Hey. Inhumans spoilers are ahead. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
To me, Marvel’s Inhumans has been aging like fine wine. If that fine wine was that cheap stuff you pick up on the way home from work. You know, some of that stuff you don’t really want, but you get it anyway? You had one hellish day at work and want some wine and the convenience store by your house only has some shoddy off-brand. So you get it and choke it down. Then you realize, “Hey this isn’t that bad!” Then the next time you’re with your friends, they start talking mad shit about the aforementioned wine and instead of sticking up for it like the true wine patriot you are, you blush and toss it to the wayside just so you fit in.
But I digress. And I don’t even like wine — but I think the analogy still stands true.
From the time the press screeners got sent out, critics almost immediately threw the show under the bus. And thus lies the reason I think it’s a haphazard method to send out half (if that) of your product to the harshest critics of said product. They’ll get to see an unfinished product, form an opinion of the product, and then share that opinion with nerds across the globe — who, conveniently enough, form an opinion based off an opinion of an unfinished product.
If the past two episodes of Scott Buck’s sophomore entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe are any indication, it’s that Inhumans is a property that has shown us it can — against all odds — have a little life in it.
I reviewed last week’s Karnak-centric episode and liked it. I’m reviewing this episode — a Gorgon-centric episode — and guess what? I don’t mind it.
The first half of the season ripped the core of our protagonists apart, and we never really got a chance to see that as a group. We never got a chance to feel for the characters as a group nor did we see enough interaction between the characters to even start thinking about team chemistry. Essentially, it’d be like taking Phil Coulson and his group of commandos — Daisy, Fitz, Simmons, May, Mack, YoYo, and anyone else I may have forgotten…but not Grant Ward — and introduce them all in the pilot episode. Only to rip them apart and leave them that way for half a damn season.
Can you imagine that group split apart on Oahu? Imagine Fitz without Simmons. Or Daisy without her father-like figure in Coulson. YoYo without Mack? Talk about a yawnfest.
The point being, ever since the group has reunited last week, the shows have come across much more enjoyable. The Karnak and Gorgon dynamic continued to be great this episode — even more so during the end when the former couldn’t stop the latter from his inevitable death. See, spoilers! Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
Hell, even I started to like Black Bolt and Medusa a lot better when they joined back up with Crystal and Dave.
One of the bigger errors of last week’s episode seemed to be some pretty poor editing. And — in my opinion — it was much better this week. We didn’t really have any huge time mishaps and everything flowed together pretty well. As well as a network television show featuring cosmic-charged characters can flow, that is.
A few weeks back, I said something on the Marvel News Desk podcast about Maximus not being antagonizing enough for me. And that completely changed for me. We saw Maximus throw the whole “benevolent” attitude aside and his ruthlessness showed with the execution of a character we could consider a political opponent of sorts. We saw a broken Maximus — with tears in his eyes — beg a child, who had just recently undergone Terrigenesis, to call him a king. He’s unhinged and we’ve finally seen that with the closing events in this week’s episode.
It’s no secret that the subplots have been one of the worst parts of the show so far. Gorgon’s surfer bro militia. Auran and Her Sweet Nothings trying to hunt down the Royal Family and end of acting like the Three Stooges instead. Karnak’s Pot Emporium featuring Jen, that psycho Reno, and poor ol’ Ted — the lad Reno murdered and we’ll never find out why. Chances are we’ll probably never see decent enough ends to any of those plots. Reno got shot in the head by some other pot farmers, that we’ll never see again. Gorgon’s surfer bro militia probably put down their arms to pick up the surfboards and hang ten. They opened a lot of subplots with no real hope of ever closing them, I mean the production was rushed anyway, right?
But I can’t pin the subplot issue on this episode alone. The editing was decent, the writing wasn’t bad, and I felt the plot was substantial enough to move the season (series?) along towards it’s climax.
4 Holy Shits They Actually Killed Gorgon?! out of 5. Again, nowhere near perfection. But it’s making progress. Progress that I wish would have happen a few weeks back instead of right before the finale.
- I’m not sweating the Gorgon death too much. After all, Declan was able to get some of Auran’s DNA, right? Thank God for restorative powers.
- Ken Leung did a spectacular job in the episode’s final scene. It was a pretty touching moment when he was talking to Black Bolt about how he wasn’t able to get to Gorgon in time.
- I really hope that wasn’t the last we see of Dave and Louise. Both of the characters were starting to grow on me and if Louise doesn’t get to visit Attilan on the moon, I think it’s a pretty big missed opportunity.
- Remember last week when I predicted Black Bolt coming across some lightning powers? I was wrong, that was Crystal. But at least we got a sick “God of Thunder” reference during that scene, right?
- I’m still holding out hope for some sort of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cameo this season. Enough has happened that they’d be alerted and depending on the timeline of Inhumans, it could be before they were abducted and sent to space.
- Am I wrong for wanting to see this show renewed? It has promise. With the right showrunner and writer’s room, it most certainly could be on an AoS-level of quality — especially with the cast they already have in place.