The Irregulars (2021) A Review

Certificate: 15

Starring: McKell David, Thaddea Graham, Jojo Macari

Creator: Tom Bidwell

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Genre: Crime, Fantasy

Runtime: 50 min Episodes

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving a series of supernatural crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. – From IMDB

Netflix seem to really be on a roll with their Sherlock Holmes properties right now.  With this, Enola Holmes coming out a few months ago and I think two more projects in the pipelines, it seems to be a big thing for them right now.  But if you are just about done with rehashing the same characters and storylines over and over again, fear not.  Most of the characters from Doyle’s beloved classics are warped so much as to be almost unrecognisable were it not for their names.  This is a Sherlock Holmes retelling, but not one that you have seen before.

Nowhere near as cheerful or family friendly as Enola Holmes despite it’s young cast, this show leans heavily in the direction of horror and fantast rather than it’s crime elements.  With some episodes, the tooth fairy in particular, being really quite horrendous.  Saying that though it does also come with a truck load of teenage angst.  Love triangles, relationships, romance, friendship, and in that way is just like every other teenage drama we have ever seen.  So at times I think the target audience for this show is a little unclear.  Horror fans will likely have no or little interest in the banal angst between the group, and drama fans will be unlikely to enjoy watching a woman pull out a child entire set of teeth.

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The plot does get a little generic and very very predictable towards the end of the season, with the eventual introduction of the grief stricken Sherlock Holmes himself adding a little intrigue, but far too much convoluted backstory for the two thirds point of the series.  But the excellent acting from the young core cast means that for the most part you are at least engaged in the story and want to see how it ends.

The series is done as a set of ‘monster of the week’ episodes, that all loosely tie into the larger over arching plot, albeit very loosely.  Really it’s the flashback scenes with Sherlock and Watson that give us the majority of the main plot, not the monster episodes. 

I enjoyed this well enough to watch the whole thing back to back in one day, but I can’t say that I would rewatch it, and can’t see it working for more than a one off season.  If you want to check it out for yourself, ‘The Irregulars’ is streaming on Netflix now.

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