The big studios are trapped in destructive psychology where they believe that if one formula worked in the past, it is bound to repeat its success in the future as well. Well, formulas do work, just not in art. It’s very inherent nature demands variety. However, diversity also invites failure, and therefore, in an attempt to play safe, we repeat, repeat, and repeat, until no soul is left. The Epic science fiction TV show, The Nevers is an attempt by HBO to regain the success of shows like Game of Thrones.
Exploring an alternate reality, the series is set during the Victorian age London, 1986. Giving the series its supernatural element, it follows a special species of humans called the “Touched.” These superhuman-like characters hold different magical powers that are extensively explored in the series and also become a reason for its integral conflict.
The government and the citizens of London are afraid and repulsive of these touches. They are planning on waging a war against them. However, the lead protagonist, Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) who is touched too (with the ability to see a glimpse of the future) runs an orphanage that is a discreet harbor for touched humans. She not only tries to protect them for the government but also from devilish touched elements who want to destroy humanity and take over. Mrs. True standing at the center of a sensitive outbreak, tries her best to maintain peace and harmony, but until when?
The Nevers can be applauded for its attempt to create a new world. But, its world is filled with cliches, something we have witnessed repetitively in majorly all the supernatural series releasing over the internet. A repeat of a successful formula indeed. Yet, the series fails due to its shaky writing and dry humor (which creators chuckled on while sitting in their writer’s room, maybe). The narrative is an outcome of a pampered effort rather than an honest opinion. It is hard to believe that Joss Whedon, the man who wrote and directed The Avengers (2012) was once the creator of this series. Whedon left the project, but for unfortunate reasons, a similar dullness could be traced in The Nevers as it was felt in Whedon’s Justice League (2017).
With all its gimmicks and flashy supernatural elements, the series fails to impress. The dullness clouds the whole narrative making it unbearable. Above all, it offers nothing to engage its viewers. After a point, The Nevers becomes a laborious task to even continue. If you are planning to watch it, then I wouldn’t recommend it. Yet, if you are out of sleeping pills, well, it is streaming on Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max.
The Nevers is a 2021 Sci-Fi Television Series created by Joss Whedon.
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