TV review: Ragnarok

What happens in Ragnarok

On a beautiful fjord sits the small town of Edda, home to Jutul Industries. This, Norway’s fifth largest corporation, belongs to the Jutul family. The handsome father, Vidar, runs the company. His beautiful wife, Ran, is headmistress of the town’s high school; the school is attended by their equally perfect children Saxa and Fjor.

The Jutuls live in an old house above the town. They’re well known figures and skilled at using magic to protect their secret. What’s unknown to most locals is that Vidar, Ran, Saxa and Fjor aren’t human. They’re jötnar, giants who come from the time of the Norse gods.

These 21st-century giants have wealth, status, property and good looks. Their lives are blessed. Until, that is, a new student at the school discovers he’s a reincarnation of Thor, god of thunder and lightning. The Jutuls know Thor of old: the original god was a great adversary of the giants.

Clearly, life for the Jutuls will never be the same again.

Is Ragnarok worth watching?

Absolutely yes. Ragnarok is a brilliant and original tv drama. I enjoyed each of the 12 episodes immensely. The twists and turns of the story always surprised me. And the characters are interesting, likeable and well acted.

I put off watching Ragnarok because I thought it might be too similar to The Almighty Johnsons (2011–2013). The very enjoyable hit comedy was also about reincarnated Norse gods. However, Ragnarok is nothing like the New Zealand show and it’s definitely not like Marvel’s Thor either.

Ragnarok has a vibe that feels much closer to the original Norse myths. As in the Norse myths, in the tv show the gods and giants are flawed individuals whose relationships with each other constantly change. They make mistakes and they develop as individuals. In other words, Ragnarok has the timeless key ingredients of quality drama.

Seasons one and two of Ragnarok are on Netflix. It’s unclear yet whether there will be a third season. I really hope that Netflix renews it. As the final episode made clear, there is a lot more story left to be told.

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