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Review The Irregulars (Netflix series)

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
The Irregulars is a netflix show that reimagines the Baker Street Irregulars of the Sherlock Holmes stories as a YA scooby doo gang hired by a rather brusque and unlikeable Dr Watson to investigate some supernatural murders and with the new Ravenloft discussions I thought it might have potential for some ideas.
The shows premise has potential but the trailer does a far better job of presenting the idea than the full episodes do. While the poverty and harshness of Victorian London is supposed to be a theme, the cast dont really come across as the traumatised survivors of Dickensian workhouses, the supernatural elements are underdeveloped and the first few episodes come across as monster-of the- week,

Once it gets past episode 4, where a heroin addled Holmes is brought in, the story does develop and it gets better, but never quite reaches the promise of the trailer

 

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The trailer looks enticing; but that's what snippets are intended to do. The proof is in the whole cloth and not its pieces (textile mill comparison intentional...).
 

MarkB

Legend
I was put off by the supernatural elements, because I was expecting - and would have preferred - more of a detective series. I stalled partway through the first episode and haven't gone back to it.
 

Ryujin

Legend
I'm rather enjoying it and while the trauma of the workhouses isn't front and centre through the whole thing, it is raised on occasion as leaving lasting damage to the teens; both physical and mental.
 

Nytmare

David Jose
I found it odd, because I think this is the first supernatural/Sherlock Holmes mashup that I have NOT enjoyed. I think that if it had had just a smidge less CW in it, I might have watched more than an episode.
 




Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Why “The Irregulars” rather than “Baker Street Irregulars”? Until I read this thread I had no idea it was anything to do with Sherlock Holmes. Just assumed it was another generic teen supernatural thing.
 

Nytmare

David Jose
Why “The Irregulars” rather than “Baker Street Irregulars”? Until I read this thread I had no idea it was anything to do with Sherlock Holmes. Just assumed it was another generic teen supernatural thing.
"The Irregulars" by itself was enough of a hint for me, but I've been on a Sherlock Holmes kick for most of the pandemic so it's all pretty close to the surface. I was kind of surprised though that they didn't approach it from the angle of a teen-aged Sherlock and instead opted for the "Holmes and Watson are just two more adults that don't really understand what's going on and who can't be trusted."
 

"The Irregulars" by itself was enough of a hint for me, but I've been on a Sherlock Holmes kick for most of the pandemic so it's all pretty close to the surface. I was kind of surprised though that they didn't approach it from the angle of a teen-aged Sherlock and instead opted for the "Holmes and Watson are just two more adults that don't really understand what's going on and who can't be trusted."
Yep. I remember knowing it all and then at age 30 onward becoming a dummy, too... Oh wait! ;)
 

Ryujin

Legend
Let me guess? Pretty clean cut 20-somethings playing teens, with carefully placed smudges of soot on them?
To a point, yes, but one of the leads is repeatedly shown, shirtless, with whipping scars all over his body. Also, unlike the typical American show of the sort, the main characters aren't all wearing new but ever so slightly dirty clothing. The clothing is worn/repaired in a way that looks realistic, which is something that I always appreciate from UK productions. There's definitely anachronistic language usage but, overall, I rather like it.
 

To a point, yes, but one of the leads is repeatedly shown, shirtless, with whipping scars all over his body. Also, unlike the typical American show of the sort, the main characters aren't all wearing new but ever so slightly dirty clothing. The clothing is worn/repaired in a way that looks realistic, which is something that I always appreciate from UK productions. There's definitely anachronistic language usage but, overall, I rather like it.
Ar least Americans, sometimes, aren''t pretending that they're not pretending. ;)
 

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