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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 6.3  (10,475)

"Neverland," created by Nick Willing, and broadcast by Syfy in 2011, is an enchanting mini-series that seeks to recapture the enduring charm of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" by offering a fresh, unique perspective: the backstory of the iconic characters known worldwide across generations. Experienced actors like Rhys Ifans, Bob Hoskins, Anna Friel, Charles Dance, and Keira Knightley grace the series with their exceptional performances, drawing you into a universe where childhood innocence and adult cynicism intertwine beautifully.

The series revolves around Peter (played by Charlie Rowe) - a roguish, extraordinary boy full of untamed spirit and adventurous energy. The narrative throws you back to the dirty streets of London at the start of the 20th century, where Peter leads a band of young pickpockets under the guidance of their mentor, Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans). A strange turn of events, involving theft, skullduggery, and a magical orb brings them to the ethereal and beautiful world of Neverland, a place that exists outside the realms of time and reality.

Once the boys arrive in Neverland, they discover a world that transcends the normal codes of existence, a realm filled with fairies, magic, awe, and danger around every corner. Peter, adapting to this magical realm, starts cultivating the inherent virtues of courage, leadership, and resilience that would transform him into the legendary character he is destined to become.

Bob Hoskins revives his role as Mister Smee from Spielberg's 1991 movie "Hook," giving a virtuoso performance that imbues the character with depth and humaneness. Hoskins is funny, clever, kind, and caring, crafting a character who is as much a mentor to Peter as a friend, guiding him through the perils of Neverland.

Another significant performance comes from Anna Friel playing the enigmatic and beautiful pirate captain, Elizabeth Bonny. Friel lends an air of danger, obscurity, and seductive malice to Bonny, with her heart set on unlocking Neverland's power for herself. Charles Dance adds gravitas as Dr. Fludd, a mentor to Jimmy Hook, his performance marked by his characteristic sophistication and suave.

Q'orianka Kilcher, known for "The New World," plays Aaya, a native warrior of Neverland, contributing significantly to the cultural and emotional dynamics of the series. Her character communicates both strength and a quality of grace, offering a bridge between the newcomers and Neverland's ancient tribe, lending an inclusive quality to the show.

Keira Knightley helps cut across the seriousness of "Neverland" with her voice performance as the curious, mischievous, and ethereal Tinker Bell. The delightful sprite acts as both a guide and friend to Peter, playing a vital role in his transformation into Peter Pan.

"Neverland" is more than just an adaptation of a childhood fantasy tale. It's a prequel that beautifully captures the essence of the original while adding new dimensions that make it seem as intriguing as the first time we read the story of Peter Pan. It uses the elements of fantasy to portray the loss of innocence, the harsh realities of growing up, and the poignant choice between childhood adventure and adult responsibility.

Marvellous visual effects, along with exciting action sequences, complement the enticing plot, making the series visually appealing. The series boasts of splendid production design and well-executed CGI, which brings the lush landscapes of Neverland vividly to life. The costume designs are on point, enhancing the authenticity of the characters and the period setting.

In addition to all these attractions, "Neverland" has an emotional depth that strikes a chord, caught between the real and the imaginary, innocence and corruption, the allure of eternal youth, and the inevitability of maturation.

"Neverland," while being a tribute to the original work, is brave enough to take liberties with plotlines and character arcs. It ingeniously weaves both familiar and new threads into a tapestry that does justice to Barrie's creation while also adding its unique and creative signature.

In summary, "Neverland" is a visually alluring and emotionally beguiling prequel to one of the most beloved children's tales. Its elaborate plot, detailed characterization, and the unique premise make it a priceless gem, combining nostalgia with a universe of new possibilities. Whether you are a fan of the original Peter Pan story or enjoy stand-alone fantasy adventures, this mini-series is a must-watch.

Neverland is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on October 11, 2011.

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Part Two
2. Part Two
December 5, 2011
The pirates make their way back to the ship, with Jimmy vowing to find a way to get the power of flight before he returns to England. Meanwhile Peter is brought to the tree spirit colony by Tinker Bell and after being healed is immersed in a pool filled with the mineral dust, emerging with the ability to fly. The spirit elders tell him that he was recognized for his innocence and must use his new powers to stop Jimmy from finding the colony. Jimmy persuades the captain to risk traversing a ravine protected by the Natives, with Aaya as hostage. Halfway across, Peter cuts Aaya loose and flies away with her. Using the gang of boys as bait, Jimmy alone persuades Peter to show him the spirit colony and then they can return together. Once Jimmy reaches the forest, via the Natives' secret passage, he betrays Peter and reveals that the pirates have been following them. Forcing Peter to show them how it's done, Bonny immerses herself in the mineral dust pool, but burns up and dies upon emerging since she didn't have innocence in her heart. Secretly pleased that he is the new captain of the pirates, Jimmy forces Peter to show him the cave where he hid the orb. Peter manages to escape along with the boys. The tree spirits, angry that Peter lead Jimmy to them, try to erase Peter's memory so that the only thing left will be his childlike innocence, but they are interrupted by Tinker Bell who releases her astral energy on them. Ostracized from her people for that act, Tinker Bell joins up with Peter to try and stop Jimmy, now known as Captain Hook. The two groups meet in the cave where the orb is hidden. Peter and Hook fight over the orb, during which Hook tells Peter that the picture of the woman in a fob watch he carries is actually Peter's mother, to whom Hook swore an oath to protect her son, despite his hatred of Peter's father. While fighting Peter cuts off Hook's hand. Both the hand and the watch are swallowed by a giant crocodile. Hook manages to knock Peter unconscious and the cave begins to crumble. All the parties quickly escape except for Peter and Tinker Bell. Peter, instead of fleeing, revives Tinker Bell, and the cave collapses. Some time later, the boys are living with the Natives when they are surprised to see Peter reappear, dressed in a suit and accompanied by Tinker Bell. He tells them that he managed to activate the orb before the cave collapsed and did well for himself stealing some goods in London, which he gives to the boys. When asked why he came back to Neverland, knowing that now there is no way back to Earth, he tells them that there is adventure everywhere in this land. One of the boys suddenly points out to Peter his shadow is missing...
Part One
1. Part One
December 4, 2011
In 1906 London, Peter Pan is part of a gang of street thieves assembled by James "Jimmy" Hook. When Jimmy scores a major job, Peter talks the boys into pulling off the heist themselves to impress Jimmy. They steal a strange glowing orb from a gallery for a mysterious man. While Peter is off to the side, the boys and Jimmy gather around the orb. When Jimmy gives it a tap, Peter watches a glowing sphere encompass them and they disappear. Believing his friends dead, Peter runs to find the man for whom they stole the orb in order to exact revenge. The man tells Peter that they are still alive, so Peter hits the orb himself to see where they went. Jimmy and the boys find themselves in a strange land and are quickly captured by pirates led by Captain Elizabeth Bonny, but Fox manages to escape. They tell the gang that they are from the early 18th century and haven't aged since being there. The captain decides that Jimmy is useless and tries to have him thrown to the giant crocodiles, but Jimmy manages to fight off the crew. Having earned their respect, Jimmy is allowed to stay. In the captain's quarters, Bonny shows Jimmy a magical mineral dust that comes from the tree spirits that live on the island. The dust gives the power of flight, but she only has a small vial and does not have the knowledge of how to properly use it. She further explains that the tree spirit colony lies in a forest beyond the mountain range and the only passages are protected by a lost Kaw tribe. Jimmy agrees to help the pirates get to the tree spirits. Peter finds himself in the middle of a strange forest and has a quick reunion with Fox before they see a large swarm of tree spirits flying towards them. Running away, they stumble upon a group of Kaw hunters and are taken blindfolded through the secret passage to the Native village. The boys make friends with the Natives and meet the chief's daughter, Aaya. Peter makes an attempt to rescue the boys and Jimmy; while the boys are safe, Fox is killed when Peter returns for Jimmy, who stays on the ship. That night Peter has a strange dream in which he sees a hooded figure holding the orb on top of a mountain as meteorites rain down and a tree spirit races towards him. The next day, Peter notices that a scout had painted the scene he witnessed in his dream. Discussing the dream together they are able to work out where the mountain was that the scene took place, and so Peter and Aaya set out in search of the orb which will take them home. Meanwhile, back on the pirate ship, Hook and Bonny have a similar discussion and they too set off in search of the hooded man, hoping he will lead them to the tree spirit colony. On the way to the mountains, Peter and Aaya stumble upon a city grown entirely out of living trees. While exploring, they find the hooded man who reveals himself to be the mysterious benefactor who hired Jimmy's crew to steal the orb. He introduces himself as Dr. Fludd (Charles Dance), the royal alchemist for Queen Elizabeth I. He explains that he had discovered a planet which exists, paradoxically, at the edges and center of the universe and due to the strange nature of its position, time stands still. He created the orb as a way of transporting people to the planet, which he calls Neverland. The process of creating the sister to the orb, which can take the user from Neverland back to Earth, was what Peter had witnessed in his dream. The tree spirit from the dream thought that Fludd was in danger and tried to save him, instead imbuing her with "astral energy". Fludd named the spirit Tinker Bell, who can communicate through telepathy. He built the city as a Utopia where all the greatest scientific minds on Earth can live. While they plot out a way to rescue the rest of the crew from the pirates, they are interrupted by Jimmy, Bonny, and several pirates who enter the city. The two groups fight, Fludd is killed, Aaya is captured, and the pirates take the orb. Peter is stabbed by Bonny and thrown off of a balcony, assumed dead.
Trailer - This Is Our World
0. Trailer - This Is Our World
October 11, 2011
One Place. Endless Wonder. The 2-Night Syfy Original Movie Event Neverland December 4-5 at
Where to Watch Neverland
Neverland is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Neverland on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 11, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (10,475)