Cinematic Doctrine

Loki (S1) - Self-Love and Reflection, and Cultural Observation

July 20, 2021 Melvin & Dan Season 1 Episode 80
Cinematic Doctrine
Loki (S1) - Self-Love and Reflection, and Cultural Observation
Show Notes


Melvin and Daniel talk about spilled coffee, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Britney Spears. Then they discuss their enjoyment of Loki, it's expert balance of tone and theme, the Christian response to fiction containing things they don't like, and implications for the Marvel multiverse in future installments.


  • Melvin has two cold-opens: one about Space Jam: A New Legacy and the other about Britney Spears. Daniel chooses the "I-Spilled-My-Coffee-While-Recording" option. 
  • Then they get into Space Jam: A New Legacy's weird cross-promotion choices 
  • How #FreeBritney can be observed similarly to the fascination with Princess Diana, and how the continued humanization of stars is a net-positive. 
  • Introducing Loki [15:07] 
  • Melvin shares what he likes about Loki, such as the weekly release schedule and its powerful subject matter of individual value (free-will, self-love, and self-reflection). 
  • Daniel, "I'm just going to say it right now though, like, if this is what the shows going to be like the whole time, I'm going to be very disappointed." 
  • Loki's one-line mention of his sexuality, and how it's really not a big deal in case anyone was complaining 
  • Art always reflects the time, place, and people who make it. 
  • It's useful for the Christian to be aware of people's genuine lives. To embrace the honesty of others, even when that honesty reveals they have sin in their life. 
  • It is unhealthy to rely on corporations to dictate one's morality, nor to be overtly bothered by a corporations moral stance. 
  • How Disney, a corporation, doesn't push the progressive button too far because it may affect their bottom-line, and how a company's bottom-line is more important than their morality. 
  • Melvin, "[Christians] are always so worried about "what should I do and what should I not do; who should I support and who should I not support; what show should I watch and what show should I not watch - and why."" 
  • If the Big-C church had been doing its job - making disciples, and not fighting a culture war - then perhaps Christians wouldn't have to be upset with the kind of art they engage in television and film. 
  • When imitating Paul at the Areopagus (Acts 17), the Christian learns media literacy for the sake of disciple making. 
  • Getting into the last episode of Loki, the big reveal of Kang the Conqueror, and theorizing for the future. 
  • Suspecting that the branching of timelines is how we'll see Mutants introduced into the MCU. 


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