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Loki Episode 3 – Review

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Episode three 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.

The Superior Loki

We’ve already seen great energy and pace in the first two episodes, as well as some stunning cinematography. Happily, the pace, energy and visuals haven’t let up in Episode 3 either.

We learn so much about Loki and Sylvie aka ‘The Superior Loki’ in this episode. I’d suggested their relationship would be set up very much as a sibling rivalry, and their interplay is very much in that oeuvre.

We pick up from them jumping through the time door in the supermarket at the end of Episode 2, which lands them in TVA HQ. Sylvie’s mission is the Sam as Loki’s – meet The Timekeepers. They’re the supposed guardians of The Sacred Timeline, although we’ve yet to see them behind their gold door. This leads me to suspect that in true Marvel fashion, a twist about them will be coming our way before the final three episodes of this series are done.

In the meantime, Loki and Sylvie are embroiled in a battle, not least to best each other. Loki is also working with the TVA to stop her from destroying their headquarters and wrest control back of the TVA technology she stole. That TemPed is allowing her to jump through time and space to evade capture.

Loki under threat

Having killed a few TVA soldiers with their stun batons, Sylvie attempts to bluff Renslayer by threatening to kill Loki. Realising that Renslayer doesn’t care, they quickly realise their best bet is to use the tech to create another time door and escape.

They land on a desolate rock called Lamentis-1 in the year 2077. Lamentis-1 featured in the Marvel comics and is a moon of Lamentis, a planet in clear planetary distress. The stolen TemPed is annoyingly running low on juice and in need of a quantic recharge. After initial opposition from Sylvie, she realises their best bet of escaping this other world is to work with Loki.

Bladerunner

There’s a strong Bladerunner thread running through the visuals of this series, and it’s in evidence again especially during the final act of the episode. This episode and the look of Lamentis-1 is clearly influenced by Paul Verhoeven’s original Sci-fi classic Total Recall. Although thankfully this series has much less blood and violence. Lamentis-1 is a mining colony, as Mars was in Total Recall. It’s also a look into a dystopian future where people are forced to live away from Earth, on a planet not naturally suited to supporting human life. That is a plot thread central to Total Recall and Bladerunner.

Loki and Sylvie use their abilities to make their way onto a train, where they discuss their respective pasts and we learn more about what makes these gods of mischief tick. Loki’s emotional reaction to discussing his mother, who he has discovered he sent to her death, much to his shock and upset. Loki then hilariously follows in his brother’s footsteps by getting drunk and singing on the train, which results in both he and Sylvie being thrown off it. This altercation breaks their TemPed, much to Sylvie’s annoyance.

They are then forced to head to the nearest town, a neon-doused conurbation awash with signage written in Kree. They are trying to board an ark that will allow them to escape Lamentis-1. But Lamentis is breaking down and bedlam has broken out as it fires meteorites indiscriminately at its moon. One of them destroys the ark and leaves Loki and Sylvie looking lost and forlorn as the realisation sets in that they may be stuck on a moon that is about to be destroyed by the planet it orbits.

All variants

This episode was entirely focused on fleshing out the story of Loki and allowing us to get to know Sylvie. Mobius did not feature at all and there were only brief glimpses of Renslayer and Hunter C-20. The latter in a slightly existential scene in a bar explaining how Sylvie managed to inhabit her to get her hands on a TemPed in the first place. The major moment of this scene was Loki discovering that everyone working for the TVA is a variant, which means that their whole reason for existing seems to go against the notion of them acting to keep The sacred Timeline pure on behalf of The Timekeepers. Whether these TVA variants know this or not remains to be seen.

We’re now halfway through this series and Marvel finally seems to have cracked it with Loki. This is so much more even than WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which had elements that were superb but had major flaws as well. So far at least, Loki hasn’t disappointed. The characters are well-drawn with plenty of opportunities for development. The performances have been helped by this, although we have some major talent in the cast. I’ve already discussed the visuals at length but the story underpins all of it and it is a strong narrative. Let’s hope the second half of the series brings us to a searing climax. So far, things are LOKI-ng good!


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


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