Number of episodes: 6.
Release Date: 2021.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Series Direction By: Kate Herron.
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbnatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Wunmi Mosaku, Lauren Rebard, Tara Strong, and many more!
Original Network: Disney+.
My Overall Rating:
Also within the Disney+ Marvel Extended Cinematic Universe:
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021).
Can you really ever trust someone whose very nature is to deceive? Despite being able to build trust at any instant through concrete action, there is never an instant where a lie could not make the tower toppler-over. For the God of Mischief, it has always been difficult to put his trust in anyone around him or to not concoct a lie every chance he gets. But sometimes when you’re face to face with yourself, you come to realize that maybe something can be done about who you are and it all begins with the man in the mirror. With the 3rd Disney+ Marvel TV series, Loki is given an opportunity to redeem himself as he ventures off into uncharted territory looking for an answer that he did not know he needed to hear, an answer with terrifying repercussions that only he can do something about.
What is Loki Season 1 (2021) about? Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019) when an alternate version of Loki gets his hands on the Tesseract, the story follows his journey to discovering the mysterious Time Variance Authority (TVA). This organization outside of time and space dictates the timeline and assures that no anomaly that could cause havoc is left unpruned. As he finds himself arrested by the TVA for being a time variant, he’s offered an opportunity to redeem himself by helping them catch another variant who is deemed much more dangerous, and if he’s to refuse, he shall be erased from existence. What follows is a journey of self-discovery, giving him the chance to understand his purpose in life and to uncover a terrifying plot of deception that could change the face of the universe forever.
It was only a matter of time before Tom Hiddleston’s Loki would get the spotlight amidst the fury of Disney+ TV series and this first season does a formidable job in delving into the character’s core values and raison d’être as the god of mischief. Inclined towards lies and deception, Loki is this time stripped of his usual powers to proceed on an introspective journey that will allow him to further understand his existence and his role in the universe. His pseudo-partner Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) also serves as his voice of reason, offering a quippy banter that further challenges Loki into seeing through his own smoke and mirrors. It’s only once Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) comes into the picture that his character is on track to becoming the antihero the universe requires, twisting his arm and heart towards breaking free from his own characterization to embrace an unselfish desire.
On top of nailing the character development of these individuals, the first season also brilliantly introduces the larger cosmic world-building elements that will inevitably be built upon in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel. While a lot of it is done through lengthy dialogue sequences, fans who are ready to see what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store for them next will be sitting on the end of their seats trying to elucidate the mystery at hand. The pacing does in fact take a heavy hit but this sacrifice is necessary and still cautiously and tactfully handled throughout each episode (except maybe for episode 3 that felt a lot more like a filler than anything else; we see you, Episode 3). However, the first season still does a decent job in balancing out each episode with action, humour, and drama.
There’s no hiding that this season required a lot of CGI to capture the sci-fi universe in which it mostly takes place. Gorgeous and grandiose, there are instances throughout the season where the amount of detail put into the digital environment is applaudable. On top of the countless comic book Easter Eggs hidden within each episode, it is difficult not to appreciate the directorial vision of this series. The score also magically tethers to the narrative and often augments the tension of various critical scenes too. The visual and narrative facets of this series truly goes hand in hand in delivering a fantastic season where every action has a consequence. The season also brilliantly ends on a high note, fully delivering the next big bad threat for the MCU while also establishing Loki as a quintessential antihero for what’s to come.
Loki Season 1 (2021) is a consequential event simultaneously tackling a villain’s journey to antiheroism and the cryptic multiversal foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.