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Sometimes you do your darndest to ruin a weapons deal without killing anyone, but it just wasn’t meant to be!

Joe and I saw Mr. Holmes over the weekend. A near little character piece of an aged Sherlock Holmes played by Ian McKellen! Somehow I hadn’t even heard of the film until I went to look up show times for UGH Terminator Genysis. I was like “Joe, we could see Terminator, or there’s also this Mr. Holmes movie at the same time.” He said “Well, you pick,” and I was like “There is no question.” Mr. Homles isn’t a particularly exciting film, and its mysteries aren’t terribly deep or convoluted as you’d expect from most Sherlock stories. In fact, it may be the most realistic depiction of Sherlock Holmes I’ve seen. But it is fun to watch McKellen’s grumpy Holmes befriend the son of his housekeeper while also trying to remember the details of his final case through the cloud of his senility. There’s a scene I particularly like where he goes to a movie theater to watch a film based on one of Watson’s stories about him. Anyway, It’s worth a watch if you like Sherlock Holmes stuff and aren’t tired of the character’s more recent over saturation in main stream media.

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  • foducool

    welp, that didn’t go AT ALL as planned :/

  • Galeden

    Guess you needed a few more holes aye?

    • Kid Chaos

      I *told* you to blow up the ship, but nnnnoooo…

    • Brandenfascher

      It seems they’re needed in a person or two now.

    • Xinef

      I think they forgot the joke “How many ninjas do you need to sink a ship, without anyone noticing?”

  • Sam DunKley

    Genchu: “Damn it, Dutch Angle Advisor Guy! I was this close to not having to stab anybody today! I’ve been so good about that lately-So. Damn. GOOD. now everybody is going to DIE, Hirotomo is going to FIND ME-you suck. You just suck. Go find a pig, pick an orifice and stick your head all the way in! IT’S THE MOST VALUABLE USE OF YOUR TIME THAT I CAN THINK OF.”

    Genchu (out loud): Sigh. *sword goes shing*

  • Flaming Squirrel

    Not sure why Genchu’s so surprised. Did he think they wouldn’t try to save some of the weaponry they think will make Hirotomo’s army even stronger?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      More likely he was counting on the ambassador being more interested in saving his own skin.

      • Flaming Squirrel

        wait, are they ON the ship right now?

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          They are, that’ll be more obvious on the next page.

          • Flaming Squirrel

            I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to guess that Ricardo is gonna get his sale, and then Genchu will purposefully reveal himself in a “What ho! I was behind it all along!” move, and then Hirotomo won’t buy the guns because of treason and treachery and a really big grudge.

          • Brandenfascher

            Won’t buy the guns, maybe. But in that case Hirotomo would probably just take them. That’s still not good for Genchu.

  • Xinef

    Now all they have to do is claim that they are no one, so that they can abandon the ship. Because the Wataro guy clearly said that if you are No One then you may in fact leave.

    • purplelibraryguy

      Worked for Odysseus.

  • Nomad94

    Gotta match anyone?

    • Kid Chaos

      Too late, the powder’s all soggy. :(

      • Minando

        The weapons should be ok, and replacing the powder should not be that difficult…all you need is coal, sulfur and public latrines :)
        I really have NO idea what they hoped to achieve with this plan.

        • Kid Chaos

          You might be able to scrape together the ingredients, but turning them into gunpowder is a tricky chemical process. Somehow, I don’t think that Ricky is a chemistry major… :)

          • Minando

            It´s not THAT complicated, but dangerous. And danger..Ricky doesn´t know that word. Also, he does not know the word “self preservation”.

  • Da’Zlein

    The priest looks so sad in the second panel

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Probably because he knows that Genchu’s gonna have to kill a dude now.

  • Da’Zlein

    “NOBODY LEAVES! NOT EVEN THE BIRDS! GET BACK HERE YOU WINGED COWARDS!!!”

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      What about the fish? Or the birds with fish-like abilities??

  • IDPounder

    The petard, she has been hoist!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuuafUtVte0

      Just gonna leave this here.

    • Kid Chaos

      More like “Time for Plan B…as in BLOOD!”

    • purplelibraryguy

      Actually, as Kid Chaos points out, they’ve been hoist by refusing to blow their own petard.

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  • purplelibraryguy

    I do want to see that movie. But Holmes for me will always be Jeremy Brett.

  • noisyparker

    Bah, it’s his own fault for translating accurately. He could have been like, “He is furious that his bath water was not hot enough!” and drawn it out a bit before finally understanding the true horrible import of the ‘incoherently shouted’ words. He could do the hand behind the neck move to lend the scam credibility. Yeesh!

  • Mike

    He was shooting for a fire-arm free Japan, but his plan backfired and now his hopes are sinking.

  • Neska

    Sad Genchu is Sad . . .

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