Marvel Studios Loki- Episode 1
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Loki,’ the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame.’”–Marvel Studios
One of the first things that caught my attention was how the show set up time travel. It is set up in a way that makes time travel easy to understand. Time travel has been set up through the framework of the Time Variance Authority also called the TVA. The TVA follows and serves the Time Keepers who are mysterious individuals that decide what happens in the timeline. Having a set group and a supposed set timeline makes it easier as a viewer to follow what is happening.
Along that same train of thought, there is one thing viewers need to remember when watching this show. The Loki seen in the TV show is Loki from the Avengers film. This means his character hasn’t had all the experiences of all the events of “Thor: Ragnarok” or “Avengers: Endgame”. Therefore the way his character is portrayed may seem slightly different than how he was portrayed in later Marvel movies.
Episode 1: 8/10
So far I am very excited for the rest of the series. I think it will give Marvel fans the most insight into where the franchise is going. Within just the first episode so many questions and new mysteries are raised. All of which look like they will be very interesting.
I will say I found the first episode to be a little slow. However, this could because I watched the majority of the teasers and trailers released before the show. Combined, they basically showed the first quarter of the episode. However, I do think the rest of the episodes will pick up and have more action in them. Since most of the world-building is done in the first episode.
Inspiration Take Away
In an attempt to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, I will simply say that the show is setting up perfectly to be a study in morally grey characters. Throughout the first episode, you never know who to really trust, Loki or the TVA. Arguments are brought up on both sides as to whether they should be trusted or not. The TVA is run by the Time Keepers. But, no one really knows who they are and if they could be controlling everyone’s destiny. Yet from past Marvel films, viewers also know that Loki isn’t the most trustworthy character either.
The inspiration taken from this is that in media and art, it can be fun to make your audience think and question what is the “truth” that should be taken away. Or if there isn’t a truth but instead larger life questions that should be considered. Often times many forms of media and art are written off as simply being for entertainment and some are. However, even media and art created for entertainment purposes can invoke deeper thought and consideration. So maybe the next time you are watching a new show, movie or even looking at art challenge yourself to see if there are any deeper considerations and thoughts that are being portrayed.