Ragnarok (TV series)

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Ragnarok
Genre
Written byAdam Price
Directed byMogens Hagedorn
Starring
Country of originDenmark
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) – present
External links
Website

Ragnarok is a Norwegian-language fantasy drama series inspired by Norse mythology[1] from Netflix that premiered on 31 January 2020. It is Netflix's second Norwegian-language TV series, following Home for Christmas. The series is produced by the Danish production company SAM Productions. The show has been renewed for a second season.[2]

The show takes place in the fictional Norwegian town of Edda in Western Norway,[3] which 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.[3] 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.

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. 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 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 Jutul's car, 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 Seier
  • Jonas Strand Gravli as Laurits Seier, 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 Seier, Magne's and Laurits' 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]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
1"New Boy"Mogens HagedornAdam Price31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
2"541 Meters"Mogens HagedornSimen Alsvik31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
4"Jutulheim"Mogens HagedornMarietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
4"Ginnungagap"Jannik JohansenChristian Gamst Miller-Harris31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
5"Atomic Number 48"Jannik JohansenChristian Gamst Miller-Harris31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)
6"Yes, We Love This Country"Jannik JohansenJacob Katz Hansen31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)

Reception[edit]

The series holds a rating of 7.6 on IMDb. Wired said 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, 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.[3] Despite being set in Western Norway, the characters do not speak in western dialect.[3] Dagbladet called it a stilted mixture of Skam and Norse mythology, "just as bad as it sounds".[1]

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. ^ "Netflix Nordic on Instagram: "you can all stop asking now. season 2 is happening⚡️"". Instagram. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Nilsen, Morten Ståle. "Ragnarok: Norrønt nonsens". VG (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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