When the concept of Terrigen Mists was first introduced in Season 3 of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it signaled the rise of Marvel’s Inhumans — a previously untouched corner of the MCU. According to canon, exposure to these mists causes ordinary humans to evolve into a new superpowered species based upon alien (Kree) DNA… Inhumans are lesser mutants, if you’ll excuse the shorthand.
Fans of AoS were thrilled by this change in the show’s trajectory. AoS hadn’t exactly established its own distinct identity, even while their big screen and Netflix MCU siblings were dominating pop culture. Consequently, the inclusion of Kree, Inhumans, and Terrigen Mists injected valuable new life into AoS.
Unfortunately, someone at the Disney, Marvel, or ABC executive level had a sudden epiphany: a network version of Game of Thrones combined meets Marvel characters! A high-concept like this was just too good to pass up, apparently. The Inhumans spin-off was greenlighted and Scott Buck (Iron Fist) was hired as showrunner… and fandom issued a collective shrug.
The Inhumans are kind of a “C-level” Marvel comics team; their most prominent characters are Black Bolt (doesn’t speak), Medusa (fights with her hair), and Lockjaw (a teleporting dog)… not exactly household names. At the same time, many fans and media began questioning whether or not superhero shows were oversaturating network television, cable, and streaming services (they are). Consequently, for The Inhumans to stand a fighting chance, it had better be awesome… and then came the trailers, which weren’t awesome. Not at all.
Marvel Television Chief, Jeph Loeb, came to the show’s defense, claiming that the trailers did not represent the final cut or quality. While that may be true, savvy superhero audiences are quick to form their opinions, which can make or break a series or film before it ever gets out of the gate. According to ComicBookMovie and SyFyWire, the early reviews for The Inhumans are none too kind:
[Inhumans] plays safe and makes an opening chapter to a series that is largely stripped of personality and flair.
The final product feels aimless and bleached-out, with its network television sensibilities and budget feels self-consciously evident.
Set mostly on gray, boring interior sets that have no panache whatsoever, and when the story moves outdoors… the Hawaiian scenery is photographed like a not-particularly imaginative tourist’s vacation record.
Inhumans is destined to be the TV disaster of the year.
As far as these first two episodes go, it’s a show made entirely of baffling, wrong-headed decisions that actively work against capturing your interest. a show made entirely of baffling, wrong-headed decisions that actively work against capturing your interest.
The fact that it’s premiering in the graveyard timeslot of Fridays at 8 pm doesn’t indicate the network has much faith in it.
Inhumans is bad from top to bottom.
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Marvel’s Inhumans is now playing at IMAX and premieres on ABC September 29, 2017.
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