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So Loki is a very special fellow. Most the physical attraction to characters in the Thor series is probably directed towards Thor. All the mainstream pop-culture guys and gals see Thor and they sense a normal, functional person who isn't weird or awkward... then there's Loki, a fellow who isn't designed for the normies, rather, the weirdos, the rejects, the outcasts. Loki gathered such a following of odd-ball viewers and fans who are only attracted to personalities that are toxic to them that Loki himself got his own show. Basically everyone with Daddy issues and bad-boy hangups are all over this show. I myself? It takes a special configuration to peak my interest. The problem with Loki is he is basically incapable of getting what he wants through a functional path. A path that serves himself in the most efficient and responsible way. Loki seems... lazy and unintelligent despite claiming to be otherwise. Let me propose you this concept: What Loki wants is power, he wants respect, he wants obedience and for eternal god status. Power: He has it, and would have more if he consistently supported his brother and father who would always back him if he needed it, if only he was functional, and didn't fight them Respect: The people of his world respect honor, they respect decency & integrity... all he has to do is consistently the right thing, and he could have their respect. Obedience: With him being consistently kind to his family, he would have had the obedience of the people of his world. Eternal God Status: You live longer if you have powerful friends, yet Loki consistently decides to align himself with people who don't care about him, and rejects the only people who really love him, his family, Thor, Odin etc. You see Loki is impatient, he wants it all now. He is lazy because he doesn't want to put in the time to rise to power. Instead of earning what he wants through years of consistent and stable relationships with those he grew up around, he instead wants to jump the gun and essentially time travel to the point where everyone will love him and grovel before him instantaneously. For Loki's lack of patience, he loses everything. Loses respect, loses power, loses any chance he had at giving people orders and them actually following them... he was greedy. The first episode of the show reveals how weak Loki really is. Loki breaks down crying realizing the error of his ways in the future, future he had no lived yet... he then admits that he does not want to harm people, that he just wants things that to him, involve harming people. In other words, Loki would be a very bad leader, and a very annoying/selfish god. So to the first episode: This episode reveals that the infinity stones, specifically the one Loki escaped Thor's custody with when the Avengers time traveled to snatch the stones temporarily, they're useless. Yep, the infinity stones that the universe crumbled for, are useless in this alternate dimension or... place? Where time is controlled. A big problem I had? EVERYONE WAS HUMAN THERE. You would think that a universe loaded with numerous types of species would include... I donno, a few non-humans in the "TIME COP" realm, but nope, everyone is human, so it appears. It could be that later they are going to reveal the whole place is an illusion and Loki is not actually seeing them for who they are, which would be it's own poetic justice, but so far, it's illogical. Also it's VERY obvious that the Loki show is heavily influenced by "equality" casting folks. One of the main characters is a time cop who is fat. Like, Walmart fat. As in, if she was wearing a bathing suit, she'd have massive rolls standing up. That's fat. And what time cop, someone who is supposed to take on evil villains... can't run a mile in under 15 minutes? I was so stuck on the fat thing the moment I saw it I was like "OH COME ON" no one who is supposed to have power over super villains would be physically unable to do A SINGLE PULL UP MY GOD. So they have this fat Wal-Mart shopper pushing Loki around and I'm like "Thanks again Hollywood" glad we could be "Inclusive" of the diabetes crowd. You couldn't make the doughnut-smasher the desk worker? There was literally a desk worker who clearly could at least do a few squats without breaking a sweat but instead you cast the cop as someone who looks like they have to take a 10 minute break if they were asked to do 20 jumping jacks. And I get it, cops can be on the heavy side IRL, but people hired to fight the most powerful villains in the universe? Come on man, come on. And yeah, the fat cop eventually loses Loki, and gets totally overpowered by Loki. Maybe put her on the desk and go with a more Chyna type. Yeah there you go. That's a real time cop. Long story short, let's get to the ratings.
Among Us is a video game where you join up with strangers or friends, you each pick a different colored character and then you run around a space ship or alternative level in a 2 dimensional world trying to fix numerous issues, and complete various tasks before one to three people in the group successfully end the lives of most everyone else on the ship. The core concept of the game reminds me of this Werewolf game where everyone is handed cards and you try to figure out essentially, who the heck is the werewolf in the group. If you want to check this game out, it's actually incredible and in my opinion much better than Among Us: https://amzn.to/3v8dPiq In the "Ultimate Werewolf" game, you can look each other in the face and ask each other questions to decide who is the danger to the other game players. Thing is, in Ultimate Werewolf you also have special abilities and secret allies. Meanwhile Among Us? Very very boring abilities and very uninteresting roles to play. You're either the person hunting everyone else down, or the hunted. No in-between and that makes the game painfully boring. If the company behind Among Us wants to make the game more interesting, they have to actually give the individual crew mates individual abilities. For instance one crew mate could have the ability to detect the moment someone is downed by the Imposter. Another person could be a body detector, have a general censor to find out where bodies are to help them resolve issues faster. Another crew mate could have the power of completing other people's tasks when they are done with their own and so on, there are enormous possibilities and it would make the game so much more playable. My experience playing Among Us is that you are so often and repeatedly placed as a crew mate that you could play a 10 round game and never once find yourself being the imposter. This is why the imposter should have the option of allies, but not necessarily people who can harm any crew mates. For example, an ally of an Imposter could tie up or otherwise bind crew mates for the Imposters to later find. There could also be a crew mate who has the ability to fight off Imposters. You would have this modification of the game to make it far less boring and far less likely you get the same role over and over again. I played a game once, 6 rounds where I was a crew mate every time and another player was the imposter 3 times... seriously? It is so lame to just run around, waiting to get clipped and me being normally a popular target because it's hilarious to take my character out as I generally run the servers, I'm just a sitting duck. Long story short, the game is really fun at first, but with disproportion and almost no imagination, the game gets dry really fast. A lot of folks think Among Us is great, probably mostly because they've never played Ultimate Werewolf in real life and don't remember what it's like to actually solve a mystery with the person physically in front of you, or maybe they just like the simplicity and repetition of the game that never seems to evolve or add any real surprises. But ultimately, if the game doesn't get an update that adds a new element or fixes the issue of making the same people the Imposters over and over, why would I want to ever play it again? Why does anyone?