Author Archives: DrAcrossthePond

Sherlock Holmes: The Boscombe Valley Mystery

I find it weird that The Boscombe Valley Mystery follows Shoscombe Old Place.  I think the “…scombe” ending of the two places jars me.  Still, I suppose that has no bearing on the quality of the story.  In fact, I … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – New Adam, New Eve

When God seemed to appear to the Alphans, I rolled my eyes.  Here we go, I thought.  But to my surprise, this episode offered me a lot to think about.  As I say often enough, that’s what good science fiction … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place

Anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes has undoubtedly seen the recent Robert Downey Jr. movies costarring Jude Law as Watson.  He’s a good Watson but color me a surprised shade of that famously studied scarlet: I had no idea he was … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Brian the Brain

I’d been dreading this one.  Some years back, maybe for a holiday weekend, one of the cable channels showed two back to back episodes of Space: 1999.  The first one was quite good, though I haven’t come across it yet … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Problem of Thor Bridge

I love it when an episode is unintentionally funny.  This episode opens up with a woman dressed in a pinkish-red dress standing ominously among flowers.  She looks like she’s playing a particularly daunting game of Where’s Waldo (Wally, to you … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – One Moment of Humanity

Oh, the humanity!?!  Unlike the last episode, this isn’t so much “mind candy” as “mind stale bread”.  It’s an interesting mix of two classic Star Trek episodes: The Mark of Gideon and Day of the Dove.  Actually, let’s also add … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

Good lord, is that not a long title?  And every time I read it, I want to add “abbey” at the end, having read Dracula long before I’d ever read Sherlock Holmes.  As titles go, this is one of my … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Journey to Where

I won’t deny that I’m angry with this show now.  It’s the inconsistency of it that’s getting under my skin.  Two lame episodes open the season and then this one comes in as a pretty strong story… but forgets the … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles

Last week we covered one of the best of the Sherlock Holmes stories.  I mentioned we’d have to take another look at it this week, but in a different format.  That brings me to a game by developer Waterlily Games … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Exiles

I was annoyed last week, but now I’m just utterly disgusted.  I did a bit of homework this time.  Seems the production crew behind Space: 1999 wanted to Americanize it a bit for season 2.  So, like many sci-fi products … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

It is undoubtedly the most popular of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and by far, the best of the 4 novels.  It has been dramatized countless times starring many of the great actors of history including Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Ian … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Metamorph

Man am I angry.  I was so looking forward to the start of season 2 because I knew that was when Maya arrived.  I fast-tracked watching Season 1 just to get here.  And immediately I was disgusted.  Helena Pinocchio Russell opens with … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Bruce Partington Plans

It just won’t do!  We’ve had this story already, haven’t we?  It was called The Naval Treaty in season one, wherein top secret documents have gone missing.  I suppose there’s something for it considering that had to do with Naval … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Last Enemy

Season one ends with The Last Enemy and I have to say, I was really psyched.  I was looking forward to a really great season finale.  But I’d forgotten an important fact: this was made in the 70’s, long before … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: Wisteria Lodge

Life is funny sometimes.  I was driving home from work with one of my colleagues and she says to me, “I love looking at the wisteria.”  Strange thing to observe on a good day, but certainly unexpected when that night, … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Testament of Arkadia

Well we’re back to a Captain’s Log style story; I guess Koenig was annoyed that Helena got one in first, so he was determined to one-up her.  Both are actually good stories, so I’m not sure he topped Dragon’s Domain, … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: Silver Blaze

When I’d first heard about this story, I had almost skipped it.  I think the idea of Holmes investigating a missing horse just screamed “boring” to me.  Boy howdy, am I glad I didn’t listen to that initial instinct.  Since … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Troubled Spirit

What do you get when you cross a bulldog and a shih tzu?  No, I’ve got a better one.  What do you get when you take The Haunting of Hill House, add a pinch of Doctor Who’s Ark in Space and … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Foot

When I was a kid, I was a fan of horror movies.  They don’t quite have the same appeal these days, but I did have an affinity for some of the old Hammer Horror movies.  There was something wonderfully macabre … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Space Brain

I guess the Alphans couldn’t stay lucky for long.  Two episodes without a death and then we lose 3 in one episode (leaving 284 crewmen) and two Eagles.  At least my luck held out and I had another very enjoyable … Continue reading

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