Wah! ReMade episodes are too short when they get this immersive - I want to know mooore.
This episode introduces Loki - actually, Serialbox offers character portraits now, and this is their idea of him:
...I read the episode before I ever saw this, so of course, this is not the Loki in my head. But yay, cool portraits!
As you could likely guess from that image, Loki was a gamer. Specifically, he spent his time in a game that sounds a little bit like World of warcraft, though it might be an even clearer reference to something else I've never played, because whatever Loki is playing has a few quirks that are unfamiliar to me - fortunately, because those quirks allow a lot of misery to come Loki's way. As if his parents weren't bad enough. He can't even talk to his sister, who's been busy at all hours since she moved out.
Loki's alone. Except that wouldn't have been so bad, to be truly alone. Then there'd be no one around to point out the mismatch between him an the name Loki.
This episode was even more heart-wrenching than the previous Neveah one, which I did not expect. There's some action going on in the present tense - a lot of action, actually - but even a hungry tiger-thing is less scary than Loki's life immediately before coming to this place, whatever this place is.
(And just as I'd caught my breath, I learned that the next episode is about Umta, which I CANNOT WAIT FOR.)
Here's the blurb:
Respawning in an unfamiliar place with no resources, weapons, or fuel sounds like a gamer’s nightmare – and Loki knows a thing or two about those. As the group tries to navigate finding food, creating shelter, and staying calm in a jungle with killer robots, he can’t help but wish for a reset button that takes him back – though he knows more than anyone that his life hasn’t been great for the last several checkpoints. When a new predator begins to stalk the survivors he sees his chance to prove himself in the real world, but he’s pretty sure he’s already used his one life in this game.