Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

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Sarah L. Thomson, Common Sense Media
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Sherlock Holmes battles crime in the future.

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Some non-scary battles with bad guys.

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Parents need to know that the show contains some low-key violence (a few guns but little shooting).

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Kid, 12 years old May 28, 2013

Sherlock is OK in the 22nd century

I decided to start watching this series on the Qubo channel which I hardly EVER watch anymore, because there was nothing on tv, and I got mixed results. While i... Continue reading

What's the story?

Sherlock Holmes has been brought back to life in the 22nd century to track down a clone of his old nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Coping admirably with a high-tech world, he solves crimes with all his old skill and flair, helped out by a new gang of Baker Street Irregulars (now street-smart punks and hackers rather than London urchins) and an updated Watson (actually a robot programmed with Watson's knowledge and personality). Inspector Lestrade is back too, now a tough female police officer who calls Holmes in for help on her difficult cases (like a "vampire" who sucks data out of computers) but has trouble handling his independent methods.

Is it any good?

This odd show is a combination of high-tech computer wizardry and Sherlock's trademark methods of observation, logical analysis, and elaborate explanations of the mystery at the end. Despite the potential for some interesting effects when combining a Victorian detective with a cyberpunk setting, the show mostly relies on clichés, both Holmesian and sci-fi, and has little new to offer. But the mysteries are intriguing enough to catch a viewer's attention, and it's fun to watch Holmes explain it all at the end with his customary panache. Not wildly exciting or dreadfully dull, this is entertaining enough to fill up a half-hour but nothing to write home (or Holmes?) about.

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  • Families can talk about the appeal of classic detective stories like Arthur Conan Doyle's, and discuss what's distinctive about Sherlock Holmes and his trademark methods of observation and analysis.

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