With just a few episodes left until the end of the first series, here comes Chris Hemsworth’s Thor to lighten the mood.

And he does – very well indeed. This week’s episode is an awful lot lighter in tone and much funnier than the rest of the series so far.

Having no adoptive half brother – Loki being Thor’s secret Frost Giant sibling in main MCU continuity – means that Thor is a bit of a tearaway as an adult, having not learned any of the lessons he took on board when dealing with a trickster for a brother. So as soon as he gets the chance, Thor seizes the opportunity to party hard. With chaos being left in Thor’s wake, humanity has to find a solution to deal with the rowdy Asgardians and stop their reckless partying for good.

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is, as always, a delight. He’s much more of a buffoon here, albeit a likeable one – with an insatiable appetite for fun and a huge cast of guests arriving at his party. Many guests are instantly recognisable, with a few surprises here and there. It’s very funny indeed; much of the humour lands well. The animation and music excel as always. It’s a great showcase for some of the MCU’s female characters too, with one particular comment from Thor being a direct dig at the trolls Brie Larson had to face for having the audacity to…portray Captain Marvel (in the sad little world of trolls who exist only to stir up fury through hate clicks, Larson became a thoroughly undeserving target of relentless scrutiny and abuse).

However, it’s a really thin premise for an entire episode. It doesn’t have a lot to say and it feels like it takes forever to actually go anywhere at all; like last week’s episode, the really interesting stuff is set up in the final moments. It’s a great showcase for the different tones possible with the What If…? premise, but it’s not a particularly memorable episode, as enjoyable as it is.

It does seem from Disney’s marketing that we’re headed for a big climax to the show’s first season, but that’s something I won’t speculate on here for fear of accidentally getting it right and spoiling the surprise altogether. Let’s hope that is the case though, because episode seven is a fun, but ultimately forgettable, entry in the series so far.

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