I recently reviewed Airship 27’s “Amazing Harry Houdini, Vol. 1” (see April '16), which includes the story, "The Spear of Destiny" by James Palmer. The tale teams the famed escape artist/magician with his raconteur friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on a mysterious sojourn. Though the story has no official link to the new series, “Houdini & Doyle”, the sources share a similar thread: real-life legends investigating the arcane.
As with their actual counterparts, the series' Houdini and Doyle are an unlikely duo, possessing different outlooks and approaches toward the real and unreal, and of course, their variances spill over into the mysteries they set out to solve. For the series' sake, they’re rather like early versions of “X-Files’” Scully and Mulder, but with an arguably more quarrelsome bent. At the same time, the show never entirely abandons its Sherlock Holmes ambiance, which gives the cases a proper, underlying chill.
“Houdini & Doyle” airs Monday, May 2 on Fox (after “Gotham") and will offer ten episodes (a filler, in essence, for the station's late-spring scheduling), but if the ratings prove positive, we can pretty much anticipate more. As an admirer of both men, I have my fingers crossed that this one will continue, but if not, I'll be more than appreciative to savor what I can.