Two Nerds watch the first episode of HBO’s The Nevers, a steampunk Buffy the Vampire Slayer slash X-Men hybrid. The Nevers was created by Joss Whedon, who then apparently “stepped away” some time after all the allegations about his behavior on the set of Justice League. Whatever his involvement, the series is undoubtedly Whedonesque, with familiar character types and relationship dynamics. As a steampunk series, there are also easy comparisons to Carnival Row, which was incredibly beautiful and hopelessly boring; His Dark Materials, which is a great book series, disastrous movie, and uneven HBO series; and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which has great art direction but still bugs me. Salman Rushdie’s Booker prize winning novel Midnight’s Children gets discussed in the same breath as X-Men, which made me have an attack of the giggles. We’re on the hook for episode two, but The Nevers wasn’t amazing or anything.