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    The Great Game
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    A Scandal In Belgravia
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    The Sign of Three
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    The 'Other Detectives' Lounge

    Well, here we are in a new season . . happy Midsummer's Day, everyone. I have another Other Detective to add to our little collective. May I introduce everyone to Dr. Lucien Blake, star detective of The Doctor Blake Mysteries (ITV-Australia). He says G'day. Craig McLachlan portrays Dr. Blake, a WWII veteran and former POW survivor who was captured by the Japanese during the fall of Singapore in 1942 and held prisoner in a camp for 3 years. His French mother died under mysterious circumstances when he was 12 and shortly thereafter, Lucien's father, Thomas Blake, M.D., shipped his only child off to boarding school. University followed, then medical school, enlistment in the Army, and marriage to a beautiful Chinese woman with whom he had a daughter. Both disappeared in the chaos following the Japanese invasion of Singapore, where the family was living, and Lucien has never stopped believing that they are still alive, and looking for them through a Chinese private detective. 1959, Ballarat, Australia: The prodigal son has finally returned to his hometown, to take over his late father's general medical practice. He also succeeds Dr. Blake, Sr. as the town's official police surgeon . .which means that aside from providing medical attention to members of the force, he functions as the chief coroner, certifying deaths in the district and doing autopsies when required. There are a lot of strange deaths on Dr. Blake's patch, and he is not content to merely dissect and file reports, because he has the soul of a detective. So he is always infiltrating crime scenes, filching official records and lifting crucial evidence from crime scenes & being a general pain in the arse to his police supervisor, Chief Superintendent Matthew Lawson (Joel Tobeck). Lawson routinely has to chew him out and remind him of his official boundaries, but Lawson is more bark than bite. The two are former classmates and childhood friends, so Blake's maverick ways mostly get a benign eye from his police 'boss'. Lucien (which means 'Light-Bringer', quite apt) drives his father's ancient but lovingly maintained Standard automobile (circa 1937 model) and lives in his father's house, where he has also inherited his father's housekeeper/receptionist, the briskly-efficient Mrs. Jean Beasley (Nadine Gardner) a prim, sharp-tongued yet comely woman of the doctor's own age. Jean is a war widow with two grown sons. Also sharing the household is Ballarat district nurse, Mattie O'Brien, a regular boarder. Mrs. Beasley's nephew, Detective Constable Danny Parks (Rick Donald) drops by for home-cooked meals. Having young people in the house helps lift Dr. Blake out of his tendency to melancholy spirits, but he suffers from insomnia and has a significant attachment to his whisky bottle. Despite his sorrows, and being told daily by various people in town how he is failing to live up to the glorified standard set by his late father, Blake finds his juices really get flowing by a call to a grisly murder scene. I call him a cross between Inspector Morse & Quincy, M.E. with a Down Under flair. Series star Craig McLachlan is best known in his native country as a vapid soap opera beefcake (Neighbours) and for originating the role of flamboyant transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame on stage in Australia. With this reputation one can understand producers' initial hesitation to give him a reading for Dr. Blake. He was considered both too lightweight, and too youthful-looking (though Craig is actually spot-on as to the Doctor's age--he just looks much younger than he is.) But he walked into the audition in character as we see him onscreen and blew everyone away. Blake is a bravura act of transformation not to be missed. Dr. Blake exhibits many Sherlockian traits, combined with the medical acumen of a Dr. Watson. He's aces at reading the forensic clues left behind at crime scenes. He excels at lab work. He's got a signature hat and coat that he always wears. He is always impeccably dressed. He takes refuge in a chemical substance to distract his restless mind. Eats very little, sleeps less. Has a loyal 'Lestrade' who relies on him absolutely. His refusal to play along with societal conventions at times aggravates more conventional people. He is essentially a loner; his intellect and life experiences have left him set apart from 'normal' people's more placid existences. The address of his house/surgery in Ballarat is, get this: 7 Mycroft Avenue. I don't know if such a street exists in the real Ballarat (the show is shot on location) or if it is a nod to Sherlock Holmes by the series creators. With a nod to Inspector Morse for the loneliness, the alcohol dependency, the inductive leaps of logic and the signature automobile. He has a more puckish sense of humor than Morse, though. More Sherlocky, or maybe it's Jack Klugman as Quincy I am thinking of.
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    Hello everyone,

    Bienvenido a Sherlock Forum, Dominican Holmes! I remember the Scooby Doo episode you mention. Now that I think about it, it was a bit weird, or at least meta to have a Hound portraying SH, don't you think? I have read some of Bonnie Macbird's work, but I am not familiar with Dan Simmons. I can recommend Denis O. Smith and Donald Thomas as two first-rate Sherlock Holmes writers. Also, David Marcum's MX New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series is well worth checking out. He collects stories from many different authors, and there are currently 12 volumes, so you are sure to find some that you like. I hope you will enjoy yourself here. And no worries about your English--I'm an English teacher and I give you a gold star.
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    Molly Hooper

    Have you heard them? He makes words like 'chassis' and 'computational fluid dynamics' positively pornographic. How about a '5-liter supercharged engine'? Yes, please. Actually as it wears on it seems like Jaguar might be taking the p*ss with some of Ben's script. Giving him lines like "the aluminium monocoque chassis is strong and rigid.' I barely understand a word of this and I do not care. "Jag-yew-ah" is funny.
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    Female Sherlock!

    ***Finished Ep. 1. Wato and Sherlock will be living together now, prompted by the urging of Mycroft. The Japanese Mycroft is impeccably dressed and also, thin. The Japanese Mrs. Hudson is a very elegant lady. My initial impression is that this is more of a Japanese nod to Elementary than it is to BBC Sherlock. Wato-san here is also a doctor who has lost confidence in her abilities or her direction in life. Like the Canon Dr. Watson, though, she has returned to her native city after an extended period abroad, and having displeased her parents, in the far north of Sapporo, does not feel she can return to them. So when she meets 'Sherlock', she is both jobless and homeless. Her dress sense is a bit collegiate/frumpy but she is not the timid mouse that the promos for this series led one to expect.
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    Female Sherlock!

    I had to go to another link since this one wouldn't open for me, but based on the first 15 minutes, here's what I know so far: Wato-san is a surgeon freshly returned from a posting in Syria (maybe with Doctors Without Borders?) whose mentor comes to meet her at the airport. Within minutes he is felled by a mysterious attack. Miss Sherlock discovers the cause: a Devils' foot bomb planted in his stomach. The Japanese language is structured so that it is very difficult for an educated woman to sound anything other than polite while using the standard form. So far as I can tell, Miss Sherlock is not using any rude or lower-class words but she does have the Sherlock-like habit of asking extremely blunt and personal questions coupled with inappropriate smiling.
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    Recently watched movies

    In general, I am not a fan of the Dr. Strange ginger-facial hair-weird sideburn wings-towering swoop thing that's going on, but can I just say that Ben has really excellent lips? He can carry off a beard with a strongly-chiseled mouth like he's got, but I am not a fan of facial hair as such on most people, including BC. The Strange stare is very intense, though.
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    Molly Hooper

    Absolutely . . Ben the consummate performer really comes to life in front of an audience. The voice is like melted chocolate. If I were blind, I'd still be a Cumberb*tch.
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    Molly Hooper

    I agree, 100%. Sherlock Holmes is totally a babe all the time. Ben as not-Sherl can sometimes be attractive but he has an equal number of really awkward photos. When you can look like Sherlock Holmes, why would you ever want to look any other way? I had considered the whole wig issue, but his hair moves too naturally. I am impressed by Ben's follicles because his hair takes no end of abuse and just springs back like Superhair. Anybody else might have gone bald by now, with all the hair colors he's sported. Speaking of Ross Poldark . .I just watched an episode of S3 last night. Ross's hair is positively Byronic. I wonder if all those curls are his own, because his hair is pretty long these days.
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    Why Sherlock But Not Holmes?

    One could also make the case that Bones and Kirk also split the salient features of Dr. Watson into two people. Kirk, for the warm, personable Extraverted people skills, and the eye for the ladies, along with his human frailties like impulsivity, temper and .. eye for the ladies. McCoy, for the medical knowledge and the unfortunate luck in marriage. Bones's sense of sarcastic humor is closer to Holmes's, though. He's pretty good at loyalty. I've always figured that Bones and Spock don't get along so well because they are both competing for the slot of #1 Bestie to the charismatic Captain. Bones resents Spock a bit because he, Bones, was friends with Jim first, and he can't compete with the whole brain quandrant thing.
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    Why Sherlock But Not Holmes?

    You may have misunderstood me or perhaps you were paying me the compliment of saying I can't be over 21? I was 12 or 13 when I first encountered the Great Detective in print (The Great Mouse Detective doesn't count, I don't think.) My full acquaintance with Mr. Holmes is a lot more recent. My TV puked sometime around Valentine's Day last year (one remembers the tragedies of one's life with more precision than the happy moments, I find . .), so this towering example of Sherlockian erudition you see before you today was compiled commencing in March 2017 til now. At the time of the commencement I was . . somewhere over 30 . .like over the rainbow over. Bet that's even more impressive, huh? When my little fancies strike me, they tend to take over and I really hit them hard, until I'm onto the next fad. But SH isn't a fad; he's here in the Mind Palace to stay. I've even considered taking up the violin in his honor.
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    Why Sherlock But Not Holmes?

    Well, Herl, your provocative title works as clickbait because it was the first thing that caught my eye this morning. I will put my hand up as someone who got hooked on BBC Sherlock and BC's creation of a 21st century Holmes, and then found the show as a springboard into delving into the literary characters as created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is strange even to me to admit that, as a lifelong avid bookworm who read practically everything that wasn't nailed down that I didn't fall immediately into obsession with Sherlock Holmes upon first 'meeting' him via Hound and the Adventures in my middle school library, aged about 12. I liked Hound and read the whole thing, and have an indelible memory of The Speckled Band, but at that time in my life, I didn't have further interest in reading on about the exploits of two Victorian gentlemen sitting around smoking pipes and drinking brandy. Holmes and Watson did a lot more than that, but as a pre-teen girl I preferred reading about animals and stories featuring contemporary kids my age. Even then, apart from dog stories, mysteries were my first choice in reading but I didn't find the Holmes stories particularly suspenseful. I still don't think suspense was Conan Doyle's strong suit but I have come to appreciate other features of his style. Many years went by, and SH remained as an iconic image in the back of my mind, even without reading the original stories in full. It is impossible to work in a library environment and not bump into the Great Detective in some form or other. He adorns the genre stickers denoting our 'Mystery' fiction, for example . .and there have been so many rip-offs homages of/to him for all age groups. In just about every library under the sun, one will find Sherlock Holmes shelved in the juvenile section, and, if one is lucky, he's down in the adult stacks as well. For such an unabashed adult character with his high-level vocabulary and decidedly adult habits, Sherlock would seem to be an odd fit for the children's section--children's, not middle or high school. We've got other classic literature titles by Conan Doyle's contemporaries in the kids' area like Treasure Island or Kim which are adventures featuring Victorian language and some bad adult behavior, but their chief protagonist is a child/young person. Apart from some drive-bys by the Irregulars, the Holmes stories do not contain any children . . and a child protagonist(s) is one of the trademarks of children's books. SH is a draw unto himself, and in my travels since in Sherlockiana, I have come to learn that just about *everyone* who calls him/herself a Sherlockian read him very early on and never stopped. For a normally prodigious reader, I came to Sherlock Holmes quite late. Sherlockians may not be 'born' but they are made very early--10 years of age seems to be the average. Guy Ritchie was 8 years old. Makes me feel like a slacker, to be honest. Then came 2011 and the game was afoot on the BBC. In the end, what made me take the leap from Cumberfandom to the literary page was nothing high-toned at all: My television died, and with it, my only DVD portal. Fortunately, before that happened, I was able to view the entire Jeremy Brett series . . but when the screen went dark in my Wi-Fi-less abode, the only entertainment left to me was reading. (I do have electricity, so I was not forced to read the Canon by candlelight.) The other spur to my Holmes scholarship was some goading by a cyber-acquaintance who fancied himself a real Holmes expert and derided me for my paucity of knowledge. He had enjoyed the BBC show for the first season but not thereafter, and made no bones about that. I wasn't going to stand for being dismissed as a frivolous fangirl and so I took on his challenge to read the entire Canon. I feel confident that I could go toe-to-toe with him in a pub quiz challenge now. (Mischief Girl and Cavardossi will know who I am referring to.) So, it took a busted TV and a dare to turn me into a Holmes scholar. I wouldn't trade in those 14 TV-DVD-free months though because they brought me inestimable riches in the form of being continually delighted and occasionally frustrated by the brainchild of Sir Arthur. I've met some others in this merry, rather off-kilter band of Sherlock Holmes disciples and really, I'm just a dilettante compared to them. When I start wearing my deerstalker year-round, then I will know that I've reached the point of no return. I would encourage everybody to give Sherlock Holmes a go on the page. You don't have to wait until your TV dies, either. BBC Sherlock is to Sherlock Holmes like a Big Mac is to a filet minon. Big Macs are tasty, and derived from the same basic ingredient, and they hit the spot when one is in the mood for them, but when one craves a grown-up meal that will take more time to chew and be more sustaining over time, the stories are where it's at/
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    Episode 2.1, "A Scandal In Belgravia"

    I agree that 'infatuation' isn't quite the word, since it implies a strong, all-consuming fascination/passion that is, in the normal run of human life, fleeting and transient. People get infatuated with one another, call that love and then get married, only to get divorced a few years later when the infatuation dims and they assume, since they've 'fallen out of love' with the object of their previous infatuation, that they need to move on and find that mountaintop high emotional experience with someone else. In Watson's case, though, the fascination with Sherlock Holmes and the excitement of his association never fully wore off, even though two marriages and changing digs numerous times and his own intermittently demanding career and life circumstances. It was an enduring regard but that infatuation element never completely left. So maybe 'fascination' is a better word? But there was definitely a more mature love in play too, or else Watson would have left Holmes after a month or two when the irritations of life with him got to be too much. Watson reached the limits of his endurance many times over the years, but he never exceeded them, because he stayed. Even when they were not physically cohabitating anymore, there was an enduring emotional bond. Watson fulfilled all the functions of a loyal and loving partner actually, though I don't mean that in the eros sense. We should all be so lucky as to have a Watson. As Benedict put it when describing Martin's work, Watson is everything you could need at your right hand.
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    Episode 2.1, "A Scandal In Belgravia"

    I think people can be infatuated by their friends, only, with sexual attraction removed from the equation, it becomes 'hero worship.' That's what I'd call it. John's admiration is not lascivious, but it is constant and complete. Even when the two are squabbling, Watson stands in awe of his friend's gifts and marvels at them, and in some part of himself strives to be more like Holmes. It's a platonic love affair that's been going on since 1880.
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