Ragnarok (TV series)

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Ragnarok
GenreDrama
Written byAdam Price
Directed byMogens Hagedorn
Country of originDenmark and Norway
Original language(s)Norwegian
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Adam Price
  • Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen
Producer(s)Stine Meldgaard Madsen
Production location(s)Norway
Production company(s)SAM Productions
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
External links
Website

Ragnarok is a Norwegian-language drama from Netflix that premiered on 31 January 2020. The series is produced by the Danish production company SAM Productions.[1]

Premise[edit]

The fictional Norwegian town of Edda in Western Norway[2] is plagued by climate change and the industrial pollution caused by the factories owned by the local Jutul family, the fifth-richest family in Norway. The Jutuls are actually four Jötunn, frost giants and giantesses posing as a family in Edda.[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 that are destroying the planet.

The story draws inspiration from Norse mythology.[3]

Plot[edit]

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 when they were children and they moved away. As they drive into Edda their car gets stuck behind an old man on an electric vehicle in the middle of the road, who comes to a halt trying to turn right. From his eye-patch this is a representation of Odin. Magne gets out of the car to help, and is approached by the old man’s wife, who must be Frigg, a godess who can foresee the future. She tells Magne his 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 father's sledge hammer as lightning fills the sky. He throws the hammer and it disappears into the clouds.

The high school mourns Isolde's death as Magne suspects it was not an accident. Magne learns the hammer he threw went over 1500 metres and embedded itself in Vidar's car (a later test throw was 541 metres), and strange occurrences happen at a school dance. Vidar admits to his wife that he killed Isolde. Gry, Magne's classmate and friend, 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.

Magne learns that he can run superhumanly fast, and is uninjured when he's hit by a snowplow traveling 50 km/hr. The Jutuls invite him to dinner and after drinking mead he realizes the family is not as they seem, such as mother Ran Jutul holds him to a standstill, then defeats him at arm-wrestling. When he looks in the mirror, he sees a bearded warrior version of himself.

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 both but chooses to be with Fjor.

Cast[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

  • David Stakston as Magne
  • Jonas Strand Gravli as Laurits, Magne's brother
  • Herman Tømmeraas as Fjor, the high-school aged “son” in the Jutul family of Jötunn 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, Magne's mother
  • Gísli Örn Garðarsson as Vidar, local tycoon and “father” in the Jutul family
  • Synnøve Macody Lund as Ran, principal of the high school and “mother” in the Jutul family

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin as Isolde, Magne's green activist friend
  • Odd-Magnus Williamson as Erik, Isolde's father and teacher at the high school, Turid's developing love interest
  • Bjørn Sundquist as Wotan
  • Eli Anne Linnestad as Wenche, gives Magne his Thor powers

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
1"New Boy"Mogens HagedornTBA31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
2"541 Meters"Mogens HagedornTBA31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
3"Jutulheim"Mogens HagedornTBA31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
4"Ginnungagap"Jannik JohansenTBA31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
5"Atomic Number 48"Jannik JohansenTBA31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
6"Yes, We Love This Country"Jannik JohansenTBA31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)

Reception[edit]

The series holds a rating of 7.6 on IMDb Wired said it Ragnarok was "angsty, eccentric" "climate change fiction" and compared it to Twilight.[5] The A.V. Club also compared it to Twilight.[6]

The series was not well received by some Norwegian media. VG called it nonsensical and 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".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The gods and giants are coming: Ragnarok premieres January 31, 2020 — see the first teaser". Netflix Media Center. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Nilsen, Morten Ståle. "Ragnarok: Norrønt nonsens". VG (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b Thorvik, Hannah Bull (28 January 2020). "Like dårlig som det høres ut". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Ragnarok – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  5. ^ Grey Ellis, Emma (31 January 2020). "Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok". Wired.
  6. ^ McLevy, Alex (30 January 2020). "Netflix's Ragnarok doesn't give Marvel anything to worry about". The A.V. Club.

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