Behold…The Inhumans & Those Who Would Destroy Us
Original Air Date: Sep 29, 2017
Brianna – Managing Editor
Marvel’s Inhumans is one of the latest comic book adaptations hitting televisions this season, and it will be ABC’s third Marvel project. The two-hour series premiere introduces viewers to a kingdom unknowingly on the brink of a significant regime shift and the major players involved, namely the royal family and the guard.
There was potential to use the two hours to build a foundation for a compelling and dark comic book family drama. But that’s not the case. Instead, we get characters that don’t really stand out, some unusual visual effects, and a feeling that these two-hours could have been compressed to help move things along a bit more.
Meeting the royal family and the guard throughout the premiere left me with more than a few questions about who these characters are, though we do get a glimpse at what causes some of the tension between the one responsible for the attempted coup and the royal family.
Anson Mount’s Black Bolt is the King of Attilan and seemingly chooses not to speak out of fear of what his powers can do to those around him. This was one aspect of the series that I thought was interesting because it feels rare that we get a character with that particular silent quality. Then there’s Black Bolt’s wife and Queen of Attilan, Medusa, whose hair is…definitely something. The wig just did not work for me. Meanwhile, Lockjaw is essentially an adorable oversized CGI puppy that can transport people.
I’m sure this could be an interesting story, but it just didn’t grab my attention. This is essentially a family drama, and you can see where they wanted to go with it. But it just doesn’t work with the way they chose to execute it. If you are invested in the Inhumans story from the comics themselves, this could be a show for you. But at the end of the two-hour premiere, there’s just nothing to keep you rooting for the protagonists as they land themselves in the unfamiliar and very much human world.
Inhumans premieres Friday, September 29 at 9 p.m. on ABC.