Sherlock series 4 will be coming January 1, 2017, hopefully a good start to 2017. With the coming of the new series of Sherlock I thought I would take a second and look back at the previous three series.
Series one and two were fantastic, the third series fell a little flat, but overall it has been great to watch. Now the fact that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch have become hugely popular actors has made it that we have to continually wait years between new three-part episode series, but it is finally happening. This hopefully begins the new year on a little bit of a high note!
A lot of really exciting things always come out of San Diego Comic-Con, and this year was no exception. A lot of teasers and trailers were released, giving us first looks at several upcoming films that already have a lot of buzz. I’m only highlighting the ones that really stuck out to me, which unfortunately is most of them…
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Tagged American Gods, Batman v. Superman, comic con, DC Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange, Justice League, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Movies, Sherlock, Trailer Watch, Trailers, Wonder Woman
So in yesterday’s post I talk a lot about the inevitability of technology in the near future… say in the Geek Baby’s lifetime. Indeed, we seem to be getting closer and closer to that point of Singularity… and the potential for a Terminator or I, Robot sort of future. I’ve written a bit about this in terms of how it always seems to be an accident when this happens in fiction…
And really, we’ve talked a lot about the dystopian possibilities of the future, in our Science Fiction Today posts. Doom and gloom honestly seem very likely. Should we plan for the future – raise the Geek Baby – with that in mind?
And it all comes back to Dune. Rather than writing the story about the war with the machines, Frank Herbert wrote the story of the future long after that time. When humanity has learned to do without nearly so much technology – and have done so by enhancing humanity, through rigorous training, enhanced drugs, whatever means – just to not use computers and machines instead.
If we were to raise the Geek Baby without reliance on technology, this seems like the reason and the way to do so. Raise her as a mentat almost, a human computer. All full of logic and deduction and data. Maybe start with Sherlock? Battlestar Galactica and the fear of networked computers?
We most likely won’t, but it does beg the question… should we?…
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Tagged Artificial Intelligence, Battlestar Galactica, Dune, Frank Herbert, Geek Baby, I Robot, Just Like Dune, Robots, Sherlock, Terminator, The Singularity
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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Tagged Benedict Cumberbatch, Bond, British TV, Broadchurch, Children of Dune, Doctor Who, Dune, For Human Peoples, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Martin Freeman, Mini Series, Movie, Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Steven Moffat, tv shows