Netflix announces Ragnarok TV Series:
The Small Screen Industry has also jumped into the bandwagon of apocalyptic thrillers. After Edge of Tomorrow, Mad Max: Fury-Road and 28 Days Later, the trend that was started by the movie-making industry has also caught on to Netflix. Sometimes, the world is being threatened by an alien invasion. Sometimes it might be a global epidemic or a mad scientist hell-bent on watching the world burn. Netflix has taken that trend and given it an ancient origin story. This time, the End of Days will be related to a long lost civilization and a Pantheon of Gods that is all but forgotten by humanity.
The new TV Series is set in the fictional town of Edda in the Northeastern winter lands of the European continent. Edda looks like a normal town with normal people. But what does not appear to the average person is that Edda harbors deep, dark secrets related to the very origin of humanity. Edda is related to the Norse Mythological history. Even the natives and locals of the town are not who they appear to be.
Ragnarok’s trailer showed us that the town is populated by people blessed with powerful magical abilities. Many of them have superhuman physical attributes. The lead character was able to punch a tree and it soon fell. The actual truth might be that the core characters or the people with superpowers are either Gods or descendants of Gods.
The protagonist of the TV Series is called Magne and he has the power to control lightning, create storms, and has super strength. Magne shows incredible feats of strength and speed in the trailer. So he is probably of Thor’s blood or Thor himself. There are several other Gods like Odin, Loki, the Valkyrie, Freya and many more members of the Norse Pantheon. The trailer showed us that the Gods of Asgard are locked in an eternal battle with the Frost Giants. The Frost Giants are also shown but their sizes do not do justice to their names. They are regular human-sized folk. But if the trailer is to be believed, the Gods are fighting Giants who now own mega-corporations and use it to destroy the world using their enormous wealth and resources. The job of the re-born Gods is to stop that from happening.
In Norse Folklore, the greatest foe of Thor is the World Serpent. This huge snake has the ability to destroy the world. His awakening and rise from the underground signals the End of Days aka Ragnarok for the Viking Culture. When the World Serpent rises from below, the entire world faces catastrophic floods that destroy human civilization. The trailer shows that Edda has been affected from an environmental perspective. It’s once affluent permafrost glaciers are melting for reasons unknown. We believe the Giants are trying to awaken the World Serpent to pre-empt Ragnarok.
This will be an interesting show to watch since it is not an English language production. It is a foreign language TV Series made in the lands of the Vikings, who were the ones who worshipped the Asgardians in the first place. The series will surely touch upon subjects that even the Marvel Cinematic Universe has missed in its portrayal of Asgard and Thor. Maybe this show will show us something entirely new. The cast is extremely talented and using a coming of age drama to tell the story of Ragnarok surely is an intriguing concept. It will not feature Chris Hemsworth but anything that even remotely revolves around Asgard has to be first on a lot of people’s watch list.
Ragnarok is set to release on the 20th of January this year. The official synopsis for the Netflix TV Series is:
Ragnarok is a coming-of-age drama building on and contributing to a new and surprising angle on Norse mythology. The series is set in the small, fictitious town of Edda, situated in the grand, breathtaking Norwegian nature. The story revolves around the inhabitants of Edda, who are perhaps not all who they claim to be.