Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
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Opening titles
Genre Action/Adventure
Crime
Science fiction
Mystery
Format Animated series
Created by Sandy Ross
Written by Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Paul Quinn
Starring Michael Dobson
Jason Gray-Stanford
John Payne
Akiko Morison
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
Les Studios Tex
STV Productions
Distributor DHX Media
Broadcast
Original channel Fox Kids (US)
STV (UK)
Original airing 6 May 1999: UK
18 September 1999: USA,

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century is an animated television series, in which Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life in the 22nd century. The series is a co–production by DiC and Scottish Television and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Special Class Animated Program.[1]

Overview[edit]

The concept series was created by Sandy Ross, a Scottish Television executive, who came up with the idea while skiing in Aspen in 1996.[2] DiC and Scottish Television had previously worked together to create other series and this continued the trend. Some issues were raised about word choice[clarification needed], but alternative action and dialogue were used to overcome such issues.[citation needed]

Story[edit]

Set in the 22nd century in New London, Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard is chasing grotesquely deformed French rogue geneticist Martin Fenwick, when she realizes that his companion is none other than the 19th century criminal mastermind, Professor James Moriarty (this is not the original Moriarty but in fact his clone, created from cells taken from his corpse, which Holmes had buried in a Swiss ice cave). Famous biologist Sir Evan Hargreaves (who looks just like Doyle) has just invented cellular rejuvenation. Beth knows that Holmes survived and actually lived to a ripe old age, and further knows that his corpse is preserved in a glass-walled, honey-filled coffin in the basement of New Scotland Yard (this may be both a reference to the legend that Alexander the Great's body was preserved in honey, which does not rot, and also to the fact that, as stated in the original stories by Doyle, Holmes became a beekeeper once he retired). She takes the body from the basement and delivers it to Sir Evan. The biologist then uses his cellular rejuvenation technique to return life and youth to Holmes's body, so that the detective can combat Moriarty.

As a descendant of the original Inspector Lestrade, Beth has inherited Dr. Watson's journals. When she has her law enforcement robot, or compudroid (whom she calls Watson) read them for information about Holmes, it ends up emulating the personality of the good doctor. Holmes also ends up getting his old Baker Street rooms back (they'd been preserved as a museum). Lestrade's compudroid assumes the name, face, voice, and mannerisms of Dr. Watson to assist Holmes in both his crime-solving duties and his difficult assimilation to England in the 22nd century.

During the series, Holmes and Watson often work on retainer for New Scotland Yard, with Beth Lestrade as their supervising officer and Superintendent Greyson as hers, but they also work for private citizens. They are often assisted by the new Baker Street Irregulars: soccer player Wiggins, the Eliza Doolittleish Deidre, and the paraplegic Tennyson (who communicates through electronic beeps only Holmes seems to comprehend ironically). However, Wiggins and Deidre understand and communicate with Tennyson in The Adventure of the Dancing Men. The primary villains are Moriarty and his henchman Fenwick, but they only appear in about half of the episodes.

Many episodes are direct rewrites of the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle—such as "The Empty House", "The Speckled Band", "The Five Orange Pips", "The Red-Headed League", and "The Engineer's Thumb" — while others are drastically different from the stories on which they are supposed to be based. The series itself seems to be a sci–fi pastiche.[citation needed] The series is visually a blend of traditional 2-D and 3-D CGI animation. Each episode is inspired by one of the literary works of Arthur Conan Doyle.[3]

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

The show premièred in the UK in late spring of 1999 and premièred in the USA in the autumn.

First season (1999-2000)[edit]

Episode number Production number US airdate Episode title Sherlock Holmes story episode is based on
1 101 18 September 1999 The Fall and Rise of Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Final Problem
2 102 25 September 1999 The Crime Machine The Valley of Fear
3 103 2 October 1999 The Hounds of the Baskervilles The Hound of the Baskervilles
4 108 9 October 1999 The Adventure of the Empty House The Adventure of the Empty House
5 122 16 October 1999 The Crooked Man The Adventure of the Crooked Man
6 120 23 October 1999 The Adventure of the Deranged Detective The Adventure of the Dying Detective
7 111 30 October 1999 The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Lot The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
8 105 6 November 1999 The Scales of Justice The Adventure of the Speckled Band
9 104 13 November 1999 The Resident Patient The Adventure of the Resident Patient
10 121 20 November 1999 The Sign of Four The Sign of Four
11 114 27 November 1999 The Adventure of the Dancing Men The Adventure of the Dancing Men
12 125 4 December 1999 The Musgrave Ritual The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
13 112 11 December 1999 The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
14 119 31 January 2000 Silver Blaze Silver Blaze
15 106 7 February 2000 The Five Orange Pips The Five Orange Pips
16 113 14 February 2000 The Red-Headed League The Red-Headed League
17 118 21 February 2000 The Man with the Twisted Lip The Man with the Twisted Lip

Second season (2001)[edit]

Episode number Production number US airdate Episode title Sherlock Holmes story episode is based on
18 109 31 March 2001 The Secret Safe His Last Bow
19 115 21 April 2001 The Adventure of the Second Stain The Adventure of the Second Stain
20 117 28 April 2001 The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
21 123 12 May 2001 The Gloria Scott The Adventure of the Gloria Scott
22 124 19 May 2001 The Adventure of the Six Napoleons The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
23 126 26 May 2001 The Adventure of the Creeping Man The Adventure of the Creeping Man
24 107 23 June 2001 The Adventure of the Beryl Board The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
25 110 30 June 2001 The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
26 116 21 July 2001 A Case of Identity A Case of Identity

DVD release[edit]

On February 21, 2012, Mill Creek Entertainment released Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[4]

Broadcast history[edit]

United States[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Australia[edit]

References[edit]

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