The second underground lair definitely felt a little much, and I thought we were there to talk to Nani? But Nani says "oh no, the cute boy is MUCH more D+'s demographic - leave me!" I loved the first part of this episode with her cousins and family before it Marvel-ed.
Car chase: couldn't figure out why she a) didn't use her power and instead b) stole a truck c) that she cannot drive (nice callback, but not being able to drive and driving is not cute) d) only to destroy a person's livelihood with zero repercussions. That sequence took me straight out with the lack of logic or necessity.
I missed Bruno.
I wish I watched a season of Loki that did ANY of those things - a smooth narrative, gradually working from one element to the next with breathing room to explore and digest what's going on the for the audience and the characters involved. I don't think any of that is what they put on screen.KnightDamien wrote: ↑Thu Jun 30, 2022 1:37 amBy comparison, and no surprise, Loki's show gets a better, smoother narrative. It gradually works from one element to the next and has lots of breathing room and time to digest what's going on for the audience and the characters involved. But it's a show about a character that's essentially 'done' in the MCU and, presumably, they can take all the time they need with this because he's not 'required' for an upcoming movie or marketing blitz.
From very disappointed memory:
Episode 1 - establish premise (working for TVA), speed up main character's emotional arc via montage to completely change his outlook on life to match the version we actually cared about
Episode 2 - explore premise kinda
Episode 3 - abandon premise entirely, force an instant connection with mystery villain with sincerity (?! from Loki?) and no b-story for second billed character (uh oh, Bruno got Owen Wilson-ed!)
Episode 4 - honestly don't remember this one except for they killed Loki (sure...) and for some reason this episode opened with the scene that should have ended Ep 3
Episode 5 - lotta Lokis all at the end of the world or somewhere because Loki is the specialist person/identity to ever exist or something; Richard E. Grant rocks a leotard
Episode 6 - dude we've never met talks for 15 minutes and jumps on the table before... CLIFFHANGER!
For a show that had no plans to film its second season any time soon, ending on a cliffhanger is an interesting choice. At least we knew it had a second season, unlike playing it coy like Moon Knight did. Also, didn't they just start production? Guess we might see it in 2023.
Anyway, compared to Loki, Ms. Marvel is such a better production from a storytelling POV. This show actually knows how to break episodes and create self-contained storylines and write secondary characters. The villains are definitely as lame as the TVA, and there are questionable choices for sure, but this is the show with the much smoother overall narrative at this point.