Mad Men wasn’t the only drama that aired this week that went Star Trek. The PBS series Sherlock (featuring Star Trek sequel’s Benedict Cumberbatch) also had what appeared to be an homage to a key scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. You can watch that below, and also get an the exclusive reaction for Star Trek II writer/director Nicholas Meyer.
Sherlock’s Trek homage + Nick Meyer’s reaction
Before we start with Sunday’s season finale of Sherlock, let’s remember our report on the previous week’s episode, when it aired in the UK earlier in the year. In "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Watson calls Holmes "Spock." Watch that clip.
While some may think that Star Trek reference may have been due to Cumberbatch’s new connection to the franchise, the show was produced well before he was cast in JJ Abrams sequel. It has more to do with Sherlock show-runner Steven Moffat, who is best known for rebooting Doctor Who and is also known to be a fan of sci-fi and Trek.
In the follow-up episode ("The Reichenbach Fall") which aired Sunday on PBS (earlier this year on BBC), the new Sherlock did their version of the classic Holmes story "The Final Problem." SPOILER ALERT, in both the original story and the TV episode Sherlock Holmes (appears) to die. In the original, Arthur Conan Doyle ends the story with Watson talking about his friend Holmes, calling him "the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known." For the modern Sherlock version written by Moffat we have the episode ending with Watson talking to Holmes’ grave and this time the dialog gets a twist that appears to be an homage to Kirk’s Eulogy of Spock in Star Trek II, with Watson saying "you were the best man, the most human human being I have ever known." Watch it and the clip from TWOK below.
I asked Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan writer director Nicholas Meyer for his thoughts on the little homage. Meyer is also a long-time Conan Doyle fan and his first big break was his Holmes pastiche novel "The Seven Percent Solution." Meyer also adapted his novel for the a film version in 1976. Anyway, Meyer’s reaction to the Sherlock homage, was…
"I love new Sherlock; it’s nice to know they return the favor!"