I think the beauty, or the genius rather, of Sherlock Holmes lies in the innovations that have sprouted from the adventures of this beloved detective. Since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought Sherlock and Watson to life in 1887 (yes, you read that right), the retellings or pastiches of his novels have consistently fascinated the zeitgeist. In this brand new telling, The Irregulars, that just released on Netflix, Sherlock Holmes places his feet firmly within Gen Z’ world.
New year, New Sherlock
Flash forward from 1887 to 2021 and Sherlock is back at 221B Baker Street. Except for the address, and the characters of Sherlock and Watson, show creator Tom Bidwell does not allow the series to become burdened by its source material.
The emphasis in The Irregulars is firmly placed on the younger characters with Bea and Jessie placed front and center. Watson himself is most definitely the character who, in this series, shows the most evolution. Watson’s arc is one of the most interesting to follow in The Irregulars, as he isn’t type casted like we’ve seen done in previous retellings.
The series also shows no lack of both female influence and diversity which truly is a breath of fresh air. Keep an eye out for Bea (portrayed by Thad0dea Graham), and Alice (portrayed by Eileen O’Higgins) especially – who is one of the best female counters I’ve seen to the very eccentric Sherlock.
These are not the only changes to the Sherlock that we know and love. The Irregulars has a supernatural twist reminiscent of 2013 ‘s Da Vinci’s Demons series. If you are a Supernatural fan, you’ll also identify the series’ successful monster-of-the-week format. The incorporation of a supernatural element allows for full absorption into The Irregulars’ universe as it creates an entirely different world with its own rules and configurations that the viewer needs to decipher. Netflix uses its two biggest market successes; teen series and the supernatural / fantasy genres, to breathe this new life into the adventures of Holmes and Watson.
I know that I’m babbling on about several different elements to the series while you probably only have one question in mind – does Henry Lloyd-Hughes’ Sherlock live up to that of his predecessors? I found him to be more charming than both Cumberbatch and Downey Junior, but definitely more troubled than the two of them leaning more towards Jonny Lee Miller’s (Elementary) interpretation. All in all, I think he does give Sherlock a compelling go.
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