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Heavenly bodies: how the bureaucrats of the afterlife took over TV – The Guardian

From Loki to The Good Place, the inner workings of the next world is a hot topic – yet its Taoist roots are positively ancient



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This article contains spoilers about The Good Place.
In the first glimpse of Loki, Marvels upcoming TV series for Disney+, Tom Hiddlestons god of mischief is shepherded through a Soviet-esque tower block and asked by a nonplussed attendant to sign off every word he has ever spoken. With crisp haircuts and drab suits, the workers of the Time Variance Authority look much the same as the agents in the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau and have a similar purpose: to make sure what is supposed to happen…

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