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