TV Reviews

Loki Episode 2: ‘The Variant’

The episode starts off with the Loki Varient causing trouble in 1985 that ends with the mysterious figure knocking out/killing a TVA minuteman. He escapes through a portal, dragging the minuteman behind him, before he can be caught.

Bonnie Tyler’s song ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ is the soundtrack for this scene. It’s a great song, but I’m not sure the song fit what was going on.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is being quizzed on the TVA and Sacred timeline by Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) when Mobius (Owen Wilson) tells him to suit up to help the TVA find the variant.

This is the first time Loki has been required to do anything resembling work. He quickly botches things up in the field and it results in the TVA not catching the variant.

Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) isn’t happy with Loki’s failure and wants to dispose of him, but Mobius convinces her to give him one final chance. She begrudgingly agrees, and Mobius puts Loki to work again, this time at a desk.

Work and the god of Mischief don’t mix, but Mobius has stressed that this is final chance, and to “work as if your life depends on it.”

Loki pores over the limited files the receptionist allows him including the record of Ragnarok and Asgard’s destruction. Tom’s acting is so good during this scene! You can see the tears in Loki’s eyes as he reads the file!

Loki decides that what he’s looking for isn’t in the files, but on the timeline itself. He interrupts Mobius’s lunch to tell him his theory: The variant is hiding in apocalyptic events that can’t be stopped to cover his tracks And in the process of explaining his theory, he destroys Mobius’s lunch! This and the next scene where Loki creates all kinds of chaos during Volcano Day in Pompeii to test his theory is hysterical! This is a side of the character we haven’t seen before, A goofy, dorky comedic side, that I really enjoyed! I hope we see more of it in the following episodes!

After Loki proves his theory correct, they return to the TVA. Mobius and Loki race to find the variant’s next location. Loki thinks he’s hiding in 2050 during a hurricane in Alabama. It takes some convincing, but Judge Renslayer allows Mobius and Loki to go investigate.

Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) takes control of the mission and goes with the guys much to their chagrin. Upon arrival at Roxxcart, She demands that Loki stick with her while Mobius goes off with someone else.

Hunter B-15 and Loki go Variant hunting, and everyone is suspect including random customers. When Hunter B-15 approaches their target to investigate, the guy grabs her and green light transfers from him to her; the Variant takes over other people’s bodies and speaks through them. It takes over several other customers’ bodies during the course of its conversation with Loki, a name we learn it hates to go by.

The Variant takes the form of several customers, refuses to reveal its plan, and even challenges Loki in a knockout-drag-out fight before revealing itself as a woman. Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino), everyone has assumed, except that she’s blonde and looks nothing like her male counterpart.

The episode ends with Lady Don’t-Call-Me-Loki disappearing into a time portal and Loki following after her much to the dismay of Mobius.

I liked this episode especially after a rewatch. I love the relationship between Loki and Mobius. I love watching Tom and Owen together! It’s the first time seeing Loki act like a goofball. It was fun seeing a different side to his character. I’ve already seen episode three, because this is late as usual, so I’ll end here to go write the next one. Thanks for reading!

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