Loki Series Review
The God of Mischief comes to TV in the MCU's time-traveling, theremin-fueled mix of Catch Me If You Can, The Adjustment Bureau, and Tenet. Loki has Tom Hiddleston's duplicitous Asgardian running afoul of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). The premiere episode answers what happened to Loki after his escape during the "time heist" in Avengers: Endgame. The show has Loki addressing his misdeeds while still being a conniving trickster. Loki sets up intriguing possibilities for the character, but doesn't seem to have the creativity or thematic heft of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Fans looking for a more direct comic book adaptation will be pleased.
Loki opens immediately after he steals the Tesseract in the 2012 lobby of Avengers tower. But before he can snarkily resume his humanity conquering, he gets a visit from B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) and an ass-kicking squad of Minutemen, temporal patrol officers from the Time Variance Authority. Loki gets a reality check as he's whisked away for altering the timeline and dubbed a "Variant".
The TVA setting is a brown, muted, 60s era dull Mad Men-esque office.
Loki gets off to a decent, if slightly underwhelming start. It doesn't grab you like the first two MCU TV series. WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier felt shot out of a cannon. Their premieres were utterly gripping. We'll see if Loki builds to that level. There is a cliffhanger to the first episode, so the series has ample opportunity to blow fandom away. Loki is produced by Marvel Studios. The premiere debuts June 9th with episodes dropping every following Wednesday for five weeks, exclusively on Disney+.
Here’s what critics, who have seen the first two episodes of the series, are saying about Loki season 1:
“Loki” really is really just a character study of one particularly complex and – as Loki fans will attest – fun character. Moreover, a second season has been ordered, so the potential for “variant” timelines – and do-overs – multiply from there.
—Verne Gay, Newsday
The key to Loki – both the character and the show – is always Tom Hiddleston.
—Allison Keene, Paste Magazine
Through Hiddleston’s nuanced performance, we get to see Loki’s quirks and qualities laid bare at last-depths of character that have only been hinted at.
—Kaila Hale-Stern, The Mary Sue
A longtime favorite of MCU fans, Hiddleston has never been better as the God of Mischief, savoring every arrogant syllable of his (frequent) soliloquies, while also being given more opportunity than ever before to explore the character’s nature.
—Brent Hankins, The Lamplight Review