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I would not recommend watching this unless you are extremely high or have a tolerance for horribly written and badly acted TV shows that never should have been made.
This show should have never been green-lit and is a total waste of money, time and energy. As much as I try, I can't imagine a situation that would make this bearable to watch. Vacuuming while wearing a welding helmet may be?
This is by far the worst Marvel production I've seen.
The writing is terrible.
The acting is so bad, it's like a high school drama class.
The dialog is just as bad.
The only thing decent is the directing.
I'm giving this 1 season if it doesn't up it's game.
A very generous 2/10 from me
The set and costume designs were okay. But, the dialogue was terrible.
The actors were so stiff. Looked like a high school play on a stage.
The physical fighting was truly terrible. Total lack of fluidity and commitment.
The plot has promise. But, the execution lacks magic. Please try again.
There was no world building. Only a quick show and some lines from a few characters tell us the basics of a have and have not society. Nothing about how and why this world exists, just that it does.
The characters were not developed. We see some glimpses and get a few lines about powers. That's also it.
And ALL of these characters are incredibly stupid. Life or death decisions are about as well thought out as when someone decides to put on a pair of slippers. Yet it's such a shock when things don't go well....seriously?
And lastly, how in the world could a Shakespearean or Greek tragedy type plot of betrayal, revolution, revenge, brother against brother, and life or death situations be less exciting than a yawn? I have to say, two hours never felt so long. And I have only myself to blame for continuing to watch as I hoped it would get better. It didn't. If this was green lighted, I know I don't need to waste my time on the rest.
Concept - dull Writing - horrendous Direction - impossible to make compelling, nay, tolerable, without decent writing, which this has none. Editing - impossible to make compelling, nay, tolerable, without decent writing, which this has none. Acting - impossible to make compelling.. dittos above Costumes - impossible to.. dittos above. Sound track - impossible.. dittos above. CGI - imposs... dittos above. Everything else - dittos above.
This is just plain bad. I cannot drum up enough imagination to add more commentary because it is impossible to write compelling commentary when.... dittos above.
OK, let me add one creative nit pick. If they are on the moon, which has 1/6th gravity, at least try and act like there is 1/6th gravity. Is that asking too much? Of course it is. Buck Rogers from 1939... muy better.
It's not a masterful show; there are elements that appear clearly low-budget, but it's nowhere near bad enough to warrant a ridiculously low rating. It's a solid 7, and worth following. It respects the original Inhumans comics very much indeed, and it's great to see such faithful interpretations of those characters (but of course only an actual fan and reader of the comics will properly appreciate this). It's also beautifully shot on Hawaii, with lots of nods to the indigenous populace.
The story is a bit over-simple in its structure (although it does feature some admirable world-building), and the double-episode (which seemed more like 75 minutes than 90) doesn't have any closure of its own by the end. But I really enjoyed the (sort of) mute Black Bolt; the actor does a great job of playing him. Medusa's prehensile hair does seem like it was very hard to get right on this budget, which is probably why they cut it off rather too quickly. I guess prehensile hair is still a very difficult thing to make good-looking, even in this day and age. At least they tried. And it will of course be growing back.
Looking back on this show I actually find that the image I remember most vividly is the close-cropped Medusa; a striking short-haired female in a striking purple outfit in lush, green surroundings. That made an impression. Which is good.
In short, I enjoyed this show and as a superhero fan I consider it unmissable and must-see! Even if it obviously doesn't have the productions values that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has. But, if it is successful, it will get more funding in time.
Inhumans definitely has a corny vibe at times, but hey this is a show based on a comic book. I've seen a lot of people complain about the special effects...come on folks. This isn't a movie with an enormous budget, it's just a TV show. Even if you don't enjoy where the plot is going, you might appreciate the acting. The first set of reviews for this show were definitely way too harsh. If you usually enjoy Marvel stuff, you should give this show a chance.
Fortunately, I had recorded Inhumans, so I decided to give it another shot. I'm glad I did. I think the acting, overall plot and the special effects were all excellent. The royal family (minus Maximus), plus Karnak, Gorgon and Lockjaw were all likable characters. I found Maximus easy to hate, so the actor definitely sold the twisted psychosis of the character.
I think Marvel's Inhumans will turn out to be a solid entry among the Marvel programs. I think the potential is there in the future for a cross-over episode with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I look forward to the next episode.
It was all I could do to finish watching the first show. This is the worst Marvel show I've ever seen. Made absolutely no sense like for instance, this group of inhumans are living on the moon, well then why aren't the regular humans like Black Bolt's brother not frying from the radiation poisoning from the sun since he apparently has no powers? Remember the moon has no atmosphere unless there is a shield around Attilan, which is another part of the story that wasn't explained. Actually nothing was explained; how they became inhuman; how they got to the moon and don't tell me the damn dog brought the entire population to the moon,so where did they come from? Then Black Bolt played by Anson Mount; we don't get to hear this character speak throughout the entire show. His voice apparently is lethal so he doesn't speak just goes through a series of gestures I guess considered inhuman sign language.
The series is horrible and I suggest canceling it now before Marvel embarrasses themselves further.
I was looking so forward to this show but am sadly disappointed.
With this being a pilot for a TV show, some expectation adjustment is in order. You cannot expect a fully resolved story (you only saw a quarter), which I have seen certain reviewers holding against the episode. You also cannot expect Marvel-ous CGI, because obvious budgetary restraints. However, when CGi is used (Lockjaw/Medusa, mainly), it looks pretty good.
Now, to some actual reviewing.
As one can expect from a Pilot episode, the story presents all major characters of the "Royal Family" of Atillan and does some amazing world building. The setpieces and filming locations are beautiful.
As someone who has not read the comic books, but is somewhat familiar with some the characters and their powers, I think the pilot episodes do them justice. Anson Mount, given extreme limitations on range of expressions, was great as effectively mute Black Bolt. He shows extreme restraint when faced with danger, as a single word can obliterate everything in from of him, and a single involuntary grunt can send a squad car flying several dozen meters away. Serinda Swan as Medusa was also very good, playing a caring wife and queen. As I mentioned above, when she is using her prehensile hair, the CGI is pretty solid. When not, it deviates from her comic book version and just behave like regular long hair (probably to save budget). Iwan Rheon as Maximus is very much Ramsey Snow from GoT, but much more charismatic and somewhat less psychotic. Gorgon looks like he will be a very fun character to follow. I am still a bit on the fence regarding Karnak, whose powers are not really explained very well (I guess he sees probabilities and short term outcomes of choices, but the CGI of him visualizing things is pretty good).
I am certainly looking forward to seeing the rest of the show, as I was intrigued by most of the characters and the basic premise of the story, and I hope the CGI quality will not dip. However, I personally did not really notice any major benefit from seeing this in IMAX over watching a high quality version on TV/online. So unless you really cannot wait, I would suggest waiting until the 26th when it starts airing.
Disney seems determined to milk every last drop of programming out of the Marvel franchise. While there is a place for this type of entertainment, I think we are well past the saturation point.
This program adds nothing to the genre. All of the elements of the pilot have been seen before -- many many times before. The elements of the show have a "been there seen it all before" aspect to them. This is particularly evident in the special effects.
The script is so poorly written that it does not create empathy for any of the characters. The cast is lifeless and underwhelming. Anson Mount, who is normally a dynamic and personable actor plods through his scenes like an action figure. The other cast members, who have less experience, are even more lifeless and inert.
I wish Disney would give this genre a rest. I long to see any of these Actors play real human beings with real programs. For now, I am going to pass on "The Inhumans"
I am particularly disappointed in the performance of Anson Mount. He is normally a passionate and engaging Actor. Mount stumbles through every scene as if he is heavily medicated. The other actors who have less experience are even worse.
The reason for these bad reviews by others is all due to not understanding these characters or at least identifying with them. Still grounded like the rest of the universe, their way of life operates on the Moon and not Earth. We struggle to understand what we don't truly know and this is what the show primarily focuses on. It's not deliberately bad acting, it's how the Inhumans have come to terms with reality seeing life in a different compared to us humans. Cannot wait for the next 5 episodes, will slowly become a slightly memorable television show.
I was very pleased with how the first two episodes were directed, designed by computer graphics. Just because IMAX cameras are used doesn't mean the CGI has to be out of this world! Like l said above, the main focus is the storyline itself. Two episodes down, what could happen next in Maximus's plan during the rest of the season.
Happily proud of what l saw earlier in IMAX and very desperate to finish the season with the other six episodes coming in several weeks.
Good show with a lot of potential, 7.3/10
The lead in Black Bolt is very good, he's playing the enigmatic BB very well IMHO. As for Medusa she's a decent actor and I liked (boo hated...)losing her hair... I didn't see that coming.
I think this show has legs yet, remember agents of shield when it started it was dull as hell, but it got better.
So i'm looking forward to the rest of the series.