The Nevers





Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

In 1896, during the last years of Queen Victoria’s reign, something odd happened in the sky; a flash of light and an eerie stillness came over England. Some believe it was just a cosmic blip—weird, but nothing too worrisome. Others believe it to be a supernatural occurrence. Still others attempt to ignore it all together.

But those who were affected by it don’t have the luxury of pretending it didn’t happen. It changed these people (mainly women, but a few men, too). It made them different. And they’re trying to use their differences for good.

Let’s start with the widowed Ms. Amalia True, who now has the ability to look into the future, and the brilliant inventor Ms. Penance Adair, who can “see” energy in all its forms. Together, they have dedicated their lives to run St. Romaulda’s Orphanage, a refuge for those, like them, who have incredible abilities.

For the past three years, the orphanage has been left alone. But now, in 1899, the word is beginning to spread about the special abilities of those who reside at St. Romaulda’s. And some, specifically men in high places, are feeling quite pressured by those known as “the Touched”. These men feel it best to dispose of anyone who threatens to undo the “traditional” way of life that they’ve created and preserved for so long—even when their traditions are immoral.

As these men work insidiously to further their efforts, Ms. True and Ms. Adair double down on rescuing the Touched. The battle between good and evil has begun and the line that divides the two has never been so gray.

Supernatural in the Victorian World

An all-new series on HBO, The Nevers is like a mix between Sherlock, Supernatural and Bridgerton.

The main focus is on two women who are fighting for equality for their own kind, the “Touched.” With that come lessons of sacrifice, acceptance and bravery. But the show’s subplots push it straight into its MA-rating.

For starters, a Mr. Hugo Swan, one of True’s and Adair’s admirers and enemies, is in the middle of building his sex club where sexual encounters with both genders are common. Then there’s the insane Ms. Maladie, a Touched woman, bent on destroying True and Adair’s efforts. She should be in a facility but is, instead, running around town gruesomely killing whoever tips her mood and attempting to capture some of the Touched to convert them to her evil ways.

Take all the graphic violence, explicit sexual scenes (including topless women) supernatural elements and harsh language and you’ve got a classic HBO original—filled with the unfortunate, predictable ingredients that have made them famous.

Episode Reviews

April 18, 2021: “Pilot”

The widowed Ms. Amalia True and Ms. Penance Adair attempt to save women who have been “touched” by a supernatural power and are now ostracized from society. Meanwhile, a police officer tries to track down a serial killer.   

Two women engage in a whole lot of hand-to-hand combat that sometimes involves knives, guns, electrocution, headbutting, blood and death. A notorious killer slits a man’s throat and blood gushes to the ground. A dead woman is found face down and mutilated. A woman jokes “if you look a man in the eye you can stab him in it.” A serial killer drills into a man’s brain while he’s still alive.

A man lies in bed, shirtless, next to another man who is also shirtless and a woman who is completely topless. A naked man named Hugo gets out of bed with his backside fully exposed. Elsewhere, he talks about running a sex club of sorts. He also forces his anxious friend to spend some time with a prostitute. Two people have sex in a backroom (we see movement and hear sounds). A woman crudely grabs a man.

Parents chain their daughter to her bed, thinking she might be possessed. (She isn’t, she’s simply “Touched” and speaking Chinese, a language they don’t understand). A crazed killer seems to be possessed and mentions seeing God. Ms. Adair says there is only “one creator.”

Men and women consume hard liquor, champagne and wine. A few people stumble around, drunk. A man snorts an unknown drug.

The f-word is used seven times. The British vulgarity “bugger” is heard twice, as is the word “b–ch.”

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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