The intricately plotted tales and compelling characters have captured the hearts of millions of readers and viewers, but it's the quick wit and amazing quotes of Sherlock & Watson that have proved to be the main draw. When they aren’t hailing hansom carriages and ending evil plots, Holmes and Watson can be found having snippy and meditative conversations.
“...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth...” Indeed, these kinds of exchanges have continued throughout their many incarnations. John’s stubborn insistence that Sherlock’s opinion didn’t sway him (it clearly did) results in some teasing from Mary (Amanda Abingdon), who can’t help but make fun of him.
Though Lestrade (Rupert Graves) is one of Sherlock’s closest companions, when a little girl screams at the mere sight of the famous sleuth, he can’t let an opportunity for ribaldry pass him by. Indeed, apart from extroverted super villains and shadowy organizations, there are several instances where dead characters are revealed to be still alive.
Certainly, the featured quote says everything about the show’s main antagonist: his lack of inhibitions, through to his intelligence, his manipulating nature, his designs on positions of power, and of course his flamboyance, which contrasts with the very uptight Sherlock. One of Sherlock’s greatest talents is that he is able to notice the things that no one else can, and rather fittingly, #StephenMoffat and Mark Gates’s deft writing mimics its protagonist’s proficiency.
And it’s a great instance of Anderson-bashing: a hilarious hobby of Holmes’s which sadly diminished as the series progressed. “The Lying Detective” mulls heavily on the themes of grief and death, but these words encapsulate everything about the importance and preciousness of life.
Here Sherlock reminds us to consider that, if we’re feeling down and contemplating ending it all, there’s always something or someone worth living for, as well as someone or something who’ll suffer if you go through with it. Though Sherlock quickly discards his shock blanket soon after he evades Lestrade’s questions, he does have an attachment to quilts of all kinds.
A few episodes after this one we find him in Buckingham Palace wearing an only a bedsheet, and Sherlock is also seen taking refuge in his covers following his drugging at the hands of Irene Adler (Lara Puller). It becomes very clear throughout Sherlock that the shadowy Mycroft is essentially a nastier version of the titular detective.
Lazier, shadier, though no less dramatic, Mycroft lets a series of icy threats fly against Sherlock’s fans in a particularly mean yet bad-ass moment nonetheless. Once you've opened your heart, you can't close it again.” Culvert on Smith (Toby Jones) may only get one episode to shine, but he leaves a potent and lasting impression as a sadistic and repulsive individual who uses his power and influence to go on a killing spree.
But it’s his sickening logic, and his insight into human interactions which make him a villain formidable enough to verbally spar with our favorite detective. It may be a quote that doesn’t necessarily scream that it’s from this particular series, but it’s from a rather lovely, overlooked moment in the show.
Two years after faking his death, Sherlock returns to London and unveils himself to John, and in this case, Lestrade. It’s a perfect delivery from Rupert Graves, and a fitting reaction for this fan-favorite character, showcasing his annoyance and his happiness at his friend’s wily rug pull.
Mrs Hudson is another beloved character, who is a surprisingly kick-ass mother figure to the Baker Street Boys. Hoping to discuss John’s upcoming nuptials, Mrs Hudson tries to offer some friendly advice.
So, like Lestrade, when odd moments like this crop up, John is ready to fire back at his firm -yet highly irritating- friend. The brilliance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing is that, for all of Sherlock Holmes’s superhuman qualities, he is painted as a flawed and very human character.
Here, Sherlock acknowledges that his icy demeanor doesn’t conform to our ideas of heroism, but ultimately he sells himself short. If it truly has run its course, as lots of fans are now presuming, then the world of television will be poorer without this show's its slick and sizeable portions of sass and stimulating conversations.
Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective and most portrayed literary character in film and TV. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock first appeared in print in 1887 with A Study in Scarlet.
Doyle is a British author who wrote across multiple genres. However, he is best known for his stories on legendary private detective Sherlock Holmes.
His reasoning, eye for detail and power of deduction make for suspenseful and captivating plots. The friendship between the famous detective and Dr. Watson is one of the literature’s greatest.
The constant bickering and banter between the two brings delicious and unexpected humor. Sherlock is a brilliant man with a strong penchant for challenging cases.
While he’s usually brutally honest and quite cold, the detective can sometimes become very emotional in a righteous cause. It’s a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brain to crime it is the worst of all.
I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one’s self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers.
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another. My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.
A man always finds it hard to realize that he may have finally lost a woman’s love, however badly he may have treated her. Sherlock returns for its third season this Sunday on Masterpiece on PBS, and fans are anxiously waiting to learn the fate of TV’s most exasperatingly brilliant sleuth.