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 is a character in the public domain, Jon Lellenberg
(American representative of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
estate) maintains that the Doyles retain copyright on the character until an expiration date in 2023. Paramount Studios (producing company of Star Trek: The Next Generation
(1987)) 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 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 follow-up episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ship in a Bottle
(1993). See more
Geordi freezes the Sherlock Holmes simulation on the holodeck, yet the simulated fire in the fireplace continues to burn and flicker like normal. See more
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Data - I mean, Holmes, old boy - what are we looking for?
Lt. Commander Data
For whatever finds us, my dear Watson.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more