Karen Neal/ABC
November 10, 2017 at 10:00 PM EST
We gave it a B-

Well, now we’re done. After eight painstaking episodes, we have finally reached the end of Inhumans‘ first season — and judging by the less-than-stellar reception of this first batch of episodes, likely the last. I have to be honest, I was hoping that the feet-dragging of earlier episodes was pointing towards a loud, action-packed, climactic finale. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

The Inhuman royals don’t start out this final episode in the best place. Back in Attilan, Karnak is quickly captured by loyalist troops and sent to the “Quiet Room,” the prison he himself originally designed to contain “the most powerful weapon in Attilan” — that is, Black Bolt’s supersonic voice. We certainly haven’t seen enough of that voice to get why it’s so powerful, but nevertheless, this is not the kind of place Karnak could escape on his own. Luckily for him, Maximus’ troops soon round up the resurrected Gorgon as well and throw him in there with his cousin. Karnak succeeds where Declan failed, and is able to break through to his friend even through the confusing haze of his post-resurrection madness. Gorgon asks Karnak to help him. But first, he needs to help Karnak. This prison, after all, was built to contain sonic waves, but is not nearly as resilient against brute force. A couple earthquake stomps later, and Karnak and Gorgon are successfully freed from their prison.

I’ve complained in recent weeks about the show’s treatment of Gorgon — namely, how the creators seemed to be killing the show’s only main black character for plot motivation, in keeping with some of the genre’s most unfortunate tropes. Luckily they did bring him back in the end, but it really just shows how low the stakes have been in this show. If you’re going to kill characters, you should at least make them stick.

Thanks to a Lockjaw teleport, Medusa returns to Louise on Earth. The queen needs the scientist’s help escaping her own prison — the ticking time bomb that Maximus has transformed Attilan into. Louise’s price is being able to visit the moon with them and fulfill her dad’s dream, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen. The Inhumans won’t be on the moon for much longer themselves.

Escorting Maximus through the halls of Attilan, Black Bolt and Triton are soon ambushed by some of the usurper’s troops. Triton takes care of them easily in the most badass way possible, which really just makes me regret the way he was kept off-screen for 80 percent of this show. I feel the same way about Black Bolt’s vocal powers, which we’ll get to in a moment. (Recap continues on page 2)

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