Thursday, 19 August 2021

Loki (Season 1)

Less mischievous and more timey wimey.

In these six episodes Loki (Tom Hiddleston) learns that escaping your fate is difficult when the Time Bureau keeps trying to correct it. While it has all the trappings of the Marvel Universe, especially in the budget department, the plot somehow entirely relies on very long strings of conversation where nothing happens. Their version of "show, don't tell" almost equates to a presenter with a slide projector. Yep, and this happens over and over. Of the regular cast only Owen Wilson seems to have the gift of making his scenes pop.

Became my favorite Loki in just 15 minutes.

Alas, this makes for an absolutely dull viewing experience putting this series well behind The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wandavision. While there is one superb episode (#5) which might be my favorite across all those shows it simply is not enough to save it. All I can do is hope Season 2 is much better. Recommended only for Marvel or Tom Hiddleston fans, I give it two (and a half for episode five) "sharks" out of five.

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