So far the reviews for Marvel's The Inhumans have not been good. As of the writing of this post, the show has 5.3 stars (out of 10) on IMDB. Their score on Rotten Tomatoes is a dismal 4%. But various sites have an "audience liked" rating of anywhere from 50% to 75%.
Which is correct? Is the show really that bad? In a word, yes. I'll let you go read the others reviews if you like, but this show has been slammed.
Personally, I don't think it's quite as bad as a lot of critics have said, but it's definitely not good.
Let's start with the whole IMAX deal (oh, there will be spoilers ahead, but honestly you won't be missing out on much if you don't end up watching the show anyway). The big draw for this show was that it was shot in IMAX and the first episodes were shown in IMAX theaters. Watching this show on my TV, it was pretty obvious which scenes were designed for IMAX. The opening shot of a foot hitting a puddle of water in slow motion was clearly meant to look "super awesome!" The problem with this is it's 2017. We've seen cool shots in IMAX before. If this had been shot 10 years ago, we'd probably be impressed. But watching it now is nothing special. If I had paid to go see this in theaters, I would be demanding that ABC/Marvel/Disney give me my money back.
Continuing on with the special effects. For those most part, they were dismal. Medusa's hair is a distraction when she fights. It's so blatantly CGI, and the color barely comes close to matching the color of her regular hair (and speaking of her hair, you remember that first poster where the wig look so terrible? It's just as bad in the show).
Even the one part I was excited about for this show, Lockjaw, was a disappointment. The teleporting dog was still the best part of the show, but he still looked overly computer generated.
I've debated where to go after this . Which part of the show is worse, the plot holes or the characters? Both were huge disappointments. Let's start with the plot.
There are plenty of reasons that the plot of this show doesn't make sense. We'll talk a little about character motivations below, but let's hit some of the big ones.
The show opens with some guys hunting a young Inhuman girl in the Hawaiian jungle. We see this happen again later in the show during a rescue mission, but why are these guys just hanging out hunting Inhumans? Is this something tied to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? I honestly have no idea. And these guys never say anything to give a reason why they're out hunting (yes, hunting. There is no effort or desire to capture the Inhuman).
There is a scene where a lunar rover is destroyed because it's getting too close to Attilan. The woman at the controls does some fancy stuff and decides that there might be people on the moon who have teleported to Earth. Her boss responds that she's "nutty". Seriously. In the world where a freaking whole opened up above New York City, scores of aliens came flying through, and a literal Norse god did battle with said aliens. But a few people living on the moon? That's crazy talk.
Characters are probably the most important thing in a show. Even if the plot makes no sense, if I care about the characters I'll still be drawn in. And I really don't care about any of the characters in this show. If they all were destroyed by the Chitauri I wouldn't care. So let's talk about a few of them.
Surely you've heard about how terrible the royal family is. When citizens reach a certain age, they are exposed to the terrigen mist which brings out their powers. If you have "good" powers (such as pretty butterfly wings, apparently) then you get to live a normal life. If you have "bad" powers (like the apparent ability to predict the future....wait, how is that worse that butterfly wings?) then you get sent to the mines. Yeah, it's a shitty existence, but kind of in line with historical royal societies in all reality. Nonetheless, this leaves Black Bolt and Medusa really easy to dislike.
Then there's Maximus, the human brother of Black Bolt. He wants to leave Attilan and go to Earth because there are resource shortages (although we see absolutely zero evidence of this). Or maybe he wants to be king and he's jealous that Medusa married Black Bolt. It's kind of unclear what his true motivation is, even after 2 hours of show.
So there you've got it. As much as I've bashed this show, I don't think it's worst show in the history of the world. It is watchable, although distracting at times. Still, I don't think it will make it past this initial season unless something changes drastically as the season continues.
Did you sit through Marvel's The Inhumans? What did you think?