Karen Neal/ABC
November 03, 2017 at 10:01 PM EDT
We gave it a C+

Ahead of next week’s finale, the newest Inhumans episode gave us not one but multiple dress rehearsals for what is sure to be a climactic confrontation.

But before we get into that, we must concede that Inhumans finally addressed one of my long-running hobbyhorses regarding this show. That’s right, folks: Triton’s back! You might be asking, “who’s Triton?” And, well, you should! The answer is that he’s a green fish-man played by Mike Moh. Even though he is one of the main characters of the Inhumans franchise, a royal cousin of Black Bolt and Gorgon and the rest, so far Triton has only shown up in the first five minutes of the pilot before immediately disappearing. It was unclear whether he’d actually been killed or just, I don’t know, retreated into the sea to lick his wounds. Turns out it was the latter!

After mourning Gorgon’s death, Black Bolt brings his friends to the beach, where Triton triumphantly emerges from the water. He and Black Bolt apparently agreed on this meeting point if his mission on Earth went south, but it sure did take a long time. Like, Triton’s sad to hear about Gorgon, but maybe he could’ve helped with that if he hadn’t just spent the last few days swimming around in the ocean for no reason! But hey, I’m not an alien royal, so what do I know? I’m just saying, I don’t blame any viewers who have no memory of this character. Luckily, Triton gets a pretty cool action sequence toward the end of the episode to make up for it.

In the meantime, I’m not even the only one mad about Triton’s fake-out. Medusa is also angered to learn that her husband has been lying to her. When Black Bolt hits her with yet ANOTHER surprise — a secret bunker on Attilan that Lockjaw can teleport them into without Maximus’ knowledge — Medusa draws a line in the sand. She says she doesn’t just want to be Black Bolt’s interpreter; she wants to take an active role in their rule. Credit to Serinda Swan; especially in the last few episodes, she’s really put this show on her back. As the Triton debacle shows, this show’s plotting and pacing is rather confused. Her ability to ground Medusa in real emotions has been a much-needed plus, even if she still doesn’t have any of her hair. Literally, what is the point of making a show about Medusa without using her hair? It’s like, I don’t know, making an Inhumans show where Black Bolt never uses his voice.

Now that Lockjaw is up and running again, it’s become a lot easier for the Inhumans to cycle between Earth and Attilan. In the wake of Gorgon’s death, Black Bolt and company actually come back to the moon for an official parley with Maximus. Silent as he is, it’s clear by now that Black Bolt wants nothing more than to kill Maximus, even as Medusa’s been arguing against it (“think about what kind of ruler you want to be”). Medusa’s argument definitely gets the edge in this specific situation. As Maximus points out, killing him in front of the Attilan public at a peace meeting would certainly not be the best way for Black Bolt to get back in the Attilan people’s good graces. Nevertheless, the deposed king vows that the next time he and his brother meet, he’ll kill him.

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