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Loki Episode 2 – Review

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Episode two 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. It is the third MCU related show this year, following in the footsteps of WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

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

Not wasting any time

Refreshingly, this series is moving at a real pace. We’re only two episodes in, but a third of the way through the series. We’ve already seen what appears to be the main villain of the piece. Also, the dynamic between Loki and Agent Mobius is already firmly established.

The episode starts in what appears to be the Middle Ages but in reality, is a Renaissance Fair in 1985. There’s a very strong 80’s thread running throughout this whole series. As with episode one, there are references to Bladerunner. The stylistic homage to that iconic film is even more prevalent in this episode. When Mobius is having his meeting with Renslayer, they are listening to music on her reel-to-reel tape player and the computers resemble an old BBC micro. This is reminiscent of the scene where Rick Deckard is examining a picture closely by magnifying it in a way we can do easily in the age the film was set (2019), by using his television which was clearly made around the time the film was made in 1982. The technology used looks decidedly retro while its purpose and function are unashamedly futuristic.

At the fair

Meanwhile, back at the renaissance fair, the TVA hunters are looking for The Variant, who is proving impossible to catch. The Variant seems to be able to infect almost any person. Having managed to infect Hunter C-20 and steal the technology that allows the TVA to create Time Doors, The Variant can now not only move through people but through time and space as well.

The TVA has informed Loki that The Variant is literally that – a variant of Loki. In a classic piece of reverse psychology, they’ve convinced him that The Variant is in fact ‘The Superior Loki’. This is like a red, or in this case green, rag to a bull as he is determined to remain the ultimate god of mischief. He is therefore happy to help Mobius and the TVA catch this interloper and sets about his task with some vigour.

Loki’s theory

He realises that the way The Variant is managing to move unseen through the ages and create timeline branches is by existing when disasters (or Nexus events) are about to occur. He convinces Mobius of this and is allowed to demonstrate it by first ruining Mobius’ lunch and then heading on a brief but amusing trip to Pompeii in 79AD.

Loki works out that The Variant is hiding in an area in Alabama in 2050 that is about to be devastated by a hurricane. They track the ‘Superior Loki’ to a huge supermarket where people are sheltering from the impending storm. Mobius is overruled by B-15 and Loki is taken with her to search for The Variant. The motive behind the unusual move becomes clear immediately as The Variant has taken over B-15’s body to try and destroy Loki to continue on their time, space and body hopping plan of mischief.

Fortunately, Loki is wise to this and after several body-swapping moments and a sizeable battle The Variant is finally revealed in her true form. She then escapes via a time door and Loki is left with no option but to follow her to try and keep tabs on her. Mobius, who missed the entire fight, is now under the impression that he has escaped rather than the reality.

Showing promise

This series is already looking extremely promising. Clearly, the powers that be at Marvel agree, having already ordered a second series. There was some lovely interplay between Loki and Miss Minutes. Also, the buddy cop dynamic between Mobius and Loki is developing nicely too. Lastly, the relationship between Loki and The Variant looks set to be a classic sibling rivalry. One full of spice and constant attempts to gain the upper hand. Marvel has definitely got the aesthetic right as well. Some of the green screen work at TVA HQ is magnificent. The theme tune is brilliant as well. In fact, I’m sure there’ll be music producers working on dance remixes of it as we speak. It could not only be the TV event of the summer but also provide us with the song of the summer too.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10


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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.

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