It’s a little odd to see Laura Donnelly play the part of Amalia True in the new series The Nevers while we’re close to her as Janet, Jamie Fraser’s sister in Outlander. And that remains a remarkable experience for six episodes. Perhaps it is because both series are set in a distant past (1896 and 1743) and share the same aspects of a costume drama. Or maybe it’s because Janet and Amalia look alike. But aside from that slight alienation, The Nevers is an entertaining and extraordinary series in which Victorian London is shaken to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives certain people – mostly women – abnormal abilities, from the miraculous to the disturbing.
But regardless of the potency of their particular powers, anyone belonging to this new underclass is in grave danger. It’s up to the mysterious, speedy widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and the brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter this gifted ‘orphan’. To do this, they will have to face the brute forces determined to destroy their species.
HBO has cut the first season in half. Part 1 consists of six episodes and can currently be seen on HBO Max and Ziggo Movies and Series. It is currently unknown when episodes 7 to 12 of part 2 will be shown. The cliffhanger in part 6 is therefore an unsatisfactory finale, and perhaps it is better to save this series until it is complete.