Review: “The Irregulars” hits Netflix with an enticing and balanced debut

Let me just start off by saying when it comes to new shows or series, it takes a lot for me to just take a chance on one. Like, come on, I have rewatched New Girl seven times. You read that right…seven times. But I finally took a step outside of my “Schmidt yelling all the time” comfort zone and I’m glad I did.

Harrison Osterfield as Leo in The Irregulars

I have been following Harrison Osterfield on instagram for a couple years now, and so as soon as he started promoting this show I was in the loop. I was curious about the series as it looked like something that didn’t scream *me*, but once it was available to me I decided to give it a shot as I hadn’t seen Harrison in anything before. Little did I know I would not only get to see his work, but I would be exposed to a great cast, emotional themes, and unique episodes that appealed very heavily to my love of thriller/horror movies.

Characters from left to right: Leo (Harrison Osterfield), Jessie (Darci Shaw), Bea (Thaddea Graham), Spike (McKell David), and Billy (Jojo Macari)

The Irregulars starts out with a thorough introduction to the character dynamic and pulls the audience in because we want to know why and how these people came together. We are also very aware from the get go that these are kids, and by kids I mean 17-ish years old…so I don’t know if I as a 21 year old can call them kids but for right now we’re going with it. They have been put through the wringer emotionally and mentally as well as physically. However, when the opening characters Bea, Jessi, Spike, and Billy meet up with their final puzzle piece Leo, they solidify their bond and create a very strong group. Following them through the show was not only following characters but following very different and unique arcs all at the same time. Now we all know by now that when you have younger characters going through very adult things, it can be hard to believe or get behind. However I think this series does a great job of truly making you see these characters as matured individuals in those areas.

David, Macari, and Shaw as Spike, Billy, and Jessie in The Irregulars

Dealing with grief, isolation, substance abuse, self confidence, and love can all be things we tend to see poorly addressed in younger characters. I can think of tons of shows off the top of my head that just miss the mark on these issues in general. The Irregulars is not one of them. The characters progression and handling of these topics is logical and makes sense due to the way they are framed and how they interact through the entire show. That being said, this show brings in probably close to 20 or 25 major plots, arcs, and themes all in the first eight episodes. On the surface it seems incredibly heavy but I promise you, it wasn’t. It’s actually a lot harder to explain than I thought it would be when I started writing this, so I am going to try my best. Each plot point, whether general or character specific, is perfectly addressed in a way that it keeps you wanting more but not being confused without more. For example, we follow Jessi through the show, and to avoid spoilers, we know about the butterfly and what it means for her character. Then in the last couple of episodes we learn more about Spike and how he interacts with Jessi. This was shown to the audience in a way that makes us want to see more, but we have enough information to fully understand them. Same with the connection between Bea and Leo and Bea and Billy.

Osterfield and Graham as Leo and Bea in The Irregulars

If you’re a fan of mystery and want some new characters to absolutely fall in love with, The Irregulars needs to be your next watch. There is only one, eight episode season available and I finished it in two days, so you can have confidence that it won’t be a waste of your time. Going off of that, this was the shows first season, and it was able to introduce so many things and not cloud the audiences mind. I think it left off perfectly for a second season and I really hope we get at least one more. What will I do if we don’t? Well I can assure you that it’ll probably involve a very strongly worded letter to some people…I’ll say please in it a lot but that’s besides the point.

The Irregulars is available to watch now on Netflix! Make sure to watch it and let me know what you think on twitter @justmenat_

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