Saturday, May 26, 2018

Boxing Kangaroos and Elementary Season 6 Episode 4 Our Time Is Up


Summary: Sherlock likes Victorian spas on Elementary May 21, 2018, even though Joan loathes Victorian love for wrestling, punching, hitting, boxing kangaroos.


Victorian (1890s) poster of Kangaroo Boxing Sideshow by German lithographer Adolph Friedländer (April 17, 1851-July 7, 1904): Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

An allusion to Victorian spas anticipates another to Victorian alacrity for boxing kangaroos in the episode Our Time Is Up May 21, 2018, of the Columbia Broadcasting System procedural drama series Elementary.
Director Guy Ferland and writers Robert Doherty, Liz Friedman and Kelly Wheeler bring up boxing matches between kangaroos and men in Elementary Season 6's fourth episode. Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) considers confinement in a sensory deprivation tank to combat post-concussion syndrome headaches and concludes that "The Victorians knew their spas, Watson." Joan (Lucy Liu) delves into the dark sides of the 19th century and declares that "Yeah, well, they also paid money to watch men box kangaroos."
Nobody explains why Victorians enjoyed extreme entertainment since crime scene examinations of the executioner of Watson's therapist, Dr. Candace Reed (Linda Emond), engross Joan and Sherlock.

Wrestling, punching, kicking and boxing kangaroos fit into large-footed Macropodidae kangaroo, pademelon, quokka, tree-kangaroo, wallaby and wallaroo family life cycles as fighters over females and water.
Australia's antelope, eastern gray, red and western gray kangaroo species all get big, powerful feet on large, strong hind legs for hopping, kicking, leaping and running. They have long, muscular tails that they hang vertically downward with backs straight-up and limbs and tail tips respectively horizontally parallel to and on the ground. Antelope, eastern gray, red and western gray kangaroo forelegs immobilize another macropod's short, thin neck and small head while rear-footed claws implement disembowelment, kicks and slashes.
Female antelope, eastern gray, red and western gray kangaroos join wrestling, punching, kicking, boxing kangaroos only in jabbing and jumping over drink line-ups at watering holes.

Sir Joseph Banks's (Feb. 24, 1743-June 19, 1820) diary entry July 12, 1770, kept first known European references to kangaroos with the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru.
The London-born English naturalist located to the Endeavour River mouth, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, under HMS Endeavour Commander, Lieutenant James Cook (Nov. 7, 1728-Feb. 14, 1779). The Cook diary entry Aug. 4, 1770, mentioned the Guugu Yimithirr ("speech having this [as language]") word, not wrestling, punching, kicking, boxing kangaroos, despite area populations. Peter Jensen Brown's Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog entry Oct. 24, 2014, notes early newspaper articles on boxing-gloved kangaroos March 20 and 26, 1891.
Barrier Miner in Broken Hill, New South Wales, and Table Talk in Melbourne, Victoria, observed Jack the Fighting Kangaroo (died Nov. 2, 1891) and Professor Lindermann.

Table Talk and Brown respectively presented Jack's previous three-year training by R.S. Mayne or Mayne's wife Olivia Sabina Mayne, before performances with the Evangeline Company's wrangler.
Lindermann queued Westminster Aquarium performances in London, November-December 1892, for boxer-namesaked (Oct. 15, 1858-Feb. 2, 1918) John L. Sullivan, third of Upper Goulburn district's boxing kangaroos. The United States received "Australian Boxing Kangaroos" in 1893 even though Kansas's Phillipsburg Herald April 2, 1891, referred to the Philadelphia Zoo's own boxing-gloved John L. The article 'John L.' - Philadelphia's Boxing Kangaroo stated that Headkeeper Peter F. Byrne, From the Jungles to the Zoo author, served as trainer and opponent.
Joan tends toward 21st-century timeliness but tolerates Victorian sensory deprivation tanks for Sherlock's headaches even though that era's unrelated trending boxing kangaroos as entertainment troubles her.

Sherlock Holmes' (Jonny Lee Miller) preference for a Victorian-age sensory deprivation tank over modern float tank prompts Joan Watson's (Lucy Liu) observation that Victorians ". . . also paid money to watch men box kangaroos," in Elementary tv series' Our Time Is Up (season 6 episode 4): Elementary @ElementaryCBS via Facebook May 21, 2018:
Joan looks through float tank's window (left) to check on Sherlock (right)

Acknowledgment
My special thanks to:
Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.
Image credits:
Sherlock Holmes' (Jonny Lee Miller) preference for a Victorian-age sensory deprivation tank over modern float tank prompts Joan Watson's (Lucy Liu) observation that Victorians ". . . also paid money to watch men box kangaroos," in Elementary tv series' Our Time Is Up (season 6 episode 4): Elementary @ElementaryCBS via Facebook May 21, 2018:
Joan looks through float tank's window (left) at Sherlock (right):
Joan @ https://www.facebook.com/ElementaryCBS/photos/a.151627898295663.14686.151013691690417/1052462301545547/;
Sherlock @ https://www.facebook.com/ElementaryCBS/photos/a.151627898295663.14686.151013691690417/1052462341545543/
Victorian (1890s) poster of Kangaroo Boxing Sideshow by German lithographer Adolph Friedländer (April 17, 1851-July 7, 1904): Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kangaroo_Boxing_sideshow_poster.jpg

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