Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 7 Review: Havoc In the Hidden Land

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Black Bolt and the Royal Family returned to Attilan to deal with crazy Maximus once and for all. But can Black Bolt fight his temptation of ending his own brother?

That is the major question on Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 7. Given that we're only one chapter away from the big conclusion, they had a lot to pack into "Havoc In The Hidden Land."

Avoiding War - Marvel's Inhumans

I'm extremely torn on how to feel about anything that went down on "Havoc In The Hidden Land." There are a lot of things here that I've to wonder why they were done the way they were done. Why?

Because this is the penultimate episode before the season finale. If certain things hadn't happened, I would have been extremely annoyed.

Maybe I'm not "getting" Maximus as a character, but let's talk about his "struggle." It's difficult to sympathize with Maximus and his desire of how he wanted his second Terrigenesis to be executed.

In the comics, he is known as "Maximus the Mad" while the show has nicknamed him "The Revolutionary." But perhaps this is a sign that he is completely mad?

How was he expecting things to go his way when he treated his family like this? If this is truly his downward spiral into madness, then I guess this is a way to do it.

But the issue is that most of Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 he has been portrayed as barely mad. He came off more as very strategic and manipulative, but never mad.

Two Sides But Only One Can Win - Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 7

Don't get me wrong, Iwan Rheon's performance in that scene was moving. But at the same time, it's a struggle to feel for the character when this feels like such a random switch-off.

If the idea is that this is the beginning of Maximus going mad, I can live with that. It doesn't feel any less rushed, and that might be the largest issue of Marvel's Inhumans.

There are a lot of things that work well on this show. Most of the actors are compelling in their roles, there is a way to side with both sides, and the concept of this race is intriguing.

But then there is the way the stories are done that drive me nuts. Maybe it would have helped to make this show as 10 episodes per season.

It would also have helped if the first six chapters hadn't had 50% dull storylines. How ridiculous was that moment when Crystal went on about how she missed Dave?

She had met the guy only a day ago! Although I will admit that Crystal's speech about how she feels that she belongs on Earth was moving and speaks to how lonely she is on Attilan. 

Clashing Brothers - Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 7

If only they had given Crystal more screen time in the past episodes, we could have explored that. But no why do character development when you can have a pointless romance story.

At least we have the power couple that is Black Bolt and Medusa. It shouldn't surprise me that Black Bolt was keeping so many secrets from his wife, but yet it did.

I didn't know whether to laugh or to be shocked that someone who seems so tight with his wife would be this secretive. I was expecting Medusa to have been aware of Triton and Black Bolt's plan this whole time.

What would Medusa and Black Bolt be like with a marriage counselor? Because obviously, these two have some issues to work on. I still do love their dynamic for many reasons despite Black Bolt's questionable methods.

Auran's sudden regret of helping Maximus sure came out of nowhere, didn't it? We never got the sense in any of the other episodes that she had her own reason to serve him.

That was why I couldn't take her struggle seriously because it came out of nowhere. If she had an issue what he was doing, Auran would have done something a long time ago.

The King And Queen Return - Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 7

Let's talk about the resurrection of Gorgon. I dig it while at the same time I don't. It made his death pointless, but more importantly, it made Gorgon another obstacle to the main story.

I don't know if he is meant to be evil now after we saw Gorgon in his zombie-like state. Perhaps this twist will be enjoyable when we see it in its entirety, but it feels unnecessary.

Despite the many rushed developments of certain plots and questionable moves...I did enjoy this episode quite a lot. The action stepped up big time thanks to Triton, and the overall story felt like it's coming full circle.

The final moment with Black Bolt and Maximus is something I can re-watch forever. Sure Maximus' stunt echoes what Prometheus did in Arrow Season 5 Episode 23, but that sinister laugh? Delicious.

Now it's your turn to let us know what you thought of Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 7! What do you think of Maximus' hunger for power?

Is Black Bolt a bad husband to Medusa? What is going on with Gorgon?

Remember you can watch Marvel's Inhumans online right here via TV Fanatic! Get caught up before the season finale!

Havoc In the Hidden Land Review

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Marvel's Inhumans Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Alone at last. Brother against brother. It's not like you hide in the dark. But I guess times changed and us along with it. [laughs] There's something that you might want to hear! Once I realized that you were likely to attack, I enacted a fail-safe, if I die...all of Attilan dies with me! I enacted a measure that will destroy our protective dome. After that happens, it will only be a few seconds until our world is turned into space debris. And since I'm the only one who knows how to keep this from happening, it might be wise to keep me alive...or not. It’s your choice.

Maximus

Maximus: This isn't how I imagined it.
Declan: Sorry?
Maximus: Before, when we went through it the first time, my family was here. My mother, my father, my...brother.
We were surrounded by people who loved us. That feels like a very, very long time ago. I wanted this to be a victory.
Declan: It is. It is, that you said, the first of a new generation.