Series Review – Loki Season 1

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Speechless, is the only word that comes to mind while describing the first season of Loki. Season one of Loki, produced by Kate Herron and starring Tom Hiddleston as the devious titular character, continues the antics of the trickster deity following the events of Avengers: Endgame. Loki is planned to lead into future MCU installments, with chief writer Michael Waldron also working on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the third of Marvel’s TV shows to be launched this year. As a result, Loki introduces some major topics in only six episodes. Any Marvel fan should be aware that the following contains spoilers for not just the program, but also, it appears, the MCU’s future.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably watched the entire current Disney+ episode. It appears like the writers had too much coffee while drafting the scripts. While entertaining us, this Phase Four series appears to be interested in examining free will, predestination, and other intriguing subjects. Unfortunately, Loki’s character is best summed up at the moment where he is placed into “hell” only to be mercilessly kicked in the balls by Lady Sif. Because, since Endgame, Marvel has been doing this to the legacy of its most beloved characters, and we are cursed for caring at this point.

If you’ve come this far, there’s no need to recap the plot because you already know (or don’t care) what happens. When all is said and done, it’s impossible to make any sense of the plot because there are so many complicated aspects in place. To summarize, Loki persuades Owen Wilson that they are all involved in a wicked plot using alternate universes (the MCU’s new game plan). He follows the female Variant known as “Sylvie” with complete trust, and their trip even includes an embarrassing romance. She, like Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Karli, checks the MCU Phase Four box of “Sympathetic Female with a Tragic Backstory,” and is thus exonerated of any wrongdoing (the terrorist from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). When these two versions of Loki start courting, the romantic subplot becomes a little uncomfortable.

Sure, I get that he’s so egotistical that he loves himself, but everyone and their grandmother has already wondered, “Would this constitute incest…or something else?” Furthermore, Episode Three is the first episode to truly define this interaction, as director Kate Herron explained: “It was really important to me, and my intention, to recognize Loki as bisexual… It’s a tiny step, but I’m delighted, and my heart is overflowing with joy to announce that this is now Canon.” The major goal of this episode was to do this. It’s up to you whether LGBT representation delights or disgusts you, but I’m not sure producer Kevin Feige even remembers who his first LGBT character was.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will recall that he keeps promised significant roles in Marvel’s next film, but they never seem to materialize. One thing is certain, however: once-respected male superheroes are now at the mercy of a wide range of ladies. I’ve previously expressed my views on these topics, so there’s no need for me to do it again here, as it serves no purpose. Loki is a fantastic television show with good performances from Owen Wilson and Tom Hiddleston, and the two have good chemistry. Unfortunately, the titular character gets dumbed down from the God of Mischief with “beautiful intent” to make way for a stupid arc idea. If the show hadn’t been six nearly hour-long episodes of needless exposition and fan service, the notion could have been entertaining. The plot becomes so predictable that we–the audience–acquire a heretofore unimaginable power: we become smarter than Loki, foreseeing what will happen next long before he does. While the season’s cliffhanger ending sets the stage for Season 2 as well as the anticipated Doctor Strange sequel, the showrunners do much too little to thank us for our time.

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