It’s hard to accept there’d be much crossover potential between the stories of a daring, boastful Victorian detective and the adventures of a space-voyaging starship. However, that is precisely what happens in both the stories of Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek. Here are8 times Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek referenced each other in fascinating ways.
1. SPOCK QUOTES ONE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES’ MOST EMINENT LINES IN STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY.
In a standout amongst the most conspicuous moments in Trek history, Spock says, “An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the solution.” Interestingly, the original quote, from the Holmes story The Sign of the Four, published in 1890, peruses, “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
2. SPOCK MAY BE RELATED TO EITHER HOLMES HIMSELF OR TO SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
The Vulcan’s claim that the origin of the quote, which could be deciphered either truly as Holmes himself or as Doyle, being one of his immediate human descendants is really very fascinating in all of Star Trek. The possibility that Spock is related with either Holmes or his maker makes sense when one considers how similar the universally adored science officer is to the Victorian detective. As it is, they’re both very coherent, mindful to detail, and both consider emotions to be hindrances to think soundly.