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Saturday, 27 March 2021 13:47

The Irregulars Turns an Interesting Concept into a Mediocre Show

Written by lucks
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I want to preface this review by saying that I haven’t read the book series that the TV show is based on so I can’t speak to how good or bad of an adaptation it is and am only reviewing the show.

The Irregulars is about a ragtag group of street kids that get recruited by Doctor John Watson (Royce Pierreson) and Sherlock Holmes (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) to help them on investigations because they can blend in and get access to information in places where Holmes and Watson would stick out.

The leader of the Irregulars and main character is 17-year old Bea (Thaddea Graham) who cares deeply about her little sister Jessie (Darci Shaw) and her other friends Spike (Mckell David) and Billy (Jojo Macari). The group also encounters Prince Leopold, a hemophiliac royal  who hides his identity and goes simply as Leo (Harrison Osterfield).

While the premise of the series is intriguing, the show itself is kind of all over the place and I personally think it would be much more enjoyable if it focused more on the characters and their interpersonal relationships rather than leaning into the supernatural/horror side.

Unlike the original Sherlock Holmes books, the Irregulars is set in a world where the supernatural actually exists and the murderers use magic and the dark arts to commit their nefarious acts.

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While the show can be enjoyable at times, like with Leo and Bea’s budding romance and the friendship between the main characters, the excessive gore and poor lighting combined with somewhat boring plot lines and over reliance on the supernatural make it just okay.

That being said, there are definitely worse shows out there and it gets a little better in the later episodes so if supernatural/horror/mystery shows are your thing, maybe the Irregulars is right up your alley.

All 8 episodes of Season 1 are now streaming on Netflix.

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