

Random Thoughts on Sherlock

What follows is a rambling post about “The Final Problem” and Sherlock overall that I made on Facebook. I don’t guarantee that it will make any sense. It’s a bit random. A coworker said to me this morning, “You either loved it or you hated it.” I didn’t hate it, but I’m not a fan … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Sherlock

Moriarty’s Identity and the Sherlock Christmas Special

Last night, PBS’s Masterpiece Theater aired the Sherlock Christmas special, “The Abominable Bride.” That was well-made nonsense. If you ever thought the biggest problem with the Canon was that it wasn’t phildickian enough, Moffat and Gatiss wanted to reassure you that, yes, Sherlock Holmes can indeed mess with your mind. “The Abominable Bride” wasn’t what … Continue reading Moriarty’s Identity and the Sherlock Christmas Special

The AV Club Weighs In on the “Elementary vs. Sherlock” Question

The Onion‘s AV Club has posted an insightful and nuanced take on Elementary and Sherlock in comparison to each other. Though I try not to compare the two series (because they really are different things with different aims), I find myself in agreement with a lot of it, frankly; I keep wondering how Sherlock‘s cast … Continue reading The AV Club Weighs In on the “Elementary vs. Sherlock” Question

Thoughts on the Sherlock Minisode, “Many Happy Returns”

A week from now, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ Sherlock returns to BBC 1 after a two year absence. Just as Moffat has done Doctor Who minisodes to tease upcoming seasons and specials, he’s done a Sherlock minisode, “Many Happy Returns,” to tease the new season. I watched it. I grinned through it. From a … Continue reading Thoughts on the Sherlock Minisode, “Many Happy Returns”

On Sherlock Holmes and Swapping Scripts

As people who follow me on Twitter know, I watch Elementary, CBS’s “Sherlock Holmes in present day New York City” series. I’ve gone from liking it (and calling it “House with murders”) to really enjoying it. There are people who won’t watch it because they think it’s a Sherlock rip-off or because they cast Lucy … Continue reading On Sherlock Holmes and Swapping Scripts

On Imagined Doctor Who Conversations

I woke this morning to discover that Doctor Who fandom was in turmoil. The reason? Matt Smith has signed for a movie to begin filming in May. You may be saying to yourself, “What’s the big deal?” And no, it’s not a big deal. Smith is an actor, and actors like to work because actors, … Continue reading On Imagined Doctor Who Conversations

On What I Want for Doctor Who’s 50th-Anniversary

My last panel at Philcon this weekend was on 50 years of Doctor Who. It was a very good panel — it was mainly about why the series has lasted as long as it has, and there was also some good questions from the large audience. (It was the best attended panel I experienced all … Continue reading On What I Want for Doctor Who’s 50th-Anniversary

On Matt Smith’s Desire for a Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover

Well, this is interesting. Matt Smith is expressing an interest in a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover. Though I’d much rather see John Munch turn up in an episode of Doctor Who, I have to admit that the idea of the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes crossing paths isn’t a bad one. With the Canonical Holmes, there’s Patricia … Continue reading On Matt Smith’s Desire for a Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover

On Sherlock’s “A Study in Pink”

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.” I first read this line, from the opening chapter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, when I was ten. It was the meeting between Sherlock Holmes, soon to be the famous consulting detective, and Dr. John H. Watson, recently invalided home from the front due … Continue reading On Sherlock’s “A Study in Pink”