‘Loki‘ is a television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe created by Michael Waldron with Kate Herron serving as head writer and director for all six episodes. It was released on Disney Plus.
During the events of Avengers: Endgame, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) manages to get a hold of the Tesseract and teleports away. Before he can escape, he is captured by the Time Variance Authority or the TVA, an organization dedicated to preventing a deviation on the timeline controlled by the timelords and led by Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). Loki is declared a variant and upon learning of his death, he reflects on his life as a trickster. Before long, he is recruited to help Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) capture a female Loki variant named Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), who has been causing trouble throughout the timeline.
I did not have a problem with the Marvel Cinematic Universe introducing a “variant” Loki that could have a redemption arc. After all, if Dragon Ball Z could redeem Vegeta, the MCU could redeem Thor’s brother. I did not even have a problem with the fact that there was a place in time where the Infinity Stones were useless. After all, it is another plane of existence.
The performances were also very well done. Hiddleston was excellent returning to the role of Loki and even did a good job with the variants. Owen Wilson was good as the eager agent trying to do his job and fix time. That goes for Di Martino with the opposite agenda. My personal favorite variant was Richard E. Grant as “classic” Loki, complete with the comic book accurate costume.
That being said, there is so much frickin talking in this show. All six episodes had some pointless elongated conversation that I am guessing was supposed to get us to know the characters, but instead were yawn-inducing. Unfortunately, this took up the bulk of the series and made it feel like a burden to get through. The pilot was especially hampered by this. Loki is captured almost right away and the whole episode is just a long explanation of what the TVA is and how much power they possess. Why not have Loki give the TVA a chase and give explanations throughout? The rule of “show, don’t tell” was broken in pieces.
I know fans of the MCU who absolutely hated the show and while I am less harsh than others, I can see their frustrations. Loki was considered the one Avengers character that Disney could not screw up, but turning the show into one long instructional video on the multiverse succeeded in making it happen.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some minor foul language, Action violence
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