Fan Theory Friday: Are Sherlock Holmes and Spock Related???

Illogical, you might think, but you’d be wrong…

On paper, the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Spock would seem to be pretty similar. Both are emotionally-detached male humanoids who value logic, reason, and loyalty above all else. Both are highly intelligent, if peculiar for their intelligence, and both require a confidant, Watson for Holmes and Kirk for Spock, as a sounding board/link to reality. But what if the connection goes beyond surface traits, and what if Holmes and Spock are … brace yourselves … related?

It sounds crazy but it’s not as crazy as it seems, and it all hinges on a single quote:

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

But before we get into all that, let’s look at another important connection between the two.

In “The Reichenbach Fall,” the season two finale of Sherlock, the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Holmes
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Sherlock: 38 nerdy spots in The Final Problem

Louisa Mellor Jan 17, 2017

We’ve scoured Sherlock’s The Final Problem for tiny details and references to other stories, and here’s what we found…

Warning: contains spoilers.

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With the help of the pause button and a pot of strong coffee, we’ve picked through Sherlock’s series four finale The Final Problem to seek out the nerdy references and painstakingly added background details. (You can find the same for the previous episodes here and here.)

Here goes…

1. Starting with the obvious, The Final Problem is of course the title of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1893 short story in which Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty appear to tumble to their deaths in the Reichenbach Falls. Andrew Scott’s Moriarty references the title several times in series two finale The Reichenbach Fall.
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Sherlock: 34 nerdy spots in The Lying Detective

Louisa Mellor Jan 10, 2017

We've scoured The Lying Detective for details and noticed a few interesting titbits. Spoilers ahead...

Once again, we’ve clued for looks in the latest Sherlock episode The Lying Detective and noticed some fun details and references to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Here goes…

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1. The episode’s very first shot of a smoking gun – which we assume is that of Vivian Norbury in The Six Thatchers as remembered by John Watson – is actually the gun shot at John Watson by Eurus Holmes in the episode’s final shot. (The same shot also features in the series four opening credits and is briefly edited in to the scene of Sherlock and ‘Faith’ sitting by the Thames after he’s thrown her gun into the water.)

2. A vase of white roses,
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Sherlock: 33 nerdy spots in The Six Thatchers

Louisa Mellor Jan 4, 2017

Did you spot the tease for next week’s episode in the Sherlock series 4 opener? See that and more details from The Six Thatchers…

After taking a fine-toothed comb to new Sherlock episode The Six Thatchers (well, watching it with one finger hovering over the pause button) here are a few items of note discovered, in addition to a handful of discoveries made by some very fine Sherlock detectives elsewhere…

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1. We know that Lady Smallwood’s British Intelligence code name is ‘Love’, leaving the Holmes brothers and Sir Edwin to divvy up ‘Antarctica’, ‘Langdale’ and ‘Porlock’ between them. Porlock (as well as being a village
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Sherlock Season 4 Preview: Mark Gatiss on Sherlock vs. Baby Watson — Plus: Could This Be the Final Season?

Sherlock Season 4 Preview: Mark Gatiss on Sherlock vs. Baby Watson — Plus: Could This Be the Final Season?
Sherlock fans can expect a pair of blessed arrivals when we ring in 2017: the first full season of PBS/Masterpiece’s detective drama in three years… and a bundle of joy for John and Mary Watson as they welcome their first child.

“It creates a different dynamic,” co-creator Mark Gatiss tells TVLine about the addition of a tiny Watson, who debuts in the Season 4 premiere (Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9/8c). “Now I must stress, although we have a lot of fun with it, it doesn’t mean that Sherlock has become Two Men, a Woman and a Baby. But we do have fun with it,
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Sherlock Series 4 Trailer 2: It’s Not A Game Anymore

After a lengthy hiatus, our favorite opiate addicted "high-functioning sociopath" returns to the telly on Jan 1st 2017 with episode 1 "The Six Thatchers," and then episode 2 on Jan 8th entitled "The Lying Detective," followed by episode 3 "The Final Problem" on January 15th.  And that's it for series 4.  

If you aren't familiar with Sherlock or British television, the way television is done in England is different than what you may be accustomed to with the standard American 10-16 episode seasons.  Often, seasons are referred to as a "series" overseas, and many are 6 episodes in length, especially for a major drama.  Sherlock episodes are basically TV movies running around two hours each, and they may be months are even years apart.  This is no surprise considering the fame of both Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) making it difficult to coordinate their schedules.    

The second trailer does not give
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Exits: Hannibal Lecter And Wes Craven

The three-year run of Hannibal, one of the most visually and narratively innovative series ever to air on television, broadcast or cable, came to a breathtaking conclusion Saturday night. I have already confessed to a bit of selfish melancholy that there will be no more surprises, no more opportunities to get lost in the show’s radical approach to reimagining Thomas Harris’s well-known and well-trodden scenarios, and no more sweet, agonized anticipation over what form the show, probably the most envelope-pushing of any network show ever aired, might take in its own becoming. But I must also confess that I couldn’t be more satisfied with the way Hannibal, all three seasons now fully unveiled, was orchestrated to a beautifully modulated finish that illustrated the truly expressive and even transcendent (of the limitations of a more audience-friendly, more comfortingly linear structure and tone) achievement of Bryan Fuller’s series.
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9 Outrageous Ways Famous Movie Characters Came Back From The Dead


The history of entertainment is filled to the brim with examples of characters being killed off, only to suddenly feel a lot better for the sake of a sequel. In fiction Sherlock Holmes was killed off in The Final Problem, only for readers to keep pestering Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for more stories. So back to life he came a few years later.

In television Bobby Ewing famously died on Dallas, only for it to be revealed the whole season was dream, and he was having a really long shower. Likewise Tony Almeida was very, very dead in Season 5 of 24, until Season 7 when he wasn’t.

And movies of course do this a lot. In many cases it’s a consequence of a character striking a cord with the public, who want to see them in another adventure, logic be damned. It’s hard work to come up with
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111 things we learned about Sherlock from the series 3 DVDs

Discarded plots, quotes from canon, Martin Freeman's hatred of Watson's moustache... Here's a long list of Sherlock series 3 trivia...

Released this month, the collector’s edition Sherlock series 3 DVDs are crammed with nerd succour, from the episodes one and three commentaries by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Una Stubbs, to behind-the-scenes featurettes, falling-over and dancing outtakes, footage from episode read-throughs, a deleted scene in which Lars Mikkelsen licks Benedict Cumberbatch, technical special effects gubbins, clips from the only existing television interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and - we almost forgot - the series itself.

For Sherlock fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure, we’ve ploughed through all the bonus material on the discs, turning up the odd bit of trivia treasure as we did so. Find out below about Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's plans for Sherlock to teach Mary the violin, Benedict Cumberbatch
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Sherlock: All 9 episodes ranked from best to worst

Last month's Emmy awards saw an unexpected and wildly impressive victory for Sherlock, with the series three finale 'His Last Vow' picking up three major awards for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Steven Moffat's script.

Thrilling though this is, the reminder of how good Sherlock is has only served to make the inevitably long wait for series four that bit more painful, and Moffat didn't help matters by enigmatically declaring that the upcoming series will be "devastating". Gulp.

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Since we were in the mood to marathon all thirteen and a half hours of Sherlock this week, we took the opportunity to pit the nine episodes against each other. Read our list from worst to best below, then tell us all the reasons why we're wrong in the comments!

9. 'The Blind Banker' (Series 1, Episode 2)

There are no truly bad episodes of
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Moriarty: A Contemporary Monster

“He [Professor Moriarty] is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undedicated in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order”

-“The Final Problem” (1893) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Professor Moriarty, known as Jim in more recent adaptations, is not a conventional monster. He doesn’t have scales or a knife, he isn’t some otherworldly creature…yet, in all his incarnations he is viciously terrifying and capable of creating ultimate chaos for our hero.

Moriarty, considered one of literature’s finest villains, was only in two Doyle novels: “The Final Problem” and “The Reichenbach Fall”. He was introduced as a crime lord who protects nearly all the criminals in England in exchange for their obedience and a share of their profits. However, in most modern adaptations
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Jen Krueger: Surviving the Fall

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When we last saw the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes, he watched from afar as John Watson beseeched, “Don’t be dead,” to a headstone bearing Sherlock’s name. Watson does this at the end of “The Reichenbach Fall” after seeing Sherlock seemingly leap to his demise, and I thought it bold of series creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to tackle this update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Final Problem” in their second series. A faked death on a show is as logistically tricky as a real one, and if there’s one thing that almost always creates a make or break moment for a TV show, it’s dealing with a major character’s death.

For a lot of shows, it’s a break moment. Perhaps some of the problem comes from the fact that a character’s death is often prompted by an actor’s exit from the show.
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Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Q&A with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman & more...

Interview Louisa Mellor 1 Jan 2014 - 22:30

Here's what the cast and creators said after December's preview screening of The Empty Hearse. Huge spoilers ahead...

Spoiler warning: best avoided if you haven’t seen The Empty Hearse.

After the posh BFI screening of The Empty Hearse in December, writer Caitlin Moran chaired a Q&A with the cast and creators. Mark Gatiss, who wrote the episode, was in attendance with Steven Moffat, Executive Producer Sue Vertue, director Jeremy Lovering, and actors Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. We’ve trimmed a few of the gags, and the four giggly minutes or so spent wading through an online fan-fic, but the rest is mostly intact. It all began with a scream…

Caitlin Moran: Collectively, having seen the mood outside before this started, and the mood in here today, if everybody would like to let free one big scream to let out the tension,
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Watch the Sherlock Season 3 Prequel: Many Happy Returns

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Sherlock will be returning to BBC One with its anticipated third season in just two days’ time, premiering with its first of three episodes on New Year’s Day, and the broadcaster has recently launched a seven-minute prequel ahead of its return.

The new season picks up two years after The Reichenbach Fall, in which we see Sherlock seemingly committing suicide by stepping off a rooftop, before closing the episode with him watching Watson by his graveside from afar.

It opens with an episode entitled, The Empty Hearse, loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Empty House, in which Conan Doyle brought the character back to life after what was to be his final deathly struggle with Moriarty in The Final Problem.

Sherlock has been gone for two years. But someone isn’t quite convinced that he’s dead…

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will
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Sherlock: 10 Ways The Show Can Succeed Without Moriarty

(Please note that spoilers are included in this article)

Sherlock Holmes is a classic literary figure and a cultural phenomenon . The Great Detective has had an incredible influence over the decades, inspiring everyone from Doctor Who to House M.D. Furthermore he is one of the most portrayed characters of all time, with over seventy actors playing him on screen through the years. However one of the all time great adaptations, along with the Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett versions, has to be the ongoing tv series ‘Sherlock’.

Written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, both of whom are heavily involved with Doctor Who, this is a modern day adaptation of the original Arthur Conan Doyle novels. The programme has been heavily praised for giving the character a resurgence in popularity, by proving that the stories were always about more than the Victorian setting. This was a series with unique mysteries
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Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in 'A Slight Trick of the Mind'

Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in 'A Slight Trick of the Mind'
Richard III, Gandalf, Magneto … and now Sherlock Holmes.

Ian McKellen has added Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s uncanny sleuth to his list of literary incarnations, having agreed to play Holmes in director Bill Condon’s upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind.

In A Slight Trick of the Mind, the 74-year-old will, obviously, play Holmes in his later years. And this version was not penned by Conan Doyle, but is instead adapted from a 2006 novel by Mitch Cullin.

The story picks up with the detective at age 93, long-ago retired to the rural area of Sussex, where he is haunted
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Ian McKellen to play yet another Sherlock Holmes

Finally finished shepherding Hobbits through their various adventures, Sir Ian McKellen is taking on another of British genre fiction's most famous literary creations, as he joins the exponentially expanding list of actors to don the deerstalker cap of Sherlock Holmes. McKellen will reteam with Gods And Monsters director Bill Condon for A Slight Trick of the Mind, in which a long-retired Holmes reopens an unsolved case from fifty years earlier. The detective's autumn years have been explored in the past, most notably in Arthur Conan Doyle's story "The Final Problem" "His Last Bow," in which Holmes comes ...
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TV highlights 02/08/2013

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Proms On Four: Friday Night At The Proms | Live Rugby League | Sherlock | What's Killing Our Bees? A Horizon Special | Museum Secrets | Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where The Time Goes? | That Music Show | Community

Proms On Four: Friday Night At The Proms

7.30pm, BBC4

An evening of music and dance from the Royal Albert Hall. The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena commence proceedings with Beethoven's Seventh. After that, they're joined by dancers the Antonio Marquez Company for performances of Manuel de Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat and Ravel's Bolero; a measure of success with the latter may be whether they can persuade a British audience to think of something other than Torvill and Dean. Andrew Mueller

Live Rugby League: Wigan Warriors v Hull Kingston Rovers

7.30pm, Sky Sports 3

After parting company with unsettled coach Sean Long and trying out alternative training techniques (hot yoga, anyone?), Wigan will
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Benedict Cumberbatch On The Future Of Sherlock

Fans of the excellent BBC series Sherlock can rest assured that the recent Hollywood success of Benedict Cumberbatch and his on-screen partner in crime fighting Martin Freeman will not spell the end for the incredibly popular series. The two English actors have both recently been turning heads across the pond in major big budget blockbusters. Freeman is of course the lead in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, while Cumberbatch is not only voicing the dragon Smaug in Jackson’s opus but also playing the arch villain in next year’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

Naturally, for fans of Sherlock, Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis’ captivating modern day re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth, there is a worry that its two leads will soon become too big for TV and understandably opt to further their movie careers at the expense of the TV series. However, in a recent interview with Yahoo UK,
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The 2012 Hot in Hollywood Awards: Results

AfterElton readers know what's Hot in Hollywood. We're a community of voracious yet discerning pop culture consumers, so when it comes to TV, movies, web series and celebrities... tourniquet be damned, our finger is on the bloody pulse! This year in our first annual Hot in Hollywood poll our readers cast over 800,000 votes (yes, you read that correctly) crowning winners in 21 different categories, everything from Favorite Movie Beefcake to Guilty TV Pleasure to Child Actor We Don't Hate.

There were some tight races (Favorite Web Series, Favorite TV Beefcake and Greatest TV Villain) and a couple gimmes (Teen Wolf obviously had a lock on Favorite TV Sidekick), but the big surprise was how evenly distributed the love was. No single TV or film project took home more than one or two awards.

All in all, it was an impressive launch for the first annual Hot in Hollywood Awards, and our
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