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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