Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. It has been a while, but I’m back in week 35, and today I’ll be giving you my late thoughts on the first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀
Inhumans (Season 1)
“Behold… The Inhumans” and “Those Who Would Destroy Us“
By now, I assume most of you have heard about ABC’s latest Marvel show; Inhumans and how bad it is. From the time it dropped in cinemas, in IMAX last month, various critics and general individuals dropped their thoughts on the internet and unanimously that the show sucked, that it was the worst material that’s come out of Marvel’s television division and that people should skip it. Now there have been some defenders of the show, some who thought it was fine or actually enjoyable, but they are in the minority. So it is currently October and the show’s officially aired and I just watched it a few hours ago, and you know what, it wasn’t the worst thing ever, it was certainly disappointing.
The first two episodes tell the story of the Inhumans, the human/alien hybrids with abilities who live on the moon. There’s a royal family who lives in luxury and rules over everyone but then is usurped by the brother of the king, they are then separated with several of them set to Earth, and so it is a race against time for the royal family members to regroup on Earth and get back to the moon and restore order. Now on paper this sounds like an interesting watch, and it is because I’ve seen in comic form, alas clearly the people behind this show didn’t have the right creative vision to bring this property to life as there it was a fairly basic and generic start to a superhero property that should have been much better.
These first two episodes throw every generic story element at us from the jealous brother who is secretly bad to the queen and brother of the king having a history which creates some dramatic tension, to an outsider usurping the royal family and causing a revolution/uprising with the lower class citizens, to having a fish out of water kind of story for several of the humans dealing with issues on Earth. From the opening sequence on Earth, I was less than impressed. There’s a chase sequence involving two Inhumans evading humans and it was less than stellar. Most of it was all in slow motion, possibly add a sense of drama and highlight some visual detail, but it was more annoying than engaging. And then we move to the moon where most of the key story elements come into play and it isn’t that captivating. With the introduction of the Inhumans in this show, there was no mention who/what they are until later on (very briefly I might add), and what information we are given is bare bones, there’s far more to these superpowered individuals and we’re given such simple mythology. I feel like the show just assumes you watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or know the source material and that excuses them from providing basic information which should not be the case. Anyway most of the material on the moon is okay at best, but things get worse on Earth, some of these supposedly smart and superpowered individuals make some of the most stupid and illogical decisions for people who are aware of and constantly looking at Earth.
One of the best moments in the show, alas it is just one moment.
When it comes to the characters they’re not too likeable, all of them are incredibly one-dimensional and boring for the most part. The most likeable character isn’t even human, it’s a teleporting space dog called Lockjaw and he is delightful and for a CGI creature on TV, he looks good. Firstly there’s Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans and probably the best of all the human characters, as someone who can’t speak he does well to communicate his feelings through facial expressions, body and sign language. He has the best material on Earth as he has some interesting interaction with humans in humourous and subtly dramatic ways, it is too bad Anson Mount wasn’t given better material to work with because he was decent in the role. Serinda Swan was very pretty, but not much else as Medusa, I felt like there were layers to this character but she wasn’t too interesting beyond her animated hair and relationship with Black Bolt. And speaking of that relationship my initial impression wasn’t great, they’re just a loved-up couple who are selfish and ignore their responsibilities and would rather make out. Lame. The rest of the family is basically dull, Karnak (Ken Leung) is an interesting yet incredibly logical and insensitive prick, Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor) is an overconfident doughnut, and Crystal (Isabelle Cornish) is the worst as one of the most forgettable characters. And Iwan Rheon does his best as Maximus but he’s hardly written well, Maximus is diet Loki who you can see his evil deeds coming a mile away and while it seems like he’s conflicted at certain points, other times he seems so ruthless. Other characters felt so paper-thin and insignificant, and holy cow some of the extras chosen for the scenes on Earth were bloody terrible either due to bad dialogue or poor acting.
Visually the show is fine, the shots of scenery are nice and the visual effects are decent, but could be better. Besides the one use of Black Bolts voice with a police car, the action scenes are terrible, they are so slow, and plain in the choreography department and don’t make very good use of some of the characters abilities or supposed fighting skills. Oh and that intro is one of the laziest/plain intros I’ve ever seen especially for a superhero show. Also, the soundtrack by Sean Callery (from Jessica Jones) crafted music that was decent at times, and terribly bland on other occasions. And the use of notable songs during some of these notable scenes in the show is bloody terrible, such a waste.
In conclusion, Inhumans‘ first two episodes aren’t the worst TV I’ve ever seen in the Marvel TV world, that still goes to Iron Fist haha. But in all seriousness, Inhumans has small elements of potential but is bogged down by some bad storytelling, bad dialogue, a lack of flair and style in its direction and bad action scenes. I’ll keep watching to see if it gets better but it is highly doubtful at the moment.
Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of this show? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching too. Until next time, laters! 😀