I did some facebook posts on this but I think it deserves a full review. To be clear I am talking about the first two episodes that were shown on Imax in movie theaters.
To be honest I think the people making it made the mistake of assuming that people watching would care about the “good” guys because one of them was the “rightful” king. Given we are talking about a show in the marvel universe I can see why they would make this mistake, knowing who the good guys are is rarely never really an issue for superhero shows and movies. They might have just written if off as a non-issue and moved to other things.
Same could be said for making sure the audience hated the bad guy, or at least wished him to fail. The only real reason they show for this is that he launched a coop to make himself king. I admit this could be my knowledge of history but that is just how monarchies work. If you don’t like how things are run you have two choices. You can either convince the king to change his mind or you can kill him. That is one of the major disadvantages of monarchies after all. In fact the coop looked to be executed with a minimum of bloodshed.
Even in plays written in the renaissance when monarchies ruled in Europe playwrights make it clear that rightful kings were good guys, that they were the kind of people who SHOULD be king. Or that they were good guys BECAUSE they were the rightful king.
Either way it was not done well in inhumans, I can’t think of a single sympathetic character. The closest strangely enough is the brother, because while he did what he did for the worst possible reasons he very well could make his kingdom a much better place in ways his brother never would.
On a more meta level, The powers are also just..boring. None of them really scream “That would be awesome to have” or “Think about how that would change things” The Xmen they are not.
Also, something that is becoming a pet Peeve, they rejected any dealing with earth (at least officially) by saying “They would just kill us all” Lumping every nation and group on earth together. Why not approach a small nation, offer then the cheapest way to space ever in return for help? They are on the moon, how do they think we would kill them?