Sunday, October 1, 2017

Inhumans - Behold... The Inhumans

Created back in the 1960s, the Inhumans were a group of D-list Marvel characters who the Marvel Cinematic Universe would latch onto half a century later to fill the gap of the missing mutants whose rights had been sold to 20th Century Fox. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has played with the idea of Inhumans ever since they become a major part of the show in Season Two, it isn't until now that Marvel has decided to bring the most recognizable group of those characters to the small screen. "Behold... The Inhumans" introduces us to the royal family of Inhumans and their cloaked capital city of Attilan hidden on Earth's moon from humanity's prying gaze. The recent increase of Inhumans on Earth, and them being hunted by humanity, has led King Black Bolt (Anson Mount) to send one of his most trusted subjects to the planet which will be the first of a series of events leading to Black Bolt and his family fleeing the city from his human brother's (Iwan Rheon) coup d'etat.

More than a little reminiscent of the Thor/Loki relationship, Maximus' evil plan (you know the one he's been working on perfecting his entire life) gets off to an inauspicious start as it appears he didn't take into account the strengths or weaknesses of anyone he'd need to push out of the way to seize power and turn his people's attention away from hiding on the moon and towards colonizing the Earth. Yeah, he's like Loki... if Loki were completely lacking in both brains and charm.

The goofy premise of the Inhumans is presented with a straight face without ever acknowledging how ridiculous everything on-screen appears making it unintentionally hilarious at times (when it isn't boring as hell). The first hour ends with Maximus seizing power and the rest of the main characters, aside from Crystal (Isabelle Cornish, whose ridiculous comic hair looks even worse on-screen), making their way to Earth. Despite a full hour to introduce the group and explain their powers and way of life, the show's pilot episode offers little reason for us to care about any member of the royal family, the unjust caste system that their rule keeps in place, or what consequences Maximus' idiotic plan may have for the people of Earth. And it doesn't help that only Inhuman of any interest (Serinda Swan) is basically castrated in the first episode. But, hey, Lockjaw the teleporting dog is at least kinda cool.

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