January 5, 2016
January 5, 2016
I wrote a long post about this right after seeing it and am using my copy-pasta powers to grab it from reddit.
My post from 28 days ago:
This was going to make people feel upset or conflicted no matter what. But I feel like some people missed the point of Inhumans and I thought it was fairly obvious: Marvel Entertainment is planting it's flag on the moon. It's no secret that the movies are going in a more cosmic direction and it makes sense for at least the ABC branch to do the same. As the old saying goes "As above, so below" and when you see it that way things get a bit clearer. Also, I feel like Inhumans is a show and not a movie because Inhumans were associated with TV already and for now keeping Inhumans as a TV only thing lowers the complexity of the movie's meta narrative.
The show itself is suffering from first season syndrome, where it sucks because the cast doesn't have chemistry yet, the writing is poor, and not enough money was spent on it, AND it's on the mini series model on a network. Agent Carter is better on every level than Inhumans and it didn't make it. I have no prior opinion on Scott Buck, as I didn't watch Iron Fist, but he seems to be trying some of the artsy shoots that you can get away with on Netflix and wrote in a lot of assumed drama that didn't feel earned. It felt like I started watching a normal series between episodes 6 and 8, when you are finally comfortable with the characters and set up. Yes, Game of Thrones jumped right into the drama but Inhumans doesn't have the budget or writing talent of Game of Thrones(or even Agents of Shield). The cast is okay but I feel like they were directed poorly and that made their characterizations worse. Like how Anson Mount emoted way too much. Every scene he was in he looked like he was on the edge of hysterical laughter or was perhaps signalling that he had to pee. The sets were what you would expect on a TV show but were a lot brighter than what were used to on Agents of Shield(I do love me a dark corridor though).
What I want to reiterate to folks is that the MCU is both connected and not connected. The movies form the core of the narrative and then the Netflix and ABC branches form their own smaller narratives that are not dependent on each other or the movies to stand on their own. The reason the narratives are separate is to create a consistent story that makes sense and you know everything while consuming only as much of the media as you want. Why is that hard to understand or a problem?
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August 17, 2014
With all the negative hype the show had the last few months, I suppose it was impossible to watch it completely neutral. But even then this show was a disappointment. And while I could ignore the lower budget if the story was good and the plot compelling, I don't think the show will ever cross that threshold.
And for me one of the main reasons is that the Royal Family is not that heroic or sympathetic. Or for that matter why is it bad there was a coup? Maximus seems to bring up some valid issues with the kingdom, which are all ignored. He goes out of his way to try to convince the Royal Family to side with him and only uses violence as a last resort. He also seems to be legit upset about the actions he's taking. It seems like the coup was his last resort since nobody bothered to fix the problems. Meanwhile the heroes are all casually racist against those without powers or a lower social standing, they don't do anything outstanding as rulers, and the society seems to be built on slave labor.
And two things of note from me:
1. So the head scientist guy is completely dismissive of the female scientist's theory about four things being transported from the moon to Hawaii even though they live in a world where Earth was twice invaded by aliens. And the surfer guys don't even blink when Gorgon tells them he lives on a secret city on the moon.
2. When Black Bolt tries to walk out of the store without paying, did he know that was the wrong thing to do? At first I thought it was going to be a scene where his misunderstanding of Earth rules and laws got him into trouble, but the show goes back and forth on how much of Earth culture Attalin is aware of so I guess it could go either way.
I thought the premiere was terrible, as expected. There was a lot of cringeworthy dialogue, especially in the first hour. It was very poorly written, and I hate to speak poorly of the actors, but the acting was just as bad, although they didn't have much to work with in regards to the script. Iwan Rheon was fantastic on GoT. His character on that show was worthy of being feared, but I couldn't help but laugh when Maximus spoke. I might still watch the rest, but only because I want to see everything from the MCU, but I can't rule out this being my first exception. It feels like a chore to get through. I hope it improves.
I can't wait for AoS to return.
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