The Marvel Cinematic Universe has gotten a new Royal Family in the form of Marvel's Inhumans.
At this point, Marvel TV fans are most likely used to Inhumans after the big focus they have had on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but these characters are the more prominent Inhumans in the Marvel Comics world.
The conflict is made very clear from the get-go on Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 1. Maximus is not feeling his brother Black Bolt as the king of Attilan, and he wants a change. But what can you do when you have a big brother whose voice is dangerously powerful?
While their clash isn't exactly new, the bigger conflict works for what it is. Maximus believes that they shouldn't have to hide on the moon while Black Bolt thinks otherwise. Iwan Rheon and Anson Mount definitely stand out as brothers on screen.
Most of the main characters get a solid spotlight throughout the first two episodes. Mount's performance was the one that I was most compelled by. Black Bolt is not an easy character to portray given that he can't speak.
The way he works with his eyes and facial expressions pulled me in immediately. The moment when Maximus tells Black Bolt about Medusa and the struggle we see in the king's eyes was one of the more powerful moments of the premiere.
Medusa has her shining moments even though I was hoping to get some more hair action. But seeing her thrown into a new world without her most powerful weapon made her arc that much more intriguing.
It's empowering to see a character like that being able to be independent and not having her character be based on just one element. Serinda Swan's chemistry with Mount is also a highlight of the series thus far.
The thing that could have been improved upon in the premiere was the action. Even though the final episodes will most likely have more of that, a premiere should have showcased some of these characters' powers more.
Seeing Black Bolt accidentally grunt and wreck a police car was a good taste of his powers. But they could have gone a bit bigger than that. The sequence with Medusa letting her hair go wild could have also been a little longer.
It's important to get the necessary exposition that we got here since this is the first time we're seeing this family. But I certainly expected more action than this given that this was a two-hour premiere. But we still have six more episodes to go, so there is still time for more action.
The characters that didn't really work well were Auran and Louise, although the latter has the potential to go further Auran is just portrayed as the typical emotionless kick-ass sidekick to our main foe.
Even her stunt at the end where we see her heal didn't make me more interested in her. But with the remaining episodes, there is still time for Auran to turn into an interesting player.
Gorgon and Karnak carry the comedic tone of the show at this point. It didn't even strike me until the end that these two are also cousins, so their dynamic makes a lot of sense. Gorgon is the lovable teddy bear while Karnak is the lovable smart-ass.
The character that was sadly underutilized was Crystal whose playfulness was a lot of fun to watch. Hopefully, that character gets more to do as Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 progresses.
The one thing that was rushed was how easily the people of Attilan seemed to accept Maximus as their new king. In the first hour, he was mocked publicly over the fact that he failed to activate his powers through Terrigenesis. But maybe that is his true power that he can compel people easily.
This was a solid start to Marvel's Inhumans even though some aspects could have been improved. The show doesn't deserve some of the intense, harsh criticism that it has gotten from people who saw it on IMAX.
The performances are, overall, very strong; particularly from Mount, Swan, and Rheon. The characters and the main story are compelling enough that they make you want to see what's next.
There better be more of Lockjaw though because he might be the most adorable dog that has ever been on screen. Also, who doesn't just love a 2,000-pound dog that can teleport anywhere you want? You can't go wrong with that.
Now we want to hear from you. What did you think of Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 1 and Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 2? Did you enjoy the first taste of the Royal Family? Whose side are you on, Maximus or Black Bolt?
Do you want to see more Lockjaw in the coming weeks? Will Medusa's hair hopefully grow back fast enough that we see it in action again before the season finale?
Sound off in the comments below so we know what you thought of the two-hour premiere!