Holmes for the Holidays

Before going to see “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” I wanted to see the previous Robert Downey, Jr. film in the series. My family saw “Sherlock Holmes” in the theatre without me. I hadn’t gotten around to seeing it, even though it had aired on some of the movie channels we get.

I assumed the movie would still be available via the cable system’s OnDemand menu but it was not. My daughter tried using the Wii to access her Netflix account but they were having some sort of maintenance issues on Monday. Eventually my wife rented “Sherlock Holmes” from Amazon.com for 99¢ and used a VGA cable to put the movie on our TV. For audio, we used some speakers from an old desktop computer.

I’m glad we made the extra effort because I actually liked the first movie better. “Game of Shadows” had more action, especially with people jumping on and off trains and with fight scenes. Sherlock’s fighting skills reminded me of Chuck Bartowski accessing the Intersect. I would have preferred more scenes of Holmes looking at clues and deducing what they meant, like in the first film.

The character played by Rachel McAdams inspired me to look on my Kindle for a Sherlock Holmes story featuring Irene Adler. When I got my Kindle, one of the first books I downloaded was a free copy of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” It wasn’t difficult. “A Scandal in Bohemia” was the first story in the book.

According to my newly-arrived program guide from East Tennessee PBS, they are planning to repeat the BBC’s excellent modern-adaptation of “Sherlock” on January 15 and 29. New episodes of the mini-series are due to air in May.

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