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Loki Episode 4 – Review

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Episode four 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.

Back on Lamentis-1

We pick up with Loki and Sylvie still on the moon Lamentis-1. Both seemingly resigned to their impending deaths. Just as Lamentis-1 is in full planetary breakdown and about to consume its moon where they are stranded. The two share a moment of almost love as they prepare to meet their ends before a time door opens for each of them. The TVA has been hunting for them, and thanks to a severe detour from The Sacred Timeline, their location is established. They take their escape route and find themselves back at TVA HQ. Where Renslayer and Mobius are ready to interrogate them. Renslayer has informed The Timekeepers that they’ve been captured. Then insists on interviewing Sylvie herself to try and cover for her own duplicity.

We learn more about Renslayer as we see her as a Hunter earlier in her career. Discovering Sylvie as a child, abducting her and then resetting The Sacred Timeline. All in the hope that she has found and avoided a Nexus Event – the title of this episode.

The return of Lady Sif

Loki is sent into a time loop where he meets fellow Asgardian Sif. Whom he’d severely upset during Thor: The Dark World. She’s determined to get revenge on him, so we are treated to several amusing minutes of her taking out her frustrations on him with her fist and knees. Once he is suitably ‘softened up’, Mobius interviews him and tries to convince him that Sylvie is dead. This enrages Loki who drops the bombshell on Mobius that everyone in the TVA is a variant themselves. Although he’s reluctant to believe him, he realises that Loki is confirming suspicions that Mobius himself had had for a while, that all was not well at the TVA.

An angry Sylvie is being interviewed by Renslayer and Hunter B-15. The latter of which is even more convinced that something is very wrong at the TVA. Sylvie shows her how she enchants people and takes B-15 back to the supermarket in Alabama where she was initially discovered where she reveals the TVA’s big secret to B-15.

Loki and Sylvie are then taken to meet The Timekeepers by Renslayer, after she apparently kills Mobius with her wand, much to the upset of Loki. Mobius had surreptitiously swapped his TemPed for hers. This is in order to discover that she had covered up the testimony of Hunter C-20, where she revealed the TVA’s big secret. I loved that the TemPed looked like a cross between the original handheld Donkey Kong game and an early electronic personal organiser.

Muffled

It was at this point that I had to put the subtitles on, because The Timekeepers dialogue was completely indecipherable. It was like trying to listen to Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises with your head completely submerged in a bucket of water. Whoever produced the dialogue must have used Cannibal Corpse as a vocal coach.

Loki and Sylvie attempt to get physical with them, but are prevented by the collars placed on them by the TVA. Help arrives from B-15 who unexpectedly sides with them. Then removes their collars and allows them to battle with Renslayer and her hunters. After Loki and Sylvie beat them, The Timekeepers attempt to negotiate with them. Sylvie, perhaps unsurprisingly, is in no mood to do so and decapitates the main Timekeeper revealing it to be nothing other than an Android. The other two Timekeepers immediately shut down and Loki resumes the moment he had with Sylvie on Lamentis-1. This is unceremoniously ruined by Renslayer who erases him.

An enraged Sylvie gets the better of her in the ensuing fight, and Renslayer tries to call her bluff by getting Sylvie to kill her in an emotional frenzy after Loki’s apparent death. Instead, Sylvie demands that the great secrets of the TVA and The Timekeepers are revealed to her.

Mid-credits

In a surprising mid-credit scene, Loki then wakes in an apocalyptic post-war world to be confronted by four other Loki’s from various points in time and space. This collection of gods of mischief included Richard E. Grant dressed as the comic book version of Loki…and a reptile Loki.

At least we know being erased with a wand doesn’t necessarily kill people. So we can be fairly sure that Mobius will make a dramatic reappearance at some point in the climactic two episodes.

So far, so good

After four episodes and being two-thirds of the way through this series, I feel Loki is the most complete of the three Marvel series released this year.

WandaVision had issues with whether it was trying to be funny or was just set in a sitcom, which resulted in a peculiar clash of tones at times. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier suffered from a dull plot and poor pacing. Loki however, seems to have got the balance right. It has great production design, strong performances and a solid, well-paced plot. We’ve had genuine cliffhangers at the end of each episode, and a mid-credit scene already!

It’s no surprise that Marvel has ordered another series.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10


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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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Read our Loki episode five review HERE.

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