Ladies and gentlemen, the weekend has descended upon us once again! I hope it finds you enjoyably awash in free time.
While I was scouring Hulu last week for The Island of Doctor Moreau film, I came upon a wonderful collection of TV episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from 1954-1955 staring Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes, and Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Watson.
These episodes, just like The Island of Doctor Moreau, take considerable liberties with the source material by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But they are at the very least entertaining and engaging.
A working understanding of Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work is important for every self respecting Steampunk not because of any strong influence on Steampunk, but rather because Holmes embodies so much of the deviant thinking in which we Steampunks take pride. Steampunks look at the seemingly impossible fusion between Victoriana and the modern world and meld it into a natural and simple conclusion in the shape of a sub-culture. It takes a broad mind with a palette for contradictions to enjoy a sub-culture that promotes an artistic turn back to Victorian times while simultaneously engendering themes of rebellion and belief in human potential.
It also helps the aspiring Steampunk to have a respectable knowledge of oft-cited literature in communication with other Steampunks, and one can be sure that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective will not be omitted from all conversations!
So watch an episode or two! These should help ease the wait for the new Sherlock Holmes film to come out on DVD on March 30!