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Loki Episode 4: ‘The Nexus Event’

Episode Four was the best episode yet! It more than made up for episode three’s lackluster offering.

There’s a flashback with young Sylvie (Cailey Flemming ) being arrested by Judge Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and the TVA. I guess a little imaginative playtime was too much for the sacred timeline. Sylvia manages to escape before her trial with a stolen tempad, and we shift back to present day with Renslayer going to meet with the the all powerful Timekeepers.

Mobius (Owen Wilson) is back! I missed that dude. He’s anxious to go find Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He’s also trying to investigate what Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane) meant when she repeated “It’s real” while under Sylvie’s (Sophie DiMartino) enchantment. I think he’s starting to question the TVA’s motives here even though he may not completely realize it. Renslayer informs him she’s dead, protecting the TVA’s secrets a bit longer.

Then it’s back to Lamentis. Sylvie rehashes everything we see in the opening scene, and explains that she hides in appocylpic events so that the TVA can’t find her. It’s a nice moment that comes across as potentially romantic.

Credit: Marvel Quotes

Mobius along with Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) search the timeline for Loki and Sylvie who are having a touching and kinda romantic feeling conversation while watching Lamentis burn. They get interrupted and brought back to the TVA to face punishment for their crimes which include creating a Nexus Event on Lamentis.

Loki tries telling Mobius the truth about the TVA. He doesn’t listen and throws Loki into timeout: A time loop with Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) who slaps, punches, and knocks Loki to the ground for cutting off her hair. I love that they brought Sif back, and this scene inspired by Norse Mythology is now MCU canon.

Mobius wants to talk to Sylvie, but Renslayer won’t let him near her. She tells him to focus on his Loki. He goes and gets his “asshole” out of timeout, and the two are back where they started: in the conference room for another conversation.

Once again, Loki tries to tell Mobius that nothing is as it seems at the TVA, and Mobius doesn’t believe him. Mobius, like the Marvel fandom, is trying to understand Loki’s growing relationship with Sylvie, and accuses Loki of being so narcissistic that he fell for himself.

An interesting thing to note, and I know I’m going a little out of order with events, is when Mobius says that Sylvie has been pruned. He genuinely seems upset by this. It’s interesting seeing Loki have concern for someone who’s not Thor. It’s great development for this character, though at the same time he’s concerned for the well-being of himself/herself. So it’s character growth in an unconventional way

Part of want I wanted from this show was for Loki to learn to love himself, but this kinda sorta romantic vibe wasn’t what I had in mind!

Mobius finally tells Loki that Sylvie is safe and continues to probe him about his and Sylvie’s plan to overthrow the TVA; still not believing that there’s anything to overthrow in the first place.

Loki reveals that Mobius, along with everyone else working for the TVA, are Variants. And I’m sensing a pattern here: Mobius still refuses to believe and sends Loki back to his time cell.

Hunter B-15 grabs Sylvie and takes her back to 2050 during the apocalyptic storm. She has questions about the TVA of her own. Meanwhile, Mobius still has questions about C-20 that his friend Ravonna doesn’t have good enough answers for. Using a bit of distraction, he pulls a switcharoo and steals her tempad.

The next scene deals with Hunter B-15 learning the truth about her being a Variant. We switch back to the file library where Mobius has gone to look at the stolen tempad privately. He discovers that his “friend” has killed C-20 for questioning the TVA, and that she wasn’t crazy like Ravonna told him.

Mobius goes to get Loki from his time prison, ready to take down the TVA.

Best moment of the episode!

Before they get far, Renslayer has found Mobius out and has him pruned! Loki has to watch the first friend he’s had die! The emotions playing across Tom’s face during this scene were perfect. So heartbreaking!

Renslayer sends guards after B-15, and then escorts Sylvie and Loki to stand before the timekeepers. B-15 interrupts the deletion, and in my opinion we are treated to the best action of the series so far!

Sylvie throws a sword at the Timekeeper’s head, chopping it off, and discovering that the Timekeepers are nothing but androids. This means there’s still a mystery to be solved: Who’s actually running the TVA?

Loki reassures Sylvie that they’ll get to the bottom of it, and before he can tell Sylvie something important, Renslayer prunes him. It wouldn’t be a Loki show if he didn’t die… Again.

An angry Sylvie demands to know everything Renslayer can tell her about the TVA.

We get an end credits scene with Loki waking up and being faced with several variants of himself. This is where the next episode begins, and I will end.

This was a complete upgrade from episode three!

PS. I know this is late. And the finale is tomorrow. And I am behind. Again. Oops.

Over and out,

Captain Stark

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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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Loki Episode 3: ‘Lamentis’ Review

This episode felt like a filler episode. And in a series with only six episodes to tell a complete story, that’s not good. However, slowing the show down gave some time for character development for Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino).

We get a scene with Sylvie who proves she’s worthy of being a Loki Variant with a few tricks of her own up her sleeve. She’s trying to get the location of the timekeepers out of Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane). She’s mentally transported C-20 to a couple of her favorite places to relax and try to get the timekeeper’s location out of her. This was a good introduction to how mischievous Sylvie can be, and a good display of her powers.

Loki and Sylvie fight like brother and sister, except they’re two versions of the same person, so Loki is basically having an argument with himself/herself. 😂

After a quick stopover in the TVA, they wind up with a malfunctioning tempad on Lamentis- 1 in 2077. It’s a planet with stunning visuals. It’s a bluish-violet shade; very pretty to look at. Unfortunately, this is the place for another apocalyptic event that Loki and Sylvie need to work together to escape. (GASP! Not teamwork!)

They only have twelve hours to get off Lamentis or be destroyed along with everyone else. They ask around and are told to go to the Ark, a ship evacuating everyone off the planet. (How Biblical!) In order to get to the Ark, they need to take the train which they trick their way onto without tickets.

Once on board, Loki and Sylvie get to know each other and compare notes on their childhood:

1. Loki reminisces about Frigga. I loved hearing a bit more about their relationship.

2. Loki reveals he was adopted while Sylvie tells him she knew he was adopted. I wonder why one set of parents told one kid while keeping it secret from the other? Some timey wimey wibbley wobbley stuff might be the reason.

3. Sylvie is self-taught when it comes to her magic.

4. It’s casually revealed that both Loki and Sylvie are Bisexual.

Another great character moment for Loki happens when he’s drunk and sings an Asgardian folk song. Also his “Love is a Dagger analogy was another good moment. He tried! 😂 He missed the mark a bit, but he tried! 😂

The “Another!” callback to Thor was great!

Sylvie gets her moment to shine when she walks away from Loki in frustration and screams into the void.

The two of them decide to try to get to the Ark to escape with the rest of the Lamentis population, but before they can get their the ship explodes leaving them to die during the Lamentian appocylpse.

This is my least favorite episode of the series to date. Aside from some great character development and comedic moments for our two leads, it felt long, drawn-out, and boring, even though it was the shortest episode to date! Which is disappointing at the halfway mark of a short series.

Thanks as always for reading.

Over and out,

Captain Stark

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Loki Episode 1: ‘Glorious Purpose’ Review

With each trailer released, Loki quickly became my most anticipated series since WandaVision. I was a little worried it wouldn’t be worth the hype all the media was giving it. But I shouldn’t have worried too much. The first episode delivered. By the end I was so excited about what’s to come, I can’t wait to see what happens next! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The episode starts where we saw Loki last: escaping with the Teseract in 2012. He transports himself to the Gobi Desert where he’s captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and brought back to the TVA to stand trial.

The comedy is great. From Loki signing off on everything he’s ever said to being unsure if he’s a robot or not. Love it! I also enjoyed (a little too much) the brief seconds we had of Nude Loki. So sue me! 😂

I loved the vintage animation style of the TVA introduction video narrated by the TVA’s mascot, a clock named Miss Minutes (Tara Strong)

Credit in photo

He’s frustrated when his usual tricks and powers don’t work in the TVA. The judge, Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), finds him guilty for crimes against the Sacred Timeline and sentences him to being Reset.

(I’m not quite clear what reset means. To me it sounds like a Death sentence. To Scarlett Widow it sounds like putting people back in their proper place in the timeline. Though Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) does seem to imply that reset means death.)

Mobius steps in and somehow manages to convince the judge to have custody of Loki. She begrudgingly allows it. He takes charge of an angry Loki and takes him to his office for a chat/therapy session of sorts.

Mobius takes Loki through “a sampling of his greatest hits, ” and takes MCU fans down memory lane with scenes from Loki’s life that 2012 Loki hasn’t lived through yet.

My personal favorites were watching him react to his mother’s death and the final scene between him and Thor and Ragnarok. Tom’s acting, as always, is phenomenal. His love for Loki really shines through his performance. It’s so fun to watch.

When I first heard about Owen Wilson being cast in the MCU, I couldn’t picture it being a good fit. It turned out to be another great casting choice by Marvel. He’s wonderful as Mobius! It’s great to see someone call Loki out on his crap. It’s about time!

I think it’s great to see Loki struggle with the fact that he’s not a big all-powerful god calling the shots. The TVA are. Whether or not that’s a good thing is yet to be seen. There’s been speculation that the TVA could be like the Bad Place in The Good Place. They seem like they’re the good guys but maybe there’s something darker under the surface.

While I loved this first episode, there’s one thing that bothers me a little bit: The Infinity Stones stashed in a drawer and used as “paperweights.” They look like a package of fake jewels and sequins from Michaels dumped out. And the most powerful things on earth, the stones the Avengers sacrificed so much for, have NO POWER in the TVA! Does this mean they weren’t that important to begin with? That Infinity War and Endgame were over nothing of great importance? Hopefully, we’ll get some answers over the next five episodes.

Glowing paperweights

The episode gave me Doctor Who and Legends of Tomorrow vibes.

1. You have “a criminal with a blue box.”

2. Time Keepers in place of Time Masters.

3. Loki being required to help the TVA fix the anachronisms or Varients and restore the Sacred Timeline, and the Varient he’s going after is himself!

The time travel bit at the end got me excited for what’s to come next. I’m ready for some Timey-Wimey action! Thankfully, the next episode is today, so I don’t have long to wait!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

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‘One World One People’ – FATWS Finale Review

Wow! That was fast! Six weeks flew by, and the finale to the Second Marvel Disney Plus has come and gone. It was an action packed episode similar to WandaVision’s finale. It was like watching the third act of any Marvel movie. The coolest part being getting to see Sam (Anthony Mackie) in costume and in action as our new Captain America.

Comic accurate costume FTW

We also got some Bucky (Sebastian Stan) motorcycle action. Sebastian looks great on a motorcycle. This was a great shot:

Even though this episode was meant as finale, it feels like a whole new beginning than an ending. There’s only one real ending during this episode: The death of Karli Morganthau (Erin Kellyman) and the Flagsmashers blown to kingdom come in the end.

As much as I wanted to like Karli, she wasn’t the most memorable character of the series and didn’t make much of an impression on me. She’ll probably end up on a future list of least memorable villains. Her death was sad and sobering though. A life cut short in the name of a cause she wholeheartedly believed in.

Fan theories proved to be correct when Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) was revealed to be the Power Broker.

Her identity is revealed by Karli. She’s fought side by side with Bucky, Sam, and Steve so it’s hard to see Peggy Carter’s niece as a villain. By the end of the episode, she’s been pardoned by the Government and given her old position back. Upon leaving the courthouse, she’s seen talking on the phone with an unknown character talking about how they now have access to weapons and government secrets. It’s clear that former good girl Sharon is up to no good. Aunt Peggy would roll around in her grave!

Wyatt Russell’s John Walker trades in his fake Captain America gig and is rebranded by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis Dreyfus) It’s being speculated that “Val” could be building a Dark Avengers team and act as the team’s Nick Fury. We’ll just have to wait and see.

John was actually one of my favorite characters from the entire series. He’s my new favorite love-to-hate characters. Wyatt Russell gave a phenomenal performance and it looks like we’ll see him again in the future. They don’t hand characters brand new identities and suits and let them fade off in the background!

Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley was another wonderful addition to the series. He gave an outstanding performance in every scene he was in.

In the finale, he comes around to the idea of and accepts Sam as the new Captain America. One of the best and most emotional scenes of the episode was Sam taking Isaiah and Eli to the Captain America museum and showing them the Isaiah Bradley statue and plaque commemorating Isaiah’s service as the original super soldier/Captain America.

I hope when we finally get around to the Young Avengers that Isaiah is included in some way. Or maybe even an Isaiah Bradley TV series on Disney +. That’d be cool too.

We get a couple of brief glimpses of Zemo (Daniel Brühl) in his cell at The Raft. I hope he doesn’t stay there long! I NEED to see more of him! There’s been several rumors running around that he might be the leader of the Thunderbolts. I hope these rumors prove true! He was one of my favorite characters to watch and it’d really suck if his story stop here.

There was one particular scene that made me misty-eyed, and that was when Bucky went back to Yori’s apartment to confess that as Winter Soldier killed Yori’s son because “didn’t have a choice.”

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FATWS: Final Thoughts

This was a good show. I still think, after seeing all of it, that it would be even better cut together as a movie. It’s always great to have more time with some favorite side characters and have their stories be further developed. I loved seeing their relationship, Sam’s journey of accepting the shield, Bucky’s path towards healing. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie have wonderful chemistry together, and I hope they’re paired up for Captain America 4.

This show also handled topics like racism and healing from trauma well. It was excellent at introducing several new characters like Joaquin Torres, Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, and John Walker and setting up potential storylines for them. They also brought back Sharon and Zemo after a several year absence. I’m a little on the fence about Sharon being a villain though I do think sending her in a villainous direction is intriguing. This show got me excited for the MCU’s future! There’s so many possibilities I can’t wait for them to explore! My final rating for this series is 4/5. See it if you haven’t already!