Loki Season One (2021)
Director: Kate Herron
Writer: Michael Waldron
Actors: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, Tara Strong, and Eugene Cordero.
Genre: Sci-Fi / Superhero
Loki is the third instalment in the Disney + and Marvel Studio’s next phase. We have had WandaVision and Falcon and Winter Soldier, of which have been very successful. Now with Loki, the series is delving further into the lore of this new phase of Marvel cinema and television shows.
Loki follows the popular villain after he takes the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. He is taken by a corporation called the TVA – Time Variance Authority, where he is classified of being a variant and causing a rift in the ‘sacred timeline’. This first series has 6 episodes and will have a second season.
This series was by far the most unpredictable of the Marvel series being produced. While WanderVision had an unfolding mystery which is still a linear series of events, Loki has a series of random events. The unpredictable nature of the show is what makes it very unique to Loki as a character. While also being its biggest asset.
Loki is the god of mischief, and this brings the light-hearted and often funny elements of this series. This, although, is balanced with what I thought of as a ‘Loki therapy session’. This is in no way a criticism of the show, in fact I like that they utilised the time to work through his complicated character. He had done terrible things but also had his moments throughout the films that indicated a sense of empathy. And this show balanced the two sides really well.
It is interesting they chose the 70’s aesthetic to portray the TVA, visually and audibly. Loki heading sequence reminded me of the synths used in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘The Shining’, or basically all of Wendy Carlos film scores. The oranges, browns and purples really emphasised the era this corporation was built from. After a small amount of research, the TVA was first mentioned in a 1986 Thor comic. Assuming the TVA was around before this point, could possibly give credence to this choice in aesthetics.
The look and atmosphere of the series was portrayed really well. The warm lighting and the almost dream-like haze of the TVA successfully produced the mystery of this place. The cartoon propaganda and Miss Minutes, as well as the use of the curved lighting and television screens, timber, bronze and concrete design. I could go on! But all essentially, payed homage to this earlier era which juxtaposed the futuristic technology used in protecting the sacred timeline.
The actors were incredible, and it is so great to see Owen Wilson again. Him and Tom Hiddleston had great chemistry on screen and were believable in their friendship with each other. It is difficult to speak more on this without giving always too much, but the ‘villain’ of the series was incredible and can’t wait to see more of him.
I do need to mention this about the ending though; a lot of people have a certain opinion of what happened. And my brother is very annoyed about this particular opinion everyone seems to have, and I feel an obligation to emphasise some important clues. So, all I will say is that the TVA is ‘outside of time’. As Mobius says “time works differently” at the TVA. With this in mind when you watch the series finale, these highlighted points might change your opinion. Or we can wait until the next season to tell us!
All in all I really enjoyed this series. It creates a whole new world within the Marvel Universe which brings in more storytelling from the comics. It’s un-predicable turns of events and visual elements keeps you engaged the whole time. The relationships of the characters, particularly for Loki is great to explore, especially for a character as complex as he is. I look forward to seeing the next season!
Production Designer: Kasra Farahani
Cinematographer: Autumn Durald
Music: Natalie Holt
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Distribution: Disney +
Themes: Time travel,
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All opinions are my own and factual information is found through IMDB or Wikipedia.