Marvel’s Inhumans gives us the tale of a royal family with super powers who have lived in secret on the moon and their first, forced visit to Earth. I haven’t heard much in the way of glowing reviews, but below is my Bureau 42 review.
Spoiler alert: This is not a glowing review, either.
Title: “Marvel’s Inhumans” (8 episode first season)
Anson Mount as Black Bolt
Serinda Swan as Medusa
Ken Leung as Karnak
Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon
Isabelle Cornish as Crystal
Ellen Woglom as Louise
Iwan Rheon as Maximus
Sonya Balmores as Auran
The epic story of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself. (From Trakt.)
The effects and the look of the Inhumans is great, and while I didn’t see it in IMAX, the powers and sets look like what we have come to expect from a Marvel production.1
The story and scripts are not. It meanders a while, and I didn’t read classic Inhumans, but they don’t seem to fit with the characters I have read in the last ten years.
Originality: 2/6 Not only is it just an adaptation of a comic, it also feels like any other generic group of powered people. The concept of a brother coveting the king’s throne dates back to Shakespeare, and wasn’t even original then. The saving grace is that, while they aren’t new for the comics readers, I don’t know any other super heroes with these types of powers.
Effects: 5/6 The sets and power usage looks typical for what we would expect to see from a Marvel Cinematic Universe production.
Acting: 3/6 I am not sure I can blame the actors for it, but “Just try to look smug for eight episodes” can’t be called good acting.
Production: 4/6 The show looks believable, but the CGI doesn’t blend as well with the “real” parts the same way it does for other similar shows.
Story: 1/6 There were points I outright laughed at the plot, and it wasn’t a comedy.
Emotional Response: 2/6 I was curious where they were going, but I didn’t really feel for any of the characters.
In total, Marvel’s Inhumans receives 19/42.
1Another High Point I read elsewhere pointed out that at least Iron Fist wasn’t the worst of the Marvel shows now.