HBO reveals the titles and story details of each of the first six episodes of The Nevers, an upcoming Victorian-era sci-fi drama series.
HBO reveals the titles and story details of The Nevers season 1, “Part One,” episodes. First announced in 2018, the Victorian-era sci-fi drama series debuts on HBO on April 11. Created by Joss Whedon, the series stars Laura Donnelly, Olivia Williams, James Norton, Pip Torrens, Nick Frost, and Denis O’Hare. The show follows a group of women in Victorian-era England who mysteriously gain superhero abilities called “The Touch.” Two of the women, Amalia True (Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), try to save those with abilities and take them into their orphanage to protect them. HBO has split the first season of the drama series into two parts, with six episodes each.
Now HBO (via Bleeding Cool) is giving fans a closer look at each of the first six episodes of season 1, which is titled “Part One.” The streamer has revealed the titles and storylines of the first six episodes, which will air from April to May, promising a mix of drama and action throughout. Read HBO’s descriptions and titles for the episodes below:
April 11: Episode 1: “Pilot”: Series premiere. London, 1899. Three years after an inexplicable event suddenly equips them with extraordinary abilities, Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) 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 (Amy Manson). Written & directed by Joss Whedon.
April 18: Episode 2: “Exposure”: With the city reeling from Maladie’s (Manson) opera debut, Mundi (Chaplin) takes a personal stake in tracking her down, while Amalia (Donnelly) launches an investigation of her own. Meanwhile, the charitable Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams) seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event, Hugo Swann (James Norton) enlists Lavinia’s younger brother Augie (Tom Riley) to help monetize his illicit enterprise, and a deranged doctor (Denis O’Hare) conducts a series of experiments. Written by Jane Espenson; directed by Whedon.
April 25: Episode 3: “Ignition”: Penance (Skelly) creates an amplifier to spread Mary’s (Eleanor Tomlinson) hope-inspiring song across the city – but first, Mary (Tomlinson) must find her elusive voice. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia (Donnelly) propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage’s reach. Swann (Norton) further entangles Augie (Riley) and Mundi (Chaplin) in his business affairs.Written by Kevin Lau; Directed by David Semel.
May 2: Episode 4: “Undertaking”: While Mundi (Chaplin) seeks justice, Amalia (Donnelly) and her most trusted advisors make a list of potential enemies. Harriet (Kiran Sonia Sawar), Primrose (Anna Devlin), and the other Orphans attempt to decipher a message. Later, Amalia (Donnelly) exposes an unexpected threat.Written by Madhuri Shekar; Directed by Semel.
May 9: Episode 5: “Hanged”: As the city buzzes with anticipation over a pending execution, Penance (Skelly) grapples with a moral calling at odds with Amalia’s (Donnelly) plan. With the two women at a crossroads, the Orphans must decide whom to follow. Written by Melissa Iqbal; Directed by Whedon.
May 16: Episode 6: “True” (Part One Finale): After Amalia’s (Donnelly) origin story is revealed, a long-awaited reunion crystallizes the Orphans’ mission. Written by Espenson; Directed by Zetna Fuentes.
Whedon was set to also serve as showrunner of the series, but exited the show due to exhaustion, with Phillipa Goslett taking his place. The show, which was shot in London, was forced to suspend production due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but filming was able to resume in September.
“Part Two” of season 1 will air at a later date, but the official trailer, which dropped in early February, teases plenty of action and mystery. Fans will find out more about the series when “Part One” of The Nevers begins airing weekly on HBO next month.