Disney+, 6 Episodes á 1h, release of Episode 1: June 9, 2021, TV-14
On an occasion like this you feel like a kid on Christmas Eve again – impatiently waiting for the presents… which dragged on a bit, because the streaming service unfortunately didn’t work on EU time zone schedules for releasing the first LOKI episode.
And then finally, the present a la Marvel … the answer to the question of whether the hype is justified: Yes.
First LOL moment at about 4:17 min – one of those scenes that will probably become one of those famous rewind-repeated / paused / screenshot / memed. (Second one at about 6:37 min, any bet.) Which means, entertainment at its best even before the official titles appear.
Simply wonderful – finally new stories with our favorite villain. Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief is simply adorable, especially when he gets plenty of room to explore the character, as he does here. At his side, no less adorable, “Mobius” Owen Wilson.
I don’t want to give too much away about the story – the mess starts after the events in “Avengers: Endgame”: Time-travelling Avengers give Loki a chance to escape with the Tesseract – this in turn alarms the TVA (Time Variance Authority), a kind of time police for the protection of the multiverse, which is now after him.
Well, we already know time police and multiverse topics from DC – The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Arrow, then there’s a certain Doctor, I guess you know WHO I am talking about – and SF fans might also think of Hitchhiker’s Guide, Brazil, Blade Runner, but also Scooby Do and Fred Flintstone when watching the first episode. Plus all those Marvel Easter eggs, of which I certainly haven’t spotted all, even after my second run-through. And this is just the prelude to the inevitable impending chaos…. Can’t wait for the next episodes 🙂
Compliments to the creators of the series, Tom Kauffman, Michael Waldron (writers) and Kate Herron (director).
Tom Hiddleston – Loki
Owen Wilson – Mobius M. Mobius
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Ravonna Renslayer
Wunmi Mosaku – Hunter B-156
Erika Coleman – Florence Schaffner