BBC Sherlock Fan Forum - Serving Sherlockians since February 2012.


You are not logged in. Would you like to login or register?



January 11, 2015 5:40 pm  #1


Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-01-11/sherlock-episodes-ranked-from-worst-to-best-2

The fans voted. It seems series 3 wasn't very popular.

Last edited by Ivy (January 11, 2015 6:29 pm)


----------
Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from!
http://fs5.directupload.net/images/151103/cun4b2f8.png

 
 

January 11, 2015 5:55 pm  #2


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

The ranking in ascending order from worst to best:

9 TEH
8 TSoT
7 HLV
6 TBB
5 THoB
4 ASiB
3 ASiP
2 TGG
1 TRF

This is very interesting as it maybe reflects the opinion of casual viewers more than that of hardcore fans. (I have also read reviews by professional critics ranking TSoT as one of the best episodes ever.)  
And I think it shows that those who participated are not open to the creators going new ways like they did with series 3 - and probably will do with the special as well. They probably prefer the case-centred approach of the earlier episodes although this is quite a superficial assessment as the show was always about the characters and not just - or foremost - about the cases. 
 

Last edited by SusiGo (January 11, 2015 6:17 pm)


------------------------------
"To fake the death of one sibling may be regarded as a misfortune; to fake the death of both looks like carelessness." Oscar Wilde about Mycroft Holmes

"It is what it is says love." (Erich Fried)

“Enjoy the journey of life and not just the endgame. I’m also a great believer in treating others as you would like to be treated.” (Benedict Cumberbatch)

http://up.picr.de/28609194so.png

 
 

January 11, 2015 6:02 pm  #3


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I quite disagree with that order. 


__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
"We'll live on starlight and crime scenes" - wordstrings
http://i.imgur.com/NzWTIDd.png

Team Hudders!
 
 

January 11, 2015 6:27 pm  #4


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

1. tHoB
2. tSotT
3. All others ex-aequo except
...
9. hLV


--------------------------------------------------------------
What? Cameras? Here? I'm in my nightie!
 

January 11, 2015 8:02 pm  #5


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I would have ranked TGG lower and HLV higher, but other than that.. it quite reflects my own preferences. 

 

January 11, 2015 8:05 pm  #6


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I have to admit that I struggle with ranking them as there is no one episode that stands out as the best one for me. There are several, not to mention several individual scenes that stands out. But what I do have, is a very clear least favorite episode - TBB.


__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
"We'll live on starlight and crime scenes" - wordstrings
http://i.imgur.com/NzWTIDd.png

Team Hudders!
 
 

January 12, 2015 10:37 am  #7


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

SusiGo wrote:

This is very interesting as it maybe reflects the opinion of casual viewers more than that of hardcore fans. (I have also read reviews by professional critics ranking TSoT as one of the best episodes ever.)  
And I think it shows that those who participated are not open to the creators going new ways like they did with series 3 - and probably will do with the special as well. They probably prefer the case-centred approach of the earlier episodes although this is quite a superficial assessment as the show was always about the characters and not just - or foremost - about the cases. 
 

Oh, I don´t think the ranking was neccessarily caused by the fans preferring case-centric stories over character-driven ones (that would make TBB, a case centric episode, more popular). I think many fans just weren´t happy with the way characters evolved in S3. I read many complaints about Sherlock being OOC in S3 (especially in TSOT), about Shelock being too much of a rascal both in TEH and HLV and fans loosing a sympathy for him, about fans loosing faith also in John after HLV (some complained they can´t imagine Sherlock and John ever being friends again after the events of that episode), some people disliked the fact that Mary turned up an assassin and Mrs. Hudson a drug dealer and an exotic dancer... and together with a deep rift the authors kinda created in Sherlock´s and John´s friendship in S3 that was a hard pill to swallow for some people. So althrough I liked S3 myself, I understand where this fans are coming from.


-----------------------------------

I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window there. Was there ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? What is the use of having powers, Doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them?

http://49.media.tumblr.com/eb0e156f55878fcd6f89dcf91ae89811/tumblr_o0eyyzrphE1spvwrzo2_1280.gif
 

January 12, 2015 3:17 pm  #8


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

My list would look different:
9. The Empty Hearse
8. The Blind Banker
7. The Hound of Baskerville
6. Scandal in Belgravia
5-2. The Great Game, The Reichenbach Fall, The Sign of Three, The Last Vow (I can honestly not say which one I like more.
1. A Study in Pink (still the best of them all!!!!).

I think people just tend to complain the most about what is the most current (plus, I have gotten the impression that the people who watch the show only to complain about are happy that they have finally something they can jump on). But I loved Season 3...the last two episodes made up for the weak first one.

Last edited by Swanpride (January 12, 2015 3:18 pm)

 

January 12, 2015 3:51 pm  #9


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I can pick a number one--TGG--but I'd put it only juuuust above ASiP (which fails to tie only because of a flaw the resulted from expanding it from an hour to ninety minutes--Sherlock can't deduce it's the cabbie in the expanded version). TSoT is a close third, and the rest are all in fourth place. (Well, maybe TBB comes in at 5th, but not by much.)

I can't rewatch TRF or HLV, but not because they're less good but because they're excellent--and make me far too tense and unhappy while watching!

All of which puts me at polar opposites from that list--I'm in it for the characters first, their adventures second, and mysteries a distant third! (Although I do love the deductions. )


____________________

"Oh, you meant 'spectacularly ignorant' in a NICE way."
 

January 12, 2015 4:08 pm  #10


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I love TBB and THoB for the same reason you just named - because they are nice case episodes that I can watch with an easy heart and I can admire both heroes without seeing them in pain, abused or surrounded by high drama. Also, even if this is a show "about the detective" more than about his cases, it´s through the cases that Sherlock proves his brilliance. Take that from him and turn the show into a soap opera and you stripped the reason for existence from him, turning him into a ridiculous figure. I am therefore not all happy with that "Sherlock shouldn´t be about mysteries" way of thinking.


-----------------------------------

I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window there. Was there ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? What is the use of having powers, Doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them?

http://49.media.tumblr.com/eb0e156f55878fcd6f89dcf91ae89811/tumblr_o0eyyzrphE1spvwrzo2_1280.gif
 

January 12, 2015 4:25 pm  #11


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

Welllll...If you read the original stories (which I have done far too many times to count!), you'll see that as mysteries they are mostly rubbish. They don't play fair with the reader--Holmes solves them, most often, from information we aren't given, or from "evidence" that doesn't, in actuality, prove what he says it does, or by just running in and demanding answers. Several aren't even mysteries at all--A Scandal in Bohemia leaps to mind, as does The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton and The Adventure of the Illustrious Client.

They are, however, brilliant adventure stories (most of the short stories are even titled "The Adventure of"!) and wonderful studies of an extraordinary character and a deep friendship. Since that's what I fell for in the ACD stories, that's what I love about this version of them.

ETA: Yes, I think there needs to be an adventure in the stories, some danger and excitement (which every episode, including TSiT, has had), but there doesn't have to be a mystery. That's keeping it true to the source material, to my mind.

Last edited by REReader (January 12, 2015 4:30 pm)


____________________

"Oh, you meant 'spectacularly ignorant' in a NICE way."
 

January 12, 2015 5:12 pm  #12


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

That's because most of them are not supposed to be mysteries but either Adventures, character studies or "how was it done" stories.
For me it depends on the source text. If there is a mystery in the source text, it better gets adapted. If the emphasis of the story is elsewhere, I want the emphasis of the adaptation at the same place. "The Sign of Four" for example is not really about the mystery, it is mostly a love story (with a lot of adventure in the mix). The core theme is Dr. Watson's dilemma that when they find the Agra treasure he will loose Mary, but he is too honorable not to do his best to recover it for her. I love how all the themes of the story can be found in TSoT and HLV. The only thing which could have made it better would have been including the boat chase somehow.

 

January 12, 2015 6:38 pm  #13


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

Swanpride wrote:

That's because most of them are not supposed to be mysteries but either Adventures, character studies or "how was it done" stories.

Exactly! *nodding emphatically* ITA.


Swanpride wrote:

I love how all the themes of the story can be found in TSoT and HLV. The only thing which could have made it better would have been including the boat chase somehow.

At least they got the blow darts in there!
 

Last edited by REReader (January 12, 2015 6:38 pm)


____________________

"Oh, you meant 'spectacularly ignorant' in a NICE way."
 

January 12, 2015 9:53 pm  #14


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

REReader wrote:

Welllll...If you read the original stories (which I have done far too many times to count!), you'll see that as mysteries they are mostly rubbish. They don't play fair with the reader--Holmes solves them, most often, from information we aren't given, or from "evidence" that doesn't, in actuality, prove what he says it does, or by just running in and demanding answers. Several aren't even mysteries at all--A Scandal in Bohemia leaps to mind, as does The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton and The Adventure of the Illustrious Client.

They are, however, brilliant adventure stories (most of the short stories are even titled "The Adventure of"!) and wonderful studies of an extraordinary character and a deep friendship. Since that's what I fell for in the ACD stories, that's what I love about this version of them.

ETA: Yes, I think there needs to be an adventure in the stories, some danger and excitement (which every episode, including TSiT, has had), but there doesn't have to be a mystery. That's keeping it true to the source material, to my mind.

REReader, if you reread my original post, you will notice I was hardly trying to make a literary critics of an ACD canon - I was speaking about something entirely different. (Also, even if the canon was an absolute shit, there´s no point in modern adaptation making the same "mistakes", when it has every means at hand to make the mystery side of the stories better).

Still, it slightly unfair to criticise Doyle that he wasn´t writing detective stories in a classical style, when:

A - aside from Poe, Wilkie Collins and Dickens no English or American writer ever attempted to write detective stories before Doyle and it was actually Doyle who created the first outlines of a new genre (which, because it was new, still lacked certain features we connect with detective stories now.)

B - Doyle´s stories were not yet classical detective stories as we know them now, but they were excellent mysteries. They had a perfect atmosphere of unearthly, puzzling and fear-inducing things happening and Doyle was not as much interested in solving these mysteries in a perfect style (which, you must admit, is quite hard to write), as in the mystery itself. That´s why some Sherlock stories lack satisfactory solution - but that´s also why these stories still retain certain charm that the many classical detective stories (more true to "the formula") already lost.
 


-----------------------------------

I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window there. Was there ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? What is the use of having powers, Doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them?

http://49.media.tumblr.com/eb0e156f55878fcd6f89dcf91ae89811/tumblr_o0eyyzrphE1spvwrzo2_1280.gif
 

January 12, 2015 9:59 pm  #15


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I think, however, it's entirely fair to categorize the stories as "adventures," as Doyle himself did (and I do not consider that in any way a weakness, because they are the creme de la creme of adventure stories, in large part because of their focus on reason and character), or as proto-mysteries, since the Holmes stories laid the foundation of much of the mystery genre without being good mysteries in themselves.


____________________

"Oh, you meant 'spectacularly ignorant' in a NICE way."
 

January 12, 2015 10:04 pm  #16


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

Proto-mysteries is a good term, I think. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png


-----------------------------------

I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window there. Was there ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? What is the use of having powers, Doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them?

http://49.media.tumblr.com/eb0e156f55878fcd6f89dcf91ae89811/tumblr_o0eyyzrphE1spvwrzo2_1280.gif
 

January 12, 2015 11:02 pm  #17


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I agree with nakahara I think.
I always could "see" Sherlock's character best when he was solving cases. I do like series three a lot, I won't deny that, but the stag night for example felt quite boring to me, simply because nothing of importance was happening and it could have been (it wasn't) just another tv show showing a stag night. It's just, the cases, the detective part, they are somewhat the base of Sherlock's characterization, and pushing them further and further in the background makes me loose the feel for Sherlock's character, rather than showing more of his personal development. And that goes along with the uneasiness to see Sherlock failing more and more often, which isn't really the case in the original works either. (I mean, yes, he does fail, but in series three I thought that nearly all of the genius-Sherlock was gone)
For me the ranking would depend on the focus. For a Sherlock detective series, series three wasn't as good as one and two, I thought. But if the question is, was it good television, I would probably put series three right to the top (well, HLV and TSOT at least). Maybe the polls differ so much because there are just too many parameters that aren't seperated. It would be interesting to be able to filter the polls to get a clearer idea what exactly was liked and what wasn't.
 

Last edited by Whisky (January 12, 2015 11:06 pm)


_____________________________________________________________

"It is what it is."

http://i58.tinypic.com/2j432ti.jpg
 

January 13, 2015 7:15 am  #18


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

Whisky wrote:

I agree with nakahara I think.
I always could "see" Sherlock's character best when he was solving cases. ... It's just, the cases, the detective part, they are somewhat the base of Sherlock's characterization, and pushing them further and further in the background makes me loose the feel for Sherlock's character, rather than showing more of his personal development. And that goes along with the uneasiness to see Sherlock failing more and more often, which isn't really the case in the original works either. (I mean, yes, he does fail, but in series three I thought that nearly all of the genius-Sherlock was gone) 

Very well put, Whisky! Let me just agree that the "character-driven" approach paradoxically made me feel Sherlock´s character less,too.. I don´t know exactly why this is though. Maybe because the case-work is supposed to be such a big part of him - he interacted with people, yes, but mainly he delighted in solving crimes and we delighted in watching him doing so. It has never just been the "Mystery of the week" - it has always been his reactions to the mystery of the week and the development his character underwent because of the things he learnt on the way.. and it was great, that´s just who he was.

Now, his journey to a more integrated human being.. who happens to have some frankly ridiculous adventures (not my words) on the way while mostly building up some unlikely friendships and struggling to come to terms with his emotions and his place in the world.. while I can see why people enjoy it for me it feels too much of a coming-of-age story to delight in it. I know many fans think such a transition was needed and adds to his character.. I tend to disagree, but anyway. It actually felt a lot like adolescence - in a big way new traits are adopted and old traits diminish..  the lines are blurred, that´s probably the answer to why we can´t feel Sherlock´s character as clearly as before. I hope the journey takes him to a good place.. a place in which I can delight in watching him again. This transition has been, as transitions generally tend to be, painful and slightly awkward to watch..  it has been good TV, the numbers and awards speak for themselves.. just not the program I would have chosen if I had known before what I was in for. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Last edited by Zatoichi (January 13, 2015 7:16 am)

 

January 13, 2015 7:42 am  #19


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

I for my part am glad that they went back to the source text instead of being influenced by the countless adaptations which focus on the detective work and ignore all the other aspects of the stories.

And I am glad that Sherlock is maturing a little bit. Because Holmes did too.

 

January 13, 2015 8:15 am  #20


Re: Sherlock episodes ranked from worst to best

Don´t get me wrong, I´m not against maturing or even against change.. that´s just what happens in life. It´s just that I don´t think this rollercoaster ride of emotions, pain, heartbreak, loss and living through so many suppressed emotions and childhood traumata are in any way based on the original stories / would have been necessary in order to have Sherlock growing and developing. As neither is a growing family of supporting characters, as we´re at it.. I think him finding support and a human connection with John while doing his work would have been sufficient (and sufficiently interesting), but I accept that this is just not what TPTB had in mind for their story. Which is fine, it is their work after all.. I´m just mourning and rambling a little http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png
.

 

Board footera

 

Powered by Boardhost. Create a Free Forum