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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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Loki Episode 5 – Review

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Episode five 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.

Crossing the divide

Loki has racked up 731 million minutes of viewing time, according to ratings service Nielsen. Its ratings have almost certainly benefited from the two series preceding it. People are getting used to the idea of the Marvel Cinematic Universe straddling the divide between the small screen and the silver screen. I’m sure its record-breaking figures are at least in part down to this being the most rounded series of those released by Marvel this year.

Erased

The episode title, ‘Journey Into Mystery’, is a reference to the title of the first Marvel comic that Loki appeared in.

We pick up the action directly after the conclusion of Episode Five. With Loki erased and sent to The Void while Sylvie is demanding answers from Renslayer about the TVA and The Sacred Timeline.

Loki tries to get his head around the fact that he is surrounded by a phalanx of Loki’s. All sent to The Void from different timeline branches.

The Void

The Void is a dystopian, apocalyptic wasteland at the end of time. Where all of the timeline branches are sent in order to keep the purity of The Sacred Timeline. It doesn’t seem to have a set location. We can see in the background almost destroyed versions of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and The Acropolis in Greece. Those unfortunate enough to be sent there are expected to scavenge for survival. Or they’re absorbed by The Alioth, which is an enormous cloud monster able to absorb anything it touches.

The meeting of The Loki’s is very amusing, particularly as they all seem to be able to understand the roars of Alligator Loki. The Alligator ends up getting into a fight with Boastful Loki. He claims he managed to gather all of the Infinity Stones after overpowering Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. Young Loki reveals that his Nexus Event was killing Thor. While Classic Loki sits and thoughtfully watches on while trying to keep the peace.

Their peace is disturbed when another version of our Loki arrives with an army at their underground hideout. He wants a battle about who will be President Loki. Our Loki watches on bemused as it all kicks off. President Loki loses his hand when it is bitten off by Alligator Loki and Boastful Loki’s betrayal in revealing their secret lair is uncovered.

Still with me after all that? Good!

Getting answers

Back at the TVA, Sylvie is double-crossed by an increasingly desperate Renslayer. Who is frantically trying to keep the TVA functioning. She decides to erase herself and lands in The Void, where she is saved from the clutches of The Alioth by Mobius. Having been inches from being absorbed by it, Sylvie was able to partially enchant it and see inside it to discover what it is protecting.

They locate The Loki’s (a good name for a band if no one has yet used it) and Sylvie tells them she has discovered that The Alioth is protecting the citadel that protects The Sacred Timeline. She and Loki truly realise their love for each other as they contemplate how to escape The Void and uncover the truth. She concludes that the only way to beat The Alioth is to go through it to reach the citadel and discover who controls the timeline.

Kid Loki provides our Loki with his own sword The Laevateinn to assist him in his battle. The Laevateinn is similar to Thor’s Hammer in that it will only work and unleash its full power in the hand of someone who is deemed worthy. Classic Loki initially decides not to help. But ultimately sacrifices himself by creating a version of Asgard to distract The Alioth while Sylvie and Loki enchant it. They manage to overcome it and open up a schism beyond it on which they can now see The Sacred Timeline and the citadel on the rock in front of it on which it sits.

Wanting more

This series has become increasingly epic as we’ve watched each episode. Richard E. Grant as Classic Loki was fantastic so I hope we get to see more of him in future series. Also, we definitely want more Alligator Loki.

We’re certainly heading for the biggest climax of the three series so far this year. Hopefully, we’ll be given some teasers for series two of Loki as well as a link back into the new cinematic releases now Black Widow has started the avalanche of Marvel movies heading our way.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10


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


Read our Loki episode four review HERE.

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