Episode: (S1E1 & S1E2)
Who are the Inhumans?
First off the Inhumans are a genetic creation of the Kree empire. They used prehistoric man and skipped normal evolution to bring about their powers to fight the Skrulls. Created in 1965 in Fantastic Four 45. Marvel Studios have used the Inhumans in the cinematic Marvel Universe to replace the X-Men whom Fox Studios still retains the rights.
In TV terms, they been introduced through Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but not in the colorful form that we see in this show. The show stars Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal, Triton, Lockjaw, and the villain Maximus. These are the members of the royal family of the Inhumans. Their city Attilan is located on the “blue” area of the moon. The blue area of the moon has a breathable atmosphere. The question for most of you could be why would the Kree create these people and them move them to the moon. The Inhumans were originally on the planet, but moved to the moon in a later issue of the Fantastic Four.
The show originally was released in theaters to increase the knowledge of the property. IMAX is a fantastic format for media with a huge scope and scale. The Inhumans did not fair so well in the theaters. At the core the show is that it is a TV shows and lacks that larger than life superhero feel a big budget affords. Watching at home is more comfortable viewing. The show has the characters coping with the fact that the humans could find their secure home. Black Bolt is the king of the society and he is satisfied that the humans will never find them. His brother Maximus wants their society to be more equal. Like many monarchy’s, Attilan has its social system. Not everyone has powers and become lower life forms that have to work in the mines of Attilan. You can see Maximus’s point in the story, but clearly he is seeking his place to rule the city. His motivations become more sinister since his plans extend to the human population that have been subjected to Teregenesis or the current human population that have been force to evolve.
The first two episodes of the show aren’t great. They are decent for television, but have their issues. The effects seem cheap but convincing enough to be believable. Lockjaw is a teleporting giant dog that comes off alright but could be animated better. Medusa’s hair is alright, but yet again isn’t totally 100% up to Marvel’s normal effects. Some of the character designs come off bland and lack the additional detail necessary to push the subject’s scale. You can see that this project feels rushed and needed more time to put together.
I want to talk about the acting but, well, Anson Mount isn’t bad, but how do you direct a character that doesn’t talk? Most of the Marvel characters have had some screen time so other actors have something to work with. The actors probably just need another director because they seem lost most of the time. Granted, many of the characters are displaced randomly on Hawaii. Black Bolt’s interactions with the locals is so odd and totally out of the character’s scope. Don’t they know that the character can fly? I know the character is a fish out of water, but he is supposed to come across as a powerful and proud character.
The show has potential. It could come across really good so long as it ties itself to the Marvel Universe in a solid way. We have no use for another universe running doing its own thing. It’s what makes the cinematic universe so cool is all the team-ups. This is new for Marvel Studios and it should take it’s time with this property. The characters are interesting and have tons of history. Like many shows it has to develop itself to be better than the first two episodes. I want to know where it’ going, but I hope the story becomes more down to earth.