HBO’s The Nevers Episode 1 Recap: The Extraordinary Touched People

The Nevers Episode 1 Spoilers Ahead

The Nevers premiered on 12th April 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar. The American science fiction drama television series is created by Joss Whedon for HBO and produced by HBO and Mutant Enemy Productions with executive producers including Whedon, Philippa Goslett, Doug Petrie, Jane Espenson, Ilene S. Landress, and Bernadette Caulfield.

The series stars Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Pip Torrens, Denis O’Hare, Rochelle Neil, Amy Manson, Zackary Momoh, Nick Frost, Eleanor Tomlinson, Viola Prettejohn, and Elizabeth Berrington alongside other cast members.

The Ones Who Woke Up With Powers

The Nevers is set in 1896, London, and there’s Victorian chaos everywhere. Three years prior to the events of the series, a lot of women (mostly women and rarely men) became “touched” following a bizarre event during which an unknown rocket-type object flew across the sky emitting blue particles that got absorbed into some people. These people then inherited powers during this odd event that varies wildly. While some people can manipulate energy, others are healers, some can speak in various languages, and entrancing singers, while others are just very large (like Gulliver in the land of Lilliputs).

We meet Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and her best friend Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) at an orphanage who are 2 brilliant women who have scientific inventions never done before, to their name. They both seek out women who were “touched” and are now treated like outcasts in order to save them and bring them to the orphanage i.e, to the people of their kind.

In The Nevers Episode 1, we follow the journey of Amalia and Penance as they struggle and shine through hard situations and fights. Here’s the deal, The Nevers is a riveting series and has various socio-political layers to it but at the same time in Episode 1, the series skims more on the surface rather than taking the viewers into some of the other deep-rooted elements.

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The Nevers Episode 1, despite its strong standing for women, often presents them as a play date for men. While that might be done to draw parallels, it is not necessary that it will draw up to something great. In the end, though, it all seems years behind current social debates, struggling to make truly fascinating decisions that force the characters—and therefore the audience—to consider why patriarchal and cis-gendered traditions should be abolished. There is an undying masculine tone in the episode, both in its viewpoint and in its focus on its actors. Considering that the series, by and large, takes into account women plight and position, this aspect can be offputting.

Summing up, despite its flaws The Nevers Episode 1 is riveting, of sorts, and leave you with the hope of good future story development. There are some characters I found interesting and would like to see their character graph.

Stream It or Skip It

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STREAM IT! The Nevers Episode 1 makes up for a good storyline set in Victorian London. Despite few shortcomings, the series offers a lot of small plot points that can later be developed into extensive and intriguing storylines which may or may not go parallelly with the plot. In respect to the pilot of the show, The Nevers does fail to depict women in the light it tries to, giving viewers a lukewarm feeling. I guess we’ll have to wait for The Nevers Episode 2 to know whether it’s a roller coaster or a dead ride!

The Nevers Episode 1 is streaming now on Disney+ Hotstar.

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The Nevers Episode 1 is a ride in itself that often slows down with the hopes of bringing great speed ahead!

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