Starting this post off with a little PSA: We live in the age of immediate spoilers, and whether you like it or not, we sort of have to adjust to that. Back when Marvel Comics killed off Captain America, they infamously told news outlets before comic stores even opened to sell that particular comic. But don't actively tag people in spoilers before you know that they've seen the media in question. As you can probably tell, I went into the season finale of Loki's first season knowing that my theory from episode 5 was wrong. So let's see how things shaped up in the last episode of Loki... or is it? Let's dive into "For All Time. Always."
I am an asshole. Well, at least to one of my friends. We've known each other since middle school, and that level of continued friendship comes with it's own little quirks; ours is giving each other just some of the worst presents. I get him things like a Trumpy Bear--oh yes, they're real--and then he gets me a DVD copy of Noobz, a movie starring Mr. Jason Mewes from Clerks. I can't say for certain that we've given each other equally awful gifts, but after finally sitting down and watching this movie, my next present to him will be something truly horrendous.
Episodes of Arrow are taking another week off because I've been very busy, and not because I've actually been lazy and playing The Sims 4. Anyway, Loki summaries are still on track! We're at the penultimate episode with what appears to be a massive reveal coming next week, but that doesn't mean that this episode was lacking in things that happened. So let's talk about this episode while I try my damnest to avoid going into detail about Kang the Conqueror!
We're now halfway through Loki, and the previous episodes have left us with several answers but even more questions. The fourth episode, "The Nexus Event," is no exception to this, raising the stakes and introducing some characters I've been waiting for. So let's not waste any more time!
A question I keep thinking about while watching episodes of Loki is, how much of what we see and hear can we trust? Loki is the God of Mischief and Lies, a trickster at heart. Throw in the mysterious Variant--we'll get to her, don't worry--and I just start assuming every other thing they say is at best a half-truth. Can either be trusted? Absolutely not, but I'm going to do my best to figure out what's true and what's not. One thing is certain, though: this is a very purple episode.
Last time on Loki, the titular God of Mischief--specifically the version ripped straight from The Avengers--was removed from the Sacred Timeline and tasked with the capture of a dangerous time criminal: himself. The first episode had a lot of world building and a lot of potential, creating a lot of theories. Let's dive in and see what the internet and I got right!
I want you to know that there are times when I go above and beyond for this blog. Netflix has the Oh My Ghost films, a Thailand horror/comedy series starring a group of aging kathoeys--kind of like drag queens, kind of like trans women, kind of a third gender option... Similar to "baklâ" in the Philippines, which I talked about in the ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh post. But I wasn't satisfied with those films, because there's a piece missing. Oh My Ghost is marketed as the first of four films, but it's actually the second of something like six. The first is Haunting Me, AKA Hor Taew Tak, translated to something like Taew's Dormitory is Broken. But Netflix doesn't have Hor Taew Tak, so I spent far too much time searching before finding it on AsianCrush. Let's hope that's a trustworthy website, cause we're continuing Pride Month by taking about haunted ladyboys from Thailand!
When covering queer movies during Pride Month, I don't really have any sort of "diversity checklist." I pick a queer movie--half of which I've seen before--and then I talk about it. But being a gay male, my preference skews towards movies about gay males. Well not this week! I'm kicking off this mini-theme with a film about a trans girl, and get this: she's actually played by a trans actress! Fucking groundbreaking, I know.
Arrow episodes are on hold this weekend so I can make it all about Loki, the latest Disney+ MCU show! "But wait," you may be saying, "didn't Loki debut on Wednesday?" Well, yes, you're right. Talking about shows on the weekend was set up on this blog thinking all new episodes of Disney+ shows would go live on Friday, but then they decided to throw a curveball and have Loki drop the same day weekly comic books do. I'm sticking to show reviews going up on Saturday for this series, but if the next one also drops on Wednesdays--signs point to it being What If...?--I'll probably be forced to rethink stuff. But enough about that, let's talk about the implications of Marvel's newest show!
It's Pride Month, and you know what that means! It's time for corporations to slap rainbows on their logos and pat themselves on the back so hard that they'll strain something! And this applies to steaming services, too! Netflix has an LGBTQ section, although it's there year-round and isn't being advertised on the main site as of writing. Tubi actually does have their LGBTQIA+ Pride movies on the front page, but after you click the Load More button (and it's also a year-round thing). And Disney+ has... several TV shows that feature one (1) gay side character, a couple shorts with some gay themes, and a few documentaries. At least it's on the main page, though! That almost makes up for things like their consistent lack of queer representation, their ability to easily remove any overt queerness they do add in order to appease homophobic countries (and their money), and stuff like a gay man suing the company for discrimination due to his sexual orientation. Yay Pride!