Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a Marvel production anymore. Netflix teamed up with Adam Price on this series, which is centered on Norse mythology. Was Ragnarök love at first sight? Answer in our review.
Welcome to Edda, a small town in Norway where residents watch helplessly as glaciers melt. Two brothers move in with their mother in the old family home and quickly one of them, Magne, seems to have acquired an extraordinary ability. Netflix collaborated with Adam Price for his new production, Ragnarök. Creators Borgen and In the name of the father this time tackle the fantastic and deliver a contemporary version of the Nordic legend. On several occasions the series refers to historical writings such as by the name of the city Edda, which refers to a collection of old Scandinavian poetry. Without being too didactic, the series takes back the legends we know, much of it brought to the fore in amazement.
There’s no superhero in tight pants here, but a young man in the throes of impressive transformation and who may have to face a terrifying mythological creature. Each episode opens with a definition of the Nordic term and that’s pretty smart. Instead of painstakingly introducing themes that are largely unknown to us, Ragnärok affirms his desire to help people discover legends. If this series sounds like an origin story, it manages to deviate from what Hollywood cinema has presented us with thousands of times. The first episode suffered from a slightly too frantic pace. The writers have made the bold choice to quickly provide answers to certain questions that arise throughout the plot. A strategy that pays off and reinforces the interest we have in the characters and their destiny. On several occasions, this series will also question the notion of ownership and difference. In the five episodes we watched, the show sometimes seemed to go overboard on the topics it covered, but was left with the remaining episodes to make up for it.
To play the main character, Netflix called in David Stakston. Touching, Magne gathered all the archetypal criteria of an outsider, but managed to deviate from them brilliantly. Other actors are not left behind like the excellent Emma Bones in the role of Gry or Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin in the role of Isolde. It’s worth noting all the same that the Jutul family is sometimes caricatured and that’s a shame given its importance in the plot.
Another teen drama
The platform seems to be betting on the teen series to counter the competition. Netflix understands this well, its audience is mostly young. Faced with a wave of genre series, Ragnarök ended up doing quite well. If she sometimes falls into the trap of teen drama, she manages to surprise us on several occasions. The series trusts its atmosphere, very specific to the Nordic series, to seduce the public and succeed. With sharp direction and production, Ragnarök manages to establish itself at the top of what platforms in the genre have to offer. Special side effects too, the series does well even if we haven’t seen all that it has to offer. We hope that the series will keep this guideline long and that it will avoid the pitfalls of overly sloppy plotting. Ragnarök’s real interest lies in its surprising plot, let’s hope that doesn’t change.