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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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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

I loved reading the Sherlock Holmes stories and I push them like a dealer on a street corner, trying to get members of my family to read them like I get a commission from Conan Doyle’s estate!  But one thing … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Last Sunset

When the Alphans find a new and “well endowed” planet, Koenig launches an exploratory mission,  when a missile is shot at their Eagle.  Unable to avoid it, Carter readies for an explosion that never comes.  The crew land and take … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Six Napoleons

I mentioned to a friend that I’d just watched The Six Napoleons.  He remembered it well but asked me if Italians are really that animated.  You see, this episode opens with an Italian man raging about something.  We’re not given … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Missing Link

I can’t say this fixed the last two episodes, but it was better.  Equally, I can’t say if it was better because the story was better or because it accidentally looks at the potential of NDEs (or Near Death Experiences) … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip

I have enjoyed many of Conan Doyle’s stories and often for different reasons.  The Musgrave Ritual is a fun treasure hunt, while The Blue Carbuncle is a nice Christmas tale.  Hound of the Baskervilles is a wonderfully eerie piece and … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Ring Around the Moon

I’ve been far happier with this series than I’d expected but the last episode was tedious.  I was excited to find Ring Around the Moon had a strong opener with a strange brain-eye planet looking at the Alphans.  It spoke … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Abbey Grange

I am reasonably certain this story is recreated in the Sherlock Holmes video game, Crimes and Punishment and it’s a good one for it.  This is another example of Holmes operating outside the law.  But as much as I have … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Infernal Machine

Sometimes life kicks you in the head.  The very day I told two people how much I had been enjoying Space: 1999 is the same day that I watched a real stinker!  And it’s sad because within the first minute … Continue reading

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