Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Sherlock Holmesvin the 22nd Century is a British/American animated television series produced by Scottish Television Enterprises and DIC Entertainment, which first broadcast in the United Kingdom on May 6, 1999 and later in the United States on Fox in September 1999. This is one of the only 2 shows from Les Studios Tex that are actually good, the other being Archie's Weird Mysteries.
Set in the 22nd century in New London, Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard is chasing the 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. They go on to discover that this is not the original Moriarty, but is in fact a clone created from cells taken from his corpse, which Sherlock Holmes had buried in a Swiss ice cave. Lestrade 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. She takes the body from the basement and delivers it to biologist Sir Evan Hargreaves (who looks just like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) who has just invented a process of cellular rejuvenation. The biologist then uses his cellular rejuvenation technique to return life and youth to Holmes's body so that the detective can again battle Moriarty. Holmes also returns to his Baker Street rooms, which had been preserved as a museum. Lestrade's compudroid reads the original Watson's journals and assumes his name, face, voice and mannerisms in order to assist Holmes in both his crime-solving duties and his difficult assimilation to Great Britain in the 22nd century.
Why it Rocks
- The series uses a neat-cross between 2D and 3D (for the vehicles and the New London landscapes itself) which was interesting for it's time.
- Sherlock Holmes is still a very interesting character who is trying to adapt his old lifestyle in the futuristic year of 2103.
- Alongside this, seeing a female Lestrade, a robot Dr. Watson and a cloned Professor Moriaty are also very fitting for the time period.
- Interesting takes on the original short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, although they have almost nothing to do with the original stories.
- Good music, complete with a catchy theme song.
- Fun references to other franchises.
- This, along with Archie's Weird Mysteries, are the only good shows from the awful animation studio, Les Studios Tex.
- The series itself can be quite cheesy for today's standards.
- Although good, it is quite easy to tell that the British accents most of the voice actors (Mostly Canadian voice talent, like with most DIC shows at the time) give out sounds fake.
- Some plot holes.