The Innocents is a new television show on Netflix.  That’s a pretty bland opening, isn’t it?  The Innocents is a British Sci/fi thriller that explores various themes and moods all while entertaining.

Huh, that was better, I guess, but now I sound like every other douche writing about television shows.  Enough with the opening, let’s just talk about this thing I saw.


I’m not going to get into spoilers here, because that’s not what I do.  If a show is terrible, I sometimes let a few spoilers slip, but if it’s a show, I think you should watch then I’m very conscious of spoiling anything.

In broad strokes, the show is about a young girl named June (Sorcha Groundsell) who runs away with her boyfriend Harry (Percelle Ascott).  Her father is controlling, and she wants to get away pretty standard stuff.

What’s not standard is that there are people who want to get her because she may possess some kind of power.  Apparently, her mother has the same sort of power, and they think she might have it too.  So the kids go from running away to simply on the run.


The acting is a bit hit or miss in this show.  I like Guy Pearce a lot.  Probably more than most people.  But there are times in the show where I can see him acting.  I can see how hard he’s trying.  It comes across as a big more overwrought than I think he wants it to.  But there are other times when he’s perfectly fine.  I don’t think that Pearce is a very natural actor.  By that, I mean that it’s work for him to get into a role, and his acting becomes more consistent in later episodes.

Sorcha Groundsell and Percelle Ascott are brilliant in their roles.  There’s a scene in a motel in the first episode that’s pretty emotional and Percelle nails every beat of it.  He’s so raw and real in that scene that you instantly connect with his character on an emotional level.


This show is a mashup of thriller, science fiction, and mystery.  A lot of times things like that don’t work, but this show blends them perfectly.  It’s a wonderful show that I would recommend anyone check out.

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Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is the author of several thriller and literary novels. His Bentley Books series introduced the world to sadistic serial killer Bentley Grimes, a villain of unbelievable cruelty and unimaginable coldness. His literary novels are populated with richly drawn characters struggling with issues that affect our society today, such as: homosexuality, alcoholism, family struggles, poverty, greed, and bigotry.

He is an avid sports fan as well as a lover of movies and television.

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