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Monday, October 2, 2017

My Thoughts on Marvel's Inhumans

Cast: Anson Mount (Black Bolt), Serinda Swan (Medusa), Ken Leung (Karnak), Eme Ikwuakor (Gorgon), Isabelle Cornish (Crystal), Ellen Woglom (Louise), and Iwan Rheon (Maximus)
Runtime: 42 minutes (each episode)
Release Date: September 29, 2017 (series start date)
Plot: After a military coup, the Inhuman Royal Family escape to Hawaii where they must save themselves and the world.

1x01: Behold… The Inhumans - During a mission on the island of Oahu to find a newly transformed Inhuman, Triton is attacked by a strike team, and escapes by jumping into the ocean. In Attilan, the secret city of the Inhumans on the Moon, Black Bolt, Medusa and other members of the Inhuman Royal Family attend a Terrigenesis ceremony for two members of society, where they are exposed to Terrigen Mist to reveal their Inhuman powers. Later, Black Bolt's brother Maximus alerts the other members of the Royal Family to Triton's mission. Unhappy to hear Triton may be dead, Gorgon heads to Earth to find him. Maximus begins a coup on Attilan, including having the same strike team attempt to kill Gorgon on Earth. Karnak learns of what Maximus is doing, and begins to warn Medusa and her sister Crystal. Crystal has her dog Lockjaw send Karnak to Earth for safety, and does the same with Medusa and Black Bolt.




1x02: Those Who Would Destroy Us - Realizing they have all been stranded and separated on Earth, Karnak and Medusa begin to search for Black Bolt to reunite with him, while Gorgon waits for the fight to come to him. Louise investigates a missing Moon rover and learns of four strange anomalies coming from the Moon and landing in Hawaii. After his arrival on Earth, Black Bolt is arrested by the Honolulu Police. Maximus' head of security Auran pursues Medusa to Earth, only for Medusa to stab Auran for her betrayal. Maximus addresses the people of Attilan as their new king, while Auran is seen healing her stab wound.

My Thoughts: Marvel’s Inhumans debuted as a two hour presentation and I’m not going to lie, I was drawn to the series because of Iwan Rheon whom Game of Thrones fans will remember from his brilliant portrayal of the psychotic Ramsay Bolton. I’m not familiar with the other actors’ work but I’m always thrilled to see new faces.

So how did the show fair?

Well, it could have been a lot better and that disappoints me because if the rest of the episodes follow these two, this show isn’t going to go anywhere.


I am not familiar with the Inhumans comic books, or the characters and that’s where the series has its first huge flaw. It fails to properly introduce viewers to the characters much less explain their powers. I had to figure it out myself (and with a bit of help from Google). I spent the first 45 minutes figuring out who was who and what connections they shared. The episodes are 42 minutes long by the way and I didn’t have to worry about missing out on something important because Inhumans moved at such a slow pace that the plot was pretty much still in the same place when I turned my attention back after Googling who was who and what was what. The writers did NOT utilize that first hour well.

Then there was the stilted, dull dialogue between characters and the lack of viewer investment in those characters. What do I mean by lack of viewer investment? Well every good story will introduce you to the main characters and those characters will then make their very best (or in the case of villains, their worst) impressions on you. They will make you care about them, make you INVEST your time and emotions on them. Even if you just want them to get their asses kicked because they’re the villains. The writers on Inhumans didn’t do that. By the end of the two hours, I didn’t know how I felt about anyone, and I certainly didn’t find a reason to want to continue with them on their journey.

And can we talk about the costumes??? What the hell costume people?? Did you run out of money and have those costumes made by amateurs in a garage? They looked like they were trying way too hard to make an impression and failed miserably. Tone it down, subtle influences are your friends in some cases.

Overall the show feels incomplete and like it isn’t even trying to carve out its own place in the Marvel TV Universe which is a shame because like I said, I feel the cast is super talented and could really blow people away if they had good writers and better costumes. It’s disappointing because I really wanted to like this show that should have introduced characters so far removed from what MCU fans have seen so far. A royal family of “altered” humans struggling to regain their footing after a betrayal and a coup? Sounds good but when you see the executed version you’re less than impressed.

Sadly, I doubt we’ll see Marvel’s Inhumans after these 8 episodes air. A shame though because the material was there, it just fell into than less capable hands.

Rating: 2 out of 5

























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