As I keep reviewing these compilations of Micro-Episodes, I keep finding myself with less and less to say. Mainly because they're all mostly consistent. The good things in one are good in the rest. But I'll still go into specifics, don't you worry. I'm nothing if not thorough.
This episode was by far the most cohesive. And by that, I mean that it felt more self-related than the other Micro-Episode compilations. Basically, this was an Asgard episode, through and through. Thor and Loki. It's not like the Hulk compilation that takes a right turn into S.H.I.E.L.D., or the Ant-Man/Wasp one with segments that are only tangentially connected. (But we'll get there soon enough.)
The animation was fine, as always. I have nothing to criticize this particular episode on, and I don't really have anything specific to praise, other than the Kirby-esque design of Bifrost.
The Shining Son of Asgard! The greatest.... okay, fine, he's barely in this episode.
Thor's your typical reluctant prince, but we get to see his, for lack of a better term, humanity. He's not just a brute (looking at you, Avengers Assemble), he's an honorable Prince of Asgard. To be fair, he can come across as boring and stiff, but the voice actor still infuses enough emotion into his words that he instead comes across as stoic. He's like Spock. He feels emotion, but he's trained to channel it into his strength.
You think your dad's an old fart whose set in his ways? He ain't got nothin' on this guy. But even though he's stubborn, he's a complex character who genuinely cares about his sons and his kingdom. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and he's a sympathetic character, despite being one that the audience is supposed to disagree with.
No wonder Thor falls in love with her. She's a weak, puny mortal, but she risks her life every day to save the lives of others. No offense to Natalie Portman, but I'll take paramedic Jane over mopey scientist Jane any day.
What a magnificent bastard. They say the best lies have a hint of truth to them, and that's why this Loki is so good at what he does. Just... wow. No bones about it, this Loki is not one we're meant to sympathize with. This Loki is evil with a capital Mua-ha-ha.
She, on the other hand, is clearly not 100% into the "evil" thing. She clearly has her own goals (unknown to us, at the moment) which just happen to align with Loki's. For now...
An excellent one. In the first part, we see exactly why Thor is a huge fan of Earth. In the second and third ones, we're shown the motivations of Thor, Loki, and Odin as well as getting a competently done Asgard siege story. In the fourth part, we see that Loki is one brilliant chessmaster. And he's not done yet.
But that will have to wait. See you next time.