Diagnosing anomalies in the recreative Sherlock Holmes hologram game programs, Lieutenant Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III discovers protected memory contains the arch-villain character professor James Moriarty, who has become self-conscious and demands fulfillment of a recent promise by the crew that they would think up a way for him to leave the holodeck . To Picard's astonishment, Moriarty proves empirically his will suffices to leave the Holodeck, he even retains a physical body. Picard grants him the benefit of the doubt despite his crimes in fiction, but refuses to grant life to the countess Barthalomew, who was created as his ideal but holographic mate. Moriarty manages to seize control of the Enterprise to force the crew to obey anyhow at pain of total destruction. That still leaves the technological challenge, but Data's logical deduction comes up with an entirely different viewpoint, inspiring another challenge and approach... 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 neglected to do so for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Elementary, Dear Data
(1988), believing that "Elementary" fell under the parody clause of copyright law. (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.) After "Elementary" was aired, the Doyles wrote to Paramount that they were flattered by the episode, but 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), which acknowledges the Doyles' cooperation in its end credits. See more
Moriarty tells Picard that Sherlock Holmes was written by an Englishman. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(the creator of Holmes) was Scottish, not English. See more
Have you ever been to Africa, Mr., erm...?
Er, B-Barclay, Lieutenant Reginald Barclay. No. No, I haven't.
*I* have! When I was seventeen, I went on safari with my uncle. My mother took to her bed in terror I'd be bitten by a tsetse fly. But I had a marvelous time! I got to wear trousers - the whole time! Oh, it was hard to go back to a corset, I can tell you.
Yes, I'm sure it was.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more