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.
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.
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,