Inhumans Episodes 1 and 2 Review (No Spoilers)

On 28th of October in 2014, Marvel studios announced Inhumans as a film, which was going to be released in 2018. In April 2016, it was then announced that Marvel had cancelled the film and the TV Division of Marvel studios wanted the property to make a TV show, where the first 2 episodes would be filmed and shown in IMAX.

The show follows the Royal family in charge of the rest of the Inhumans. And what are Inhumans? For those who don’t want Agents of SHIELD or know the comics, an Inhuman is a human who gains powers after being exposed to Terrigen Mist. The Royal family and a large population of Inhumans live in the city of Atillan, which in the show is on the Moon.

The plot of the show follows Black Bolt (ruler of the Inhumans and has a powerful voice), Medusa (his wife and can control her hair) and their family and friends, and a teleporting dog, as Maximus, Black Bolt’s brother, looks to over throw Black Bolt and become ruler of the Inhumans.

The only Inhuman characters I knew before going into the show was Black Bolt, Medusa and Lockjaw, so all the other characters were new completely new to me. Something they didn’t do well in these first two episodes was show what the powers are for characters or explain how they work. Karnak and Crystal were characters which stood out especially as having unclear powers. Black Bolt is good but seems to spend a lot of time either giving a concerned stare or an angry stare at other characters, obviously as a character who can’t talk this was always going to be difficult but I felt there were times where he could have used sign language to communicate but chooses just to stare. Medusa and Lockjaw are two big reasons why the show will not work on TV, not because they are bad but money. Lockjaw is an entirely CGI giant dog that would cost way too much to put in every scene, much in the same way the direwolves don’t appear much in Game of Thrones, and his powers would mean that the series could have been over quite quickly. Medusa’s ability to control her hair just looked pretty goofy when she was fighting and could have been done in a better way, but again as it is CGI, don’t expect to see the ability much in the first two episodes or for the following six.

Maximus, played by Iwan Rheon who also played Ramsey Bolton on Game of Thrones, is the main antagonist for the series (shock) and decides to try to do an American accent I think, I couldn’t work out what accent what he was trying to do but it just didn’t work, just stick to your normal accent, noone would mind. My other problem with the character is that I don’t know what his motivation is for or what his plan is once he becomes ruler, maybe it is something that will be explored further in the rest of the episodes, but should have been set up already. This leads me to my biggest problem with the show, I think it needed more set up, more explaining before getting into the main plot of the show. We don’t get a sense of how people’s powers or how the royal family work in this city, something I think needed to be seen before we see them getting torn apart. We need to care about these characters otherwise the show will fall apart, Game of Thrones works because you care so much about Tyrion and Jon Snow and Inhumans had potential to be Marvel’s version of Game of Thrones but in this first two episodes it was far from that level.

Overall, it definitely has potential but needed more from an opening episodes to grab general audiences. I will still watch the rest of the series to see where it goes but I could see a lot of people being put off by this. It felt more like Agents of SHIELD than The Defenders or Avengers.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

What did you think of the first two episodes of Inhumans? Will you watch the rest of the season?

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