What? Did you think Sherlock Holmes solved all these cases himself?
The irregular, which dropped its eight-episode first season on Netflix on Friday, is taking viewers behind the closed doors of 221B Baker Street. Or at least across the street, where the young heroes who assist Holmes (played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Kill Eve) and Dr John Watson (Royce Pierreson, The witcher) solve some of London’s most dangerous and baffling cases living in poverty and misery. Led by the cunning Bea (Thaddea Graham, Letter to the King), the group includes Spike (McKell David, Black mirror), Hot-headed Billy (Jojo Macari, Sex education) and Bea’s younger sister Jessie (Darcy Shaw, La Baie), who suffers from horrible and hellish nightmares.
However, Jessie’s night terrors are pretty basic compared to the dangers London has in store for these unsuspecting teens. Read on for a recap of the premiere.
THE MYSTERY OF MISSING NEWBORNS | We meet the group before they start working for Holmes and Watson. Struggling to get by, Billy tries to make some money in the fight stands. Meanwhile, Jessie’s dreams worsen, leading her to a semi-sleepwalker through town. She is almost hit by a car carrying the wealthy and privileged Leopold, who is intrigued by the motley group of friends.
Bea visits her mother’s grave, where she is met by Dr. Watson, who is looking for someone who can help her with the crimes taking place in the less “notorious” neighborhoods of the city. The case in question is four missing newborns, the last of which was taken to a locked room while her sister slept right next to the crib. Watson promises to indemnify Bea, who accepts the case.
ON THE CASE | Bea, Spike, and Billy are able to track down the baby’s sister, Susan, who reveals that she lied to the police. In fact, she was out with her boyfriend the night of the disappearance. By the time she returned, her younger sister was already missing. However, before the group can get any more information from her, they are attacked by a nastiness of ravens straight out of Alfred Hitchcock. The birds. Bea, Spike, and Billy can escape, but Susan has her eyes pecked and is killed.
Bea visits 221B Baker Street and notices that a man has passed out on a lounge chair. However, before they can take a closer look, Watson arrives with new information about the other three missing babies. Meanwhile, Leopold has a crush on Bea, but gets stuck in his villa due to his hemophilia. Tired of being locked up, he sneaks around and finds Bea, but doesn’t tell her his true identity, going through Leo instead. Based on Watson’s records, Leo is able to determine that the babies were all born on the same day in the same hospital and that there is a final baby with the same attributes that has not yet been removed.
MEN BIRDS | The group arrives at the home of the fifth baby, but Bea sends an angry Jessie home, deeming her too unstable for the mission. However, that doesn’t do much, as Jessie has another nightmare where she is attacked by a dark figure in a bird mask. The character begins to strangle Jessie, who feels pain in the real world. Just as all seems lost, Jessie is transferred to Louisiana and meets Linen Man (Thread‘s Clarke Peters), who reveals that Jessie is not crazy and that she has the ability to see people’s memories. He tasks her with finding out who is behind the kidnappings, believing that a more sinister power is at play.
Meanwhile, back in London, Bea, Billy and Leo meet the kidnapper (Game of thrones‘Rory McCann) while trying to save the child and realize that he somehow controls the birds via supernatural abilities. They follow him to London Zoo, where he unleashes his herds on them. Jessie arrives and uses her newfound abilities to step into the memories of the Bird Master, revealing that his wife and newborn daughter died during labor the same day in the same hospital as the kidnapped children, and her refusal to accept the her child’s death led him to dementia. At one point, he even tried to contact his deceased wife with a Ouija, which granted him his powers. Realizing his own illusions, the master of the birds sends the birds away and brings the children back to their families, unharmed.
Bea eventually realizes that Watson knew of Jessie’s abilities and confronts him about it. However, she gets no response, only a warning that more horrors are on the horizon.
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