Marvel/ABC
Christian Holub
September 29, 2017 AT 09:51 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+

In apparent short time, Maximus is able to pull off a coup against the rest of the royal family. After discovering Black Bolt sent Triton to Earth to scope out the new Inhumans, Maximus declares they should all go to Earth. The limited space of Attilan is what makes their caste society necessary; with a little lebensraum, maybe they could fix all that. The city’s soldiers are remarkably sympathetic to his argument and soon attack every member of the royal family. Karnak and Gorgon successfully fight off their attackers, but Medusa isn’t so lucky. Maximus and his soldiers ambush her and cut off all her hair, which at least saves the production team from having to animate her hair for a while.

All the while, Crystal keeps sending Lockjaw to take her friends safely to Earth. What’s funny is, this probably wasn’t even the best move because it prevents the royal family from being able to marshal potential loyalists in Attilan. Karnak, who successfully fights off his assailants, is immediately shuttled away to Earth, even though his strategic skills might have helped nip this coup in the bud. An even bigger example comes when Maximus finally confronts his brother and taunts him by bringing up how Black Bolt’s powers accidentally resulted in the deaths of his parents. Just as Black Bolt is about to unleash the full power of his voice against the plotters, Lockjaw spirits him away. But Crystal is left behind, captured by Maximus, as is Lockjaw when he attempts a return journey for her. That plan didn’t really work at all!

As you might imagine, Black Bolt has a difficult time on Earth on his own. Unable to speak and totally unfamiliar, he kind of just wanders around causing problems for everyone. When he attempts to get new clothes, he walks away with them, resulting in the police being called. Black Bolt is able to fight off a few of them but is eventually overcome and arrested. The first and so far only use of his voice comes when one of the cops tases him, causing him to grunt. That’s probably the least dignified use of his powers imaginable.

At least his wife gets a dignified moment when Maximus sends his right-hand woman Auran to Earth to finish her off. Even without her hair, Medusa is a formidable foe and shanks Auran, apparently to death. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy; the episode’s last moments feature Auran coming back to life and calling Maximus for backup.

So that’s where we leave off, for now. The Inhuman royal family scattered across an unfamiliar planet, Maximus in power on Attilan, and no plan in sight. Until next week!

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