A couple of weeks ago, Sherlock producer Steven Moffat revealed that super criminal Moriarty would not be returning to the hit show. With the great detective’s arch-nemesis out of the picture, Hypable delves into the original stories to try and deduce who will fill the villain void.

James Moriarty may be Holmes’ most famous adversary, but he is by no means the only deadly foe that Sherlock and John face in the original Conan Doyle stories. In fact, “the most dangerous man in London” only actually appears in one story – “The Final Problem.” Aside from that, he is only ever mentioned or referenced in six of the 60 adventures. So, it is hardly a surprise that co-creators Moffat and Gaitiss decided to retire the criminal mastermind. However, his departure from BBC’s Sherlock does leave incredibly big shoes to fill. So, Hypable’s Harri Sargeant takes a look at some of the other famous villains in the canon, to try and work out who Sherlock could be facing next.

 

Charles Augustus Milverton

One of the few Sherlock Holmes villains to have an adventure named after them, Charles Augustus Milverton is one of the series’ most vile criminals. Milverton makes his money by collecting compromising letters before ruthlessly blackmailing the subjects, demanding high amounts of cash to avoid scandal. The slimy villain outrages Holmes, who says “I’ve had to do with fifty murderers in my career, but the worst of them never gave me the repulsion which I have for this fellow. “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” features murder, scandal, disguises, and even Holmes and Watson breaking into the criminal’s house.

If he became the new Sherlock villain: we could expect Milverton to deal in videos and private-eye photographs, as well as phone hacking and leaked emails. His targets would probably be celebrities, given our contemporary fascination with gossip and the personal lives of people in the public eye. There would also be a potential return for Kitty Reilley, first seen in ‘The Reichenbach Fall,’ as a frequent purchaser of Milvertons compromising material. Finally, expect some hilarious interaction between John and Sherlock as they attempt to break into the villain’s house.

 

Dr. Grimesby Roylott

He might be unlikely to appear in series three due to the ‘The Speckled Blonde’ references in ‘A Scandal In Belgravia,’ but Dr. Roylott is a villain screaming out to be brought to life in a contemporary setting. The violent stepfather of Helen Stoner, Roylott is willing to murder the daughters of the woman he widows. He is a quirky, unpredictable man who likes to keep Indian animals like cheetahs, baboons and snakes – all of which are allowed free roam of his estate, alongside a group of gypsies camping on the grounds. He is a terrifying man, threatening the great detective and using serpents to murder. While the story may have already been referenced, ‘The Speckled Band’ is Steven Moffat’s favourite Sherlock Holmes story – so, you never know.

If he became the new Sherlock villain: Roylott’s crimes would probably be changed dramatically and put on a grander scale. He would be a manic, flamboyant man who would probably own a zoo or animal sanctuary. Sherlock and John would be pitted against a variety of dangerous animals, including the famous swamp adder. The gypsies would probably feature a lot, in a terrifying and odd episode laden with metaphors.

Colonel Sebastian Moran

The odds-on favourite to be Moriarty’s successor is also his right-hand man in the Conan Doyle stories. Fans on Tumblr have taken a shining to the character (fan-casting Misfits star Craig Parkinson for the role), and he is also the first villain that Holmes faces after revealing he survived his final showdown with Moriarty. In ‘The Empty House,’ Moran is described as “the second most dangerous man in London” after Moriarty himself. A keen hunter, and crack shot with a sniper, the Colonel swears to kill Holmes in vengeance for his former boss’s death. While he only appears in one story, he proves to be a dangerous enemy and an interesting character. We might have already seen him in Sherlock anyway, as one of the snipers from 2×03.

If he became the new Sherlock villain: Moran would be a slightly different character; the lover of Moriarty if shippers got their way. We could expect him to be a lingering presence throughout the series, never seen but always there. He may even go after John, in an effort to make Sherlock feel as lost as he did when Moriarty killed himself. As a keen card player, Moran may even like to play games with the detective, leaving things to chance in an array of deadly puzzles. Expect an appearance from a tiger or two as well.

So, who do you think the next Sherlock villain will be? One of the above, or someone completely different? Do you think the series will be able to maintain its quality without the deadly Moriarty?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!