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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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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review

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Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.

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

It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!

Alliance

Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.

This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.

Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.

Shades of grey

This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.

With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.

This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.

New champions

Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.

Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10


Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


Check out our Hawkeye episode one and two review HERE.

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