This being Christmas Day, I thought it would be fun to watch yet another adaptation of the much beloved Christmas Sherlock Holmes story, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle." I stumbled upon this episode from the unusual animated series, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, a series that originally aired from 1999-2001. It's an unusual adaptation, to be sure. In the series, a rejuvenated Sherlock Holmes, living in 22nd century London, works with Beth Lestrade (a descendant of Inspector Lestrade from the canon) and a robot Watson to solve crimes. In this particular case, the team encounters a "Blue Carbuncle" animatronic toy, a very cantankerous AI toy, which eventually leads to a brief confrontation with a clone of the infamous Professor Moriarty (apparently the main antagonist of the series).
Once I'm done with my Granada series reviews, I may have to tackle this Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century series, as it appears to be available on YouTube. Sure, it's a little silly, much like most of the animated series that I enjoyed as a kid. Indeed, the end of "Blue Carbuncle" episode I just watched is not unlike a typical episode of shows like "Super Friends," wherein the main character share a jolly laugh after coming face-to-face with an arch nemesis. I may browse through some of the other episodes of the series in the near future.
Surely one of the more unusual Sherlock Holmes adaptations to be aired on TV was the animated series Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century. In a nutshell, Holmes is resurrected in the 22nd century, in order to assist Beth Lestrade in her investigation of a clone of James Moriarty. "Watson" in this version is a robot (sorry, a "compudroid") wearing a mask of John Watson's face, and programmed to act like Watson.
Meanwhile, several of the episodes have titles borrowed from the canon of ACD's stories, e.g. "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," "The Musgrave Ritual," etc. (See the Wikipedia article about the series for more information.)
You can see this bizarre mix of Saturday morning action cartoon and Holmes characters on YouTube. The first episode is below:
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, and a longtime fan of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.