ADO­LES­CENT TRANS­FOR­MA­TION

India Today - - LEISURE - —Farah Yameen

Teenage dra­mas are too of­ten marred by flimsy plots and over­wrought angst (think Twi­light, The Fault in Our Stars and Thirteen Rea­sons Why). Ev­ery now and then, how­ever, a teen drama like Net­flix’s new sci-fi se­ries, The In­no­cents, which blends the teen ro­mance and su­per­hero gen­res, takes you by sur­prise.

Would-be teenage lovers June and Harry run away from home to es­cape June’s strict fa­ther, who is poised to move the fam­ily to the re­mote Faroe Is­lands. But soon, the starry-eyed cou­ple (very ably played by Sorcha Ground­sell and Per­celle As­cott) is in deep trou­ble.

When a Nor­we­gian man tries to abduct June, Harry fears he has killed him. And when June goes back to check on the un­con­scious man, she suf­fers a bizarre seizure and is trans­formed into his dop­pel­ganger—the first of many in­stances of shapeshift­ing that is the premise of the story. The rest of the se­ries jumps be­tween the seed­ier cor­ners of Lon­don, bleak York­shire and a ‘sanc­tu­ary’ for shape-shifters in Nor­way, where a mys­te­ri­ous doctor is car­ry­ing out tests on three women with the same con­di­tion as June.

Cre­ators Ha­nia Elk­ing­ton and Si­mon Duric have writ­ten the en­tire first sea­son like a pre­lude to a saga, so the mys­tery of June’s con­di­tion and the shape-shifters trick­les out slowly. But the ini­tial cryp­tic sto­ry­telling aside, The In­no­cents packs in pow­er­ful per­for­mances and a good story—and some sweet teenage ro­mance.

The In­no­cents is a sur­prise pack­age, blend­ing the teen ro­mance and su­per­hero gen­res

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