speaking of jesus being the classical snarkmaster
you know that line about “if a soldier forces you to carry his pack for one mile, carry it for two”?
there was a thing where roman soldiers could demand that civilians carry their gear, but only for a mile. obviously people did not like this. they had shit to be doing. they did not want to be some rando’s pack mule any more than people today would. also, it was kind of scary, because here’s this guy with a weapon saying “you’re my fetchit bitch or else.” and you had to go off with him wherever he wanted, up to one mile.
but jesus was all about the nonviolent resistance. i mean, sure, you could run, but then maybe they see you later and point you out to the cops, it’s a small world. maybe they chase you down and kick you around a bit. hell, maybe they show you their stabs. you gonna bring a sword of your own and make a duel out of it? that’s even worse than just carrying the damn pack.
so what you do is, you just keep carrying it.
at first they don’t notice the mile’s up. but then it starts feeling kind of long. they find themselves waiting for you to call time. but you don’t. you just keep going. they start checking the landmarks. are they lost? are they dreaming? are you stealing their shit? you can’t be, can you, since you’re right there. but you’re still HOLDING it. they’re wondering if they’re ever gonna get their centurion undies back. they could ask, but waitasec, you’re carrying their stuff, which is what they said to do, so that’s good, right?
but why are you still HERE?
are you trying to be friends? are you an assassin? are you a vet just helping a brother out? are you up to something? are you crazy? are you sleepwalking? are THEY sleepwalking? WHAT IS EVEN GOING ONNN NN N
at mile marker 2 you set the pack down and go “have a nice day!” and bail
and next time they think of handing their shit to some stranger, maybe they think again.
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just. adding my thoughts on the "Glorious purpose" line because the conclusions I reached after thinking about it only made me love it even more. I think it's not Loki referencing his ""glorious purpose"" of conquering Earth at all, moreso because that makes very little sense given the context, but instead saying that all his sacrifice, all that he endured to prevent Thanos from getting the Tesseract was ultimately meaningless--that he couldn't even run or hide in the end. Loki is essentially coming to terms with how his life is supposed to be meaningless by sarcastically parroting what his torturer and ultimate killer told him, that he has a "glorious purpose" when he really seems to have no purpose at all--thanks, no less, to said torturer and killer himself. It's exactly the kind of irony Loki would go for, methinks.
Ok, now that the chores are done I had time to reflect a little for a more balanced opinion on episode 1 of Loki. And this won’t be spoiler free.
1. The good:
- the ‘pft’ sound when Loki spits out the muzzle. X) it was beyond adorable. But why didn’t they make it all happen in vanaheim? The people would have for the phenotype and they could easily have included another realm! 😩
- the vulnerability: Tom’s acting when Loki saw Frigga die was convincing and made me feel for him.
- The guy at the front desk: yeah, I liked the fish joke. It didn’t use Loki as its butt and I was amused how unfazed the guy was.
- the presentation of the TVA as a metaphor for corrupted police (dear god, please let it be intentional 😩). The whole ‘we’ll force you through 6 stations of de-humanizing semi-bureaucratic bullshit that only serves to give us an excuse to kill you, including a ‘trial’ where you don’t get any information that could help you to defend yourself and if you managed to find the hook and point out others did actually the same (or worse) crimes it doesn’t count because they are rich, white or men supposed to do that shit. Nice. I don’t understand how anyone can see them being good guys.
- well, I didn’t dislike the scene where Möbius showed Loki parts of his life, since I never saw it as something positive or even therapy. I saw it as a confrontation and - sorry - as a plot device to a) make people connect this loki with the one who died in infinity war and b) explain how Loki knows stuff he never lived through. Tom’s depiction of Loki reacting to his own dead was more or less convincing, but I was showing his death in such detail again necessary? We know what happened. For me the sounds plus Loki’s reactions would have sufficed. But I guess I’m soft skinned. Pff.
2. The things I assumed being good until I thought them through
- the moment when Loki sees where his old life led him and said ‘glorious purpose’, the words probably tasting like ash. It is a powerful moment. And it fits - as long you don’t assume Loki did boycott his own invasion to get back at Thanos. So yeah, now that I’m writing it I can see where my beef lies. They didn’t serve me my favorite headcanon and now I’m salty. And that might be my main problem with the show so far: It’s based on a meta-interpretation of Loki I don’t share: that he willingly supported Thanos cause and truly believed what he preached during Avengers. That he truly was a villain. That all those hints were random and meaningless. No, no, no. That’s not my canon.
3. The things I didn’t like:
- on Boy. Like every joke in the first half of the episode. I explained it already in another post and now that I have thought it through it’s even a break in the consistency of the series itself! If Loki is aware this is an illusion, an act of the weak to appear strong he would be fully aware that running to a stone to appear bigger is the worst weakness you can show. WTF. The same goes for his furious scribbling when he has to sign those papers. Where is the silent glaring we saw in avengers? Where are the calm threatening and the smug posturing? All those are parts of the illusion! Where is the regal strut? Where?!? The threatening of the TVA guy who tells him to take a ticket was just weak. The fear overacted. The wide eyes were ok, but wouldn’t have a stiffening and frantic grab into his pocket given the same message without the loss of dignity? 😕
- wasn’t there supposed to be snark? I mean from Loki? I only heard it from Möbius. 😔 but ok, Loki was stressed and out of his depth. It can still come when he’s back in his game.
4. Things I absolutely loved:
- Loki being both the protagonist AND the antagonist of the series! Fuck yeah. 1.) we might still get the badass Loki-action the protagonist is lacking from his counterpart. 2.) being up against yourself is a nice theme for Loki. It has a lot of potential for the Who’s truly good/bad exploration.
- the probably involuntary frostiron hints 👌😝
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