‘The Innocents’ is a British supernatural web television series that is available on Netflix. Created by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric, and directed by Farren Blackburn and Jamie Donoughue, the show follows two teenagers who chance upon a world of supernatural powers and entities.
A relatively new show, Season 1 of ‘The Innocents’ was ordered by Netflix in August 2017, and filming for the show primarily took place in England, with parts of it being shot in Norway. Subsequently, a year after Netflix placed the order, Season 1 of ‘The Innocents’, consisting of eight episodes, premiered on August 24, 2018. It was received positively by television critics and viewers alike, and since then, followers of the show have all been clamouring for a second season. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 2 thus far.
The Innocents Cast: Who is in it?
Despite having just eight episodes, ‘The Innocents’ has a pretty long and star-studded list of cast members.
In the show, Sorcha Groundsell plays the role of a shapeshifter, June McDaniel, while Percelle Ascott steps into the shoes of June’s love interest, Harry Polk. Sam Hazeldine, meanwhile, plays the role of June’s stern and over-protective father, John McDaniel, while Laura Birn plays June’s mother, Elena Askeland, who is also a shapeshifter struggling to control her powers. Other main cast members in the show include Arthur Hughes as June’s crippled older brother Ryan McDaniel, Nadine Marshall as Harry’s mother and police officer Christine Polk, ‘Memento’ star Guy Pearce as supernatural healer Bendik “Ben” Halvorson, Ingunn Beate Øyen as Ben’s wife and patient Runa Gundersen, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Ben’s troubled right-hand man Steinar.
The show also has several recurring cast members, including Jason Done as Christine’s boss DCI Doug Squirries, Lise Risom Olsen as Ben’s patient Sigrid Vollen, Philip Wright as Harry’s mentally handicapped father Lewis Polk, Abigail Hardingham as Runa’s daughter Kam, Andrew Koji as Kam’s boyfriend Andrew, and Trond Fausa as private detective and Steinar’s high school friend Alf.
The Innocents Plot: What is it about?
Imagine a horror show coupled with a sci-fi version of Romeo and Juliet. That is what ‘The Innocents’ is in a nutshell. This show is a thrilling drama that is about two teenagers, June and Harry, who are madly in love, and who decide to run away from their homes and escape their controlling families to be together. In their desire to be together, they face supernatural elements and obstacles and are derailed by an unexpected discovery when June realizes that she is a shapeshifter, who has the ability to transform into a huge, bearded Norwegian man. While this seems like a special ability to have, June soon realizes that she is not in control of herself, and cannot control her transformations.
As she struggles to gain mastery over her powers, a mysterious professor tells June that she isn’t the only one with shapeshifting abilities and that others have powers to change their physical forms as well. This peculiar professor also promises June to reunite her with her birth mother, who he claims had abandoned her years ago when she was a child. On this journey, the love between June and Harry is put to the test until it reaches a breaking point. As they edge towards the conclusion of their supernatural journey, the young couple have to make a difficult choice on whether they want to pursue their innocent dream, or whether they’re willing to accept their new lives and identities.
Though the plot is quite interesting (and arguably naive), television critics have had much to say about the show. While reviewing ‘The Innocents’, Roger Ebert wrote, “Like so much YA fiction, everything here is over-directed and over-written, allowing no room for the teen audience to interpret any deeper meaning. Trust me, teens can handle subtext and don’t need every plot point repeated to them. And it’s a particular shame that this is so frustrating because the young leads are charming and have solid chemistry.” Deadline, however, was more kind towards the show, and wrote, “Like many a superhero show and film, for better and worse, this first season is about telling the origin story and setting the stage…but with a second season almost preordained by the arc of Season 1, I say drill through the opening episodes. Do that and you’ll be prepped for when The Innocents returns and takes off the training wheels and the kid gloves – because that’ll be where things get really interesting.”
Despite what the heavyweight critics said, ‘The Innocents’ did pretty well among television critics, and Season 1 has a great score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critics consensus reading, “A sincere — if a little simple — supernatural love story, The Innocents’ moody meandering leaves a satisfying first impression.” Viewers, however, have been more skeptical, and ‘The Innocents’ has a decent rating of 6.3/10 on IMDb.
The Innocents Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘The Innocents’ Season 1 premiered on August 24, 2018. As far as the next season is concerned, we are still awaiting an announcement from Netflix. That being said, with Season 1 ending with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, almost every expected ‘The Innocents’ to return for Season 2. While this is disheartening to say the least, the only thing we can do now is wait for Netflix to make an official announcement on the fate of the show. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, ‘The Innocents’ Season 2 can release sometime in 2019. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
The Innocents Trailer:
While we wait for Netflix to make an announcement on the future of ‘The Innocents’, here’s the trailer for Season 1 to give you a glimpse into this supernatural show. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons
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