Synopsis: Three years after an inexplicable event suddenly touched them with extraordinary abilities, Amalia True and Penance Adair work to protect their kind from widespread, deepening antipathy. Meanwhile, police inspector Frank Mundi Ben Chaplin investigates a string of murders at the hands of a reportedly Touched and highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie.
Amalia True and Penance Adair visit the home of a girl who is seemingly speaking in tongues. Indeed, this girl’s mother thinks that she is possessed by the devil. To that end, she has chained the young teen to her bed. However, Amalia very quickly figures out that the girl is one of them. One of the touched. Her gift is that of being able to speak many languages but is unable to speak a word of English. But she is able to understand it. When some masked men with guns try and kidnap the young girl while Amalia and Penance are speaking to her parents. Amalia gives chase and with the help of one of Penance’s inventions. They manage to rescue the girl and take her back to the orphanage.
Meanwhile, at a meeting of various members of the aristocracy. The subject of the touched comes up and it seems there is much fear of the women that have been given these gifts. Particularly given that many suspect the serial killer known as Maladie is one of these touched. Investigating the case is Police Inspector Frank Mundi who does not suffer fools gladly.
Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly make an immediate impact as Amalia True and Penance Adair. Both women get very strong introductions. I particularly enjoyed seeing Penance Adair working with metals in her workshop as she is the inventor of the two women. Whereas Amalia can see flashes of the future. The scenes where they visit the home of the young girl that they are about to take in sets the story up nicely. And credit must go to the actors that played the young girl’s parents.
Also really good in this opening episode is Amy Manson who gets a really strong establishing scene at the opera as Maladie. Quite why she was after the singer at the opera as yet remains to be revealed. But there is likely a bit more to Maladie than her just being a murderer of aristocratic men.
As pilot episodes go. This first episode of ‘The Nevers’ does its job. The main characters are established pretty quickly and I liked the setup of the orphanage where Amalia and Penance have been housing the touched women and children that they have rescued. It sort of put me in mind of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ And we do meet a few peculiar people there as well as a Doctor who can heal with a beam of light coming from his fingers.
The episode felt a little clunky in places. But there is nothing here that cannot be fixed if this series is given the chance to tell its story and move beyond this opening season. I look forward to seeing how this series evolves in the weeks ahead.
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- CGI & Stunts10
- Incidental Music9.7