Marvel's Inhumans

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi battles, thoughtful metaphors in superhero series.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Inhuman status and the Inhumans' caste system is a metaphor for class issues -- class and status is mentioned frequently, like one scene in which a man says to an attractive woman that he can't date her because it would bother him that she's "only a servant." A woman also insults a man by telling him "You're just a human." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Women and people of color are given strong main roles in this drama -- sometimes heroic, sometimes not. Female characters also wear costumes that are tighter and more revealing than male counterparts. 

Violence

Frequent battles, including gun battles; weapons often shoot blue sparks. Characters are suddenly killed, sometimes in battle, sometimes unexpectedly; we see blood but no gore. Even heroic characters tend to solve dilemmas with force instead of reason. 

Sex

Characters have sex on a bed with moaning and movements; we see their naked bodies (all private parts are covered up by one character's long hair), watch them kissing, and see their entwined feet moving in rhythm. A man who has just told a woman he loves her grabs her aggressively; she reacts with fury and pushes him away. 

Language

Mild and infrequent language: "hell." 

Consumerism

Expect a line of merchandise, as with most other Marvel properties.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink a celebratory beer together. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvel's Inhumans is a series about otherworldly superheroes with super powers and their challenges. As is common in superhero dramas, battles are frequent and can be bloody. Characters are killed on-screen; we see blood but no gore. Battles may be hand-to-hand combat, sometimes augmented with super strength or other powers, or gun battles. Language is limited to mild and infrequent oaths -- "hell" -- and alcohol to the occasional drinking of a beer or cocktail by adults. Two characters have sex, but all we see are their entwined feet, moving in rhythm, and we hear moaning. Women and people of color have strong roles in this series, and while it's middling Marvel fare, teen superhero fans may want to check it out.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byDesiree O. November 8, 2017

Don't Waste your Time

I tried to watch it, and I know my shows, and this one was boring and I will not ever watch it, they were trying to replace my show marvel's agents of shie... Continue reading
Adult Written byArt C. December 5, 2017

quiet and normal

is a series of TV very quiet in my view, there are some scenes of nudity and some puns in relation to it, the violence is not so much, but there is persecution... Continue reading
Adult Written bymcashd55 October 1, 2017

Marvel at its Weakest

Very cliché and unoriginal.
Teen, 16 years old Written byBen29oak September 16, 2017
I saw the two part pilot on IMAX and honestly, it does have so many problems, but it's still a watchable and enjoyable show so far.

What's the story?

In MARVEL'S INHUMANS, Medusa (Serinda Swan) and Black Bolt (Anson Mount) rule over the kingdom of the Inhumans -- beings who look largely human, but boast more-than-human powers. But all is not calm in Atillan, their hidden city on the moon, where most of the population toils in mines while the royal family lives in luxury. The royal balance of power tips when Black Bolt's brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon) launches a coup and engages the lower class members of Atillan's society. Now is the time for true equality amongst the Inhumans, argue Maximus and his followers. Meanwhile on Earth, as the mysterious substance terrigen contaminates the water, strange new powers are appearing in people born human. Has the time finally arrived when the Inhumans can no longer remain concealed, and must grapple with their enemies on Earth as well as on the moon? 

Is it any good?

With intriguing storylines and compelling characters, this superhero entry has promise, but it's also plagued by a distinct cheesiness. Viewers used to seeing superhero tales told with lusher sets and more elegant costumes and lighting may be distressed at how flat this drama looks. Most scenes are glaringly shot on sound stages (dubiously dressed up with stage design that looks stolen from Flash Gordon -- the 1936 version), the wigs are truly terrible, the lighting and effects makeup strangely reminiscent of -- but not as effective as -- the effects on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Oh, and the CGI. The CGI is bad, particularly the giant teleporting bulldog, Lockjaw. 

And yet, Inhumans isn't devoid of charm. Setting much of the action in an otherworldly city that reads like a Mount Olympus full of gods is a good move, as is focusing on the political implications of a world in which many people are downtrodden so that a favored few can live in ease. Dropping hints about a growing contamination on Earth is another relatable subplot. Having seen the terrigenesis process, in which regular humans are made Inhuman by deliberately exposing them to terrigen mist, viewers can darkly imagine what powers will crop up as terrigen spreads in the water supply. Make no mistake; this series isn't as trippy as Legion or as gripping as Netflix's superhero entries like Luke Cage or Jessica Jones. But the storytelling is interesting, and viewers who love sci-fi may find themselves swept away -- if not dazzled. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why dramas like Marvel's Inhumans about superheroes are so popular right now. What about these types of characters is appealing to audiences right now? What can superheroes do that we can't? 

  • How do the Inhumans demonstrate teamwork and courage in resisting threats from many sides? Why are these important character strengths

  • TV shows and movies often try to heighten drama by giving a conflict "stakes" -- complications that make things more compelling or emotional to viewers, something they might relate to. How does Marvel's Inhumans raise the stakes in the battle between Inhumans and humans, and between different factions of the Inhumans? 

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