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Wow. This review is going to be incredibly spoilery right away so here’s your SPOILER WARNING. There are several expectations I had from the Loki series when it comes to future plot points, and as of this episode the series has covered nearly all of them. Loki facing his potential future including the deaths of his parents and himself. Loki learning about the destruction of Asgard. Loki discovering the whereabouts of his supposed variant. The introduction of Lady Loki (Maybe). The creation of a new multiverse. They’re going through so much as of right now that this series promises to be more than what it seems. Let’s go through what this episode revealed and the many, many, questions it raised as a result.
What I Liked:
Loki: As usual, Loki was incredible in this episode. Though he does want a better future for himself, as shown in the last episode, we all knew Loki would have an extra angle propelling him forward. Mobius wrongly assumes that Loki’s angle when agreeing to hunt down the variant of himself was simply to protect his ego. If Loki takes down the variant, he can prove himself the superior Loki. However, Loki makes it very clear that that isn’t his intention. He’s much more interested in the Timekeepers. He’s both skeptical that they exist and interested in their power. He appears to want to both prove that they don’t have the power they claim to have, and take up control over the timelines himself. I mean, we’re still dealing with post-‘Avengers’ Loki here. His obsession with power is basically at its peak. Part of Loki’s plan, as of what we know, is getting the dangerous variant of himself on his side. This seriously effects his first mission, where he stalls the TVA in the apparent hopes that his variant will see it as an act of good will and an opportunity to attack. He even uses this time to attempt to get the TVA to just take him to the timekeepers. Obviously Mobius sees right through this, realizes he’s stalling, and immediately takes him back to the TVA headquarters. But the scene is an excellent demonstration of how Loki is always unfolding some plan or another. When Loki returns to the TVA he immediately realizes that his lack of trustworthiness is not only getting him on thin ice with Mobius, but with TVA officials who are still advocating for his death. While he backpedals and complains as only Loki can, he genuinely starts to work on finding the Loki variant. Through a heartbreaking revelation through a file that his planet is destroyed in the main timeline, along with a catastrophic number of casualties, he’s even able to find where his variant is hiding.
What follows after this is a much more excitable and understanding Loki. Once he becomes excited by his own discovery, he’s enthusiastic to work with Mobius. He confesses that he loves being right, and you can see it in full swing here. He’s incredibly knowledgable about timelines because of TVA training, more so than most of the other employees at the TVA, and he’s almost giddy to prove his theories. I loved seeing him swing around in Pompeii, trying to be as obnoxious as possible to confirm that his variant is located in a disaster area. And his character came together completely when he finally faced his variant at the end of the episode. Loki propositions his variant to join him almost immediately, but his variant criticizes him for working with the TVA. There’s also a clear difference in empathy between the two of them. Anytime his variant moves her enchantment from one civilian to another, Loki becomes concerned. He even kneels down to make sure the TVA agent the variant takes control of is alright, which his variant makes fun of him for. After a while of talking, Loki becomes confused as to what this variant really wants. When things get violent he even begins to question whether or not the person he’s facing is a variant of himself. Despite his slowly changing outlook on the TVA, though, he accepts the variant’s subtle invitation to continue speaking with her and leaves Mobius behind. I get the feeling he has a plan, but we won’t know until the next episode. After all, he does love stabbing people in the back.
Mobius: Mobius is the disgruntled dad to Loki’s hyperactive, mischievous child. He still very much doesn’t trust Loki, but you can see that there’s a part of him that truly likes him. And Mobius isn’t stupid. He can read Loki like a book. When Loki begins to act out, Mobius compares him to a scared child. He admits the comment went a bit far later on, but he’s kind of right. Loki is frightened by the idea that he isn’t in control of his own life. It’s the main reason why he dislikes the Timekeepers and the TVA. Mobius can see that Loki dislikes being controlled by the TVA and he’s wary of him because of that. But he doesn’t treat him with contempt. He always encourages Loki to take advantage of his second chances. He even lets Loki completely ruin his salad to explain one of his theories, much to Mobius’ exasperation. I think my favorite moment in this episode occurred when Loki sat down with Mobius to discuss his beliefs. Mobius doesn’t take offense to any of Loki’s questions, even when he doesn’t know the answer. He’s also extremely straightforward. He does believe in the Timekeepers though he doesn’t know exactly how free will works within their operation. He believes he was created by the Timekeepers and that when they’re gone, he will be also, but he doesn’t know exactly when that will be. And even though the Timekeepers or the TVA might let him down in the end, you can’t help but admire his wisdom. I already love this character.
Miss Minutes: Miss Minutes appears in all her animated glory early in the episode to instruct Loki on the TVA and the timeline rules. She’s absolutely adorable. I loved how she was actually out on Loki’s desk, hopping around every time he tried to swipe at her. She feels like a living being. I can’t get enough of her.
What I Have Questions About:
Is it REALLY Lady Loki?: I came out of this episode disliking the Loki variant completely. I disliked it even more when they revealed Lady Loki is (Possibly) the variant they’re chasing. I couldn’t put my finger on why, though. I had guessed that the hooded figure was Lady Loki after I saw her hands in the first episode, and I was more excited than skeptical then. But after thinking back on this episode, I’m confident in saying my problem with it was the way the Loki variant was acting. There was no semblance of Loki there. Not at any point of the conversation. And when Loki commented that he would never treat himself this way, I realized that this might not even be Loki at all. So who is posing as a Loki variant? I’ve seen a lot of names being thrown around. One is Enchantress, a major Thor villain who also has a strong control over magic. The other is Sylvie, a character who takes up what is basically the title of the second Enchantress, but actually gets her powers from Loki. The Sylvie theory is circulating quite a bit because of the way the credits listed the character. Whatever the case I really do want Lady Loki in this show. Just maybe with more Loki characteristics.
Is This the Way the Multiverse Gets Created?: In the chaos of Loki’s confrontation with his supposed variant, the variant sets off multiple charges that begin to create splinters in the timeline. Once these splinters grow to a certain point, they can’t be undone. Meaning whoever this variant is managed to create the makings of a new multiverse all in one go. Is this what will lead to ‘Multiverse of Madness’? Or will something later in the series be the catalyst to the next Doctor Strange film?
Is the TVA Trustworthy?: I mentioned this in my last ‘Loki’ post but I want to mention it again. Between the holes Loki keeps poking into the TVA’s background and the suspiciously violent tendencies of its officials, are they trustworthy? With four episodes left I don’t think we’ve learned all we can about the TVA. And that scares me.
I love this series so far. My biggest fear for it at this point is the possibility that they may discard Mobius and Loki by the end of the series. After all, we all already believed that Loki’s story was over. This series could easily be the more satisfying closure to Loki’s story that ‘Infinity War’ lacked. But I don’t really want it to be. It’s giving us such good content that I want to see more of it in the future. I suppose we’ll have to see what happens as the series progresses.
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