Ragnarok is a Norwegian-language urban fantasy series from Netflix, which is best described as a Norse-themed Percy Jackson fanfic written by Stephenie Meyer – it’s angsty, weird, and more often than not just bad: bad dialogue, bad acting, bad SFX. Which is why it’s also weirdly good and enjoyable at times. In the series, Magne, a teenage boy with dyslexia, moved back to the fictional town of Edda where he lived in as a child; yes, the town is named after Poetic Edda, which is not subtle at all.
There, Magne met an old man in an eye-patch and his elderly wife at a grocery store, which were totally not Odin and Frigg in disguise, and awakened to his power as an avatar of Thor. The town is controlled by a family of evil robber barons, the Jutuls, which are totally Jötunns – the Father Jutul even went naked in the mountains and killed a deer with his bare hands just to eat the raw heart and prove to you that yes, the family is indeed a pack of monsters in every sense of the word, no gray areas!
It’s also blatant that the producers are trying to make a series for Marvel’s Thor with the serial numbers filed off, because Magne’s mischievous brother is totally not Loki, and the fact that his actor looked a hell lot like a teenage Tom Hiddleston is surely a coincidence. Note that in the original mythologies, Loki is in fact a brother to Odin, due to the fact that Loki’s mother is a wet nurse for the old one-eye, which would make him Thor’s uncle; Loki being Thor’s brother is an idea popularized by Marvel.
Anyways, after his teenage crush of a lesbian environmentalist died in a glider crush in the span of the very first episode, Magne tossed his late Father’s hammer – which isn’t a large ornate warhammer like in Marvel, it’s just a regular-sized tool hammer – into the sky and unleashed his anger into bolts of Force Lightning (Palpatine would have approved), and then vowed to take on the family of evil giant Capitalists and the climate change caused by their exploitation of nature to avenge his teenage crush.
Yes, it’s as cheesy as it sounds, but in a world where the young adult market is filled with utter horseshit like Divergent (which is a rip-off of Hunger Games, which is in itself a rip-off of countless dystopian fiction), a lefty who’s looking for some cheap thrills can do a lot worse than watching angsty teenage Thor fight climate change.