The Innocents

The Innocents

The other day I tweeted how much I love UK tv series so much more than US ones and let me tell you that I wasn't joking at all. Sure, there are some US tv series that I've enjoyed in the past but they're usually for when I want something light to pass the time. My muse, however, tend to be directed towards UK shows. One of them is the newly released Netflix originals "The Innocents" — a show about two teenage lovers runaways.

The Story

June McDaniel and Harry Polk are teenage lovers who made a pact to run away together from their respective families. What began as an innocent, free-spirited dream to be together is then haunted by June's extraordinary gift to shapeshift. While trying to cope with the revelation of an unknown power and a whole lot of secrets kept by their respective families, the two are thrown into an unwilling game of cat and mouse with a scientist intent to help or possibly abuse June's power.


I know how the summary sounds. It sounds like a cliche, young adult novel we've seen too many times. Well, I hate to burst your bubble but there's more than just teenage runaways if you know where to look. The slow-burn series requires you to absorb and digest every artistic angle of its cinematography, all while teasing you with only bits and pieces of the big picture. In The Innocents, everything tastes like vanilla — classic, simple and plain. The taste of vanilla may not suit everyone's cup of ice cream, however, I do think the thinness of the plot is compensated by great cinematography, well-rounded music and charming performances of the young leads Sorcha Groundsell and Percelle Ascott.

Aside from it being a love story, The Innocents tackles the concept of sisterhood, what it means to be a mother and the transition from an innocent girl to a woman in a patriarchal world. The shapeshifters we see in this show has taught us what it means to stand by your fellow female friends and I think that's a very important aspect. It also reminds me that as women, the only ones who can understand us are women. This concept is represented by a scene, an important moment at Sanctum, the place where other female shapeshifters live under the care of scientist Halvorson (played by Guy Pearce), when they began to open up and share their stories. I will not spoil you further but let's just say this is the kind of show that requires you to see beyond the mirror.

Of course, perfection is not real. No matter how good a film is, there will always be flaws. As mentioned above, this series is slow. It really takes its time to reveal certain things, taking a total of eight episodes just to give us glimpses on, say, June's power. Note I say 'glimpses' because that's what they did — they did not reveal everything, at least not yet. There are still a ton of questions left unanswered; things like the origin of June's shapeshifting ability and where it comes from, what's going to happen after that intense ending, where will they or June go and so much more. Like the first chapter of every book, the first season of The Innocents is a good beginning to a unique love story.