There have been many movies and TV series based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but Netflix’s new series, The Irregulars, not only centers the story on a ragtag group of street kids, but introduces a supernatural element, as well.
The teens are led by the cunning Bea (Thaddea Graham), who also acts as a mother-figure to the smooth-talking Spike (McKell David), hot-headed Billy (Jojo Macari), and Bea’s younger sister Jessie (Darcy Shaw), who lately suffers from horrific nightmares. Bea is befriended by Leo (Harrison Osterfield), who appears as just another street kid, but is actually hiding a big secret identity. He falls head over heels for her, but she’s very guarded about letting someone new in.
They are hired by Dr. Watson (Royce Pierreson) to help him with the crimes that take place in the less “reputable” parts of the city. We are later introduced to Sherlock Holmes (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), though this version of the legendary sleuth is a far cry from the clever and quick-witted detective we normally see portrayed in the media.
The eight episodes start with a crime to solve with each episode, but it soon becomes obvious to the teens and Watson that these supernatural-based incidents are all connected.
From there, we discover Holmes and Watson not only have personal connections to the street kids, but also to the key to solving everything.
I really enjoyed the season. The characters are well-developed and the dialog is sharp. The mysteries are interesting, and it was fun trying to solve what was happening before the characters did. I got a few, but there were some excellent twists throughout the story.
Because it deals with the supernatural, there are some violent and gruesome scenes that aren’t appropriate for younger children, but it is rated TV-14.
The actors are well cast and do a great job with the characters, too. I have to single out Graham, who carries a lot of scenes she’s in. I really enjoyed watching her performance.
Also as a side note: Macari and Osterfield look like younger versions of Matthew Lillard and James MacAvoy … someone needs to cast them all together.
Kudos also to the set and costume designers for creating a Victorian-era world that just sucks you right in.
The final episode does wrap up things somewhat neatly, while leaving it open to another season. But man, there’s a major wallop to the heart between two of the characters by the time the episode ends.
I’m giving The Irregulars season one a 4 out of 5 stars. It’s very binge-worthy.
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