Loki (season 2)

Season 2 of Marvel Studios' Loki isn't going to win any awards from Mensa, but each episode is 45 minutes of brisk dumb fun.
71/10063252
Starring
Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino
Creator
Michael Waldron
Rating
TV-14
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Where to watch
Disney+
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Story/Plot
47.5%
Visuals/Cinematography
78%
Performance
70%
Direction
70%
Non-Wokeness
90%
Rating Summary
The epitome of style over substance, Season 2: Episodes 1 and 2 are full of energetic and charming characters riding a lighting bolt from one interesting bit of eye candy to another. If you're brain needs a rest, you can do a lot worse than check this out.

In Norse Mythology, Loki is bound by the entrails of his son and trapped in a cave where he will reside until Ranarök. In the Marvel universe, he’s a bit less harried.

Loki (Ep1 – Ouroboros)

season 2 loki episode 1 ratingPicking up from the moment that season 2 ended, Loki finds himself being painfully ripped through time as he tries to reveal to the Time Variance Authority that their lives and mission are a shamocracy.

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Episode 1 is fast-paced enough almost to make you feel like the reason that you don’t understand anything that anyone is saying is that you blinked and not that every minute of dialogue is stuffed with enough meaningless technobabble to make one nostalgic for reverse tachyon beams. The breakdown of the plot is basically: Kang is bad, bad things are happening to the timeline, bad things are going on with Loki, and it’d be a good idea to fix all of it… or else.

As a show that relies exclusively on slick sets, exciting visuals, and mountains of charisma, one of its brightest spots is this season’s addition of Ke Huy Quan. Best known for his role as Short Round in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, the man is the personification of delightful, and you can’t help but enjoy every moment that he’s on screen.

There are some dialogue issues in this episode that feel like ad-libbed moments between Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Owen Wilson’s Mobius, and they do take the viewer out of the moment for a fraction of a second before the breakneck pacing whisks the viewer away to another setpiece.

With an utterly indecipherable threat that reads like a Joe Biden speech, whiplash-inducing pacing, and a glut of style and charisma, episode 1 of Loki season 2 is a fun diversion. Pop some popcorn, turn off your brain, and enjoy.

WOKE ELEMENTS

  • There’s a good bit of obvious DEI hires and women artificially and awkwardly inserted into traditional male roles.
  • The body positivity movement is in full effect.
    • I’ll never understand how any casting director would think that a heavy-set woman in an uncomfortable-looking tight uniform can appear tough and intimidating. Nothing against Wunmi Mosaku’s talent, but she looks like the fat trooper in Spaceballs. She’s so heavy that she’s knock-kneed. Do you mean to tell me that there was not a single fit black actress who could have performed the role as well as her?
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Loki (Ep2 – Breaking Brad)

loki season 2 episode 2 ratingAs Mobius and Loki continue to try and unravel the mystery of the unraveling time thingy unraveling, they run down their only lead, rogue TVA hunter Brad Wolfe. Brad is quite happy with the life that he’s created for himself in one of the Timeline’s many branches, so our time cops will have to get creative if they plan on getting him to give up the information that they need in time to save time and stuff from things and stuff.

This season, as Owen Wilson goes full Owen Wilson and Hiddleston goes full Tom Hiddleston on Graham Norton, Episode 2 firmly establishes the new, more playful tone that will likely continue throughout the rest of the series.

However, as light as it is on story, it does at least follow a three-act structure and gives the audience a sense of momentum and the series’ arc as well as of the episode’s individual arc, which is a vast improvement over the aimless disaster of recent Disney fair like Ahsoka.

Unfortunately, this tonal shift will almost certainly leave some fans of the character less than excited about Loki, who now, in lieu of trying to take over the world, takes time to sit and eat pie with friends while each talks about their feelings. Furthermore, the shift is present in virtually every other aspect of the show. OB, played by the delightful Ke Huy Quan, is a lovable goof, while Casey, played by Eugene Cordero, is a lovable goof, and Brad Wolfe, played by Rafael Casal is a lovable goof, and they all complement Morbius and Loki… who are lovable goofs.

As odd a duck as the show is/has become, it has a number of things going for it. Its brisk pacing manages to save most audience members from the burden of trying to decipher what the h#!! is going on, while its Ocean’s 11 sheek and excellent cinematography are almost enough to fool one into thinking that a lot of thought has been put into the series, but its greatest strength is the chemistry of its leads. Wilson and Hiddleston are obviously having fun and are both are charismatic enough to bring you along with them.

Although there is undoubtedly an argument to be made that Loki’s radical new outlook and disposition aren’t warranted and that the first season doesn’t quite justify it, those willing to forgive it and just go along with the ride will likely find the first two episodes to be pleasant diversions.

WOKE ELEMENTS

  • Nothing new in this one, just the same flabby diversity hire throwing slow and weak looking punches and Sylvie being awesome and right for reasons.

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James Carrick

James Carrick is a passionate film enthusiast with a degree in theater and philosophy. James approaches dramatic criticism from a philosophic foundation grounded in aesthetics and ethics, offering insight and analysis that reveals layers of cinematic narrative with a touch of irreverence and a dash of snark.

6 comments

  • Manolo V

    October 6, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    5 out of 5

    Is Wunmi a Black Norse goddess or Valkyrie or something? That’s the kind of woke crap that turned me off to my favorite character (Thor). I have little ancestry to connect me to Thor, but I still think casting people of non-Norse ancestry, to play the roles of Scandinavian characters of folklore, to be ridiculous. Next, let’s cast Ed Sheeran as Shaka Zulu. I’m sure that would go over well.

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    • Vunderclunt

      October 7, 2023 at 2:55 pm

      So you don’t want to see Ryan Gosling as the lead in the upcoming Barack Obama bio-pic?

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  • Tommy B

    October 7, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    3 out of 5

    I would expect the wokeness to ramp up as the season progresses. It’s standard procedure for Disney/Netflix shows aimed at families and teenagers to wait a few episodes until you’re invested in a show to really start pushing the agenda.

    They already made Loki bisexual and gender-fluid last season (and made a big deal about it), so don’t be surprised when we see more of that. Also the whole “Lady Loki” thing kinda feels like pro-trans agenda…trying to indoctrinate the idea that who you are and what your gender is are two separate things. Some people are trying to defend this with a few bits of cherry-picked Norse mythology, but it just feels like shoehorned pandering to me. It’s a shame because I really wanted to like season 1.

    Thanks for these reviews James, it’s great to have a place to get this critical info.

    FYI for anyone that doesn’t know, Commonsensemedia is woke and will actively censor any reviews that complain about LGBT agenda aimed at children.

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  • J.W. Escobar

    October 14, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    5 out of 5

    I appreciate everything you said in this review, with the exception of the hit at Wunmi Mosaku. Never mind that she’s absolutely beautiful, I actually thought her casting was appropriate. Since she IS a larger woman, I do find her intimidating… far more so than tiny little C-20 who looked like she would fall over if you blew on her. B-15 looks like she could hold her own in a fight. Ever see the footage of the gigantic woman attacking a police officer during a BLM protest? She did some serious damage before he finally hit her back. At any rate, I thought Mosaku was well cast as a hunter with a pure heart. I loved that her concern for people’s lives shone through her toughness. I wouldn’t have changed the casting for anything. But that’s just my opinion and people are welcome to disagree with it.

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    • James Carrick

      October 14, 2023 at 11:31 pm

      Happy to get your perspective. It’s precisely why we keep the comments section open.

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  • Rocco Tool

    January 13, 2024 at 6:17 pm

    Season Two did have a lot of confusion going on, but your analysis was spot on. I’m sure it’s difficult for any writer to create new ideas after the Season One finale (and I mean FINALE); where do you go from there? In fact, the writers are out of ideas and there will be no renewal.
    The TV show was a refreshing, needed change. I never expected to see one using the Many Worlds theory (not multiverse).
    Yeah, it had its faults (mostly in Season Two), but what a ride!

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