The Irregulars – The Best On Screen Sherlock?

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

On March 26th, The Irregulars dropped on Netflix and quickly rose to the streaming site’s Top 10 trending content. Netflix is no stranger to teen led dramas as they have released shows like Outer Banks, and Stranger Things. This one follows a bit of the same formula, only this time we are venturing into the world of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes has seen many variations on screen, his most recent being in another Netflix Original ‘Enola Holmes.’ Where the greatest detective is played by Henry Cavil (Man of Steel, The Witcher.) In fact, if you would like to learn more about all of Sherlock’s iterations on the big and little screen, click here.

Now, only six months after the last version of Holmes, we have gotten a brand new take on the iconic character. ‘The Irregulars’ is based on the “Baker Street Irregulars” a group of London street kids that Sherlock Holmes hired in three different Arthur Conan Doyle novels.

This show follows these London street kids, and adds a bit more to the lore around them. We watch as these kids are hired by Dr. Watson (Sherlock’s trusted friend and confidant) to try to solve supernatural mysteries. The show has a really fun group of actors playing the Irregulars.

Harrison Osterfield (far left) plays Leopold, a very intelligent young man who happens to be the prince of England. Beside him is Darci Shaw who plays Jessie. Jessie is our look into the supernatural, as she is gifted with abilities out of this world. To her immediate right is Thaddea Graham who plays our main character Beatrice. Bea is the strong leader of the group, and is almost like a mother to them all.

Beside her is McKell David who plays the man with the mouth, Spike. Spike is the comedy relief at times, using his smart mouth to help get them out of (and into) situations. On the far right is Jojo Macari who plays Billy. Billy is a hot head with a big heart, he’s always ready to throw hands, especially when his friends are in danger.

The show follows the group of teens for the most part, but it does not take long for Sherlock Holmes to show up and make a huge impact. Sherlock is played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes and gives us a version of Holmes that we have not seen a lot on screen. The Sherlock Holmes character is known to do drugs, especially cocaine, as Sherlock’s drug usage was first mentioned in four of the early stories published in 1890, and 1891 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This show takes that and really runs with it. Making Sherlock Holmes a full on junkie who has spent the last twenty-five years as a drugged shell of himself. Unable to think and deduce as well as he used to, we watch how a man who was so great, let his ego and his intelligence destroy him. Lloyd-Hughes does an absolutely fantastic job bringing this character to life.

At one point we see a flashback to Holmes at his best, solving a mystery with the brilliance that we have come to know from the character. In this scene, we jump in as Holmes figures out the case with a charisma that makes you understand just how amazing he really is. This scene is my personal favorite depiction of Sherlock Holmes. The way he talks, the way he explains what just happened, the way he looks, it is exactly what you would want out of a Sherlock Holmes.

We only get to see this young, brilliant Sherlock Holmes a few times throughout the show but that doesn’t mean that the older burnout version isn’t just as fun to watch. We get to see a man who was once so promising, and so brilliant be reduced to nothing due to grief and we genuinely feel for him when he gets emotional.

This is very different from the Henry Cavill version we saw just six months ago. Cavill’s version was a high society, proper, kind man. Which while not a bad thing, is very different from the gritty and real version that we see in The Irregulars.

This family makes me want to murder people. — Stubborn

Likely the most famous version of the character on screen is Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Holmes in the BBC show ‘Sherlock.’ Cumberbatch plays a very cold, sociopathic version of the character set in modern times. This version of the character is pretty accurate to the original works, and is a huge fan favorite. Plus, Cumberbatch’s version does give us a glimpse into the characters drug use.

That version is fantastic, but with it being set in modern times it still leaves the audience wanting a time accurate Sherlock story. The Irregulars gives them that, while not focusing on Sherlock, but on the teenage London street kids. Giving the audience a taste of the Sherlock Holmes from this world, without giving us too much.

The show is really fun to watch, and I hope that it gets green-lit for a second season. It starts off a bit slow, and the dialogue is a bit cheesy at first but the second the show kicks into second gear it’s impossible to look away. The first few episodes we are getting to know our group of friends, and watch them interact with supernatural monsters such as a man who can control birds with his mind.

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Then we watch as they get more and more frustrated, angry, sad, and beaten up as they try to solve the mystery of why these supernatural things are happening in London. Add on a romantic love triangle, forbidden love, a long lost father, an abusive boss, and a southern gentleman who meets Jessie in her dreams. This show has it all, and I hope that we get to see more of The Irregulars in the foreseeable future.

Enola Holmes | Review

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

Enola Holmes was one of the more anticipated Netflix films as of late. The trailer had Sherlock Holmes’ fans very excited to see not only a new take on the iconic detective novels, but also a new Sherlock himself.

The film was released on Netflix on September 23, 2020 and quickly shot up the Netflix Top 10 list. I watched the film and well, I don’t think it was quite what I had hoped it to be.

Spoilers Ahead.

The film is about Enola Holmes, the little sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. After their mother disappears, leaving young Enola all by herself, Mycroft takes her in as his ward.

Mycroft is played by Sam Claflin, and he does a fantastic job of playing Sherlock Holmes’ brother. A very proper english gentleman, who believes deeply in the government, and that men should be the ones leading it.

He plays Mycroft as not an evil man, as some versions of the character come across as, but as a politician. A man who is stuck in his ways. He believes that Enola should be a proper woman, wearing proper clothes, and marry a man to take care of her.

Forcing her into a very un-feminist, girl’s training school, Mycroft comes across as a prick. Making him very unlikable, but not evil. He is very much the least likable of the Holmes’ family and I think this version of Mycroft is very accurate to the character portrayed in the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

After Enola evades Mycroft and goes on the run, she meets a young man of English royalty named Tewkesbury. Who we know immediately is going to be Enola’s love interest. We get to watch the two of them grow closer throughout the film, and the film very quickly shifts plots.

No longer is the film about Enola finding her mother, but now it’s about saving her new friend Tewkesbury from the assassination attempts being made on him. All while trying to evade her brothers.

Sherlock obviously finds her, and they have a nice moment where they talk in detail about their relationship. Sherlock is enamored by Enola and very impressed with her. This version of Sherlock is being played by Henry Cavill.

Henry Cavill very slickly has tossed his name into the “Who is the best Sherlock” conversation. Playing a more quiet, calm, sophisticated version of the character as opposed to the versions played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downy Jr.

Cavill plays Holmes as very soft-spoken and kind. You can feel the lack of emotion and empathy that is famous of the character, but instead of being a sociopath, he just comes across as a man who focuses on facts rather than emotion.

Any time that we see Sherlock, either with Enola or on his own, is a highlight of the film. Hopefully we will get to see more of Cavill as Sherlock Holmes.

Enola and Tewkesbury take turns saving each other until finally we have the big reveal. The person behind the assassination attempts was Tewkesbury’s own grandmother. All of it being a ploy to keep the young man from voting against her political ideals in the upcoming vote.

If the review seems a bit underwhelming, it’s because it is. The film is a lot of fun to watch, due to the great characters, creative fourth wall breaking, and a nice look into old timey London.

However, when it comes to story, it lacks a lot of substance. The film does not stay on track long enough for us to even realize what we are supposed to be caring about. First we think that finding her mother is the most important thing. Then we totally forget about the mother and are worried about politics and the assasination of a young man.

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Add in the combination of a rivalry with the headmistress of the school, and her relationship with her brothers, and it just becomes to much to juggle. The film is something that a younger audience will surely adore however.

With a plot that is complex enough to keep them interested, while being simple enough to follow. The younger audience doesn’t really know or care about the pacing and timing of a story, so they probably won’t even notice the lackluster parts of the film.

Overall, I think the film was fun to watch. I know I’ve said that a few times now, but it’s the best way to really describe it…fun. Millie Bobby Brown does a fantastic job of bringing to life the younger sister in the Holmes’ family.

Showing off how intelligent, strong, and extraordinary the character is; all while showing the struggles that come from being a teenager. Her performance is truly believable as a young woman who could step up to solve mysteries along side her famous brother, or even alone.

In fact, one of the highlights of the film is at the end. When Sherlock visits Inspector Lestrade to tell him that he had completely solved the mystery. Just for Lestrade to humor him, until informing him that Enola had already solved it.

With a smug grin, and a “Ha!” Sherlock ends the film showing just how proud of Enola he is. Maybe this could lead to a sequel where instead of a Dr. Watson, we see Sherlock solve a major mystery along side his little sister.

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At the end of the day, this is not a movie that I will be watching over and over again. However, I am hopeful that it will bring about a sequel or even an entire franchise where we can dive more into this version of Sherlock Holmes.

Getting to see more of Enola, Sherlock, Mycroft, and their mother Eudoria (played by Helena Bonham Carter) would make for a really great Netflix franchise to add to the long list of Sherlock Holmes Iteration in Film and Television.

What did you think of the film? Do you want to see more? Tell us about it!