TV Review: “Neverland”

“Neverland”

Source: Steamed on Netflix

Summary from IMDB:

Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they’ve been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook to snatch a priceless, some believe, magical treasure which transports them to another world. Neverland is a realm of white jungles and legendary mysteries of eternal youth, where unknown friends and enemies snatched from time welcome the new travelers with both excitement and trepidation. These groups include a band of 18th century pirates led by the power-mad Elizabeth Bonny, and the Native American Kaw tribe led by a Holy Man, which has protected the secret of the tree spirits from Bonny and her gang for ages, and that has meant war. But as the fight to save this strange and beautiful world becomes vital, Hook, Peter, and the ragamuffin lost boys consider that growing old somewhere in time could be less important than growing up, right here in their new home called Neverland.

Review

Neverland literally is another world, it’s on the other side of the galaxy! I thought that was a cool twist. It was also kind of cool that you didn’t exactly fly or travel to it. You strike an orb and you’re transported there.

The important thing to remember about this miniseries is it’s a prequel to Peter Pan and not a retelling. That allows for all of the “out there” stuff in the story.

It was interesting that Hook was a caretaker for Peter and the boys. It does make their falling out to be unfortunate though. Even if Hook had ulterior motives for caring for the boys, he WAS their primary caregiver. It’s amazing how quickly things changed once they were on Neverland.

I understood the need to have Bonny and the pirates in the story. That does explain how Hook becomes the captain. I didn’t like it though. It was awesome that Bonny was a female pirate captain but it felt like she was just there to be a love interest. Was there really a need to have sexy times in a mostly family friendly show?

The miniseries did do some interesting things with the Peter Pan mythos but sadly I just wasn’t entertained by it. I’m really thinking it has more to do with the Peter Pan story though.

The bottom line? Interesting take on the series but not really for me.

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