We Don't Normally Do Television - But It Was A Free Ticket. On A Very Slow Night...
So why is it that Marvel are so good at getting their movies right, and yet keep producing average television? (And we’re talking network television here, not the Netflix stuff, which bar the odd hiccup – yes Iron Fist, we’re looking at you! – is pretty solid.)
Admittedly, this problem does hark back all the way to the 1970s with the even-dreadful-at-the-time Nicholas Hammond led Amazing Spider-Man. Even then the only one that worked – the Bixby/Ferrigno Incredible Hulk only succeeded because it downplayed its comic book roots and remade itself in the image of The Fugitive.
Yet, Marvel’s small screen outings struggle – yes, Agents of SHIELD, we’re looking at you. Maybe the braintrust of Feige and co just don’t put the hours in? Either way, Inhumans is not going to change any of the above. If anything, it will just drive a very large nail into an already rotting coffin.
Marvel chose Friday night to “announce” Inhumans to the world via a series of IMAX “event” screenings all over the simultaneous planet. And boy, did that suck! The “event” Last Word attended was barely a third full, displaying either a lack of awareness in general, or (more likely) absolutely no interest whatsoever. Proving that everyone must have an off day, this creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby really had very little to offer. Cast for the most part with a non-descript selection of remarkably bland TV actors – plus Ramsay from GoT and a large bulldog – these first two edited-as-one episodes badly failed to impress. Unless of course you count the central character Black Bolt (Anson Mount), the erstwhile king to be usurped (Game of Thrones wannabe status was writ large here), whose super mutant power apparently lies in his voce being so loud that when he speaks all around him crumbles (although this was never really explained here.) Which meant Mount never spoke for these first two episodes (possibly longer.) He just looked annoyed a lot. Sometimes he rolled his eyes. Occasionally he made a hand gesture. And he’s a central character!! Ironically, he was very good as comic relief, but we don’t think that was the intention.
Inhumans feels like it slept through not only the Marvel cinematic revolution, but also the last twenty years or so of television in general. It is as big a fail as you can imagine. Lamentable. Inhumane, more like.
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