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Review of "Marvel's Inhumans" 10/5/17 by Suzanne
Airs Fridays, 9/8c on ABC.

I had heard terrible things about this show before it aired, so I didn't expect much. I did like it, but it's got a lot of flaws in the writing. I don't know why they hired the same guy who ruined both "Dexter" and "Iron Fist" to do this one. Please, Hollywood - quit hiring him!

The show is about this group of beings who live on the moon. Many of them have superpowers. They have a caste system, with a monarchy. The ones without powers, who are human, work in the mines. This is based on an old comic book that I vaguely remember reading. Now, obviously, we're supposed to like the heroes, and dislike the evil brother, Maximus (played by the wonderful actor Iwan Rheon, "Vicious"). While it's true that Maximus is manipulative and has killed people, his cause is a just one, so it's hard to side with the "heroes." Maximus overthrows the king and queen and wants to take all of the Inhumans down to Earth, to live in the wide open spaces, rather than being crammed together on the moon, with few resources. He wants the people to be free, rather than enslaved. It's hard to side with heroes who have slaves, even though Maximus is definitely power hungry and has a personal ax to grind against his family. Although I loved Anson Mount in "Hell on Wheels," here he says nothing (his character can't speak because if he does, then he blasts whatever is in front of him), so he's rather wooden. The dialogue is somewhat stiff, which doesn't help the other characters. Also, Maximus is very likable, and the other royals seem like arrogrant snobs, looking down at humans, even though many of their own people appear to be humans (the ones without powers).

Some reviews said that the show has no humor, but some of the dialogue is funny, such as when Maximus torments the council by telling them the last words of the one member he killed...He said something like, "Well, they weren't words, so much as gurgling sounds..." And also, after Lockjaw leaves Karnak in the wrong place, he says, "Stupid dog!" There were quite a few jokes like that to break the serious mood of the show.

I can't speak for the special effects because they seemed fine to me. I know many people online were complaining about them. I enjoyed the first episode and look forward to seeing more.

I do have a lot of questions (nitpicks?). How can they be good guys yet have slaves? What kind of superhero is Medusa if her hair can be cut so easily? (and by the way, that wig looked awful!) Why would the dog have powers? Since it can obviously communicate with the people, why would it just take off and leave the king to fend for himself? If the Inhumans are in the Marvel universe, like "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and The Avengers movies, then why did the military guy tell the woman scientist that she was crazy for thinking they saw a hoof on the moon? If the Inhumans are so secret, how come these Hawaiian dudes knew all about them?

I vaguely remember reading The Inhumans comics when I was a kid. I look forward to seeing more and hope it gets even better! Check out "Legion" on FX which is an even better X-Men-related show.


“MARVEL’S INHUMANS” (Series Premieres Fall 2017 on ABC)
“Marvel’s Inhumans” explores the never-before-told epic adventure 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. The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, as a version of the first two episodes will be shown globally  in IMAX theatres for a two-week period beginning September 1, 2017. ABC will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

“Marvel’s Inhumans” stars Anson Mount as “Black Bolt,” Iwan Rheon as “Maximus,” Serinda Swan as “Medusa,” Eme Ikwuakor as “Gorgon,” Isabelle Cornish as “Crystal,” Ken Leung as “Karnak,” Ellen Woglom as an undisclosed character, Sonya Balmores as “Auran” and Mike Moh as “Triton.” The series is executive produced by Scott Buck, along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory with Buck serving as showrunner.  Roel Reiné will direct the first two episodes. This series is a Marvel and IMAX project and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.

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