Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inhumans Pilot Review - Behold... the Inhumans | Those Who Would Destroy Us

Network: ABC

Genre: Drama, Superhero

Airs: Fridays at 9:00/8:00c

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis: An isolated community of superhumans fight to protect themselves.

My Thoughts: Inhumans is a property that has a long complicated history at Marvel. Originally intended to be a movie released in 2018, Marvel then decided to introduce the concept of Inhumans in season 3 of Agents of SHIELD. Somewhere along the line, Marvel then decided to scrap all of their original plans and make a TV miniseries that would premiere ahead of season 5 of Agents of SHIELD. If the messy history isn't enough to put doubt in your head, then the hiring of Scott Buck (who is responsible for the average adaption of Iron First, which garnered mediocre to negative reviews from critics) surely will put the nail in the coffin. With all that negativity in the air, I was still willing to give this show the benefit of a doubt because I love Marvel properties and always find myself having a good time watching (even if the show/movie is mediocre). Unfortunately, there were a lot of things I found myself having issues with in this two part season premiere. Even though I do think I enjoyed this show more than most, the amount of AVOIDABLE issues made it impossible for me to give it a good review.

Most of my problems lie with the writing. The characters Inhuman abilities were written with little to no thought, often ignoring the logistics of how their powers work. In one case, the writers simply eliminated the characters powers because they didn't have the will to do the effects as necessary. The dialogue was messy and too on the nose. There was one scene where one of the humans literally described the layout of events to absolute perfection despite having no clues or information to back it up. I also hated how each time we switched between Earth and Atillan (the city on the moon where the Inhuman royal family lives), they felt the need to show large, sweeping views of each location as if the viewers couldn't distinguish between the two locations on their own with just the characters and differing atmospheres.

Despite the awful writing in the premiere episodes, I enjoyed the story for the most part. I think there is still potential for the show to grow and the story of the Inhuman royal family is interesting enough to keep us on our feet. Now I do not have the large comic book knowledge like a lot of the critics who review this show. This could be, in part, the reason why I didn't hate the show as much as the critics obviously did. Nevertheless, I will see this miniseries to its completion. Only having an eight episode order, I think the potential for a tight and concise story is possible and I hope that in the remaining six episodes they can do just that.

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