After lots of boasting from Marvel about its expensive new series and lots of teasing, the first trailer for INHUMANS has dropped — and the clip really drops the ball when it comes to making the series look exciting. Or even interesting.
I would hazard a guess that if you’ve never heard of the Inhumans as comic book characters, you are not going to be sold on a TV series based on this confusing mish-mash of a trailer. Only someone familiar with the characters of Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak and Crystal would have an inkling about the potential for this series.
The trouble is, those of us familiar with the Inhumans also know what a massive missed opportunity this series appears to be. The characters look to be mere hints or shadows of their comic book selves. Black Bolt (here played by Anson Mount) has an amazing ability that is a curse more than a blessing: His voice is so powerful that a mere whisper can destroy a city block! Therefore, he has chosen to never speak, lest he inadvertently harm those he loves. His wife, Medusa (Serinda Swan) has hair that she can control — willing it to grow and act like tentacles to ensnare enemies. BB’s brother, Maximus (Iwan Rhoen), is certifiably insane! I always liked that about the character: There was no ambiguity about him; no thinking that maybe he was right and he should rule Attilan. Nope, Maximus was always batshit crazy.
The other major sin of this trailer is that it looks cheap, cheap, cheap!
Marvel supposedly broke open the piggybank to finance this eight-part series, but going by this trailer, I would guess all the cash went into a bad rental deal on those IMAX cameras! Look at the trailer: dull, colorless costuming, generic architecture (obviously existing buildings used as sets) and dodgy special effects. Where did the money go?
Even the synopsis of the series sounds dull: “After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.”
In addition to Mount, Swan and Rhoen (Yes, he was GAME OF THRONES baddie Ramsay Bolton!), the series stars Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton and Sonya Balmores as Auran.
INHUMANS will be in IMAX theaters on Sept. 1, and on free TV starting Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. on ABC.