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Loki Episode Five And Six Thoughts And Review

I’m so sorry this article is late. I got frustrated, walked away, and didn’t come back. I trashed everything I wrote for episode five, and decided to start over completely. This time around, I’ll give my brief thoughts on the final two episodes of Loki, and my thoughts on the show as a whole. I hope to keep things short and sweet.

Episode 5 Thoughts and Highlights: Journey into Mystery felt like an episode ripped right out of the pages of a comic, and a short film for the small screen! I loved how everything looked! All those lights and smoke effects for the battle scene were AMAZING!

I loved all the Loki Variants! President Loki and Alligator Loki were my favorites!

We’re one step closer to getting the Young Avengers with the introduction of Jack Veal as Kid Loki, and I can’t wait to see more of him!

Wunmi Mosaku got her time to shine as Hunter B-15.

Richard E Grant as Classic Loki stole the show with his excellent performance and his ridiculous costume! It’s too bad we only got one episode with Classic Loki in it. Maybe he didn’t actually get killed by Alioth? Maybe it was a trick? Hopefully?

The fantastic character development we get for Loki! From not even shaking Mobius’s hand in the beginning to grabbing him for a hug! That’s the kind of growth I love to see!

Episode 6 Thoughts and Highlights: Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains was amazing, and so entertaining to watch. Usually, I’d complain that there was too much exposition; too much telling and not enough showing. Normally, watching three people have a conversation for nearly an entire episode would be boring, but it wasn’t this time. Jonathan’s performance was SO good! I can’t wait to see what he does as Kang the Conqueror!

Overall Series Thoughts: Loki was a good entry into the MCU. Aside from a boring episode three, this show was solid. It also blew the doors open to the Multiverse.

It was great to see Loki get the time in the spotlight and the character development he deserved. And it was great to see Tom Hiddleston getting a show of his own after being the scene stealer in the Thor trilogy.

Owen Wilson was someone I didn’t know I needed in the MCU, but now that he’s involved, I hope we see Mobius again. Hopefully, we’ll see him again in season 2.

Sophia Di Martino was wonderful as Sylvie. I want her to be the next Doctor!

I got everything from this show that I wanted for Loki’s character. I wanted him to have a friend of his own, not necessarily a boyfriend or girlfriend. I also wanted him to learn to love himself, though falling in love with a Variant of himself wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I enjoyed the show, and my overall rating is 4.5/5 stars. I can’t wait for season two!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

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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 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