This is the first TV series they were able to do without impact from recent events.
We got Owen Wilson into the MCU! Not only that but he is almost unrecognizable. He has great chemistry with Hiddelston. The "Joe Friday" part of the role is growing on me but this is a huge win for the franchise especially considering they are going multiple seasons with this series, one of only two getting that honor at this point, both of whom got it in advance of the first airing.
The biggest issue is we've already seen the redemption arc for Loki. For fucks sake, they shoed it to Loki in this episode, though that did not prevent Marvel from doing a Marvel Legends piece on the guy! This just seems like a step backwards for the character, especially since he went through that entire arc again in this very episode. It was great acting but there is nowhere for him to go beyond solving the crime and getting justice for another version of himself.
On top of ti all, there is a whole hand if not a thumb on the scale. The Avengers got a pass for ... reasons. The time stone is also exempt? They might as well have just said that they can do whatever they want.
And what kind of system gives you a YouTube video and has you defend your right to existence in as much time whiteout an explanation or some sort of legal assistance?
The defenders and those who threaten their peace.Heroes and Demons
The welcoming Dominion and the Cardassians who oppose them; Dogs of War