The Nevers (HBO)

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Excellent! I haven't enjoyed the pilot of a new series as much as this in a long time.
 

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Never heard of this, REBerg. What's it about?
 

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Never heard of this, REBerg. What's it about?
I thought that the trailer conveyed a good general feel for the show without giving too much away. I hope the same applies to my comments below, but I made it a spoiler -- just in case. :)
My first impression is that this show is a feminist version of X-Men.
Central characters, mostly women, are given extraordinary abilities, not quite on a superpower par with X-Men, but anachronistic in turn-of-the-19th-century London. They are labeled "touched" and perceived as a threat by the establishment.
It usually takes several episodes for me to be sold on a series, but this one grabbed me immediately. Of course, that's just me. I've been known to be seriously out-of-touch with popular opinion.
 

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Looks good. Also looks like I won't be able to watch it in the UK as it's on Sky.
 

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"Directed and created by Joss Whedon" should give it the instant seal of approval, but he apparently exited the series during postproduction, and pandemic delays then hampered its new showrunner. So, while the steampunk, lady x-men, pilot is excellent, the series itself may struggle to be quite as good. Excellent cast though. As this article says, it's very ambitious, but maybe too ambitious? - Review
 

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"Directed and created by Joss Whedon" should give it the instant seal of approval, ...
Not anymore, Joss Whedon is apparently a bit of a douchebag and was a complete arse to some of the ladies on the Buffy set.
 

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No loss of quality in the second episode, with Whedon still at the helm. I hope it continues to entertain in the episodes produced after he ceded directorship.
 

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Whedon didn't leave until after the third episode, apparently. Then Covid-19 restrictions hit them. I've seen the pilot but not watched any other episodes. It does look interesting though. Other reviews have compared it to a female League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It seemed much more than that, suffragette superheroes with James Bond gadgets?
 

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It's good. The parallels with the X-Men are pretty obvious for comic book fans. I am no longer concerned about who creates/writes anything on TV as long as the quality is there and continues.
 

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The parallels with the X-Men are pretty obvious for comic book fans.
Yes, there is a person in a wheelchair who starts a school for some people with extra-ordinary powers who are outcasts from society. I'm not that familiar with X-Men but there is much, much more going on in this, not least that it is Steampunk, and that
there is a future war between aliens.
Can you explain some of the other parallels?

Anyone in this thread who has only seen episodes 1-5 might want to avoid spoilers from this point...

Episode 6 is a game changer. The scope and scale of the 'Nevers' universe just expanded substantially. I thought I'd actually tuned into the wrong programme until they opened that cabinet of late Victorian artefacts. We get an unusual backstory for Mrs. True/Zepher, the reason for the lights in the sky event, and a much clearer idea of the purpose/mission of the 'Nevers'.

Rolling Stone - 'The Nevers' Mid-Season Finale Explains It All
 

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I thought I'd actually tuned into the wrong programme until they opened that cabinet of late Victorian artefacts.
:LOL: I thought the same. I actually rewound to the start-- twice.

This was such a departure from the first five episodes that I was completely thrown. Yet, it blended the double identities of the main character and made back story connections on the Victorian end so smoothly that I was quickly back on board.
 

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Initially, I was a little confused but stuck with it until I understood that it was there to explain the period prior to the school's establishment. Thoroughly entertaining.
 

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Oh. That's a rum 'n.
It was a free pilot on Amazon Prime video. I can only see the rest if I take out a supplementory subscription to OCS.
 
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