TV Reviews

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.

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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

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!

TV Reviews

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

News

Luck to be a ‘Loki’ Logo Tonight

Marvel News

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Several new promotional images have been released for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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The MPPA has officially rated Spider-Man: Far From Home PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.

I know it will probably come as a huge shock to you that the next  MCU installment has received this rating. *Drip. Drip. Major League sarcasm.*

@ErikDavis tweeted that the first social media reactions will be posted  starting on June 19th at 2:00 P.M. PT/5:00 P.M. ET.

@BillHuntBits has updated the release date for Avengers: Endgame. It’s been moved up a week from August 20th to August 13th. It will arrive digitally on July 30th.

 

The first trailer for Square Enix’s Avengers game was released at E3.

 

 

In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Paul Rudd is uncertain about the possibility of an Ant-Man 3 saying, “You need to make a call to the top brass and start a campaign to make it happen.”

I’d be disappointed if we didn’t get a completed trilogy because Ant-Man has become one of my favorite heroes. Here’s hoping that Marvel can find room for him in their upcoming film slate.

Mindy Kaling recently spoke to MTV News speculating about the introduction of Kamala Khan AKA Ms. Marvel into the MCU. She said that she’s been talking with Marvel about how best to introduce the character telling Josh Horowitz, “Now there’s, like, this streaming platform with them. It might be something like that.”

But later, Mindy tweeted this:

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Now that Carol Danvers has been introduced, I hope Kamala makes her appearance sooner rather than later. I love her so much. Her comics are awesome! Ya’ll should check her story out if you haven’t already.

I don’t care whether it’s a show or movie they use to introduce Kamala just as long as they do, I’ll be a happy camper.

 

Disney released a bunch of photos from their Investor’s Day back in April including a first look at the Loki Disney + series logo and concept art.

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In the concept art, Loki appears to be strutting his stuff in the 1970s. This would line up with reports earlier this year that the show would follow Loki as he influences events in history. Basically, Loki was an Influencer before it was trendy!

 

Rumors

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There’s been rumors going around about Norman Osborn possibly being the next Big Bad of the MCU. Geeks Worldwide has gotten their hands on a casting breakdown that seems to describe Norman Osborn. The breakdown reads as follows:

“The GWW has obtained a character breakdown for someone under the code name “The Benefactor.” All that is known about the character is that he is a “mysterious and nefarious benefactor.” The studio is searching for a male actor, preferably Caucasian, in their 40s to 60s. The actor will shoot their scene sometime this year in Atlanta.”

 

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Michael Rooker Online announced that he has joined Amazon’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels in an undisclosed role. Filming for the pilot is now going on in Croatia.

Variety reported that Rocket, who cleverly disguises himself as humanoid Bradly Cooper, is in early talks to star in Guillermo del Toro’s remake of Nightmare Alley based on the book of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.

 

That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

News

‘Loki’ Disney+ Show Finds A Writer And Possible Plot Details

Unlike the last couple of weeks, it was a busy week for news including some exciting news/speculation for the upcoming Disney+ Loki series!

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Letitia Wright won the Rising Star BAFTA Award.

Black Panther won a BAFTA Award for Best Visual Effects.

Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse won a BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

Black Panther won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Luke Cage and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse have both been nominated for a NAACP Award for Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation.

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse was nominated for a NAACP Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.

Black Panther has been nominated for several NAACP Awards including Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, two Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominations, two Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominations, two Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture nominations, Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture and two Entertainer of the Year nominations.

Chadwick Boseman and Samuel L. Jackson will be presenting at the Oscar Awards.

The Wrap reported that Hulu will be streaming four Marvel adult animated series including Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Tigra and Dazzler. These character’s will then have a team up special called The Offenders.

The Wrap also said that there’s a possibility that the canceled Marvel Netflix shows could one day be revived on Hulu.

AMC Theaters has posted on their website that the runtime for  Captain Marvel will be two hours and four minutes.

Deadline reported that Hulu’s Content Chief  Craig Erwich said that it’s likely that Runaways will get renewed for season 3.

Deadline also said that while unconfirmed it’s unlikely that Jessica Jones and The Punisher will be returning for more seasons. This makes sense considering the rest of the Marvel Netflix shows were canceled.

HN Entertainment reported that Art Director Jim Barr (Star Wars Episode IX) has joined the crew for Black Widow.

HN Entertainment also said that Black Widow will be filming at Pinewood Studios UK and has the working title Blue Bayou. This isn’t the official title. It’s like a codename so that people on the outside won’t know what movie is being filmed.

Collider reported that Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) will be rewriting the Black Widow script. A previous draft of the script had been written by Jac Schaeffer.

Funko released the first look at first wave of their Spider-Man: Far From Home pops at the New York Toy Fair. They’re so cute!

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Discussing Film reported that The Eternals is expected to start filming in Atlanta in August. Production Weekly confirmed it when they reported that the start of production would be August 1st.

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the Loki Disney + series will be written by Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty) and has a plot:

“Sources say the show will follow Loki as the trickster and shapeshifter pops up throughout human history as unlikely influencer on historical events.“

As of right now, this plot is just speculation. Nothing has been confirmed by Marvel or anyone connected with them.

I am so excited about this!!!!! This series can’t get here soon enough!

TV Line reported that Agents of Shield season six will be set one year after the events of season five. The show will be skipping over what happened during Infinity War.

Agents of Shield season six will be premiering in May.

Marvel Studios released new stills, several TV spots, and a behind the scenes clip for Captain Marvel.

 

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A new exclusive poster designed by @needledesign for Captain Marvel has been released.

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During the Singapore stop on the Captain Marvel press tour, Brie Larson said she’d like to see Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in the sequel. This would be a good way to introduce Kamala into the MCU because in the comics Captain Marvel is Kamala’s role model/mentor.

A teaser for season two of Cloak and Dagger has been released.

IGN released five Cloak and Dagger stills.

 

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Discussing Film reported that Michael Rooker (Yondu) has been cast in season three of HBO’s True Detective. 

The Wrap reported that Josh Brolin (Thanos) has joined Denis Vileneuve’s Dune remake. @Borys_Kit on Twitter revealed that Dune will be released on November 20, 2020.

The Wrap also reported that Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) will be playing Satan in the Amazon Prime series Good Omens based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. The series will be available to stream on May 31st.

Deadline reported that Sebastian Stan is taking Chris Evan’s place in the Netflix movie, The Devil All The Time, due to scheduling conflicts.

Variety reported that Chris Evans latest action film Red Sea Diving Resort has been aquired for Netflix and will be available to stream sometime in 2019.

Deadline reported that Chris Pratt is in negotiations to star in a Sci-Fi film Ghost Draft. It’ll be directed by Lego: Batman director Chris Mckay. Right now, not much is known about the plot except for this logline: “A husband and father is drafted to fight a future war in which the fate of humanity may rely on his ability to correct issues of the past.”

The Hollywood Reporter reported that  Chadwick Boseman will star in Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Bloods,a film about Vietnam War veterans. It will be streamed on Netflix. A release hasn’t been set.

The Hollywood Reporter also reported that Chris Evans will star in director Antoine Fuqua’s thriller film Infinite. It’s based on the 2009 book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz.

That’s all for now. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark