June 9, 2018

Saturday Morning Nostalgia: Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century: The Complete Series DVD Review

Mill Creek Ent.; TV-Y7; 9 hrs 17 mins

Yep! It's another Saturday morning, but there seems to be something missing on television. It's called cartoons!

I know there are still animated series on cable channels, but there not even close to being as good as the ones that aired during the 1980s. Though, from time to time, I have found myself liking a new cartoon (Well, its new me!) by either stumbling upon it while channel surfing or finding it on DVD.

Actually, that's exactly how I learned about Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century, a short-lived DCI Entertainment produced animated series that aired from 1999 to 2001. I had won a DVD giveaway for several cartoons on another blog a few years ago and one of the titles was Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century "best-of" collection, featuring 10 episodes from the series, and that was my introduction to the cartoon.

Mill Creek Entertainment released Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century: The Complete Series on DVD earlier this year. I'm not completely for sure, but I believe this might be a re-release. The DVD features all 26-episodes on a 2-disc set. There are no special features or extras. However, it does come with a digital code that can be redeemed at www.millcreekent.com/redeem.

Of course the series is based on the "Sherlock Holmes" stories which were written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but with a slight twist. After the real Sherlock Homes had died, his body was  preserved in a honey-filled coffin in the basement of New Scotland Yard. Fast forward to the 22nd Century when biologist Sir Evan Hargreaves resurrects the famous detective. It seems an evil geneticist, Martin Fenwick, has cloned Sherlock's old enemy Moriarty. Sherlock teams up with Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard and a compudroid, who looks and thinks like Dr. Watson, so they can capture the clone Moriarty.

Final Thoughts
To tell you the truth, after watching the entire series on DVD, I'm glad I never watched the series during its original run, as I probably would have been upset when it was cancelled. It should have lasted for more than 26 episodes! 

Each is episode is based by a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle, though many of the plots have been rewritten to fit in with the series' futuristic setting. For the most part, I do like the blended use of 2D and computer animation, though the 3D scenes are a bit dated.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century: The Complete Series. It's an underrated animated series that deserves to find a new life on DVD.

*I received a complimentary review copy from Mill Creek Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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