When the Enterprise arrives a few days early at its rendezvous point to meet the USS Victory, the crew have a bit of leisure time on their hands. For Data and Geordi Laforge, it means a trip to the holodeck and 221B Baker St. With Data in the role of Holmes and Laforge as Dr. Watson, they take on a challenge from Dr. Pulaski that Data couldn't solve a genuine mystery. Data has a bit of time adjusting to a real mystery - as opposed to one for which he knows the outcome. In giving the holodeck computer its instructions however, Geordi's specifications for an opponent results in a far superior creation than expected putting them and the entire ship in danger. Written by
Did You Know?
Although it is commonly believed that Sherlock Holmes has been in the public domain since sometime before the 1980s, the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
estate maintained copyright on the character - a claim set to expire in 2023 - until their claim was voided by a court ruling in 2013, ten years ahead of the planned date. Paramount Studios (producing company of the Star Trek franchise) obtained permission from the Doyles to make Young Sherlock Holmes
(1985) (acknowledged in that movie's end credits), but considered similar permission unnecessary for "Elementary, Dear Data," which they believed fell under the parody clause of copyright law, and thus aired the episode without notifying the Doyles. (ST:TNG producer Jeri Taylor
, who joined the show in 1990, once incorrectly wrote that Paramount was wholly ignorant of the Doyles' property, but Doyle attorney Jon Lellenberg
straightened this out.) The Doyles then wrote to Paramount that they were flattered by the episode, but felt it remained within their legal sphere, so they wanted in on any further Trek usage of their characters. Although Brent Spiner
was eager to play Holmes again, nearly 4 years went by before Paramount and the Doyles agreed on a "reasonable licencing fee" for the sequel Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ship in a Bottle
(1993). See more
LaForge and Data remove a piece of paper in which Moriarty draws the Enterprise from the holodeck. Since the paper is holographic, it should've been impossible to remove it from the holodeck. See more
Whatever I was when this began... I have grown. I am understanding more and more; and I am able to use the power at my fingertips.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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