LOKI – Review by Susan Granger

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Picking up right after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), the new Disney+ series Loki follows the Norse God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston) when he’s summoned by the intergalactic TVA (Time Variance Authority) to right the transgressions that the Avengers’ interference – particularly the utilization of the Tesseract – caused to the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Among their other misdeeds, the Avengers revised a strand of the timeline to reverse the ravaging effects of ‘the Snap,’ which Thanos used to eradicate half of all existing life in the galaxy.

Although conniving Loki nobly sacrificed himself in Avengers: Infinity War, here he’s very much alive – albeit as a ‘variant’ – thanks to the petty, bureaucratic Time Keepers, whose job it is to maintain the ‘sacred’ fabric of time from unraveling, eradicating all expectations that the concept of ‘free will’ exists. (FYI: They use Infinity Stones as paperweights!)

Along with predestination, this is somewhat explained in the first two episodes, as irascible Loki is placed under the vigilant supervision of Agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), an investigator who not only seems to know all about him but has video clips to prove it.

“I specialize in the pursuit of dangerous variants,” Mobius explains. Their ‘bickering buddy’ relationship develops and their flippant chemistry ignites, making this fanciful adventure great fun to watch as they play off each another.

Plus, there’s the powerful TVA Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who was ready to send deceitful Loki back to his original timeline until Mobius stepped in. There’s obviously more to her than we know at the moment.

Satirically created by Michael Waldron, who subtly utilizes references to past films (Blade Runner, “Dune, Brazil, Armageddon, Toy Story, among others), this comedic/fantasy sci-fi series is directed by Kate Herron with an abstract realism production design by Kasra Farahani.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, “Loki” is an intriguing 8, as new episodes stream on Wednesdays on Disney+ through July 14.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.