Lately I've been catching up on CBS's Elementary, an excellent series that I watched somewhat regularly while it was airing its second season. I lost track of the show after awhile, and now that it's on Hulu, I've been taking the opportunity to get caught up. It looks like I'm catching up just in time for the series to wrap up in 2019. This article indicates that CBS has announced that the upcoming seventh season is to be the show's final one. I must say, I'm actually pleased by that announcement, as I have long believed that most shows are unable to sustain more than about seven seasons, if they want to maintain their quality. (Of course, many shows fail to stay good even that long.)
Back when I first watched Elementary, I was disappointed in it, having enjoyed BBC's Sherlock so much. However, now that I'm halfway through the third season of Elementary, i actually think the American show has done a much better job of storytelling than BBC's show did. Even though I once believed quite strongly that Benedict Cumberbatch was the finest Holmes I'd ever seen, Jonny Lee Miller has given him a serious run for his money, and in some respects, may even be better. I look forward to seeing how Elementary ends up wrapping up their story. I suspect it will be better than the often-disappointing fourth season of Sherlock. Time will tell...
This is not exactly up-to-date news, but I just read it, so it's news to me!
Apparently, there is a third Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law Sherlock Holmes film in the works. You can read some early reports about the project HERE.
Personally, I am a bit torn when it comes to this particular version of the famous duo: I enjoyed the first Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film the first time I saw it, but I found the second film extremely hard to get through. Comparing Downey to other recent Sherlocks, such as Cumberbatch or Miller, I don't think Robert Downey Jr. fare very well.
One of the first posts I did on Baker Street Babble was this one: Robert Downey Jr.'s Sucky Holmes. I still stand by all of what I wrote in that post.
One of the newest bits of Sherlock Holmes-themed fun is a new radio show on BBC Radio 4 entitled Mrs. Hudson's Radio Show, a live radio comedy featuring Patricia Hodge (Penny from Miranda) as the title character. It's a fun bit of somewhat silly comedy. I like Patricia Hodge a lot, so this makes me smile. And it's interesting to listen to a radio comedy with a live studio audience. For now, you can listen to it online here.
I first found out about this program on the excellent Sherlockian website, John H. Watson MD. If you're interested in Sherlockian news, you should definitely give this site a look!
Unlike the Great Detective, whom Dr. Watson describes as a bit of a slob, I have done a bit of cleaning around here: I've replaced or removed several dead links, changed some font colors, and adjusted some of the artwork here and there. Over the next few days, I hope to do just a bit more cleanup here at Baker Street Babble. Now, if I could just do the same for my house...
Full disclosure right up front...I have not seen Holmes & Watson, a Sherlock Holmes spoof film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the famous duo, that just came out on Christmas Day 2018. I had seen the trailer for the film, posted below, and had initially thought it might be one of those movies that fits into the category "So Bad It's Good." But judging from the reviews that are coming in, this may be a "Wait for Netflix" or even "Won't Waste My Time" sort of film. Here's the trailer...(WARNING: there is some adult language in the clip. You've been warned.)
Yes, it's been quite some time since I took computer in hand to babble about Baker Street. Fear not, dear reader: I did not perish in the turbulent waters at the bottom of Reichenbach Falls. I've just been busy with...life. As my children have grown, and my church job has expanded, I've found that it's not at all easy to find time for blogging. Meanwhile, my interests are not limited to Holmesian topics. I also blog about Shakespeare and the Bible from time to time.
However, today I stumbled on an email in my Inbox about The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, and the importance of this date, December 27, in the Holmes canon. So I decided to revisit my Baker Street Babble blog, and share the following link to a podcast and a poem at I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere...enjoy. I shall attempt to share more of my Sherlockian thoughts in the near future. Compliments of the season!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.