Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before.
Monday, January 16, 2006
"Quick Watson, the needle!" In his original literary incarnation as well as the BBC/Jeremy Brett versions he was Sherlock Holmes' friend and colleague, rather than a mere sidekick. But the Watson as protrayed by Nigel Bruce in the Holmes movies of the 30's/40's was definitely more of a typical movie sidekick, providing comic relief rather than a conscience or a chronicler of the adventures. While certainly more dignified than your Barney Fife or your Ensign Parker, I think he qualifies as a slightly higher brow Hollywood sidekick.