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?
Paramount Studios had used the character of Sherlock Holmes, owned by Arthur Conan Doyle
's estate, in two previous projects: Young Sherlock Holmes
and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Elementary, Dear Data
. Although some Star Trek source books claim that "Elementary, Dear Data" was produced in Paramount's mistaken belief that Holmes' character was in the public domain, Doyle representative Jon Lellenberg
insisted in 2009 that "Elementary" was produced with the Doyle estate's cooperation. The closing credits of "Young" state that the Doyle estate was involved in that project, so it is unlikely that Paramount would have lost that knowledge in only 2 years. Whatever the truth, Paramount were eager to revisit Brent Spiner
's interpretation in a follow-up. But the Doyles demanded more money for continued use of the character, and it was some years before Paramount offered them a "very reasonable licencing fee." Brent Spiner was particularly thrilled with this episode, because he had always wanted to play Holmes again. 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
I sense a distressing lack of enthusiasm on your parts.