The Nevers: HBO’s newest fantasy series

The new science fiction TV series The Nevers takes place in 1896, Victorian London. One day in August, the city is shaken by a supernatural event that has serious consequences – many people, mostly women, are getting supernatural powers – they will call themselves the affected in future.

Among those affected are the mysterious widow Amally Tyne, who is represented by the beautiful British actress Laura Donnelly and her younger friend, Penansa Eidere (Ann Skelly), who is a promising scientist, inventor.

As it appears in the first series, there are quite many people affected and also those affected by special capabilities. The capabilities are different – ability to speak foreign languages, shed fire, see future, heal wounds, etc.


The Nevers is the latest creation of the same group of once-popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Its author is the 56-year-old American director, Josh Whedon, known not only by Baffy, but also by serials such as Angel and Firefly. His most recent performance was the comic-world-based work Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Unfortunately, in recent years, Whinton’s name has been mentioned in a series of sexual harassment scandals, and this project has given him only a couple of series.

Overall, twelve series are scheduled for the first season, divided into blocks by six.

What critics have to say?

Critics have described the first series as a minor mess, since the viewer is introduced at lightning speed to almost all characters in the series, without specifically analyzing or underlining anyone. Accordingly, it would be advisable to watch the first series twice to understand who is the potentially good and who the evil in this story is.

The dynamics of Amally are not quite understandable – she sees short visions of future events, but she can fight like a ninja at the same time.

As one of the evil characters in the serial appears in Maladia (Amy Manson), a woman with mental disabilities who murders the affected. But is she really the root of all evil, or is it the orders of any greater evil? We will probably find out about this in the next episodes.


The Victorian setting, inseparably connected to Gothic writing, has likewise held a waiting whiff of brimstone. With its flavorfully horrifying atmosphere and infrequent bit of violence, The Nevers will engage enthusiasts of ongoing Victorian dreams like Penny Dreadful, Carnival Row and The Irregulars.

We may have been down this Victorian rear entryway previously, yet the show’s characters and fantastical components are smoothly figured out. Furthermore, it is refreshing to follow along the existences of Victorian ladies as more than twittering aggravates or streetwalking casualties of the Ripper.

The steampunky setting and misfits against-the-world subject may not be something new, yet the storytelling and absorbing world-building could make The Nevers a hit.