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D is for Duncan Idaho

DOne of my favorite characters ever, and one I’ve been trying to figure out how to talk about. I think the short post format of the A to Z Challenge gives me my solution: let’s start small with this character, hit the major points. Start in the beginning, which is such a difficult time, as it points out in Dune.

Duncan Idaho almost exists as a throw-away character in the novel Dune, and was effectively treated as such in the movie and mini-series. He exists far more in the main character’s mind, reminding him of lessons, than he does actually on the page as a character. And like so many characters in Dune, he dies in the first act. So what is it about this character that grows in the imagination, that makes him larger than life? Well, I’m trying to avoid spoilers at least a little bit in this introduction, so follow on for Duncan Idaho: the most lived man in history!

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Geek 501 – Sherlock

With our Geek 501 posts, we try to give you a primer or introduction on a topic. For today, it’s BBC’s smash hit, Sherlock. Part of a trend of retelling the Sherlock Holmes stories these days, including the two films with Robert Downey Jr., and the new TV show Elementary. There have been plenty of Sherlock Holmes remakes and stories ever since the books came out… For instance, to reference my post yesterday, there’s Sherlock Holmes adventures in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

With so many retellings of these stories, what makes Sherlock so special? There are all sorts of reasons it might be. The rising star that is Benedict Cumberbatch. The success of bringing the story into the modern age. Steven Moffat. Martin Freeman as the English Everyman. However, I have a different argument.

Rather than tell you every odd and end of the show, I’m going to explore the question that I think answers the success of the show – what do you call Sherlock? If you’re looking for an intro to the show, try this introduction by the folks over at For Human Peoples:

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I told you that story to tell you this one… Epic Music Moments in Movies

Allow me to explain.

Sometimes, it seems like a whole movie can be encapsulated in a well-done sequence. And the best way to do that is usually with a song.

Sometimes, it’s a song that tells the whole back-story, and sets up the rest of the film. Sometimes, it’s the whole climactic ending for the characters. And I have one example of a music video that tells a whole movie in-and-of itself.

Yeah, you’ve maybe seen these, but let’s look at them all together here.

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