5 Best ‘Sherlock’ Moments (So Far)

Published 8 months ago by , Updated February 18th, 2014 at 7:00 am,

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Sherlock Mourns For Irene – “A Scandal in Belgravia”

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The season 2 premiere, “A Scandal in Belgravia,” is widely considered to be one of the series’ finest episodes. Not only did it feature one of the show’s best mysteries and most cunning adversaries, it also took the time to develop the main character – an element that was praised by many critics.

Sherlock is famous for appearing to be void of emotion, choosing to use his energies on forming deductions as opposed to making connections with people. So it was a nice change-of-pace to see the detective become enamored with Irene Adler, a criminal who had earned herself a notorious reputation. From the moment they met, Sherlock was never sure what to think of “The Woman,” and responds by doing everything short of romantically pursuing her. One sequence that stands out is when Sherlock deduces a Ministry of Defense Code quicker than usual, in an attempt to impress Irene.

But it’s another great scene from this episode that officially makes our list. When Sherlock believes Ms. Adler to be dead, he copes by playing melancholy songs on his violin. While nobody ever outright says that Sherlock had feelings for Irene, it’s clear that there was something there. As the camera pulls away slowly from Holmes, the viewers can’t help but sympathize with the character that is portrayed not as the world’s most famous detective, but a lonely man in mourning. Seeing this humanistic side of Sherlock gave him a new layer and showed that he was capable of caring about people.

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Sherlock’s Jump – “The Reichenbach Fall”

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The running theme of season two is Sherlock uncovering his human side. Through his interactions with the more “normal” John, the detective is able to see the world in a new light and while he may never be able to completely act “human,” we do get several teases that he’s more than a cold, calculating “high-functioning sociopath” that solves crimes.

In his second confrontation with the nefarious Moriarty, Sherlock’s reputation has been ruined. Thanks to some libelous journalism and planted evidence, the world now views Sherlock as a monster instead of a famous hero. The final part of Moriarty’s plan is for a shamed Sherlock to commit suicide and after raking his brain for a way out, Holmes learns there’s no escape. He either jumps or the people he cares the most about die.

Despite spitefully telling John that he “doesn’t have friends” in the previous episode, Sherlock realizes what impact his inaction would have not only on John, but also the loveable Mrs. Hudson and Detective Inspector Lestrade, his – yes, friend – in the police department. Casting his ego aside, Sherlock admits defeat and (seemingly) jumps to his death in order to save those closest to him. This self-sacrifice is the ultimate way of showing how important the lives of his companions were to Sherlock and displays how far he would be willing to go for their sake.

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Honorable Mentions

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In a show that’s packed with edge-of-your-seat crime solving and touching character moments, there are many more than just these five moments that make Sherlock a blast to watch. Here are some honorable mentions that barely missed the cut:

  • Sherlock first shows off his deduction abilities by learning everything about John just by looking at him – “A Study in Pink”
  • Sherlock admits he is afraid, then defensively makes deductions about a random customer in a restaurant – “The Hounds of Baskerville”
  • John investigates the heroin den on his own – “His Last Vow”
  • Sherlock’s best man speech – “The Sign of Three” (pictured above)

Of course, our list is not meant to be all-inclusive, so be sure to list some of your favorite moments in the comments section below.

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Sherlock season three will be available on Blu-ray February 11, 2014.

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  1. Great show all around.

    • The best Sherlock moment was in Season 2 Episode 1 when he was in Buckingham palace without any clothes. Just a sheet. That scene is just the greatest scene in all of Sherlock.

  2. “A Scandal in Belgravia” is the best episode, IMHO.
    I think that’s the episode that’s got me the most on the edge of my seat. The chemistry between Cumberbatch and Pulver is just mesmerizing!

    • +1 I totally agree

  3. I’d definitely say “A Scandal In Belgravia” was the best episode, it all went a bit downhill after that.

    I liked the moment in the “Hound” episode where John slipped out the word “Aspergers?” when trying to answer a question about Sherlock’s personality, confirming that the writers were basing their version of Holmes in part on the clinical diagnosis given by psychologists a decade ago when retroactively diagnosing famous figures and fictional characters (Einstein having Aspergers Syndrome, Caesar being bipolar, etc).

    The heroin den also was a nice little nod to the character’s addiction to the drug in the original books, where Sherlock would be found injecting heroin into his arm or smoking opiates, although maybe I was the only one to make that connection.

    I still think the movie sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows portrayed the better Reichenbach Fall though in comparison to the BBC show. It had more tension, was more of a shock when Holmes pulled himself and Moriarty over the ledge and down into the river.

  4. Also wanted to point out either the SR staff or other readers to look out for news on a one-off episode.

    The BBC announced in mid-January that they were actively trying to bring the cast and crew together in the hopes they could begin filming a Christmas special in May since ITV utterly destroyed BBC in the Christmas Day ratings war last year, thanks in part to the Downton Abbey Christmas special featuring Paul Giamatti and BBC executives are hoping that Sherlock’s popularity and ratings will grant them a win this year during the same period.

  5. I watched them all at once before S3 premiered here in the US. They all sort of blend together for me… But I love that moment when he chews out Molly for her special Christmas gift and being dressed up for SOMEONE and that someone ends up being him! He’s sees that he’s been this huge dick to her and he kind of apologizes awkwardly.

    For some reason I really like that moment. You see his analytic mind in a different context than a crimescene, he chews out Molly, then feels sad. That scene kinda humanizes Sherlock for me. I don’t know why.

  6. I have not been able to get through the sign of three. His “speech” is rubbing me the wrong way. Very irritating!

    • I actually enjoyed his speech although I could see myself doing the same thing.

      I’ve performed on stage many times but the thought of standing up and giving a speech in front of a room full of strangers with all attention on me would turn me into a wreck that acts the same way Sherlock did.

  7. [WARNING: THIS ARTICLE FEATURES SPOILERS FOR ALL SEA*ONS OF SHERLOCK] error to be fixed

  8. You forgot when Greg Lestrade rolls in an obvious hangover, smirking at a couple of drinking noobs who thought they could hang, britians gracious forgiving system of drunk tanking them, esp John W and Sherlock H
    knowing their heads are utterly pounding and aching, upon request if he could whisper in the booming hard walled room, to which he delightfully made a “f- you”
    in the form of “NOT REALLY!!” leaning in to Watsons ear, best Sher moment to date, hands down.

  9. My favorite scene is from A Scandal in Belgravia with Sherlock and Moriarty in Sherlock’s apartment. I was waiting for that moment from the beginning of the series and it paid off in spades.

  10. My favorite episode is by far “A Scandal in Belgravia”. The chemistry between Sherlock and Irene Adler is just sizzling. Second favorite is “The Reichenbach Fall” as Benedict Cumberbatch really demonstrated a wide spectrum of emotions and yet never faltered from the character. The showdown with Moriarty on rooftop is (IMHO) one of the best acting performances. The wedding speech was a pain to watch the first time, but I watched the episode again and skipping all those “cases” in between the speech, it was actually a fantastic speech. Well delivered. I think what makes the Season 3 a bit jarring is Sherlock came back with a lot more emotions than the first two seasons combined. He is so “human”, especially how he lectured Major Sholto.

  11. I submit the best man speech could go on a ‘best of’ and ‘worst of’ list…its so bloody hard to watch! At times you’re just praying it ends…maybe it just feels TOO real.

  12. Not even an honourable mention for the absolute best moment in the entire series to date?

    Sherlock returning to Baker Street to discover Mrs Hudson has been roughed up by the CIA and getting his bad-ass on. From his initial deduction to what has happened when he enters 221b to his equal parts compassion for Mrs H and contempt for Nielson all the way through to “That was right on my bins” and “It’s all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count”; Every single moment of that scene encompasses what makes this show so fantastic.

    • Ah yes! Totally sums up “I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.” :)

  13. I love the pilot episode best. Sherlock summing up John’s whole life and that crazy cabbie. It was just one wild ride!

  14. From “A Scandal in Belgravia”

    Watson: “I always hear ‘Punch me in the face’ when you’re speaking… but it’s usually subtext.”