Friday, August 7, 2015

Darth Vader meets Sherlock Holmes?

The internet is always tempting us with the outlandish headline.

Even when we know something is pretty nigh impossible, it's easy to get sucked in, just due to the "What the hell?" factor. And today, that good old internet got me again.

"Star Wars has its Indiana Jones, now it gets its Sherlock Holmes" showed up in my feed, and even though "its Sherlock Holmes" told me immediately that it wouldn't be THE Sherlock Holmes, I had to look. Just because the concept of Sherlock Holmes in the Star Wars universe was so bizarre.

If you click on the link, you'll see a few panels from a comic book in which an Imperial officer makes some deductions about Darth Vader. Just a whiff of Holmes, really. Obviously inspired by the great detective, but not him. Because if ever two things did not belong together . . .

Sherlock Holmes does refer to "the Force," but he means Scotland Yard. And the concept of the actual mystical Force existing in Holmes's no-nonsense "No ghosts need apply" world does not ring true at all, even if they're the ghosts of former Jedi masters appearing over a campfire to welcome Anakin Skywalker to Jedi heaven.

Sure, Sherlock was a fencer and singlestick master, but a light saber would just seem a bit over-the-top for him, wouldn't it? And great powers of observation and deduction in a world where Jedi cheaters just use their mystical sense of the universe to divine truths? Two great tastes that, unlike a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, DON'T go together.

So Sherlock and Darth aren't getting together quite yet. And I wonder if they ever will.

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