1.) There is a somewhat interesting lore/world that is shown in this TV series. True that these types of worlds have existed before in other media (coughX-Mencough), but there are some things that kind of differentiate them a bit, such as how these people receive their powers (and a huge freaking dog). It is one of the few things that help this show stand on its own…
2.) …The other thing that helps this show is the main lead: Black Bolt. The actor playing the character does a good job acting as a character that has to lead his kingdom, but cannot talk due to how powerful his voice can be, and has to reduce his speech with hand signals. I can tell through the actor’s facial reactions that the character has to restrain himself from using powers, and lead his kingdom and family with leadership and inner strength…
1.) …While Black Bolt is slightly interesting, I cannot really say the same thing about the other characters. When the inciting incident occurs, they cannot seem to figure out how to deal with the problems properly. Some of them just wait it out with idiotic consequences, others try to do something resulting those characters being utterly incompetent. Even Black Bolt suffers this problem, but I can withstand the character’s idiocy due to his inability to speak. Even the antagonist is a cliched jealous brother who wants to take over the kingdom of the Inhumans. Other than Black Bolt, nothing about these characters stand out.
2.) These two episodes are annoyingly predictable. First, the show has a jealous brother who wants to lead the kingdom. What do you think is going to happen? The main characters are forced to leave their kingdom, and head towards Earth. Predict what is going to happen next. I swear, if what I think of how this show’s season is going to end happens, it shows how poor the writing is for this series. The writing is so poor that Iron Fist can do a better job. Maybe the show will get better with future episodes, but as it stands, this is not how you capture the audience’s interest.
3.) I can list a few more things wrong with these first two episodes of the show, so here are a few I can list. The CG is pretty bad, but since this is a TV series, I will give it a slight pass (although, Doctor Who had better CG). Some actors are terrible in their performances, there are moments in the show that are not needed (although, they may be building it up to something that I do not really care for), and certain moments that are meant to be serious end up being funny. First impressions are important, and this is not how you do it.
With the MCU rising in movies and Netflix series, its weakest area is arguably their TV series (with the somewhat exception of Agent Carter). I have only seen a couple of episodes of Agents of SHIELD, and it did not really capture my attention. Now, Marvel recently released the first two episodes of their new show: Inhumans in theaters before the show gets released a few weeks later. Originally a film that was going to be released in Phase 3 of the MCU, this superhero group was built up in Agents of SHIELD, and they get their own show. How well did its first two episodes leave their impression? Two words: not well. If this is how the MCU is going to introduce their alternate version of X-Men (admit it, they are thanks to certain film studio that is too stubborn to let go or at least share ALL of the film rights of those characters), their first impressions are not good. The show is predictable, the characters are unbearable (other than Black Bolt to an extent), and so many other errors that keep this show down. Maybe the show gets better as it progresses, and I admit that some part of me wants to continue watching it despite its huge amounts of flaws, but as it stands, the first two episodes of the Inhumans makes you want to watch another group of superheroes that stand out from society.
*I am changing the Pass rating with a Skip It to avoid confusion.