Loki review (episode 1):
Discard: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero
Creator: Michel waldron
Director: Kate herron
Star rating: 4/5 stars
Loki review (episode 1): what is it?
Remember when the Hulk was not allowed to get on an elevator due to his “max capacity” so he took the stairs to smash the exit door, helping Loki (Tom Hiddleston) grab the Tesseract (yes, that blue cube thing) and disappear into another timeline. Where did he go? He landed straight into his first solo series, which is now airing on Disney + Hotstar.
After disappearing with the Tesseract, Loki travels to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, where Time Variance Authority (TVA) soldiers arrest him. It’s a place not only unlike any timeline out there, but it’s also the one that rules them all. He has “keepers of time” who watch over all timelines so that no one should break them to cause a multiverse war. They use infinity stones as a paperweight, no kidding.
Knowing Loki, we know he just can’t be mischievous, no matter where he is. He broke the law of time by committing a crime against “sacred chronology” and is now a “variant” of TVA. A high-ranking TVA agent, Mobius (Owen Wilson), discovers Loki and understands why he is the best option to help them fight a “runaway variant” of 1858 that is spoiling the deadlines. The variant that Loki faces is Loki himself. How is it possible ? * End credits start to roll *
Loki review (episode 1): what works?
The first episode builds the base better than WandaVision and even The Falcon & The Winter Soldier. It jumps right into the business and doesn’t take a two-episode build-up like WandaVision or several minutes to decide who will finally get the shield. The first episode is just Tom Hiddleston doing what he does best, but way more than what he’s done in the entirety of the Avengers / Thor saga.
This is the first time that I have discovered the work of cinematographer Autumn Durald (who has already worked on some forgettable Gia Coppola films). She did a strangely satisfying job with the camera. You won’t know it’s shot by someone who’s never been to this side of the cinema before. The first episode is not just a step towards the next exciting episodes; it’s entertaining enough in itself to keep you hooked from the get-go.
Hiddleston’s range from boasting about his ego coupled with an icy stare to bursting into tears in the most human way completely justifies Loki’s multi-level character. This show will give him the due he has been waiting for since Thor and it’s coming soon. The more I watch Tom battle his inner conscience in this one, the more I’m sure he could also be a fit performer to someday play Joker (a multiverse of Jokers, maybe?).
Loki Review (Episode 1): What’s Wrong?
It will be short because there is not much to complain about. Even at 50 minutes it was a blustery experience. My main fear at the moment is that they aren’t complaining about Owen Wilson. It’s not someone that you throw in, and let them be a sidekick of what’s going on. It stands tall in Episode 1, and it’s useful, but don’t they dare use it to good effect in future episodes.
Loki review (episode 1): last words:
All in all, Loki gets the best start of the three shows (WandaVision, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier) that we have so far after the game ends. Yes, that leaves you with the same ‘too many questions’ feeling as previous shows, but this does not come at the cost of “building” those queries.
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