Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Moustache: Elementary, My Dear Moustache

Today marks the thirty-first post in a recurring segment on moustaches.

Today's moustache:


Dr. John H. Watson is famous for assisting Sherlock Holmes with solving mysteries and defeating Ken Jennings at Jeopardy.

Watson has come in many incarnations: he has been portrayed as a  bad-ass Jude Law and as an animated mouse that Disney renamed "Dawson" for some reason (The Great Mouse Detective). As for the latter, odds are that the character was relabeled to help market the animated film to pro-rodent Dawson Creek fans. Or... to avoid copyright infringement.

In any case, all instances have kept the moustache: the unshakable, defining trait of the character.

At least Mickey didn't make a cameo
Watson is an iconic sidekick and a highly capable doctor, though his reputation was put at Jeopardy (get it???) by the sinister Lord Blackwood. As Robert Downey Jr. so eloquently put it:
"No girl wants to marry a doctor who can't tell if a man's dead or not!"
Watson's recent problems with human anatomy probably stem from the fact that he has now become more machine than man, much like Darth Vader (who also struggled with biology). He has also developed an annoying habit of answering in the form of a question.
A semi-corporeal Watson still has a moustache
Whether he's being depicted by Guy Richie or plugged by IBM, this character is a literary, cinematic, and television classic.

Who is... Watson. Elementary, my dear Trebek.

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