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”

My Philcon 2013 Schedule

This weekend is Philcon, a science-fiction convention held annually in the Philadelphia area. This year, like recent years, it’s being held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. And this year, like recent years, I’ll be at the convention and participating on panels. For those attending, here’s what my schedule this weekend looks like: Saturday MOFFAT ON … Continue reading My Philcon 2013 Schedule

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 the Cost of LEGO and New Worlds to Explore

A few days ago on All Things Considered, NPR’s Planet Money wanted to know, “Why are Legos (sic) so expensive?” The segment compared LEGO to MegaBloks. While Mega’s products are less expensive, their annual global sales are only about 10 percent of LEGO’s. The segment pointed to several factors — better manufacturing techniques for LEGO, … Continue reading On the Cost of LEGO and New Worlds to Explore

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 the Ratiocinative Android

Today I realized how entirely appropriate it was that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss cast Martin Freeman as John H. Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock. No, it’s not Freeman’s unbridled everyman-neess nor his stolid Britishness. Rather, it’s the obvious fact that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes is clearly the latest product of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. … Continue reading On Sherlock the Ratiocinative Android

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

A few weeks ago, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came out. While it’s not the Sherlock Holmes production most of my friends were anticipating — that would be the second season of the BBC’s Sherlock, which began airing on BBC1 yesterday — it’s the Sherlock Holmes event I was most anticipating. Don’t misunderstand. Much … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows