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Josh Reviews Loki Season One!

Loki picks up the thread of the alternate Loki who, in Avengers: Endgame, picks up the Tesseract and escapes after our heroes bungle their “time heist.”  This “Variant” Loki quickly finds himself apprehended by the TVA — the Time Variance Authority — a bureaucracy tasked with keeping the timeline secure and correct.  TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) attempts to convince Loki to help the TVA track down a villain who is attacking their agents — who is apparently yet another Loki variant.

Marvel Studios’ third TV show for Disney+ is another winner, and at this point I have completely accepted these TV shows as essential pieces of the larger MCU.  I feel rather spoiled, actually.  Now, instead of waiting months and months between new MCU feature films, we can get new installments on a weekly basis?  I am completely in.

Loki is a delight.  I think it’s my favorite of the Marvel Disney+ series so far!  (Though I’ve really enjoyed all of them, so there’s not an easy winner.)

The show was created by Michael Waldron, who wrote several of the episodes.  (Mr. Waldron was a writer for Rick and Morty and wrote the script for the upcoming Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness film.)  All six episodes were directed by Kate Herron.  I was very impressed by the writing and direction of this series.  Everything seemed to click, even better than they did in WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.  This was an impressive achievement all around.  I love that we’re getting feature-film quality product each week in Disney+!!

Tom Hiddleston was great right from minute one (the first Thor movie) as Loki, and he’s only gotten better and better — and the character richer and richer.  Because this Variant Loki begins as the villainous version of Loki from the first Avengers film, I worried that we might lose some of the wonderful development the character has gotten in subsequent films.  Thankfully, the show finds a way to quickly make this Variant Loki the most interesting version of the character we’ve seen to date.  I love the journey Loki goes on in these six episodes.  It’s fun to see him challenged and put in his place — Mr. Hiddleston is fantastic at showing Loki getting his bluster punctured — while still remaining the slightly dangerous character he’s always been.  I’m glad they didn’t file away all of his sharp edges.

Owen Wilson is a magnificent addition to the MCU as TVA agent Mobius.  He is an absolute delight pretty much every second he’s on screen.  Mr. Wilson’s comedic timing serves the series very well.  At the same time, he gives Mobius … [continued]