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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