The Irregulars 1×04 “Chapter Four: Both the Needle and the Knife” made us realize a couple things about this show. Some of them are positive because we are obviously still watching the show and reviewing it. And some….well, some leave a lot to be desired and remind us of the things we don’t have or would really really want to see on this show.
We’ll start with the good and the super positive of The Irregulars. We’re loving the ship between Bea and Leo. We would love to see more moments between Bea and Billy but it is what it is and they’ll be friends forever…we hope. Or maybe there are more ship moments for them in the future? But for Bea and Leo, it’s full speed ahead as they shared their first kiss.
It was super sweet and everything we wanted from a blossoming ship until it wasn’t. Bea was reminded that Leo is only there temporarily. He has a life outside of them all and he’s got responsibilities and a home that they’re not aware of. But it was like a bucket of ice water fell on Bea’s head and she couldn’t stop thinking about what divided instead of what brought them together. Which, can’t blame her.
Leo is from a completely different world and seeing him take a risk and make a stand was nice. We know it won’t last and that he’ll have to return to his home. But the point stands that he chose them. But there will come a time when he needs to return home because he has responsibilities and the thing with Bea and the gang isn’t sustainable, especially in his current condition. There’s no way he didn’t get hurt from that fall. Just saying.
Then there’s the Sherlock of it all. I’m calling it now, he’s their father. There’s just something about Sherlock that pulls at us and the pieces are falling into place. Sherlock spiraled on the occult and all things magic. Along the way he met Bea and Jessie’s mom. They fell in love, were engaged to be married, and it all fell apart when she died. He fell apart and in turn the children were left to deal with the world alone.
It’s the only logical explanation and why these important and key figures like Watson and Mycroft know who they are. They’ve been keeping an eye on them. And honestly, it pisses us off. How dare they keep an eye on them but leave them in a workhouse situation that scarred Bea so badly that even the mention of it makes her angry. They were abandoned and deserve no love from Bea and Jessie.
On a special side note, we have realized something about this episode or this show in general. There is no LGBTQ representation. The two women who were all over each at the party at Leo’s don’t count either. Well…no, they do count but they’re not queer representation. They’re just giving us a taste of what we could have without the payoff. It’s the same way Marvel tried to give us queer representation with the snap therapy group with a gay man. Not the representation we’re looking for.
The Irregulars are missing out big time by not having LGBTQ representation. And to act like we’re not there during such an important time in history, even if this is fiction, is frustrating. We’re real, we matter, and we’d like to see more shows invest time in us, our stories, and the lives we’ve lived throughout history.
The Irregulars is available on Netflix.