Spock and Sherlock: A study in Geek

Hello All,  I am so sorry that these posts are so far and few between. Anyway I hope that this one is interesting enough to make up for the long wait.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

This quote was first used in The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1890. It has since then been used to death in reference to Sherlock Holmes.

But in 1991 in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country the character Spock quotes it and attributes it not to Holmes or Doyle but rather to a Vulcan ancestor.

But I am not angry instead I am geeking out because just this year in the BBC series Sherlock, Episode 2 The Hounds of Baskerville, Sherlock (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) recites the infamous quote and then in the same scene after Sherlock rants about his need to stay above emotions John Watson (played by Martin Freeman) says, “Alright, Spock.”

Isn’t that amazing!

‘Why is it amazing?’ you ask.

It’s amazing because it means that in a, granted fictional, universe in which Sherlock Holmes is a person  living in our modern-day they still have Star Trek. Which means that Spock’s unattributed quote combined with John’s remark implies that Sherlock is actually quoting Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock. Thus proving for all time that Sherlock is a Treker.  He doesn’t know that the earth revolves around the sun but he watches Star Trek. Well that’s Sherlock for you.

Though one wonders what he makes of The Next Generation episode: Elementary, My Dear Data.

For more on the Sherlock/Spock connection check out this Blog : http://thenewdiogenesclub.blogspot.com/2012/01/mr-spock-and-mr-holmes.html

Quoth the Avengers, “Assemble!”

Because I am over due for blog post and because I can think of nothing better to do and because this was like the worlds most awesome movie ever, here is a post of Avengers Quotes. I am not really sure that I am giving away spoilers or anything but if you haven’t seen the movie yet you might want to read this after you watch it. The jokes will be funnier at least.

There is only one God Ma’m and he doesn’t dress like that. —  Captain America (keeping the faith)

I did! I got that reference. — Captain America (He got it but how many in the audience did? I wonder . . .)

You know, the last time I was in Germany and saw a man standing above everybody else, we ended up disagreeing. — Captain America (I did, I got that reference!)

Hulk Smash. — Captain America (someone had to say it.)

And just so no one thinks that I’m crushing on Cap here are some quotes from the other Avengers:

That man is playing Galaga! Thought we wouldn’t notice. But we did. — Tony Stark (best part is that the man is actually playing Galaga)

I have a plan: attack! — Tony Stark (Always an excellent plan)

That’s my secret, Cap: I’m always angry. — Bruce Banner (hey that’s my secret too!)

Super-Heroes in New York? Yea right. — Stan Lee (That’s Irony folks)

These quotes were brought to you by my somewhat unreliable memory so you really should go see the movie yourself to make sure I got them right.