First Trailer: Netflix’s ‘The Irregulars’ is a Sinister Slice of Holmesian Intrigue
Though the Baker Street Irregulars appeared in only two Sherlock Holmes novels – A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four – and one short story, The Adventure of the Crooked Man, they have since achieved a sort of mythical status, finding their way into television, film, board games, video games, and even onto the theatrical stage. The BBC actually created the first series based on them, called The Baker Street Boys, all the way back in 1983.
Now Netflix is bringing them for the first time into the world of 21st Century streaming, with the new, concisely titled series The Irregulars, premiering March 26. It follows the visually ragtag yet efficient, and even paranormal Victorian street gang of the same name, who act as clandestine informants for Holmes and Watson, keeping them enlightened as to the dubious goings on in the most shadowy corners of London. The first trailer opens with an appropriately gothic looking image of a smog-plagued capital, with St. Paul’s Cathedral choking in the background. A voice is heard insisting, “Your sister has a gift. She can see things other people cannot,” over a shot of said character, Jessie (played by Darci Shaw) staring down an alleyway at a boy who may or may not be there. So, yes, there’s an intriguingly supernatural element to this telling of the story.
As things get weirder, Thaddea Graham’s Bea queries bluntly, “What in the hell have you got us involved in?” But as with all Holmes stories, naturally, one really has no idea until the end. In the meantime, there are swarms of sinister birds, arms reaching out from graves, well-attired corpses with eyes gouged out, and lots of ominous looking skies looming over the grey, grimy streets of 19th Century London.
Which can only lead one to conclude that what we have here is basically the genuinely punk version of Sherlock Holmes that Guy Ritchie accidentally forgot to make.