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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 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