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Christian Holub
October 20, 2017 AT 11:21 PM EDT

Marvel's Inhumans

type
TV Show
run date
09/01/17
creator
Scott Buck
performer
Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Iwan Rheon
broadcaster
ABC
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a C+

This week’s episode focused a lot on the friendship between Karnak and Gorgon, while everyone else mostly spun their wheels. But since Ken Leung’s Karnak is one of the actually compelling performances on this show (along with Iwan Rheon’s Maximus and Serinda Swan’s Medusa), it ended up being okay.

Things certainly started off well for Karnak, as he woke up next to his new human friend Jen. Their sunlit post-coital bliss doesn’t last long, however. While they were having fun, Jen’s paranoid partner Reno killed the third member of their trio, Ted, and threw his body in a ditch. Now Reno is loading his gun waiting for Karnak and Jen to emerge from their tent. As soon as they do, he opens fire, but he picked the precise wrong Inhuman to shoot at. Karnak goes into slow-mo and easily deflects the bullet with his hand — but you can tell he’s not used to fighting side by side with vulnerable humans, because Jen gets hit with the ricochet. As they stumble away they immediately trip into Ted’s freshly dug grave. That’s pretty terrifying for them, but they’re lucky that Reno falls prey to the easiest trick in the book: Karnak throwing a branch to confuse him about their location. They get further help in the form of Reno’s cell phone ringing — it’s their weed buyer, and he’s on the way.

Reno is hoping to use his buyer’s muscle to finish off Karnak and Jen for good, but this crew is understandably not too eager to team up with a guy who’s already killed one comrade. The buyer and his henchmen shoot Reno and dump him alongside his old buddy Ted, then set out to find Karnak and Jen for themselves.

They’re not the only ones looking for Karnak, however. Gorgon is also in hot pursuit. We see in flashback how Karnak was often the one to chide Gorgon for his ill-considered adventures (such as stealing the American flag planted on the moon and trying to play with it), but that doesn’t mean Gorgon will abandon his cousin now.

Also, the last of the Inhuman royals finally arrives in the vicinity of others. With Lockjaw finally healed, he transports Crystal and her new friend Dave to the beach where he once sent Gorgon and Karnak. There, Dave gives Crystal some essentially Hawaiian advice: Don’t worry too much about your family; we’ll find them soon enough, and in the meantime hang loose!

However, this reminds me: Where the hell is Triton? He showed up in the first five minutes of the pilot and literally has not been seen since. What gives? If they’re saving him for a dramatic return somewhere down the line, it’s doubtful most viewers will even remember who he is by that point. And if he’s dead, what was the point of dressing up poor Mike Moh in all that green makeup, with so little to show for it? (Recap continues on page 2)

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