Posted October 26, 2017 by Katelyn Barnes in Reviews

REVIEW: Inhumans S01E05 – Something Inhuman This Way Comes

Episode: S01E05 – Something Inhuman This Way Comes
Air Date: 10-20-2017
Executive Producer: Scott Buck, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory, Stan Lee
Created by: Scott Buck
Starring: Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Ellen Woglom, Iwan Rheon, Sonya Balmores, Henry Ian Cusick, Jamie Grey Hyder, Faleolo Alailima, Liv Hewson, Chad James Buchanan, Sumire, Michael Trotter

Note: In the review of Inhumans 1.04, I wrote that Auran had been taken by Medusa and Black Bolt. I was wrong, it was Locus (Sumire).

“Something Inhuman This Way Comes” is a strange episode of Marvel’s Inhumans. Our key characters, Black Bolt, Medusa, Maximus, are sidelined, while Karnak takes the field. But he doesn’t contribute much to the season’s goal or to his family’s mission. He doesn’t even learn much of a lesson. I suppose you could argue this episode is a character study, but we’ve seen these sides of Karnak before, so.. I don’t know. Maybe drug dealing will play a large in the season finale and this will have all made sense. For now, this episode was a curious waste of 61 (61!) minutes.

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© ABC/Karen Neal

So, Karnak and Jen wake up. They snuggle. Karnak comments on Jen’s crooked right toe. They open their tent. The mad man, Reno (Michael Trotter) is in front of them with a gun. He fires and Karnak manages to stop the bullet from hitting him but it still hits Jen, right in her side and Karnak is, yet again, shocked by his failure. They run through the forest and Reno is right behind them, before he gets a call from the big bosses, who have more drugs. He says Jen is off with some new guy and that fellow farmer, Ted, had an “accident.”

The drug dealers show up, are pissed that Reno shot his co-worker, and so, shoot him in the back of the head. Karnak and Jen are safe for now, except she’s, you know, bleeding from a gunshot wound. And okay, that’s another weird thing about this episode. Jen is wounded throughout (although Karnak does punch the bullet out of her) but Karnak still manages to ponder life, his Inhuman abilities, and his skills with a staff, while Jen bleeds and provides all the moral support. It’s more than a little irritating.

While Karnak is mulling over his doubt and Jen is smiling, bleeding, and providing charmingly witty dialog, Auran is on Dr. Declan’s examination table. The good doctor, you see, has gathered up the Inhumans killed in Black Bolt’s explosion, dissecting them, and examining their DNA. Now, Auran is dead and mostly burned to a crisp, but we know that doesn’t stop her. She sits up and grips Declan’s throat before Declan and his assistant can even register that she’s alive. She’s ready to kill Declan before the assistant comes at her with a knife. She kills him instead and demands Declan help her find Black Bolt. “King” Maximus has demanded it of her. While she seems a bit more irritated than before, Auran remains loyal, and stays on the hunt.


© ABC/Karen Neal

Black Bolt, meanwhile, is happily cuddling with Medusa in the back of Louise’s stolen convertible. Well, happily, until Locus wakes up and bangs on the back of the trunk. With her handy echolocating ability, she can sense that Karnak is nearby. That’s a good thing, because Karnak and Jen just cannot stay out the path of those drug dealers. The drug dealers have got Karnak hanging upside down and are beating him with baseball bats, while Jen whimpers and bleeds nearby, when SURPRISE, Gorgon comes to his rescue. Gorgon beats them back, frees Karnak, makes jokes with Karnak, Medusa, Black Bolt, Louise, and Locus show up, and then, THEN, Jen is freed.

Jen tells them all that she’s going to make an anonymous call to the police. Karnak grabs her hand and asks if she’s leaving him. It’s just not our time, Jen responds, while SMILING AND BLEEDING FROM THE WOUND IN HER SIDE. Then, she leaves. Let’s hope she gets some medical care. It’s all worth it though, because even if he never gets his abilities back (and Jen never makes it through the forest and to the hospital all on her own), Karnak has learned to live with doubt! Well, thank goodness.

Lastly, there are people in the Attilan court plotting against Maximus and Crystal is having lots of fun playing CW teen romance with Dave, the nighttime biker. Don’t judge them too harshly guys, they’re young and pretty, and Hawaii’s state slogan IS “hang loose.” (Is it? Is state slogan a thing?)

So, yeah. That was “Something Inhuman This Way Comes.” It was weird. There are three episodes left. Let’s hope things pick up next week.

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Katelyn Barnes is a fast-talking, karaoke-loving, geek of all trades. If she isn’t belting out the best of Foreigner, then she’s got her nose in a book. She often does both at once. She is also a true devotee of all things geeky in television. It began, long ago, with Buffy, and now encompasses the best sci-fi and fantasy shows television has to offer. Born in New England and raised in the American Midwest, Katelyn has earned degrees in English and History. She spends much of her time writing and traveling to as many new places as she possibly can.