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Loki Episode 1 – Review

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Episode one of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus, how does it compare to the other recent MCU series, here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

He’s back

Loki is the latest streaming series from Marvel and Disney Plus. It is their third series this year following WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. It is also the one I have been most excited about, as I think Loki is one of the strongest characters in the MCU. This is largely thanks to the scene-stealing performances every time he is on screen from Tom Hiddleston. He plays the role with a level of mischievous malevolence akin to the late Alan Rickman as The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He plays the role in a way only an Englishman could. It was extremely amusing to see a small vignette of him playing the classic English character of James Bond. A role he has been heavily linked with.

This series is set after the events of Avengers Assemble and before all that happened in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Meaning that none of the cinematic timeline or plot is spoilt. In fact, it looks very much like this series may explain Loki’s ‘reformation’ between those films. We’re treated to a ‘This Is Your Life’ style film of his best and worst moments as he discovers what is to transpire in his life courtesy of the Time Variant Authority (TVA).

The Time Variant Authority

The TVA are designated protectors of ‘The Sacred Timeline’. Which Loki had disrupted with his theft of the Tesseract during Endgame. Their sole purpose is to round up those who transgress against it or affect it. Loki is captured in the Gobi desert and sentenced to be reset before Agent Mobius intervenes as he feels Loki can help him. Owen Wilson is playing the unusually named Agent Mobius M. Mobius as he continues his metamorphosis into looking like the long lost brother of John Slattery (aka the older Howard Stark).

It’s great to see Owen Wilson away from his comedy roots. Although there will be comedic moments in this, it’s nice to see him in a slightly more dramatic role.

Mobius and the rest of the TVA are skipping through time to try and prevent a serious timeline breach or apocalyptic event. We find them at one stage in a church in 16th Century France. One with a stained glass window seemingly depicting Mephisto. His appearance in the MCU has been teased for a little while now with multiple references to him in WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. But now, it seems the teasing has stopped he is being unleashed upon us. We’re left wondering at the end of the episode as an unseen hooded figure attacks a group of TVA agents with fire. Could this be Mephisto or are they teasing us still further.

A world away from time

The TVA’s HQ is set somewhere in the universe where even Loki is staggered by what he sees when he looks out from it. It is a visually stunning utopia. It is a cross between Wakanda and Ridley Scott’s vision of Los Angeles in Bladerunner. The Bladerunner references continue as Nexus events are occurring. As TVA agents (or ‘Minutemen’) skip through time and space looking for timeline transgressors. I’m sure fans of Doctor Who and HG Wells will lap up this kind of thing. It also gives Marvel so much licence to have fun with historical events and retroactively create events that affect future happenings in the MCU.

The TVA’s raison d’etre was explained by their mascot(?) Miss Minute – played by Family Guy’s Tara Strong. I have a feeling her character is going to be akin to Jarvis in Iron Man films i.e. a sentient, AI bout of comic relief.

What’s coming?

As expected with any Marvel series, the production values are outstanding. The attention to detail is absolutely spot on and the cinematography is mind-blowing. Given this is a six-episode series, I’m hopeful the pacing will be quicker than The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. I’m also hoping that we may get the cameos we missed out on in the previous series. Equally, I’m praying there’ll be a more streamlined story with fewer threads that don’t really go anyway or affect the overall plot, which was a major criticism of the last Marvel outing.

I don’t think this could be described as a Loki, sorry, low-key opening. It’s another really promising start to a series. Let’s see if it lives up to that promise.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10


Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode one. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


Read our The Falcon And The Winter Soldier episode six review HERE.

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Loki Episode 6 – Review

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Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

More to come

The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.

Introducing the big bad

We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.

She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.

Loki fight

Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.

Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.

Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.

Setting up season two

Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.

Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.

I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.

Phase 4 groundwork

It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.

There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.

But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10


Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


Read our Loki episode five review HERE.

Read IMDB information about Loki HERE.

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