Spoiler-Free Review of “The Irregulars” on Netflix: Elementary Plot by the Numbers

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“A darkness has entered this city…”

The Irregulars premiered on Netflix on March 26th 2021 with eight episodes available to stream now. The series stars Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Harrison Osterfield, Royce Pierreson, and Henry Lloyd Hughes. Each episode runs for approximately 55-60 minutes.

The series is set in Victorian London and follows a group of teen outcasts who are hired by Dr. Watson to investigate supernatural occurrences. We quickly learn that they are not hired by accident, leading to a mystery involving the infamous Sherlock Holmes.

Here is the trailer:

The Irregulars presents us with an interesting premise, but a plot we have seen many times before. However, does it work in the show’s favor to have Watson and Holmes in the background? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Interesting characters and solid performances.

Stand-out performances go to Thaddea Graham and Darci Shaw as sisters, Bea and Jessie. I also thoroughly enjoyed Leopold’s character portrayed by Harrison Osterfield. Some of the other supporting characters could have been easily interchanged with other stock characters, but I thought there was good chemistry and believable moments between the sisters.

That being said, I was underwhelmed by both Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes and I realize we are supposed to be focusing on the teen characters, but I would have still gravitated toward them without being forced to do so because of unlikable portrayals.

Cringe-worthy horror sprinkled in.

The show presented us with a mix of several different genres, but I was pleased with the elements of horror. Even though we have a young adult group of characters, the show didn’t hold anything back in terms of some of the dark supernatural occurrences we witness and I appreciated that. 

The Cons:

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Lack of cohesiveness between the group.

While I enjoyed many of the characters individually, there was something lacking between the group as a whole which made it difficult to connect and root for them. Everything felt very dark and depressing and I wanted to see a little bit more humor thrown into the mix even though the show made a failed effort several times.

This is not the first film or show we have seen about young adults working together to take on a mystery or an evil threat. The Goonies, The Lost Boys, IT, and Stranger Things all come to mind. Part of what makes this formula work so well is the overall chemistry between the group. I think that if the show had focused on that a little bit more, I would have liked the end result more.

A tired plot with nothing new and super long episodes.

Each episode is almost an hour long, which did not work in the show’s favor. I felt like many of the episodes dragged and there was fluff where it didn’t need to be. While I found Jessie’s psychic/supernatural abilities interesting, I have seen this plot before. There is a rift threatening to destroy the world and only one girl may be able to stop it…

That being said, I love this plot and some of my favorite shows and films feature it, but I wanted something new thrown our way to prevent it from feeling stale and overdone and I’m afraid this show did not achieve that for me. The reveals were also really predictable.

I also think that the show didn’t really discover what it truly wanted to be. Episode three probably came the closest to actual brilliance, but the other episodes did not measure up and just lacked finesse.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one.

The show had a lot of entertaining qualities, but there were so many things that just really frustrated me. I think that with several tweaks, this show could have been really spectacular, but it failed to deliver, which was extremely disappointing.

I don’t think it presented the Watson/Holmes dynamic that well and it almost seemed like a manipulative way to earn viewers. The show had some glimmers of value and entertainment, but I’m not sure that you need to rush this to the top of your watch-list.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Irregulars in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My new supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Ranking the top 5 TV female characters who give Nancy Drew a run for her money: Solving one mystery at a time

Happy Saturday TV Fans!  I hope you are having a fabulous weekend full of shopping and binge-watching.  For today’s topic, I am going to be ranking the top 5 TV female characters who give Nancy Drew a run for her money.  Do you ever wonder how some of these characters solve the mystery in the nick of time while maintaining their grades, high school drama, and keeping up with the latest fashion trends?

For today’s ranking, I am only looking at female amateur sleuths.  If they work for any type of federal/government agency, they are not included since they are considered professionals.

My top 5 TV female characters who give Nancy Drew a run for her money are:

5

Dr. Joan Watson from CBS’s Elementary

While the original Dr. Watson from the classic Sherlock Holmes series is male, Lucy Liu proves that gender need not apply in order to have the smarts and wit to keep up with Sherlock Holmes himself.

While Dr. Watson does eventually consult with the police, she started off her career as a doctor and then shifted to helping others through addiction.  Even before Sherlock mentored her and taught her the ways of being a detective, her compassion for others and attention to detail made her a force to be reckoned with.

Joan is even able to get through to Sherlock and break through his shield of bottled emotions to help him cope with his own issues.  Through every test and case, Dr. Joan Watson proves to be a worthy partner of Sherlock’s and is capable of solving the mysteries on her own if needed.  But we love to see these two working together for sure.

4

Nancy Wheeler from Netflix’s Stranger Things

While a lot of the series centers on Nancy’s younger brother and his friends dealing with the threat of the upside down world, Nancy steps into the lime light herself to reveal that she is more than a stereotypical teenage girl.  When her best friend, Barb, vanishes, she is devastated but refuses to just accept it.

Nancy will stop at nothing to find out the truth about what happened to her and to make things right.  She finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, dealing with conflicting feelings for both Steve and Jonathan, but puts that on the back burner initially so that she can focus on the mystery at hand.

3

Betty Cooper from the CW’s Riverdale

Betty is pure of heart and has enough bounce in her blonde ponytail to bring school spirit to anyone even remotely close to her.  But that’s not what makes her so intriguing on Riverdale.  While she is concerned with doing the right thing and her image is close to perfection, Betty has some serious skills as an amateur sleuth and other characters on the show have even referred to her as Nancy Drew jokingly.

Unfortunately for Nancy Drew, she didn’t live in a world filled with technology at one’s finger tips and Betty uses this to her advantage.  She puts her family and friends above everything else and is great at analyzing the missing pieces of the puzzle to bring the truth to light.

2

Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily from Pretty Little Liars

While “A” has been revealed and the show is over, we can’t forget about the constant twists and turns these girls had to face.  The beginning of the series opens with their friend Alison’s supposed death and the girls are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what happened to her.

The fun doesn’t stop here; however, as someone going by the name “A” is after them and putting them through hell.  The girls don’t give in so easily, as they work together as a team to bring down “A” and figure out the mystery at hand.  Individually, each character has their own strengths, but together they are an unstoppable force and their bond and friendship keeps them from breaking along the way.

1

Veronica Mars from Veronica Mars

Following in the shadow of her father who is a private detective, Veronica is a high-school student who works closely with him and shows that she has just as much talent and a real knack for the business.  Her best friend was murdered and the series begins with her trying to figure out who did it by piecing together the evidence.

During this, she also takes on cases at school on behalf of her friends and classmates.  What’s so great about Veronica is that you almost forget she is a teenage girl.  Her wit and humor is hilarious and you find yourself rooting for her with each new case coming her way.

Veronica was once popular, but is now considered an outsider at school, but this doesn’t stop her from helping others and making a statement against bullies and other threats along the way.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post some of your own favorites below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl