Author Archives: DrAcrossthePond

Sherlock Holmes: The Mazarin Stone

How do you ruin a Sherlock Holmes story?  That’s a loaded question which deserves a loaded answer.  For one, you take out the main character.  Brett was ill at the time of filming and has less than 30 seconds on … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Devil’s Planet

Last week I made the observation that a Koenig-free episode was excellent and Koenig himself may play a part in why some episodes are especially weak.  This episode comes along and features only Koenig from the main cast (with no explanation of … Continue reading

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Meglos 2022

We interrupt our regularly scheduled review of Sherlock Holmes for a Thanksgiving Day special convention report… On Saturday, November 19th, I again set off on that 100 mile drive to Holtsville, NY where Ken Deep was hosting another Doctor Who … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Dorzak

Here’s an observation: Koenig is utterly absent from this episode and it’s excellent.  Call me a cynic, but that stands out to me.  He’s apparently exploring asteroids that might be habitable.  I say: stay there. This episode has an alien … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Red Circle

I couldn’t recall what The Red Circle was about until I’d started the episode.  Then it came flooding back.  Could this have a stronger impact than the written version?  The answer is yes!   Opening with a murder on the doorstep … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Séance Spectre

It’s a title one expects to find in a ghost story, but there are no ghosts.  This isn’t a horror story or anything of the kind.  We only lose a single crewman, so it doesn’t even come close to falling … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Pince-Nez

I typically like everyone.  My wife often makes fun of me for that.  It’s like I’m a golden retriever who is just happy to talk to people.  But when I started watching The Golden Pince-Nez, I couldn’t stand The Professor.  … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Bringers of Wonder

It’s the only two-parter in the whole run of Space: 1999 and the question I had been wondering is whether this would be too much tedium or would two parts actually be worth it. Part one, now 1912 days into their travels, … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Dying Detective

I am delighted to say that after a very weak start to Season 4 of Sherlock Holmes, the second episode was a major triumph.  It spends over half the episode getting us ready for the pièce de résistance, but when … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Lambda Factor

A few episodes ago, I was surprised to see the writers Pip and Jane Baker behind an episode of Space: 1999.  Today, we have other news!  Terrance Dicks, one of the most prolific of the Doctor Who writers, makes his … Continue reading

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Shadows Over Baker Street

I couldn’t let the days before Halloween go without one more side-step into the alternate realms of Sherlock Holmes.  This is, simply put, a work of genius and one of the best collection of pastiches I’ve ever had the pleasure … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Beta Cloud

Sometimes less is truly more.  Take The Beta Cloud for example.  A mysterious cloud appears and half the base is weak and dealing with Covid… I mean a fever and lack of energy.  They are dropping like flies.  The cloud … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not

Anyone who frequents this site should know by now that we love Halloween.  In preparation of that wonderful holiday, I’m postponing our regularly scheduled reviews of the Jeremy Brett episodes for a brief detour… Have you ever looked back on … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – A Matter of Balance

I started on high alert with this one.  The pre-credit sequence sets the stage: random crewmember Shermeen has a crush on Tony who is depressed when his latest attempt at making beer doesn’t work. Tony seems to blame her for … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Three Gables

I remember the first time I’d watched Brett’s episodes of Sherlock Holmes.  I loved these stories but had noticed a steady decline in them.  When I’d started The Three Gables, I could see Brett’s health had begun to deteriorate and … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Space Warp

I’m really not sure I understand how the production crew operated at the time of this series.  The first half felt like another excuse to get Commander Belligerent off the station but about half-way through the episode, the focus shifted.  … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor

Good Lord, what happened??  Did they really run out of steam by this point?  Who thought this story needed to be made into an hour and 40 minutes?!  I remember the story of the woman with the scarred face, and … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Catacombs of the Moon

The best thing about Catacombs of the Moon is the title.  Conceptually, I think there’s a good idea under the surface, maybe buried deep in a catacomb, but it ends up being 50 minutes that felt like swimming through treacle.  … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes Crossovers and Pastiches – Vampire Edition

After last week’s review of The Last Vampyre, I thought I’d take a quick diversion into more undead encounters.  I am a big fan of the various worlds that Sherlock Holmes inhabits.  I say various because he can fit into … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The AB Chrysalis

Now this was an unusual episode.  It seems the last two were a bit more of what I’d hoped to find in season two and, while I don’t have much hope of that continuing, it was nice to experience another … Continue reading

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