Are the Inhumans in Trouble?
As much as I’ve become adverse to the superhero genre in general, I know I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Medusa of the Inhumans didn’t have a special place in my list of favorite characters. Then again, I’d also be not telling the truth if I told you that I love the stories she’s been in; no one since Jack Kirby can seem to be able to make the Inhumans work. But that’s a whole different point. It’s enough to say here that I absolutely love the way Medusa’s designed: she’s the most beautiful female character in Marvel’s whole stable. Hell, she doesn’t even have to be portrayed like a total ho to make her sexy. Apart from that, the general character description for the character is great. Here we have a queen, and one that acts like one (so, again, not like a walking sex doll similar to almost all other female characters created prior to approximately the mid-2000s). As for the rest of the Inhumans, well, I can’t really say I have any special attachment to them, but I’m open to discovering them more. This leads me to the recently released trailer for Marvel’s royal family’s upcoming TV series.
Handled by ABC, the same network responsible for Marvel’s Agents of Shield series, I initially had my reservations about the Inhumans show. After all, the former isn’t exactly a groundbreaking series; it’s only enjoyable enough, the kind that’s better than – I don’t know – staring at the ceiling 40 mins at a time but not good enough to look forward to. Then, there’s the way the audio track’s been recorded. I don’t know if it’s just me, but Agents of Shield has one of the most annoying sounds in all of TV today; there’s just this sort of loud, flat, overbearing quality to the way it’s been recorded. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Try watching one of the CW’s series like Arrow or Flash and compare the audio. Going back to the Inhumans, upon watching its trailer my hopes weren’t raised. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still more or less glad that the property is finally getting some exposure (a Medusa-only series would even be better. A man can dream, right?), but finding out that ABC was the one doing it was rather disappointing. I would have very much preferred something of this scope to have been taken on by Netflix.
Now, the reason the trailer didn’t really work for me is actually less about what the whole gist of the series is about than it is with, like I said earlier, the audio. It’s just too unbearable for my ears, the way the dialogue and effects come out the speakers. In terms of its visuals, the Inhumans look pretty much like Agents of Shield in this respect in that it’s underwhelming. So, I do understand why a lot of people aren’t too psyched about it. Still, I’m going to watch it when it airs, even if it’s only to see Medusa and her fabulous hair.