The Nevers first presented itself as a fairly standard superhero tale. It is set in the Victorian era and features a pretty direct allegory: as culture goes through distinct changes, so too do many Victorian women, gaining supernatural powers and banding together as the “Touched.”
That was all fine and dandy but this sixth installment, written by Jane Espenson, really levels up the show’s potential in a profound way. The Nevers isn’t just a show about change, it’s a show about failure to change. Humanity’s petty squabbles over millennia eventually lead to a world in which our only hope of survival is through inter-dimensional travelers known as the Galanthi. But ever the difficult species, many humans turn up their noses at the notion of divine intervention. Now humanity’s last chance lies in the distant past, surrounded by smog, damp umbrellas, and corsets.
There is no better feeling on television than watching a show turn into a good show. It can be a moment of clarity, so many dark clouds (lame characters, awkward plotting) clearing to reveal hidden excellence. Or maybe the evolution sparks from an act of merry destruction: Eliminate the bad, make way for the good.
At long last, The Nevers is giving us the answers we’ve been craving. We learn that Amalia told Doctor Cousins everything about the future and the Galanthi, and see how their relationship started. Seeing Sarah as a lonely, bright-eyed girl eager for Amalia’s friendship adds depth and tragedy to their relationship. It ends up that Amalia sold her out to Doctor Hague to divert attention from her plans, such are they are.
Dollhouse is the most retroactively controversial Whedon project, a disturbing tale of mental-physical enslavement that is either a deconstruction of predatory gender-power dynamics or a roundabout celebration of the same. I love the show's mess, though I respect why some viewers despise it. Its abbreviated two-season run pushes in all kinds of crazy directions, constantly flipping the narrative chessboard. That instinct is all over "True," which is the first episode that made me genuinely curious about Whedon's larger plan with The Nevers.
“The Nevers” is a rich and exciting store that takes us on a ride through old Victorian times that showcases various levels of society within London and the differences they share. A show which exposes a fundamental truth of humanity that still prevails today. People fear the unknown, and because of that fear, it can cause people to display the very worse of what humanity has, and continues to do in our time. Though all is not lost because as there are those frightened by the unknown, there are also those that will not only embrace it but those that will stand and protect those that are different. Truly a tale of wonder, intrigue, hope, loss, heartbreak, and one that makes each viewer face a simple reality.
Final Score – [7.7/10]
Reviewed by – Ritika Kispotta
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