Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Robot Dinosaur Redux

It has taken me a while to catch up to an ahead-of-the-pack Sherlockian like Heather Holloway, but I finally have seen something she suggested long ago on Facebook, and I think we've had a taste of that thing we all hoped for . . . a sequel to a beloved Sherlock Holmes movie . . . with the possible issue that the film was made before the movie I consider it a proper descendent of. But that's how it is with things that are ahead of their time.

What am I babbling about this time? Why, 1994's Tammy and the T-Rex, of course! What else?

"An evil scientist implants the brain of Michael, a murdered high school student, into a Tyrannosaurus," IMdb tells us. What it doesn't tell us in that line? It's a robot T-Rex. And where have we seen a robot T-Rex before?

You know.

The 2010 Asylum Sherlock Holmes, a.k.a. Sherlock Holmes and Dinosaurs.

The evil Thorpe Holmes, elder brother to Sherlock, is a robot-creating genius, terrorizing London with a murderous mini-T-Rex, a gigantic kraken, and a tik-tock girl set to murder the Queen. He's foiled by baby brother, of course, and such a crisis in the largest city in the Victorian world would surely have cause laws against such mechanicals for years to come. And who could even recreate the work of a Thorpe Holmes anyway?

Until almost a century later. A scientist working outside of the law, one Dr. Wachenstein, manages to re-create Thorpe's work with one small problem: How did Thorpe Holmes give his creations such independent life? How did they hunt, attack, and kill without an operator? Dr. Wachenstein solves the issue by implanting a human brain in his robots. Was that Thorpe's secret method? Was his prostitute-stalking mini-T-Rex doing so because he had implanted the brain of Jack the Ripper in it, after the murderer mysteriously disappeared from the criminal scene?

Very few people in Tammy and the T-Rex have last names, so could Michael or the titular Tammy have been descendents of Sherlock Holmes or John Watson? Could their inevitable match have come from those two bloodlines being drawn together again across time?

My headcanon can't seem to help but want to tie the two movies and their robot dinosaurs together in one common Earth. Are there other robot dinosaur movies that take place there as well, all the result of that mad genius Thorpe Holmes's reign of terror upon London?

To paraphrase a very wise man: The multiverse is big enough for us. All robot dinosaurs need apply.

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