Loki Ended in the Worst Way Possible

Loki Ended in the Worst Way Possible

Loki was very much an Identity Politics driven show.

This, unsurprisingly, brought along a lot of Woke baggage as well a variety of Mary Sue feminist heroines.

The title character started off as a Loki who gets pulled out of time at the end of the first Avengers movie.  He has not undergone the redemption arc that will turn him from trickster villain to trickster hero.  

Which was what people who tuned into this expected to see.  Loki would go through a hero’s journey and become a trickster hero.  “A source of luck in times of uncertainty.  To be able to cross boundaries that none other may cross. And to serve justice when justice has failed… The last hope for those who feel crushed by fate, and the hero who will ‘take up the gauntlet of heaven and oppose the order of life and the gods who proclaimed it so.’” Put a pin in that last bit.

Instead, the producers proudly proclaimed they would “subvert expectations.”  Which is an idiot’s way of saying they would deny the audience emotional gratification for the sake of their own political masturbation and call it entertainment. On the basis of that, they at least knew what they were trying to do. I wasn’t always sure.

Loki’s previous character arc involved everyone pointing out to him why he was a bad person. However, since this is current year politics Loki had to internalize that he was a bad person and then apologize for it constantly. I couldn’t keep track of how many times Loki apologized.

A good writer will show how something (or someone) stands on its own strength. A bad one will try to show how the new thing is stronger by showing its superiority to something (or someone) the audience already knows is powerful in the first place.  Again, very current year politics.

The audience always hates this because it deliberately negates all emotional investment the audience had.  A massive for instance was when the Infinity Stones were trashed. “Some guys use them as paperweights.”  Almost fifteen years of audience investment was flushed in that sentence.

This was yet another tragic attempt to “deconstruct the Hero’s Journey.”  Nobody on earth except Hollywood writers and the demons who infest them want to see that. And not just because the method for doing so is five hours of sitting and talking followed by apologizing, (this wasn’t a show it was a Marxist struggle session).

People read comics because the need for heroism is bone deep in our very existence.  Only people trying to change human nature into something more progressive want to destroy heroes.

Was there anything I liked?

Tom Hiddleston, Richard E. Grant and that’s it.

But I could have liked the ending with one simple change.  It wouldn’t have saved the show but it would have elevated the work.

There was FINALLY follow through on the Easter eggs and hints in a Marvel Disney + series.  The bad guy does indeed appear to be Kang the Conqueror.  As of this writing, Marvel has not officially said that’s who He Who Remains is however, Jonathon Majors IMDB page credits him as Kang the Conqueror in the upcoming Antman and Wasp Quantum Mania.

The TVA was indeed playing it straight.  In the 31st Century, one Kang got in touch with another Kang in the dimension next door.  He was an ambitious scientist at the time.  They contacted other Kangs, and there was a ton of shared knowledge across the multiverse.  That led to great wealth for the Kangs, followed by great power.  The Kangs started subjugating their own dimensions and then started in on different universes leading to a horrifying, apocalyptic war of all against all across the multi-verse.  Finally, one of the Kangs established the TVA and snuffed out the other timelines, leaving himself as He Who Remains. 

Thus inflicting peace at the expense of freedom.

Sylvie kills He Who Remains, and the multiverse begins to diverge.  

The problem is that it should never been Sylvie. She’s an Outlaw Hero. *

Trickster villain or trickster hero, Loki is always going to be a trickster.  That is elementary to the character’s existence.  And Predestination is always going to be fundamentally antithetical to that existence.  He will rebel against that because he must. Whether the result was going to be liberation or horror, it could not matter to Loki.  He would be the one to kill He Who Remains.

Except of course, they spent six hours castrating Loki and turning him into a wet noodle, so a strong confident whamen could be the hero in Loki’s story.

However, when I say, “Loki ended in the worst way possible.”  I’m not referring to this. I’m talking about the final line in the end credits:

“Loki will return for Season 2.”

*That’s my next heroic archetype. 

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  • Fozzy Bear Reply

    Between Loki and WandaVision, I’m not sure the entertaining spectacle is worth the degenerate, perverted “moral” of these stories. In WandaVision the ultimate message was that the nuclear family is responsible for destroying the world, and the solution is to murder your husband and children – don’t worry, they are not really human anyway – and become a witch. In Loki the message was that the multiverse is ruled by a tyrant and the solution is to form an incestuous “nexus event” with your sister.

    July 15, 2021 at 5:31 pm
  • jorgen b Reply

    There was a Loki show? Really? I think at this point NeoPagans should sue Disney for blaspheming their gods. It’d be worth a try anyway.

    July 15, 2021 at 8:39 pm
    • Seeker Reply

      The trickster is always a paradoxical existence. When times are good, the trickster functions almost identically to a devil. When times are bad, the trickster fights harder than almost anyone against evil. That’s because it remembers and embodies everything that is good or bad, ugly and beautiful, which will always make it someone’s enemy. Carl Jung had the interesting observation that the trickster is the manifestation of the collective unconscious (i.e. the independent subreality of dreams, nightmares, ideas, and abstraction created by human thoughts/feelings). Regardless, if such a being exists, it would not care about what Disney or anyone else thinks.

      July 15, 2021 at 9:54 pm
      • jorgen b Reply

        I didn’t say the Norse gods care about how Disney portrays them. But the trickster in me would find it hilarious for NeoPagans to sue Disney into oblivion on that premise regardless.

        July 16, 2021 at 1:47 am
  • EXALT Reply

    Miscellaneous thoughts:
    1)This show, like the other D+ shows, is pointless: five weeks ago I wrote “Loki will “create” the Multiverse, but people that only watch the movies can just assume it was always there” and it turns out I just had to add “Kang” somewhere to be 100% correct. And three weeks ago I wrote “Will Loki be reduced to, for all intents and purposes, the protagonist of a What If series about alternate timelines?” and this episode shows the answer to be yes: the Avengers will deal with the one timeline (and its Kang) that matters, while Loki tackles everything else.
    2)This show is schizophrenic: “Loki is a prisoner of the TVA, now he’s their agent, now he’s fighting with Female!Loki, now they’re allies against the TVA, now they’re in love, now there are dozens of alternate Lokis with bad costumes, now they have to go and kill Not!Kang…” This is the definition of “throwing s**t at the wall.”
    3)This show is satanic: the ending is a guy who is literally in love with himself going to meet an atheist-friendly version of God, who admits being a tyrant who steals away our free will and admits it wouldn’t necessarily be wrong to kill him – which of course happens, giving everyone back their freedom, albeit at a cost for the heroic Prince of Not-quite-this-world. The finale is the Lucifer Cut of the Fall of Man.
    4)The MCU writers know s**t about comics, part #2591: the version of Kang that controls the timelines is called Immortus in the comics – He Who Remains is a completely different character.
    5)If you don’t think the show is quite as satanic as I said, look at this image – https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/marvelcinematicuniverse/images/2/23/Random_paperweights_with_no_importance.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/1000?cb=20210609095604 – and notice the object that lies in the centre, alongside all the useless Infinity Stones.

    July 15, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    • douglas Whiddon Reply

      The link does not seem to work.

      July 15, 2021 at 9:04 pm
      • EXALT Reply

        Weird – it seems to work on PC but not on the phone.
        Anyway, there’s a Cross alongside all the useless Infinity Stones that are only good as paperweights – make of that what you will.

        July 15, 2021 at 9:25 pm
        • WiseSol Reply

          That’s certainly some *Easter* egg, eh?

          (I’ll let myself out.)

          July 15, 2021 at 9:59 pm
        • douglas Whiddon Reply

          It’s not working on my desktop. But, If I eliminate everything after png then it works.

          July 16, 2021 at 2:10 am
    • WiseSol Reply

      This is the corrected link:
      https://tinyurl.com/s2h49ep5

      July 15, 2021 at 9:56 pm
    • furor kek tonicus Reply

      agreed, i’m on a desktop and the image only works if i delete everything after .png

      July 16, 2021 at 11:37 pm
  • Erik Snare Reply

    One thing that annoyed me was the loose end of Judge “Strong Diverse Female” Renslayer, who disappears into a time portal during her confrontation with Mobius, right after getting some undefined information from “The One Who Remains”. I guess it’s setting up something for season 2, but in the context of season one, it was just a completely pointless scene.

    July 15, 2021 at 11:14 pm
  • Neurotoxin Reply

    “Sylvie kills He Who Remains, and the multiverse begins to diverge. The problem is that it should never been Sylvie… they spent six hours castrating Loki and turning him into a wet noodle, so a strong confident whamen could be the hero in Loki’s story.”

    I can’t believe that it didn’t occur to me what an outrage this was until you mentioned it. Of course, everything about Loki’s character (not to mention the show’s title) demands that Loki kill He Who Remains. Now that Loki’s a wet noodle, why on earth do they expect anyone to come back for season 2? I certainly won’t: There’s nothing interesting about the character any more.

    July 16, 2021 at 2:42 am
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    the whole “fall in love with the opposite sex variant of yourself” thing was stolen from Gerrold’s “The Man Who Folded Himself”.
    .
    Gerrold is a fag who has actually written that you can only show “love” by having sex with the person you “love” in “When HARLIE Was One”.
    .
    which is extremely disturbing when you realize that Gerrold was permitted to “adopt” a young boy.

    July 16, 2021 at 3:37 am
    • EXALT Reply

      “the whole “fall in love with the opposite sex variant of yourself” thing was stolen from Gerrold’s “The Man Who Folded Himself”.
      You think these people read a book from the 70’s? Nah: if anything, it was either stolen from Moffat’s last Doctor Who finale – where the Master and Missy do some flirting before killing each other – or from about a hundred dumb Loki fanfictions.

      July 16, 2021 at 1:35 pm
  • Wazdaka Reply

    Is it wrong that I get a kick out of Dark herald suffering through this trash to entertain us?

    “Season 2” sorry Dark herald, but thank you for your sacrifice.

    July 16, 2021 at 2:50 pm
  • Jerold B Reply

    He wus Kang n shit?

    July 16, 2021 at 4:02 pm
  • Eidolon Reply

    They did the Mass Effect 3 ending! Again! Amazing.

    You’ve got your random new character revealed in the last room of the adventure, who goes on about stuff that supposedly the whole thing was about but which really wasn’t discussed at all until now. He leads a force doing destructive things for a very long time (millions of years? I guess?) for an alleged purpose that doesn’t make any sense, and he gives the hero the choice to kill him or take control of him and his forces, and says that if you kill him the catastrophe you’re trying to avoid by killing him will only be assured.

    Those crazy bastards actually plagiarized what I’ve heard described as “the worst ending in the history of fiction.” Since I want to see Disney and the MCU burn to the ground at this point I can only applaud them in their boldness.

    July 16, 2021 at 6:35 pm

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