I've often wondered how long Captain Kirk would have survived without the assistance of his incredibly intelligent, cool-head first officer, Spock. The half-Human/half-Vulcan science officer is unparalleled in his ability to provide character references and sage advice.
Most people believe Spock's incredible intelligence is the result of his being a Vulcan, but I believe it is his human ancestry that may be the source of his remarkable mind. This is because he is the descendent of this guy:
Wait...that's the wrong picture. Let's try this again. Spock is a descendent of this guy:
Crap! That's the wrong picture again! Okay, I think I have it right this time. Spock's intelligence is likely due to the fact that he is the descendent of this guy:
Sherlock Holmes, the world famous detective who is the star of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. The character has most recently been portrayed in TV and film by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr, but he has been a house-hold name since the late 19th century when his stories debuted. But how do we know that the fruit of his loins would produce everyone's favorite Human-Vulcan hybrid?
In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Spock makes the comment that one of his ancestors once said, "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." This little nugget of wisdom was offered by Sherlock Holmes in The Hounds of the Baskervilles. So the "ancestor" Spock was referring to is almost certainly the great detective himself, which makes me wonder if Bones, the ever exasperated friend of Spock, could be the descendent of Dr. Watson, the ever-exasperated friend of Holmes.
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