26 Jan
2015

Fun Facts About Bubble Wrap (In Honor Of Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day)

Do you know how they shipped frag­ile things before 1957? I don’t know, since this was before my time (and my par­ents’ time) but I can only imag­ine how tragic a life with­out BUBBLE WRAP would be. Imag­ine never hav­ing popped those frag­ile yet cush­iony bub­bles. Imag­ine receiv­ing goods dam­aged and maimed. The shame. The horror.

We’ve all got­ten our dirty mitts on a piece of two or bub­ble wrap and OH GAHD is it sat­is­fy­ing. If you want to get really vin­dic­tive you can pop it behind some­one unsus­pect­ing and send their stom­ach into their esoph­a­gus. (This is what hap­pens when you do things like that to me. It is awful but appar­ently highly amus­ing for the other party.)

Any­who. On to the fun facts.

  • Bub­ble wrap was orig­i­nally cre­ated in 1957 as wall paper. This should tell you how crazy the 60s were about to get. Imag­ine bub­ble wrap walls…
    wallpaper
  • There are dif­fer­ent sizes of bub­ble wrap for dif­fer­ent ship­ping and pro­tec­tion meth­ods.
    Bubble sizes
  • The bub­bles can be made into SHAPES. LIKE HEARTS.
    heart shaped bubble wrap
  • Bub­ble wrap appre­ci­a­tion day was started by a radio sta­tion in 2001.
    Keep calm
  • Bub­ble wrap” is a trade­marked by the Sealed Air Corp. It’s one of those things that’s trade­marked but the com­monly used ter­mi­nol­ogy for any kind is used, like Band Aid or Kleenex.
    therapy
  • You can vir­tu­ally pop bub­ble wrap here.
19 Jan
2015

KU Book Club Review! What you missed at the best book club in town!

Here's the edition we sell!  It's different from other editions, which is important, turns out!

Here’s the edi­tion we sell! It’s dif­fer­ent from other edi­tions, which is impor­tant, turns out!

A lot!  Yesterday’s meet­ing was very well attended and we had a ton of thoughts and feels about The Alchemist.  Most of us liked the story, though there were some dis­sent­ing opin­ions.  Here are some inter­est­ing high­lights from the meeting!

The Alchemist is some­thing of an inspi­ra­tional piece and its main mes­sage is that every­one should fol­low his or her heart to per­sonal ful­fill­ment.  There was plenty to say on that topic (includ­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion of priv­i­lege and oppor­tu­nity and whether lit­er­ally every­one has the chance to fol­low their dreams or if it’s just the peo­ple that can afford to do so…) but some­thing that was coin­ci­den­tal and funny was that we read this book so close to the new year when a lot of peo­ple look at their lives and won­der if they’re on the right path.

We also learned that dif­fer­ent trans­la­tions of books can entirely change people’s inter­pre­ta­tions of them!  Seems obvi­ous in ret­ro­spect, but I guess it never occurs to you until it hap­pens to you directly.  In one ear­lier trans­la­tion of The Alchemist, the phrase “Per­sonal Leg­end” is trans­lated sim­ply as “des­tiny.”  Seems innocu­ous enough, right?  But actu­ally, it made a dif­fer­ence in how peo­ple inter­preted the book, since des­tiny implies a cer­tainty in events that Per­sonal Leg­end avoids.  I dunno, maybe you had to be there, but it made for good conversation.

Here’s a snap of (most of) our book club­bers all ready to talk it up!  There actu­ally ended up being so many peo­ple at the meet­ing that I couldn’t get them all in the frame of my phone!  (Sorry friends!)  OH!  Also, it has come to my atten­tion that even some of our loyal book club­bers didn’t know about KU’s Insta­gram feed!  Sac­ri­lege!  Fol­low along on IG @kardsunlimited

Look how much fun they're about to have!  So much, you guys!

Look how much fun they’re about to have! So much, you guys!

The next book club meet­ing will be at 6 p.m. here at Kards Unlim­ited on Feb­ru­ary 22nd!  We’re read­ing 2 (ish) books for that meet­ing, Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and Through the Look­ing Glass!  Hope to see you all there!

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16 Jan
2015

Celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day! Or, reasons why Spyro was the freakin’ best

Ok, so.  Jan­u­ary 16th is Appre­ci­ate a Dragon Day.  Usu­ally, I like to talk about a bunch of dif­fer­ent drag­ons and why appre­ci­at­ing drag­ons is super fun and great.  How­ever, this year I’d like to remind every­one of a very spe­cial dragon, this guy right here:

Spyro!

Spyro!

Aw yeah.  Spyro the Dragon.  So here’s the thing.  When I was a kid, we didn’t really have video games in the house.  My par­ents didn’t even have cable.  They wanted us to “read” and “learn things” and “play out­side” and all that other unciv­i­lized non­sense.  Don’t get me wrong, in ret­ro­spect I really appre­ci­ate my upbring­ing.  But when I was a kid, there was not a lot that thrilled me more than going to a friend or relative’s house where they were mod­ern and had video games and/or cable tele­vi­sion, so I could expe­ri­ence them.

Look at these adorable nerds.

Look at these adorable nerds.

So one sum­mer we road tripped out to my cousins’ house in Mary­land or Vir­ginia or some state where they lived, and they had one of the Spyro games.  And it was so so awe­some, you guys.  It was like all the things I loved rolled into one heroic, fly­ing, fire-breathing adven­ture.  I loved it.

Look at this game!  Doesn't it look SO fun?

Look at this game! Doesn’t it look SO fun?

For those of you who may not know, the Spyro games fea­tured the above lit­tle pur­ple dragon, who ran around with his friend Sparx the Drag­on­fly sav­ing the world from var­i­ous prob­lems in the dif­fer­ent games.  Child­ish?  Yes.  But also a lot of fun.  I kind of want to go buy myself one right now, tbh.

So any­way, pick a dragon and appre­ci­ate it today!  Drag­ons rule!

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14 Jan
2015

12 Books Being Made Into Movies in 2015

If there’s one thing you should always do, it’s read the book before you see the movie. Hell, you don’t even have to go see the movie, but it is 100% accept­able to read the book any­way. Here at KU, they’re mak­ing 12 of the lovely books we sell into movies this fine year. So, here they are in order of release date!

50 Shades of Grey

1. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L.James. Release date: 2/13/15.

When lit­er­a­ture stu­dent Anas­ta­sia Steele goes to inter­view young entre­pre­neur Chris­t­ian Grey, she encoun­ters a man who is beau­ti­ful, bril­liant, and intim­i­dat­ing. The unworldly, inno­cent Ana is star­tled to real­ize she wants this man and, despite his enig­matic reserve, finds she is des­per­ate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and inde­pen­dent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s sin­gu­lar erotic tastes, Ana hes­i­tates. For all the trap­pings of success—his multi­na­tional busi­nesses, his vast wealth, his lov­ing family—Grey is a man tor­mented by demons and con­sumed by the need to con­trol. When the cou­ple embarks on a dar­ing, pas­sion­ately phys­i­cal affair, Ana dis­cov­ers Chris­t­ian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

 
Insurgent

2. Insur­gent by Veron­ica Roth. Release date: 3/20/15

One choice can trans­form you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has con­se­quences, and as unrest surges in the fac­tions all around her, Tris Prior must con­tinue try­ing to save those she loves—and herself—while grap­pling with haunt­ing ques­tions of grief and for­give­ness, iden­tity and loy­alty, pol­i­tics and love.

Tris’s ini­ti­a­tion day should have been marked by cel­e­bra­tion and vic­tory with her cho­sen fac­tion; instead, the day ended with unspeak­able hor­rors. War now looms as con­flict between the fac­tions and their ide­olo­gies grows. And in times of war, sides must be cho­sen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more pow­er­ful. Trans­formed by her own deci­sions but also by haunt­ing grief and guilt, rad­i­cal new dis­cov­er­ies, and shift­ing rela­tion­ships, Tris must fully embrace her Diver­gence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

 
Paper Towns3. Paper Towns by John Green. Release date: 6/5/15

When Margo Roth Spiegel­man beck­ons Quentin Jacob­sen in the mid­dle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plot­ting an inge­nious cam­paign of revenge—he fol­lows her. Margo’s always planned extrav­a­gantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a life­time of lov­ing Margo from afar, things are finally look­ing up for Q … until day breaks and she has van­ished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mys­tery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medal­ist John Green returns with the trade­mark bril­liant wit and heart-stopping emo­tional hon­esty that have inspired a new gen­er­a­tion of readers.

 

 

 
Scorch Trials4. The Scorch Tri­als by James Dash­ner. Release date: 9/18/15

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean free­dom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.  There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out sec­tion of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the vari­ables and stack the odds against them. Friend­ships will be tested. Loy­al­ties will be bro­ken. All bets are off.  There are oth­ers now. Their sur­vival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re deter­mined to survive.

 

Frankenstein

5. Franken­stein by Marry Shel­ley. Release date: 10/2/15.

Few crea­tures of hor­ror have seized read­ers’ imag­i­na­tions and held them for so long as the anguished mon­ster of Mary Shelley’s Franken­stein. The story of Vic­tor Frankenstein’s ter­ri­ble cre­ation and the havoc it caused has enthralled gen­er­a­tions of read­ers and inspired count­less writ­ers of hor­ror and sus­pense. Con­sid­er­ing the novel’s endur­ing suc­cess, it is remark­able that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron’s.
“We will each write a story,” Byron announced to his next-door neigh­bors, Mary Woll­stonecraft God­win and her lover Percy Bysshe Shel­ley. The friends were sum­mer­ing on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzer­land in 1816, Shel­ley still unknown as a poet and Byron writ­ing the third canto of Childe Harold. When con­tin­ued rains kept them con­fined indoors, all agreed to Byron’s pro­posal.
The illus­tri­ous poets failed to com­plete their ghost sto­ries, but Mary Shel­ley rose supremely to the chal­lenge. With Franken­stein, she suc­ceeded admirably in the task she set for her­self: to cre­ate a story that, in her own words, “would speak to the mys­te­ri­ous fears of our nature and awaken thrilling hor­ror — one to make the reader dread to look round, to cur­dle the blood, and quicken the beat­ings of the heart.“
Peanuts

6. Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Release date: 11/6/15
This isn’t exactly a book but THIS IS MY BLOG POST AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT.  We love The Peanuts here at KU and we have enough salt and pep­per shak­ers in their like­ness to war­rant their inclu­sion on this list.

 
Mockingjay

7. Mock­ing­jay: Part 2 by Suzanne Collins. Release date: 11/20/15.

My name is Kat­niss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.”

Kat­niss Everdeen, girl on fire, has sur­vived, even though her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new lead­ers. A rev­o­lu­tion is unfolding.

Dis­trict 13 has come out of the shad­ows and is plot­ting to over­throw the Capi­tol. Though she’s long been a part of the rev­o­lu­tion, Kat­niss hasn’t known it. Now it seems that every­one has had a hand in the care­fully laid plans but her.

The suc­cess of the rebel­lion hinges on Katniss’s will­ing­ness to be a pawn, to accept respon­si­bil­ity for count­less lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feel­ings of anger and dis­trust. She must become the rebels’ Mock­ing­jay — no mat­ter what the cost.

Krampus

8. Kram­pus: the Yule Lord by Brom. Release date: 12/4/15
One Christ­mas Eve in a small hol­low in Boone County, West Vir­ginia, strug­gling song­writer Jesse Walker wit­nesses a strange spec­ta­cle: seven dev­il­ish fig­ures chas­ing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight rein­deer. When the rein­deer leap sky­ward tak­ing the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams fol­low. Moments later, a large sack plum­mets earth­ward, a mag­i­cal sack that will thrust the down-on-his luck singer into the clutches of the ter­ri­fy­ing Yule Lord, Kram­pus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse’s new mas­ter reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, and how half a mil­len­nium ago, the jolly old saint impris­oned Kram­pus and usurped his magic.

Now Santa’s time is run­ning short, for the Yule Lord is deter­mined to have his ret­ri­bu­tion and reclaim Yule­tide. If Jesse can sur­vive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem him­self to his fam­ily, to save his own bro­ken dreams…and help bring the magic of Yule to the impov­er­ished folk of Boone County.

 

9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Release date: TBA.Dark places
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sis­ters were mur­dered in “The Satan Sac­ri­fice of Kin­na­kee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously tes­ti­fied that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret soci­ety obsessed with noto­ri­ous crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to dis­cover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic his­tory: She’ll recon­nect with the play­ers from that night and report her find­ings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Mis­souri strip clubs to aban­doned Okla­homa tourist towns, the unimag­in­able truth emerges, and Libby finds her­self right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

 

 

 

 

Hologram for king10. A Holo­gram for the King by Dave Eggers. Release Date: TBA.

In a ris­ing Saudi Ara­bian city, far from weary, recession-scarred Amer­ica, a strug­gling busi­ness­man named Alan Clay pur­sues a last-ditch attempt to stave off fore­clo­sure, pay his daughter’s col­lege tuition, and finally do some­thing great. In A Holo­gram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold him­self and his splin­ter­ing fam­ily together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Room by Emma Donoghue. Release date: TBA.Room

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has cre­ated a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curios­ity build­ing along­side her own des­per­a­tion, she knows that Room can­not con­tain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shock­ing, riv­et­ing, exhilarating–a story of uncon­quer­able love in har­row­ing cir­cum­stances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

 

 

 

 

12. Pride, Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies by Jane Austen/Seth Grahame-Smith. Release date TBA.

PrideandPrejudiceandZombiesCover

It is a truth uni­ver­sally acknowl­edged that a zom­bie in pos­ses­sion of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies, an expanded edi­tion of the beloved Jane Austen novel fea­tur­ing all-new scenes of bone-crunching zom­bie may­hem. As our story opens, a mys­te­ri­ous plague has fallen upon the quiet Eng­lish vil­lage of Meryton—and the dead are return­ing to life! Feisty hero­ine Eliz­a­beth Ben­net is deter­mined to wipe out the zom­bie men­ace, but she’s soon dis­tracted by the arrival of the haughty and arro­gant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delight­ful com­edy of man­ners with plenty of civ­i­lized spar­ring between the two young lovers—and even more vio­lent spar­ring on the blood-soaked bat­tle­field. Can Eliz­a­beth van­quish the spawn of Satan? And over­come the social prej­u­dices of the class-conscious landed gen­try? Com­plete with romance, heart­break, sword­fights, can­ni­bal­ism, and thou­sands of rot­ting corpses, Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies trans­forms a mas­ter­piece of world lit­er­a­ture into some­thing you’d actu­ally want to read.

12 Jan
2015

Oats Galore — It’s Oatmeal Month!

The per­fect thing to shove in your face­hole for break­fast in the dead of win­ter is oat­meal. Not only is it hot and deli­cious (if you can get past the tex­ture), but it has sol­u­ble fiber which can help lower cho­les­terol. ON TOP OF THAT, it’s a bowl full of com­plex carbs, mean­ing it sticks with you longer than say, a doughnut.

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If you’re not inter­ested in the health ben­e­fits of oat­meal (we can’t be friends) but let’s dis­cuss the many amaz­ing fla­vors of oatmeal.

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You’ve got your maple brown sugar, apple cin­na­mon, cin­na­mon and spice, orig­i­nal, blue­berry, you can throw in some bananas, some choco­late, pump­kin, peaches and cream… Oat­meal has vari­ety out the wazoo.

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While  cereal is and will for­ever be my favorite break­fast option, oat­meal may come in at a close sec­ond. It tastes good, it’s good for you and it warms you up! There’s noth­ing like a good hearty break­fast to set the tone for your day. Because let’s face it, break­fast can make or break your day.

 

10 Jan
2015

National Letter Writing Day: A (Sappy) Letter For You All

To my Beloved Reader,

I once went to a rather strange play. It was about a young man who trav­eled to Paris in search of his past, tak­ing with him a bun­dle of love let­ters. The let­ters were old and faded; they had been writ­ten by his grand­fa­ther to his grand­mother long, long ago.
As he read through the let­ters in a small apart­ment in Paris, he encoun­tered the all-engulfing , roman­tic, fiery love that his grand­par­ents had shared. But the let­ters only told half the story, as his grand­fa­ther had saved none writ­ten to him.
This young man in con­tin­u­ally inspired by the words of love put on paper. Finally, he reads one last let­ter. This one spoke of deep sor­row. His grand­fa­ther had out­lived his beau­ti­ful wife, and dearly regret­ted not sav­ing the let­ters she wrote to him. She had saved every word he ever wrote to her in a beau­ti­ful box so that she could remem­ber his love at any moment. But he did not and, once she was gone, wished that he had some­thing to hold in his hand and read with his heart.

As I walked out of the the­ater at the end of the play, I thought through all the keep­sakes I have: play­bills from shows I loved, pic­tures of friends, movie ticket stubs and dried flow­ers. The ones that are most pre­cious to me are the let­ters that were writ­ten to me. They are there when I need them to reread and remem­ber that I am loved and full of potential.

Today is National Let­ter Writ­ing day, which is why I have writ­ten this let­ter to you, dear Reader. The month of love is just around the cor­ner. The world will tell you that you should be buy­ing choco­lates, flow­ers, shiney gifts, but some­time the best most pre­cious gift you can give is a heart­felt let­ter full of the rea­sons that your spe­cial some­one is just so special.

Write well, dear Reader.

With Love,
A. Lirael Flint

 

 

 

8 Jan
2015

Bubbles

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Today we cel­e­brate the great won­der­ful world of Bub­ble Baths! (Yeah, I know that song is about cham­pagne, but I don’t care)

I have always been a huge fan of a good relax­ing bub­ble bath. (Usu­ally paired with a dan­ger­ous habit of plac­ing my lap­top entirely too close to the tub so that I can stream Netflix.…)

the all mag­i­cal bub­ble machine.

My love of bub­ble baths started very young. One of my favorite rea­sons for vis­it­ing my Aunt’s house was that she had this very strange and loud device that made ALL THE BUBBLES. See that thing on the right there? Yeah, it looked kind of like that except big­ger and with more 80’s pro­duc­tion val­ues. Like really cheap yel­low­ing plas­tic. You stuck it in the bot­tom of the tub, and then there were bub­bles EVERYWHERE! It was magical.

Now, I’m sure a lot of you have your per­fect set up for a bub­ble bath already, but just in case it’s been far too long since you’ve had a bub­ble bath and you want a very detailed how-to guide, here it is!

 

 

How to take a Bub­ble Bath for the per­son who needs all the tips:

Step 1:
Clean your tub ahead of time.
Look, this is the hard­est step, but you’re get­ting it over with first. It’s also well worth the hard work, so just go ahead and do it. Clean­ing your tub will make you feel much more relaxed and happy. No one wants to be mid bath and then start think­ing about the slime and grime that is pos­si­bly encrust­ing your tub. But make sure you do this a day or so ahead of time!! Don’t clean your tub and then just jump right it! there is bound to be some residue clean­ing solu­tion in your tub, and that stuff is killer on your skin!
*While you’re clean­ing your tub, make sure your tub actu­ally has a drain stop! Some tubs sadly lack this fea­ture. If your tub doesn’t have a plug, you can always buy one!

awwwwwwwwww. kitty bathtime.

Step 2:
Col­lect the fol­low­ing sup­plies:
–Bub­ble bath solu­tion! Choose a scent that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside! In a pinch a few dol­lops of sham­poo or soap will work just fine, but to really get all the bub­ble action, you want to stick with actual bub­ble bath!
– A nice bot­tle of wine (optional, but you don’t know relax­ation until you mix hot water and an alco­hol buzz)
–Some can­dles! If you want a scented can­dle, make sure you choose a smell that will mix nicely in the air with your bub­ble bath smell. You want some­thing light and fresh, not a heavy thing that will give you a heachache after 30 minute of being in an enclosed room with it.
–A good book. Stop on by for rec­om­men­da­tions!
–Music. You want some­thing relax­ing and med­i­ta­tive. Seri­ously. Don’t be like, mannnn I just really like metal, I’m going to just lis­ten to that. No. That’s music for clean­ing your house and boost­ing your pulse. You want to do the oppo­site of that.
– Toys! (also optional.) (also.…. I’ll let you decide if I mean kid toys or.… adult toys.) Just make sure they’re water safe! Obvi, don’t stick any­thing with bat­ter­ies or chords in the water with you unless it’s actu­ally sup­posed to do that.
–A Very Fluffy Towel!
– Pos­si­bly one of those bath tub pil­low things. some­times the ceramic can be a lit­tle hard on your neck, and you can get a nice bath pil­low for rel­a­tively cheap.
– Have room­mates? You might need to print this out to hang on the door.

pop that bub­ble, gurl.

Step 3:
Cre­ate the per­fect set­ting!
It’s time to bub­ble bath! You have all your sup­plies ready, and your tub is clean! Now to start cre­at­ing the spa-like scene for your epic bath.
–Start fill­ing your tub. This can take a while, so it’s nice to start this while you’re prep­ping. Make sure to add the bub­ble bath in early, and occa­sion­ally give it a good stir to cre­ate an even amount of bub­bles. Also, make sure to keep the bath­room door closed so that all that warm lovely steam fills the room.
–Light those can­dles! Just make sure they are not close enough to acci­den­tally set your hair on fire.
–Put on some low soft music. (You’re going to want to be able to adjust the vol­ume AFTER the water stops flow­ing. Just keep that in mind.)
–Make sure the bath­mat is there for when you get out. (I know that sounds like com­mon sense, but I can’t even tell you the num­bers I have almost died because my bath­mat was not where it should have been when I got out of the tub with my super wet, very clean feet.)

Step 4:
Fill an easy to reach table or sur­face with all the things you need dur­ing your bath:  fluffy towel, book and a small hand towel to keep it dry,  wine (Seri­ously con­sider using a plas­tic cup, because bro­ken glass in water is like a lit­eral death trap.) and toys of course.  Once every­thing is within reach, it’s time to.…

Step 5: 
HAVE A BATH. And enjoy the hell out of it.

Have fun bathing, guys!

P.S. Don’t like bub­bles? Use Bath Tea or Bath Bombs instead! ( We might have some in store, but they’re going quick!)

 

6 Jan
2015

It’s all elementary, really.

If any day is espe­cially suited to the cel­e­bra­tion of Sher­lock Holmes, it’s his birth­day, Jan­u­ary 6th!  (i.e. today!)  Sure, there are plenty of great detec­tives in pop cul­ture.  The bril­liance of Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple is not to be ignored, Sayers’s Lord Peter is a pip, Columbo and Monk are great, and of course there’s Bat­man the World’s Great­est Detec­tive (some peo­ple say.)  There’s some­thing spe­cial about Sher­lock, though.  Even before the incred­i­ble mod­ern reboot intro­duced us to the other-worldly bril­liance of Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch & co., Sher­lock Holmes is a char­ac­ter that brings you into his world the way very few oth­ers do.  Not to men­tion he’s a totally awe­some anti­hero!  Every­one loves an occa­sion­ally drug-addled mis­an­thrope who solves crimes for a liv­ing!  Or if they don’t they are crazy.  Any­way, in honor of Sher­lock Holmes Day, I sug­gest you spend some time watch­ing every episode of the BBC’s spec­tac­u­lar show, Sher­lock.  To aid in your task (there are only 9 episodes, but they’re each about an hour and a half long, so you may have to pri­or­i­tize), here’s a list of all nine episodes, ranked from my least to most favorite.  (Though, to clar­ify, they’re all amaz­ing and bet­ter than pretty much every­thing else on TV) (Minor spoil­ers ahead.  Unless you know absolutely noth­ing about Sher­lock Holmes at all, con­fi­dently read on!)

blindbanker

9.  The Blind Banker (Series 1, episode 2) — Great, but kinda feels like a place holder.  Lots of expo­si­tion, Holmes and Wat­son get­ting to know each other, that kind of thing.  There is, how­ever, an excel­lent scene where John tries to explain what a date is to Sher­lock and he doesn’t get it.  3.5/4 stars.

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8.  The Reichen­bach Fall (Series 2, episode 3) — Also great, but Sher­lock dies in it, so that’s not as good.  Plenty of per­fect inter­ac­tions between all the char­ac­ters, but again, Sher­lock dies.  Blah.  3.75/4 stars.

great game

7.  The Great Game (Series 1, episode 3) — Omg, so great.  We get intro­duced to Mori­arty!  Ah!  And he’s so good, you guys.  If not for Bene­dict and Mar­tin, it would totally be the Jim Mori­arty show.  But again, seems very introduction/exposition-y.  3.9/4 stars.

study in pink

6.  A Study in Pink (Series 1, episode 1) — Oh man.  The intro­duc­tion between Sher­lock and John is so fan­tas­tic, you guys.  And the first case is SO cool!  Ser­ial sui­cides!  4/4 stars!

hounds of baskerville

5.  The Hounds of Baskerville (Series 2, episode 2) — Great obvi­ously because of the source mate­r­ial.  The Hound of the Baskervilles is def­i­nitely one of the best known and loved Sher­lock Holmes sto­ries.  Also great because we find out Sher­lock doesn’t know Lestrade’s first name.  So Sher­lock.  4.25/4 stars!

his last vow

4.  His Last Vow (Series 3, episode 3) — Really amaz­ing.  You wouldn’t have thought that there could be a vil­lain scarier and more evil than Mori­arty, but there so is.  Ugh, I hate him.  What kind of per­son licks a stranger or pees in a person’s fire­place?  A psy­cho, that’s what kind.  4.75/4 stars!  Mostly because it also fea­tures Sherlock’s par­ents who are amaz­ing beyond belief.

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3.  A Scan­dal in Bel­gravia (Series 2, episode 1) — The sec­ond series pre­miere fea­tures one of the great­est char­ac­ters in the Sher­lock Holmes uni­verse, Irene Adler!  The Woman.  What a great moniker.   Other great moments include my favorite line in the whole series, “I always hear ‘punch me in the face’ when you’re speak­ing, but it’s usu­ally sub­text.”  Snark from the one and only John Wat­son, ladies and gen­tle­men.  And also Sher­lock strut­ting around Buck­ing­ham Palace clad only in a bed­sheet.  Because rea­sons.  5.5/4 stars.  Srsly, so good.

empty hearse

2.  The Empty Hearse (Series 3, episode 1) — It’s the series 3 pre­miere and John has a mus­tache and a fiancee!  And we find out pleas­antly soon that Sher­lock was never really dead!  Very good, since with­out him there’s not much of a show.  Sec­ond best because it intro­duces Mary who’s prob­a­bly the best non-Sherlock char­ac­ter in the show.  Yes, even bet­ter than John and Mori­arty.  She’s so good, guys.  10/4 stars!

sign of three

1.  The Sign of Three (Series 3, episode 2) — This episode is the absolute best for a bunch of rea­sons.  1. John and Mary get mar­ried which is the cutest.  2. Sher­lock is John’s best man and it’s prob­a­bly the most feels in the entire known uni­verse.  If I ever give a best man speech, I really hope that it’s half as good as Sherlock’s because if I can do that, I’ll have won at life.  3. The boys are even solv­ing mur­ders on John’s wed­ding day, which is pretty hardcore.

So that’s it!  Go watch Sher­lock and be amazed and enthralled.

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