Ragnarok (TV series)

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Ragnarok
RagnarokArt.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre
Created byAdam Price
Written by
  • Adam Price
  • Simen Alsvik
  • Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten
  • Christian Gamst Miller-Harris
  • Jacob Katz Hansen
Directed by
  • Mogens Hagedorn
  • Jannik Johansen
  • Mads Kamp Thulstrup
Starring
Country of originDenmark, Norway
Original languageNorwegian
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producers
  • Adam Price
  • Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen
ProducerStine Meldgaard Madsen
Production locationNorway
Production companySAM Productions
DistributorNetflix (2020) (World-wide) (video) (VOD) Netflix (2020) (Singapore) (video) (VOD)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release31 January 2020 (2020-01-31) – present
External links
Website

Ragnarok is a Norwegian fantasy drama streaming television series reimagining of Norse mythology[1] from Netflix. It takes place in current day, in the fictional Norwegian town of Edda in Hordaland, Western Norway,[2] which is plagued by climate change and the industrial pollution caused by the factories owned by the local Jutul family. The Jutuls are actually four Jötner posing as a family.[2] They are challenged by Magne, a teenage boy who is surprised to learn that he is the embodiment of Thor and begins the fight against those who are destroying the planet. In the second season, he is joined by more people who embody other gods.

The series premiered in January 2020, with a second season released in May 2021. It is Netflix's third Norwegian-language TV series, following Home for Christmas and Lilyhammer. The series is produced by the Danish production company SAM Productions.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • David Stakston as Magne Seier, the reincarnation of the thunder-god Thor.
  • Jonas Strand Gravli as Laurits Seier, Magne's half-brother. He is the reincarnation and reimaging of the mischief-god Loki. The story for Loki was changed from true mythology making his children born from him and erasing Angerboda.
  • Herman Tømmeraas as Fjor, the high-school-age "son" in the Jutul family of Jötnar from Norse mythology.
  • Theresa Frostad Eggesbø as Saxa, the high-school-aged "daughter" in the Jutul family.
  • Emma Bones as Gry, Magne's and Fjor's love interest.
  • Henriette Steenstrup as Turid Seier, Magne's and Laurits' mother.
  • Synnøve Macody Lund as Ran, principal of the high school and "mother" in the Jutul family.
  • Gísli Örn Garðarsson as Vidar, local tycoon and "father" in the Jutul family.

Supporting[edit]

  • Ylva Bjørkås Thedin as Isolde Eidsvoll, Magne's green activist friend.
  • Odd-Magnus Williamson as Erik Eidsvoll, Isolde's father and teacher at the high school.
  • Bjørn Sundquist as Wotan Wagner, the reincarnation of the god Odin.
  • Eli Anne Linnestad as Wenche, her real identity is Völva who awakens Magne's powers.
  • Tani Dibasey as Oscar Bjørnholt
  • Iselin Shumba Skjævesland as Yngvild Bjørnholt, a local police officer, and Oscar's mother.
  • Danu Sunth as Iman Reza, the reincarnation of the goddess Freyja with mind-manipulating powers.
  • Billie Barker as Signy
  • Benjamin Helstad as Harry, the reincarnation of the god Týr.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
1631 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
2627 May 2021 (2021-05-27)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
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No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"New Boy"Mogens HagedornAdam Price31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
Teen Magne, his mother, and his younger brother Laurits return to the Norwegian town of Edda after many years of absence. Their father died in Edda under mysterious circumstances when they were children and the remaining family moved away. As they drive into Edda their car gets stuck behind an old man on an electric wheelchair in the middle of the road, who comes to a halt trying to turn right. Magne gets out of the car to help, and is approached by the old man's wife. She tells Magne he is a good boy and looks up at him intensely before touching his forehead. A change flickers through his eyes. The two brothers begin attending the local high school, and awkward Magne becomes friends with green advocate Isolde. Isolde later dies when she appears to paraglide into power lines. That night, a distraught Magne holds his mother's sledge hammer as lightning fills the sky. He throws the hammer and it disappears into the clouds.
22"541 Meters"Mogens HagedornSimen Alsvik31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
The high school mourns Isolde's death, as Magne suspects it was not an accident. Magne learns the hammer, former property of his deceased father, went over 1500 metres and embedded itself in Vidar Jutul's car, and strange occurrences happen at a school dance. Vidar admits to his wife that he killed Isolde. Magne's inquiries begin to disturb the Jutuls as Vidar searches for Isolde's mobile phone which has some incriminating photos of illegal waste disposal by Jutul Industries.
33"Jutulheim"Mogens HagedornMarietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
Magne learns that he can run faster than any other human, and is uninjured when he's hit by a snowplow traveling 50 km/hr. The Jutuls, aware of this, try to find more about Magne and invite him to dinner. They try to get him drunk and after giving him mead they succeed. In this state Magne realizes the family is not as it seems; he arm-wrestles Ran Jutul, briefly revealed in her true form, shocked by her appearance he loses to her. When he looks in the mirror in the bathroom, he sees a bearded warrior version of himself.
44"Ginnungagap"Jannik JohansenChristian Gamst Miller-Harris31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
Magne continues Isolde's work in investigating the Jutuls and their role in Edda's water pollution problem while learning more about his abilities and evading the increasingly suspicious Jutuls. Magne's mother bonds with Isolde's father, Erik. Magne and the Jutul's son, Fjor, are both romantically interested in Gry, who seems to care about each of them. On a school trip up the mountains Magne confesses his love for Gry but she chooses to go off with Fjor. After seeing Vidar cutting up raw reindeer meat, Magne realizes that it matches the same blood from Isolde's jacket at the time of her death. Magne then deduces that Vidar was behind Isolde's death all along, and warns him that he will not get away with it. After Magne follows Fjor and Gry, Vidar sends Trym, the hellhound, to kill him. However, Trym proves to be no match for Magne. Gry notices that something is wrong with the Jutul family, including century-old photos and even older artwork showing the Jutuls physically unchanged from the present.
55"Atomic Number 48"Jannik JohansenChristian Gamst Miller-Harris31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
Magne is punished for killing Trym, and when he proposes to submit an assignment critical of Jutul Industries is forced to return Isolde's laptop to Erik, who had given it to him. To make amends Erik gives Magne Isolde's mobile phone, which he found high on the mountain. Magne succeeds in unlocking it and finds the incriminating photos. He goes up the mountain and discovers 2,500 barrels in a cave belonging to Jutul Industries leaking toxic waste. Magne reports the existence of the barrel store to the police but when they go to find them the toxic barrels are missing, as the police had pre-notified the Jutuls of the visit. Magne is not taken seriously by the police and the school authorities and he is excluded from the school, subject to psychological evaluation. Gry continues her relationship with Fjor even though she finds him odd and his family pressure him to break the relationship off.
66"Yes, We Love This Country"Jannik JohansenJacob Katz Hansen31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
Magne is incorrectly diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic by the psychiatrist and is prescribed anti-psychotic drugs, which he refuses to take. Fjor still displays feelings for Gry and tries to help her family with money. He also informs Magne that he was correct about the toxic barrels from Jutul Industries, and reveals that they are going to be shipped away from Edda. The Jutuls tell Fjor to kill Gry; Saxa threatens to kill Gry herself if he does not. Magne leaves some toxic barrels on the police station steps and they begin an investigation despite Vidar's attempts to intimidate the police chief. Fjor takes Gry to an abandoned warehouse and starts to attack her, but Magne intervenes and saves her life. Vidar appears, identifies Magne as Thor and attacks him. Before the battle, Magne warns Fjor and Gry to run. Magne is almost overcome by Vidar but he calls up lightning and, directing a bolt from the sky, uses it to strike Vidar. Magne is hurt by the lightning as well, but it appears that he survived the strike.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
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No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
71"Brothers in Arms"Mogens HagedornAdam Price & Emilie Lebech Kaae27 May 2021 (2021-05-27)
The second season picks up right where first season left off, with Magne calling up the lighting bolt from the sky to strike Vidar which ended up hurting him as well though nobody gets killed. Wenche was there watching them fight and then flew away turning into an eagle. Magne runs up to the mountains seeking for answers from Wenche, she takes him into a different realm where Magne finds out that he has to wait for the battle and gather up with the others and he is not alone, the Jutuls on the other hand are on a war council worrying about Magne's growing powers. Fjor decides to leave his family and live with Gry disappointing Vidar. Magne asks Laurits to be on his side on the great battle but Laurits still finds hard to believe Magne. Jutul industries are on the verge of answering many questions on the pollution of Edda, Saxa has started taking over the business. Magne finds his first ally Iman to fight the giants, who is embodiment of Freya. Laurits feels like an outsider because he has no similarities with his father, and because of his sexuality. Laurits finds out that his biological father actually is Vidar which Magne finds hard to accept with huge disappointment.
82"What Happened to the Nice, Old Lady?"Mogens HagedornAdam Price & Emilie Lebech Kaae27 May 2021 (2021-05-27)
In an attempt to sway Laurits to his side, Vidar takes Laurits to Jutul home. There, Vidar offers meade of old world to Laurits. After drinking, Vidar performs a ritual which makes Laurits one of the giants. Laurits realises he is embodiment of Loki. Ran kills Wenche.
93"Power to the People"Mogens HagedornAdam Price & Emilie Lebech Kaae27 May 2021 (2021-05-27)
Before dying, Wenche leaves her magical necklace to an one eyed old man which later summons the spirit of Odin who now takes place for Wenche in the battle. Laurits manipulates Vidar into giving him a key of Jutulheim. Later at night, Magne and Laurits sneak into the Jutulheim to forge Mjölnir in what they mistakenly think is eternal fire in the living room. They are caught by Vidar, and Laurits is labelled as traitor. Magne, Laurits, and Iman meet Odin. Odin doesn't let Laurits be a part of their group as he is a giant and pathological traitor. Laurits steals Odin's blood, and injects it in himself making him an half god and a half giant. Vidar invites Laurits to his home with the intentions to kill Laurits. Magne follows Laurits, and saves him by killing Vidar in battle.
104"God Is God, Though All Men Death Had Tasted"Mogens HagedornAdam Price & Emilie Lebech Kaae27 May 2021 (2021-05-27)
Magne regrets killing Vidar, his brother Laurits blood father yet a giant in fear of losing his brother. Ran also seems to grow many human feelings and Saxa remains to stay focused of their goal, the Jutul industries statutes say that it must be the eldest son who takes the business but Saxa becomes the one incharge and on the other hand Fjor remains to let his human feelings for Gry blind him. Laurit's hate for Magne had grown too much, making Magne vulnerable and decides that he cannot kill anyone which is not an option so he refuses his power for good and leave the hammer to Odin. Laurits finds out that he has a tapeworm inside his stomach causing him to eat much. Gry tells Fjor that she and her mom are leaving the town and Fjor decides to come with her leaving Edda and not even attending Vidar's funeral. Iman tries to talk out Magne from giving up his powers but Magne doesn't change his mind disappointing Iman but Iman finds her new ally Harry replacing Magne. Laurits condition starts to get even severe and gets rushed to the hospital, Laurits gives birth to Jörmungandr — the midgard serpent, which was treated as a tapeworm. He decides to take it home without telling anyone. Saxa tries to change Fjor's mind but Fjor doesn't seem to change his mind which means Saxa gets total control over the Jutul industries. Magne couldn't take that his own brother hates him due to what he is and what he did so to make this right he runs up to the mountains the scream at the top of his voice to the heavens requesting to take his powers his desperation gets so far that he even sits in the church and pray to the god he doesn't even believe in, he prays to Jesus for his powers to be taken due to huge regret of killing his brother's blood father in Vidar's funeral, as a result he is no longer special, Fjor changes his mind about leaving the town with Gry and comes to the funeral and decides to avenge Vidar's death and finish what he started, Gry leaves the town and Fjor claims the giant's ancient axe.
115"Know Yourself"Mads Kamp ThulstrupAdam Price & Emilie Lebech Kaae27 May 2021 (2021-05-27)
Magne finds out that his prayers worked and he lost his powers, he was relieved. Fjor takes back the Jutul industries leaving Saxa out and fires Turid cause of Magne, Magne gets furious and tried to antagonize him but he didn't have any powers anymore leading Fjor knocking him down, Magne turns back to Odin asking for his powers back but he wasn't welcome anymore as Iman had Harry in his place. Magne tries to stop thinking about it but he couldn't ignore the fact the his team were using his their powers selfishly, Turid finds out about Laurits keeping the world serpent in his room which she doesn't know anything about and confronts Laurits immediately about it, but he gets to keep it. Magne again tried to talk to Odin and asks him if there's a way to do this without killing anyone but there is no other way which really frustrates him. After Fjor is back and is taking over everything Saxa did, Ran still takes Fjor's side leaving out Saxa, Saxa decides to vote Fjor out with Laurit's help as he is also a member of the Jutuls, Saxa offers Laurits the Key of Jutulheim and a lot of money if he helps her to get what she wants, Fjor and Ran doesn't like the look of this so she takes Laurits home and warns him to stay out of it, Magne steps in trying to defend his brother but without his powers he can't do anything, that's when he decides to do whatever it takes to win the battle and goes back to Odin to actually seek for his powers back and accepts that he would do whatever is necessary, Odin tells him that his greatest weapon, The Mjolnir, The only way by which he can stands the Giants. Magne decides to lie to Laurits for the sake of the world to get the key of Jutulheim which Saxa gave him.
126"All You Need Is Love"Mads Kamp ThulstrupAdam Price & Emilie Lebech Kaae27 May 2021 (2021-05-27)
Magne, Wotan, Iman and Harry, accompanied by Halvor, set out to Jutul Industries. Magne tricks Laurits into giving him the key to unlock the old warehouse where the ancient forge was located. Wotan distracts the guards while the others sneak into the warehouse. The guards inform Fjor and he sets out to the old warehouse. In the Warehouse, Iman keeps guard while Magne and Harry, along with Halvor manage to locate the ancient forge and start crafting Mjolnir. Meanwhile, Iman and Harry engage in a fight with Fjor who overpowers them and severely injures Harry. They manage to craft Mjolnir and Magne returns home while the others get caught. As a result, Iman and Halvor are fired from the hospital. Magne tries throwing the hammer, but his powers don't return. At Jutulheim, Fjor is pissed that tax authorities have an upper hand. Saxa suggests to appeal emotionally rather than rationally. Magne notices the pet in Laurits' room. Fjor organises a press conference and says that they will be moving their production abroad. The Norway government intervenes and allows them to continue their production in Edda. Turid gets a new job at the supermarket. As storms rage in the skies again, the news of the Jutuls' victory enrages Magne, who discovers that it was lightning that created Thor. As he takes his hammer, he is confronted by Laurits, who realizes that Magne lied to him. Magne leaves anyway and awakens the hammer, causing his powers to return. At Jutulheim, Fjor and Ran find out that Saxa gave the key to Laurits and confront her, before leaving to kill Laurits. Turid goes on a date with Erik. Magne comes to Jutulheim to face Fjor, only to find an injured Saxa there. Saxa offers to help Magne and they end up having a romantic moment, leading to sex. Elsewhere, Fjor is about to kill Laurits when he says that he possesses the only thing that can kill Magne. As they are about to leave, Magne appears in front of them and attacks them with Mjolnir, but they escape. As the episode ends, Laurits releases Jörmungandr in the water as Ran and Fjor watch by the shore.

Reception[edit]

The series holds a rating of 7.5 on IMDb. Wired said Ragnarok was "angsty, eccentric" "climate change fiction" and compared it to Twilight.[4] The A.V. Club also compared it to Twilight.[5]

The series was not well received by some Norwegian media. VG called it nonsensical, said that the characters, plots, and dialogue were a failure, and noted that even though it was in Norwegian that it felt more like a Danish series.[2] Despite being set in Western Norway, the characters do not speak in western dialect.[2] Dagbladet called it a stilted mixture of Skam and Norse mythology, "just as bad as it sounds".[1]

Glowing reviews were also posted, including a Rotten Tomatoes viewer score of 81%, and IGN's K. Campbell praising Ragnarok as "compelling" and citing "the strength of its central concept, which depicts the end of the world as a slow creep..."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thorvik, Hannah Bull (28 January 2020). "Like dårlig som det høres ut". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Nilsen, Morten Ståle. "Ragnarok: Norrønt nonsens". VG (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Ragnarok – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  4. ^ Grey Ellis, Emma (31 January 2020). "Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok". Wired.
  5. ^ McLevy, Alex (30 January 2020). "Netflix's Ragnarok doesn't give Marvel anything to worry about". The A.V. Club.

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