Loki (Season 1)
Loki (2021-) Season 1 review
The latest Disney+ Marvel series, Loki follows, well, Loki. So Loki escaped from The Avengers in an alternate The Avengers (2012) after the time heist from Avengers: Endgame (2019), but immediately after he escapes he is apprehended by a group known as the Time Variance Authority, or TVA. He is then asked by the TVA’s own Owen Wilson to help them track down a variant set on harming the timeline.
If you haven’t seen anything at all of Loki and you want to go in totally spoiler free, I will do my best to refrain from any major spoilers. That said there are a few key plot-points that aren’t really spoilers at this point that I will need to address in order to talk about this series. But if you haven’t watched Loki yet… why not? It’s awesome!
Overall, I thought Loki was somewhere between good and great. Is the series destined to fulfill the glorious purpose of setting up more Marvel things? Of course it is. But it does manage to be a consistently entertaining and engaging series along the way. That said, a few things did really bug me here and there. So let’s dive in to the madness that is Loki!
Something that works very well, to no surprise, are the performances. Tom Hiddleston is awesome as always, and he is joined by some strong performances from costars Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino, both of whom really help carry this series. There are also a few minor performances, one voice performance by Tara Strong especially, that really elevate the quality of this series past, oh I don’t know, Falcon and Winter Soldier… (2021-) Sorry looking back on these three series, that one might be my least favorite. Still working it out in my head though. Moving on!
That said, as good as the performances are, the character Loki felt a little off to me. I get it, the show must go on and you really can’t do the things this show does without just flipping evil Loki to good Loki on a dime. That said, boy I could have used a bit more Loki in this Lok show. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of Loki! But I feel like they could have given Hiddleston a bit more to do. After the first few episodes, the Loki antics reside a bit, and we are left with Loki just along for the ride. That’s fine because the goal is of course to set up more things (which is really annoying by the way.) But still, I think this show sets up some strong potential that it never quite reaches.
Now, it’s hard to talk about the plot without going into spoilers. Sufficed to say, this story was handled much better than the other two Marvel shows. Loki doesn’t make the mistake of wrapping up a very intriguing idea in a very bland finale, nor does it jump the gun and wrap up too much before the finale. That said, the finale was a lot of exposition that I think bogged down the momentum of the series. It was a good finale, don’t get me wrong! But maybe show, don’t tell? Overall though, the flow of the story does feel like a natural progression of the setup for these characters and the world.
Did I mention how crazy and funny this show is? I laughed more than the other shows, I jumped or sat up in my chair or mage upset reactions when the credits rolled and things weren’t answered yet- Gosh Like is like the first season of Lost (2004-2010) in the best way possible. Speaking of Lost, the score for Loki is absolutely amazing! Natalie Holt blends so many odd themes and concepts with unique orchestration to create something that feels just totally fresh. How often do you get that? And, while this is something Loki does have in common with the other Marvel shows, it looks really great! The visual style and overall direction on display is worthy of a Marvel film. (Actually Loki looks better than Marvel’s latest movie, sooo….)
So yeah, I feel like that might have been too vague. If you want a spoiler-filled review, let us know below. For now, you have this vague but predominately positive review. Is Loki too focused on setting up other movies? Absolutely. Does Loki not really feel like Loki should when this takes place on this particular Loki’s timeline? Yeah a little. Does the show manage to be almost exceptional regardless? You bet. Loki is a really fun ride full of wonderful moments, strong performances, one of my favorite MCU soundtracks, and so many odd twists and turns that- I mean just go watch it! 8/10.
So Loki? Did you finish it? What did you think of the finale? Be sure to let us know in a spoiler-free comment below! And if you liked this review and you want to read more like it but you wish it was about Looney Tunes playing basketball of Nicolas Cage trying to get a pig back, you’re in luck! We’ve got some new reviews coming to you this weekend, so stay tuned!
-review by Ryan Prince