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HBO's new series forces viewers to choose whether to forget the accusations against its creator, Joss Whedon, while watching it - a difficult choice given that his fingerprints are constantly visible in it. Despite this, and despite such and such stumbles, "Women of the Never" is simply fun

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A Song of Hope: "Women of the Never" is much more than the scandal associated with its creator

HBO's new series forces viewers to choose whether to forget the accusations against its creator, Joss Whedon, while watching it - a difficult choice given that his fingerprints are constantly visible in it.

Despite this, and despite such and such stumbles, "Women of the Never" is simply fun


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Ido Yeshayahu

Monday, 12 April 2021, 07:06 Updated: 12:19

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Trailer for the series "Women of the Never" (HBO)

"Women of the Never", the new HBO series (originally "The Nevers"), begins its life with a huge charge she didn't ask for: the stained legacy of Joss Whedon.

The acclaimed creator, who is responsible for iconic series such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" and the first two "Avengers" films, has lost his prestige and reputation in recent months following allegations of gross abuse of his employees over the years.

Among others, actors Ray Fisher were exposed on the "Justice League" set, Charisma Carpenter Peter from "Angel" because she got pregnant, and Michelle Trachtenberg who wrote that everyone on the "Buffy" set knew that Widon should not be left alone with her in the same room, even though she was only then Aged 15.

These horrible exposures create a not-so-simple dissonance that is also evident in the new series: on the one hand, sensitive works full of humanity, and on the other hand, the knowledge that whoever conceived them is acting on the set in the exact opposite way.

Widon did the right thing and resigned from "Women Never" at the end of filming on the grounds of a year that was too difficult and challenging, or he was forced to resign by HBO.

Either way, the editing and effects process was done under the baton of a new showrunner, British screenwriter Philippa Gosselt ("How to Talk to Girls at Parties").

But after all, at least in the early days of the series (four of the six episodes that come up in the first phase were sent for review), Vidun is certainly present.

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Lovely fraternity.

Anne Skelly (right) and Laura Donnelly, "Women of the Never" (Photo: Keith Bernstein / HBO)

The plot of "Women of the Never" (originally "The Nevers") - which airs today (Monday) Bite, Hot and Cellcom Tiwi alongside the weekly broadcast in the United States - takes place in Victorian London and follows a group of mostly young women, but not only, mostly from lower classes, but Not only that, on one cloudy day you gain supernatural abilities.

Each exhibits a completely different skill from the other.

Amelia Tru (Laura Donnelly, "My Beloved Sugar"), who leads these women toward something obscure that excites them, sees brief flashes of the future.

Right Hand Penance Adair (Anne Skelly, "Love, Death and Songbirds") sees the energy everywhere, allowing her to harness it into groundbreaking inventions.

Apart from them there is someone who ignites fireballs out of nothing, one who can turn anything into glass, a man who walks on water, a man who mingles and heals with energy from his fingers and more and more.

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Delightful despite the stumbles.

"Women of the Never" (Photo: HBO)

Many of these women, girls and girls - known as "Touched", which translates well into Hebrew as "infected" - have been rejected by their families, and continue to be rejected by society and perceived as strange creatures.

The shadow council of some of the nation's breadwinners, led by the nobleman and former military man Lord Massan (Rip Torrance, is Tommy Lesles from "The Crown"), believes the infected are part of an attack whose nature is unclear.

Many of them gather at an orphanage funded by the wealthy bachelorette Vigno Biddlow (Olivia Williams, who also starred in Widon's previous series, "The Dollhouse"), where they form a sort of alternate family.

As if to explicitly indulge in the obvious inspiration from "X-Men", like Professor X - Satellite also sits in a wheelchair.

As can be understood, "Women of the Never" is laden with characters - questions are only a small part of them - and therefore also in plot lines and perspectives.

Placing the story in a society as classy and rigid as late-19th-century England conveys well, even bluntly, the messages of class warfare and the fear of hegemony for change.

There's Lord Messen's cold, stiff gang, white men in power, and there's everything else.

But it is precisely this division that underscores the abysmal disgust of Joss Whedon.

Like a character fooling us in one of his works, he himself, the ultimate good man, was revealed to be an absolute villain.

Creates series like the one in which power is given to the weakest in society, while constantly exploiting violent rudeness and rejecting his power as a white man in a key role.

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White men in power.

Rip Torrance, "Women of the Never" (Photo: Keith Bernstein / HBO)

Beyond that, "Women of the Never" is not without its problems, so it is easy to attack it and its creator.

For example, you could target it before adding more and more characters.

Some of the dialogues sacrifice their credibility in favor of punch lines.

Lord Messan does get some of the best news in the series, but at this point he is portrayed as a very one-dimensional character.

It happens that trusts change too easily and gain unintelligible trust from the other side.

Is it less likely to cultivate a healthy suspicion as a first step?

Sometimes there is no consistency in the abilities of the women, and sometimes there is also no plausible explanation, including in the case of the protagonist.

Two of the least obvious "infected", both by chance girls, repeatedly offend the logic of "Women of the Never" because the series avoids justifying their day-to-day mechanics: one a ten-year-old girl who became a giant, the other began speaking in foreign languages ​​but without Ability to control them, especially without speaking English.

More than usual, everyone will perceive the "Women of the Never" differently.

It's hard to break away from the thought of who's behind it, simply because the series is Vydon in full force.

There are heroic women here, supernatural use as an allegory, witty writing saturated with crushing sentences, bites between the characters and frequent expulsion of air from epic balloons.

There is also a large and wonderfully deceptive gray area when it comes to their loyalties, a complex mythology that deepens, a sense of real danger to key characters and so on.

In other words, double-faced scum as he may be, man knows how to write and create a world.

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She enjoys sticking her teeth into her juicy figure.

Amy Manson, "Women of the Never" (Photo: Keith Bernstein / HBO)

There is a sense of congestion in "Women of the Never", a bit like the first episodes full of intrigue, characters and history of "Game of Thrones" (or rather - "The Undertaker").

Similarly, on re-viewing it is easier to see how “Women of the Never” best arranges all the game tools on the board and then play with our expectations.

If you go back to the first episode after the end of the season, you will discover masses of small hints and meaning about the characters' past or essence.

Evidence of grammar and calculation taken in script and construction.

This is also the first time a series created by Widon has won a large budget, thanks to HBO's deep pocket, and the result is a lust for the eyes.

The period restoration is beautiful, the steampunk design is cool (the gadgets and midsize images look as if they were created in the Victorian period), the splendor of the English nobility is abundant, the effects are spectacular and exciting, the battles are superbly orchestrated (in the third episode there is one battle scene). Especially), and so does the soundtrack.

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There is still hope.

Eleanor Tomlinson, "Women of the Never" (Photo: HBO)

Mostly, "Women of the Never" is just plain fun.

Despite the large number of characters, it is amazing to breathe life into enough of them in the first stage so that we want to stay with them longer.

For example the mad killer from Aladi.

While she's another link in the Hollywood chain of lunatic murderers, she's also wonderfully entertaining, and it's clear that Amy Manson ("The White Princess," "To This Day") enjoys gritting her teeth into her character.

This is also the case with James Norton ("Valley of Happiness", "McMafia"), who plays Hugo Sven, a noble hedonist who sets up an exclusive club and is interested in recruiting infected people for the enjoyment of the guests.

And above all there are the two heroines, Amelia and Penance, and especially the last one.

The chemistry between Laura Donnelly and Anne Skelly is great.

The brotherhood between their two characters injects a lot of magic into a world that is already richer than it is, and specifically Penance / Skelly is a burning lantern that always banishes the darkness.

This feature applies to the entire "Women of the Never".

Her virtues cover up her shortcomings, making her delightful, promising and greater than the scandal associated with her creator.

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