Just stumbled on this recent article about an upcoming Netflix series, The Irregulars. I know the relatively minor characters of the Baker Street Irregulars have been presented in film and TV a few times in the past, but they don't seem to have been as popular in those media as those other minor characters, Professor Moriarty and Irene Adler. I did think it was funny that, at the very top of the linked article, there was a picture of Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, even though they have absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming series. (I guess that's how the Internet works, though. You have to catch the eye.)
I will have to remember to follow announcements about the series, and check it out when it's released. Just another example of how Sherlock Holmes storytelling shows no sign of slowing down in the 21st century!
Dear Reader (if there are any of you left),
I know it's been an awfully long time since I posted here on Baker Street Babble. What can I say? Life has just gotten quite hectic, and my blogging has suffered. Today I'm prepping for a medical procedure, so I've got some free time on my hands. I decided it would be fun to do some catching up on my Sherlockian interests, and I figured the best place to begin would be to finally watch the rest of Elementary on Hulu. Yes, I know, I'm super late to that party, but...better late than never, I suppose.
When I left off watching the series awhile back, I had just begun Season 6. I've just watched episodes 3 and 4 of that season, and I'm not terribly impressed at this point. As always, Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are entertaining to watch, but the cases aren't all that thrilling. I'm waiting for more action on the subject of Sherlock's state of mind. (Avoiding spoilers here...)
In other Sherlockian news, I also received the new Nicholas Meyer pastiche, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols, and I'm thinking I may finally get around to reading it today and tomorrow. I have enjoyed Meyer's other books, so I'm hoping this one is worth my while. I shall attempt to share my thoughts on the book here when I've finished it.
If anyone is still reading the blog anymore, thanks for your attention! I shall try to do better in the days to come.
So I just figured out that today is Sherlock Holmes Day (also known as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday)! Hope all you Sherlockians out there have a lovely day!
Okay, I will admit that I have been rather lax of late, as far as this blog is concerned. I don't know where the time has gone! However, something I just heard on a podcast from The Reduced Shakespeare Company inspired me to look up the work of Nicholas Meyer, who not only directed the greatest Star Trek film of all time (Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan), but also wrote a trilogy of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. The best known of his Holmes novels is, of course, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which was also made into a film by the same name. The other two are not as well known, although I'm sure most Sherlockians have heard of them: The West End Horror and The Canary Trainer.
When I looked those three books up just now, though, I also found that Meyer will be releasing a FOURTH Holmes pastiche in October 2019: The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols. You can read more about the upcoming novel at the publisher's website. I enjoyed Meyer's earlier novels, so I imagine I will have to check the new one out when it is released!
WOW. I've seen quite a few Top Ten lists of Holmes films: Top Ten Best, Top Ten Worst, etc. But Rob Hunter at slashfilm.com has really outdone himself: he has watched SEVENTY Holmes adaptations from film and TV and ranked them, worst to best. Pretty impressive accomplishment! You can read Part One of this gargantuan undertaking at the link below...
I stumbled over this AV Club article about a bizarre German cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid,"which for some reason is about Sherlock Holmes. You can watch video of the cover below...the world is a crazy place.
In case your German is a little rusty, I ran the lyrics through Bing's translator, and here's what it spit out:
Fog moves in dense clouds
across the Moor from Forest Hill
Green spooky grins a WISP
it is night in Baskerville
who spread fear and terror
who destroyed, what he wants
everybody is looking to hide
before the Hound of the Baskervilles
Wen they are incurred
This Hound of the Baskervilles, oh yeah
in the fight for Baskerville, oh, yeah
and it dares not soul
in the Dark Moor into
everyone trembles for his life
who is probably the Be next?
Today the mission is completed
that his mad master gave him
silent, how he once got
he sneaks into the bog down
fog moves in dense clouds
across the Moor from Forrest Hill
And hides the puzzle question
to the Hound of the Baskervilles
from the comic strip Fluff (copied from thecomicstrips.com)
One interesting Sherlockian item I recently picked up from the local library is a book by Martin Fido entitled The World of Sherlock Holmes. It's a nicely illustrated hardcover book that is going to make a neat addition to my Sherlockian library. There's no earth shattering new research in the book or anything like that, but it has a decent amount of basic info about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous character, and it's all presented quite nicely. I found it pretty cheap on Amazon.com, so it should be on its way soon!
OK, confession time: I happen to be fascinated by a website called Frock Flicks, wherein costume experts review actors and films/TV shows that feature period costume, with often hilarious (and sometimes fairly profane) commentary. From time to time, I check in with the site to see what they've said about this or that period drama.
Of course, they have been known to tackle Sherlock Holmes from time to time. So, for your enjoyment, here is a link to their article about a few of the costumes from Granada's television adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, featuring the marvelous Jeremy Brett as the Great Detective...
Frock Flicks: A Historical Sherlock Holmes – No, Not That One!
"My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know."
-"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
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.