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Henchman Ranks All the Sherlock Episodes

The hit BBC show Sherlock ended it’s four-series run this past weekend, and I’m happy to say I was a fan right through the end. This show had a shockingly good debut all the way back in 2010 and, like everybody else, I waited patiently over the years for each new exciting installment. It made superstars out of lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it spawned two American clones, and it’s probably defined the character for the new century.

Sherlock was a pretty good show.

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It’s a good hat

Sherlock was far from perfect, though. By seasons three and four, I think it was struggling under the weight of its own dazzling debut. The creative people involved were more weathered and deep in the business by the end, and I think they were unable to re-capture the magic of the first two seasons. But I don’t fault Sherlock. It’s still a grand achievement and a delight to watch again and again.

And since there’s a solidly finite number of episodes, I’ve decided to rank them from worst to best! In my own opinion, of course. Your thoughts may vary, and I’d love to see your own list in the comments!

Join me after the jump as I rank all 13 episodes of Sherlock!

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Our First Look at Doctor Strange Is Here! (Update!)

Update! Even more images have hit the Internet! Check them out after the jump!

This is a pleasant surprise! From out of nowhere, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the cover of their upcoming issue, featuring the first look anywhere of actor Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as Doctor Strange! I haven’t seen any set photos or anything else so far, so this cover is it! And he looks pretty great!

I’m not saying he looks perfect, but I’m liking what we can see here. I like the put-together look of his outfit, with the multitude of belts and realistic looking clothing and cloak. His hair and goatee look fine, and the magic symbol is nifty.

To see a few more official images, join us after the jump!

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Benedict Cumberbatch is an Ideal Doctor Strange!

Word is spreading like wildfire today that British thespian Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Doctor Strange for the upcoming movie! I couldn’t be happier! Seriously, I think he’s the perfect choice for the Sorcerer Supreme, on multiple levels!

Though I’m not sure about a Cumber-beard

Deadline broke the news, and several other agencies are picking it up. They say Cumberbatch is in final negotiations, and I’m fairly certain Deadline has been right about a lot of Marvel’s casting over the months, so this is probably a lock. Woot!

I’m a huge Cumberbatch fan. I first saw him on Sherlock, obviously, which is one of my favorite shows. He’s stellar as the title character, even in these later seasons. I liked him on Star Trek Into Darkness, one of my top two favorite movies last year. And he’s great as the dragon Smaug in the Hobbit films. I haven’t seen any of his smaller, personal work, but who needs to? Cumberbatch has presence, and that’s important!

First of all, he really seems like he’d fit the character. He’s aristocratic, with very noble mannerisms. He’s also more than a little odd. That seems like a solid Doctor Strange to me.

He’s drinking tea, that’s totally British!

Second of all, people love Cumberbatch! He’s huge with female audiences, which sounds perfect for a Marvel film! He’s got a built-in fanbase who probably already enjoy the Marvel movies, so this team-up sounds like a no-brainer.

So consider me totally on board with this casting! What do you guys and gals think? And check out my list of the 6 things I want to see in the Dr. Strange film!

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Star Trek Into Teaser Trailers

No sooner do we get a movie poster than Star Trek Into Darkness hits us with a couple teaser trailers. Or more accurately, one trailer and then a second version of that same trailer with a tiny bit more footage. Because why not.

Here’s the first one:

Very destructive, lots of lava, and some Benedict Cumberbatch badassery. I definitely like the teaser trailer. I’ve never been a big Star Trek fan, but I loved the first reboot movie. So This sequel should be exciting. I think they’ve got a great cast and a great crew. No clue on what the story is about yet, or who Cumberbatch is playing. Word has it that he’s playing a guy called Gary Mitchell, a Starfleet crewmember from the original series who became a bad guy when he gained super powers.

And ‘Gary Mitchell’ has got to be the best and worst super-villain name ever. On the one hand, it’s just so bland. But on the other hand, it’s perfect for the character. If he’s just supposed to be a regular Starfleet guy who stumbles into super powers, then he should have a regular guy name. Though it’s going to be funny seeing a guy named ‘Benedict Cumberbatch’ referred to as ‘Gary’.

Here’s the second, international trailer. Pretty much same as the first, but with some new stuff, especially towards the end.

The film comes out on May 17.

The Star Trek Into Darkness Rises

I know I’m not the first one on the Internet to compare the new Star Trek Into Darkness poster to The Dark Knight Rises poster, but come on!

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Where no colon has gone before

I’m reasonably excited about this movie next year. I’ve never been a big Star Trek fan, and have barely watched any of the TV shows, but I loved the rebooted movie a few years ago, and I mostly enjoyed the first Star Trek movies when my girlfriend and I watched a marathon last year. So yeah, it should be a good flick. Especially with Benedict Cumberbatch as the…villain? Maybe? That’s definitely him on the poster. He’s amazing in Sherlock, if you haven’t seen that show. And you should.

The first trailer is supposed to be linked to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (which comes out in less than 2 weeks!), so I’m looking forward to that. The synopsis is also available, though it means little to a non-Trekkie like me.

“When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

I guess this ‘one man weapon of mass destruction’ is Cumberbatch, who’s based on a character from one of the classic series’ episodes. We’ll see!

Any big Trek fans out there reading my blog? What does everybody else think of this movie?

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