I’m not a fan of Marvel’s Inhumans in the comics. Never have been, never will be. Sure, there are some stories that have been enjoyable, but overall, they’re just a hard pass because they lack everything that I care about in comic characters, that being reliability. But since Marvel TV has been pushing the whole inhumans thing for a while, as an alternative to being able to use mutants, hey, I have to get used to it or I might as well just stop watching a lot of Marvel TV. But when I heard that this show was coming, I figured it might be an “Avengers” moment, a way to bring all of the inhuman storylines together into something glorious.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. But let’s see what did as I review the first season of Marvel’s Inhumans.
Following a military coup, Black Bolt and the royal family of Attilan have to flee to earth and try to find a way to recover the throne, all the while being hunted by the most dangerous Inhumans Attilan has to offer.
Unfortunately, it was far too predictable. I called the ending scenes half-way through the season. It was painfully obvious that Black Bolt was going to use his voice to eliminate Maximus and it seemed pretty clear that they were going to to move back to Earth. They made too many attachments to humans to just go back to the moon. My wife wondered if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to deal with all of the Inhumans now, which is a good point, I suppose, but in all reality, I just don’t care.
In the end, while I wanted to like it, it left me feeling very blah about the whole thing. I have no real attachments to the Inhumans in the first place and there was nothing here that made me change my mind. I just didn’t care about any of the characters, I didn’t care about any of the situations, the danger never felt real and I couldn’t see why I should give a damn about any of them. We essentially spent 8 episodes wasting our time paying any attention to anything that these characters were doing.
And I think that’s really the biggest problem with these extremely abbreviated seasons, that there isn’t enough time for character development, that there isn’t enough time to let anything grow and for the audience to come to care. I mean, we start off being expected to give a damn about Black Bolt and Medusa’s relationship, but why? Terrible wig aside, why should we care about anything that happens to them? She got her hair shaved. So what? It grows back. It’s not the end of the world, even for someone with magical hair fingers. And since we’ve never had a chance to get to know Black Bolt or Medusa or any of the rest, when bad things happen to them, the audience just doesn’t give a damn.
I never gave a damn. And that’s why it was such a waste of time. Will it come back for another season? Who knows. Who cares? And that’s the biggest shame of all.