Loki: Season One Stumbles to Find a Glorious Purpose

Yes, there is a version of Loki here that is an alligator.

Loki Season One was released in 2021, and is a Disney+ exclusive series. The show stars Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Owen Wilson as Mobius. When the Loki from the time travel sequence in Avengers: Endgame, takes the tesseract, the mysterious group called the Time Variance Authority take him into custody, not just for breaking the sacred timeline, but to help them in finding a different version of himself.

Hiddleston proves his dedication as the title role, who once again shines in this now, tens years after his first appearance, iconic role. The show uses this version of the character to explore the idea of what happens when our heroes become self aware, which is fun to watch. 

Wilson cements himself as a new Marvel staple, Mobius and Loki’s chemistry is without a doubt the best part of the show. Although, it does say something when the best part of your TV show about multiple realties, and the mysterious of the Marvel universe, is when 2 people sit making fun of the other. 

It’s also extremely important to mention the cameo appearance from Richard E. Grant, makes up for his crimes against acting in The Rise of Skywalker.

Unfortunately other than the title character himself, many of the show’s most interesting story ideas are ruined by the fact that they’re either highly predictable, or conclude in an unsatisfying way. 

The set design is top notch, from the headquarters of the TVA, to areas in the Void, there isn’t a planet or location that feels like another. The score is also a standout aspect that gives Loki a unique identity.

The editing can be a bit rough, specifically in the action scenes which take you out of the tension. It’s clear that the most amount of money was spent on actors, as there are some moments of CGI that are truly awful.

There is a moment in episode 2 where Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero,” begins to play during a fight scene for absolutely no reason. This will definitely give you horrible flashbacks to Captain Marvel’s infamous “Just a Girl,” fight scene. At least with Loki, they chose a good song…

Episode 3 is the worst overall, and demonstrates the definitive reason why the show isn’t a masterpiece. While this episode has beautiful cinematography, with interesting & engaging character moments, there is practically no plot to be found. 

There is an action scene at the end of the 4th episode that from the set up, staging and camera angles, heavily resembles the throne room fight from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Maybe there’s a variant of Loki‘s first season that tries just a little bit more, because for the most part, the changes made to the characters and overall universe aren’t better, but confusing. 

[My grade for Loki is a C]

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