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Loki Review – A Moon On The Brink (1×03)

(L-R): Sophia Di Martino and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios' LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

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The third episode of Loki has arrived, and we’re now starting to get into the meat of the show. The last episode left us when Loki escaped through a portal with Lady Loki, now we know where they ended up. Let’s dive in!

After all his longing to be free from the TVA, Lady Loki’s portal leads them…back to the TVA. Bit of a letdown for him.

Lady Loki, who we learn goes by Sylvie, has a plan that involves finding the Time-Keepers and fighting anyone who gets in her way. This includes Loki who shows up trying to propose they form a team. I mean I don’t know if I’d want to team up with someone who keeps trying to kill me, but that’s just me.

But, of course, Judge Renslayer appears with Minutemen, and Loki uses the TemPad to open another portal, which he and Sylvie escape through.

This is where the bulk of the episode really happens, on a moon called Lamentis-1 in 2077–in the middle of its destruction.

Throughout the episode, we learn a lot of kernels of information about Sylvie and her mission against the TVA.

Like the fact, they have different powers. Loki, as we know, can change his appearance, and hide things through magic–like the TemPad that needs recharging so they can escape. Whereas Sylvie’s power is more about enchanting people’s minds to retrieve information.

I kind of feel like she has the cooler power because being able to get inside people’s minds? Very useful. I mean Loki turning into people is sweet too, but he can’t also access their memories so it’s not ideal.

Loki seems particularly interested in her power, asking for clarity about how it works multiple times in the episode. But she finally breaks it down for him, and in the process, we get some vital information!

My prediction from episode 2, about something being off at the TVA was correct. I won’t brag, don’t worry. We learn the Minuteman she enchanted, Hunter C-20, had memories of an Earth life before the TVA.

So the Time-Keepers didn’t create everyone. In fact, everyone at the TVA is a variant. The lies! And no one at the TVA even knows! Their previous memories are clouded. Which begs the question: What is going on?!

I have a feeling that Judge Renslayer knows more than others at the TVA, and I hope that gets revealed soon. I’ll give Mobius a pass because he seems like a true naive believer, and everyone else seems equally indoctrinated.

Sylvie kinda supports this theory by referring to the TVA as “oppressive time police”. Oppressive as in they intentionally keep the timeline the same? The “Sacred Timeline” has always felt a bit grand and cheesy. Maybe it can be changed. Maybe. We’ll find out.

But besides the vital information Sylvie is pumping out, this episode heavily develops the relationship of the two Loki’s.

Of course, they start by fighting each other, but by the end of the episode, they’re fighting side by side trying to get off Lamentis-1.

This journey totally gets them on the same page as they try to recharge the TemPad. Nothing like impending death to make everyone get along.

But my gosh they have the worst luck. Every single plan keeps unraveling!

Need a power source? Use the ship leaving. Can’t get on the train to the ship? Use your powers. Thrown off the train for being drunk and blowing your cover and in the process break the TemPad? Try and hi-jack the ship. But of course! The moon is being bombarded by flaming rocks! So the ship gets destroyed.

Not looking good for these two. They better hope that the TVA find where they are so they can be rescued. They’ll definitely be arrested, but hey, you’ll be alive.

We’ll have to wait until the next episode to find out, but we KNOW they’ll survive because otherwise…there’s no show.

Other key moments? Just in time for Pride Month, we finally got a major confirmation of Loki’s bisexuality. I feel like they’ve alluded to it throughout the movies, and it’s in the comic books, so it only makes sense to come all the way out with it.

Also, Sylvie and Loki are adopted, but unlike him, she doesn’t really remember her mom. So they have overlapping life events but not everything is exactly the same. So what makes a Loki a “Loki”? If she’s not a God, then what makes them the same? Besides an affinity for green?

They definitely share a passion for trickery (although she seems to lean into violence easier) as she tried to get the TemPad from Loki multiple times. So can she be trusted? I feel like her mission’s driven by a deeply personal reason, so if it’s in danger of failing, she may betray Loki.

And he may betray her.

It’s hard to know because Tom Hiddleston does a good job of layering on the charm this episode. We get an overall more fun Loki instead of a tortured and broody one. Instead, Sylvie is the serious one dedicated to her mission. But this episode does a good job of pushing and pulling them together and apart. Who knows where they’ll end up in their–relationship? Friendship? Partnership?

Hopefully off this crumbling moon.

I personally can’t wait for next week’s episode, because I need answers! What do you think will happen with these two?


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Disney+ Renews ‘Loki’ for Season 2

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Marvel Studio’s Loki has been renewed for Season 2 on Disney+. So all of those cliffhangers left dangling during Wednesday night’s Season 1 finale will soon be answered.

Some of the biggest questions we’ll be impatiently waiting for are in regards to the TVA and its people, along with Renslayer’s portal destination, and more about the He Who Remains guy. All things we’re dying to know, but are thankful to have answers in due time.

There’s no timeline yet for the second season, but of all the three Marvel titles on Disney+ including Wandvision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki is the first to receive a formal Season 2 renewal.

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(L-R): Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei), Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Alligator Loki and Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Loki is portrayed by Tom Hiddleston, along with other big names like Owen Wilson as Agent Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna, and Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie.

The six-episode arc of Season 1 has been a hit for Disney+, and it’s no surprise to have gotten renewed.

Originally, Kevin Feige, the boss of Marvel Studios had said back in February that any additional seasons would be determined by the story.

“The fun of the MCU is all of the crossover between series and films. Sometimes [a show] will go into a Season 2, and sometimes it will go into a movie and then back into a series,” Feige said at the time.

Along those same lines, Loki’s Season 1 finale appropriately leads into the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is scheduled for March 25, 2022.

In the meantime, feel free to catch up on all of our Loki Season 1 reviews!


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Loki Season Finale Review – The Man Behind the Curtain (1×06)

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In the Loki Season Finale, we get some much-awaited answers. From seeing the man behind the curtain to learning about the real creation of the TVA, we finally close the door on a handful of mysteries…while opening the door on some others.

Who is the one pulling the strings? He Who Remains of course. A man in purple robes who lives in his creepy house (sorry, ~The Citadel at the End of Time~), who’s a bit…eccentric. I think maybe he’s spent too much time alone because why are you so casual and smiling so much? Except he does have Miss. Minutes to keep him company. The little animation has been very much in the know this whole time.

But we also become in the know this episode. We learn the original dogma is essentially correct–there was a multiversal war that was stopped by containing universes within one timeline, and the TVA maintains it–but He Who Remains is the real mastermind, not the Time-Keepers he made up.

And why the need? Because all the variants of He Who Remains discovered multiple universes and instead of being cool about it, some wanted to preserve their universe and kill the others. Why is everyone so hellbent on destruction?

The guy found our cloud monster Alioth and weaponized it to end the Multiversal war. A good deed. Now he manages the timeline through the TVA. Another good deed?

This presents a tough question for Loki and Sylvie. Sure, you can kill this guy, but then infinite versions of him will appear–many a lot worse. All the universes will be plunged back into turmoil. It’s the old, “is free will worth the impending chaos?” conundrum.

Well, our two Loki’s have a divergence of thought on that one. While Sylvie is still very much ready to kill this guy, Loki has pumped the breaks a bit.

They’re offered the chance to live and take over for He Who Remains overseeing the timeline, thus maintaining peace. I think it’s a good offer!

Loki sees this as a real possibility. A necessity actually. That the fate of the universe is at least too important to rush the decision. And honestly? He was right. Like Sylvie, why couldn’t you just chill for 5 minutes? Let’s talk about this all very rationally.

But this girl has trust issues (I mean I know Loki’s are hard to trust, but you guys have bonded so much! Please just listen to him). She thinks Loki just wants to rule the universe/the TVA and sends him away, back the TVA. *sigh*

Except they did share a kiss before she tricked him! Again, I must point out the weirdness of them being together since they’re the same person. But who am I to get in the way of love?

So now that Loki is out of her way, she can finally kill the man who took her life away from her. Great, I’m sure it was very cathartic for her. BUT! HELLO! She sets everything off the rails!

The timeline is splitting open all over the place. Everything is chaos! Multiple universes taking form!

This perfectly sets up the movies we know Marvel has cooked up. Like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spiderman: No Way Home.

Every other question we have about the TVA and its people will probably be answered in…season 2! Yes, the mid-credits scene confirmed that we will be getting another season of these people. Which is good because they didn’t completely wrap everything up.

Like…Judge Renslayer? Hunter B-15 and Mobius led an awakening at the TVA, trying to free their colleagues from all the lies. B-15 leads Minutemen to 2018 Ohio where they meet Ravonna Renslayer before her memories were wiped and she became the judge.

Awesome, so now the Minutemen are beginning to see the light.

But at the TVA, indoctrinated Renslayer has been searching for her own answers. Mobius pops in, back from The Void, to talk about their friendship and all the betrayal, blah blah. Unfortunately, we have to wait to see how their story concludes because Renslayer opened a TemPad portal and peaced out. Where? That’s the question.

She seemed pretty determined so I’m thinking it’s some kind of fact-finding mission. That one is very devoted to the TVA still, so I’m sure it’ll be something to do with protecting the timeline. Which might be a good thing? Especially since we know all the universes are emerging.

No one knows this better than Loki.

Don’t exactly know how this happened, but the TVA Sylvie sent him back to was not the one they left. He’s in a TVA from another universe that has a Mobius and B-15 that don’t recognize him. Oh and a giant statue of the He Who Remains guy.

Is this one of the timelines where that guy is a very very bad man? Again, these are answers that we’ll have to wait for.

This episode just set off a whole bunch of new things to wonder about. What did everyone think of the finale? Will you be tuning in to the second season?


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Loki Review – Outcast Into The Void (1×05)

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The latest episode of Loki has us following him into “The Void” as he searches for a way out. The TVA is a bit worse for wear, and everywhere we turn, the mysteries seem to be adding up. Everyone–including us– is just searching for answers.

After the ending of the previous episode, I was really looking forward to learning more about the TVA and who was behind it. Unfortunately, this show doesn’t want us to be happy.

Even though Sylvie had Judge Renslayer cornered, all we learn is that even she doesn’t know what’s going on. Are you telling me this woman has been blindly obeying those puppets her whole life? You do you, I guess.

But even when she’s aware she’s been listening to puppets, she STILL is completely devoted to the TVA and the lie of the Time-Keepers. With her, it’s all about maintaining order and the status quo.

She goes on her own mission to find out who actually founded the TVA, but only to protect them against Sylvie. Like girl! We need to get you a life and some better morals.

Fortunately, we did get to see exactly where Loki landed. All the Loki’s are in The Void; a magical, happy place where all the Loki’s get together and sing songs about how much they love each other…okay, obviously not.

It’s so dreary! I don’t think they could make that place more dreary if they tried. It’s basically a timeline garbage dump where pruned things are at the mercy of Alioth.

Now Alioth is pretty cool. Basically, a purple cloud monster that gobbles up all the variant trash. He’s also very, very, big. This is why I raised several eyebrows at their master plan for finding the truth about the TVA.

But before they came up with their questionable plan, we got to meet even more Loki’s.

The after-credits scene last week revealed four Loki’s, including…an alligator. Well, this week we got more! Not only was there Kid Loki, King of The Void (who was not afraid to constantly strike a pose), but an older and refined Classic Loki.

We also met some not so friendly Loki’s who wanted to take over The Void Kingdom. Again, this is a very dreary place–lawless even–so why are there kings? Honestly, what are you actually ruling over? But the effort is very Loki-like. He loves ruling over things.

So we get some conflict between our Loki’s, thanks to Boastful Loki who betrays our Loki and his companions. President Loki (again, are there any elections? I really don’t think so) and his army seek to take over Kid Loki’s throne, which leads to a very comedic fight scene.

Alligator Loki bites off a hand, Loki tries to delicately tiptoe around all the fighting, and anarchy unfolds as all the Loki variants turn against each other. But Loki’s are survivors, so of course, our Loki group escapes. Phew.

Except this episode wasn’t just about comedy. We’re all looking for answers–including Sylvie.

After Sylvie realizes Judge Renslayer doesn’t have the information she’s looking for, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Taking a very “the only way out is through” approach.

This lady self-prunes. A bold move that brings her to The Void, so I guess a risk worth taking. She does take Renslayer’s TemPad so at least she has an escape plan.

She almost gets gobbled up by Alioth but our friend Mobius arrives in a pizza delivery car to rescue her. Not the most glamourous getaway ride, but now we know Mobius is still alive.

Back to this very questionable and unadvisable master plan. The Loki’s meet-up with Sylvie and Mobius, and decide their best hope is to enchant this beast to get to whatever’s on the other side.

Now, I must admit that this is an upgrade from Loki’s original plan of killing the cloud monster, but not by much. Sure Sylvie saw a glimpse of something when she briefly enchanted the beast (back when she was running for her life) but…it still seemed unrealistic. Mobius seemed to have some sense and got out of there, using Sylvie’s TemPad to head back to the TVA.

But what do I know, because with the help of Classic Loki’s sacrifice, they do actually manage to enchant the monster and open a window to the other side.

It looked like a highly protected haunted house, so who knows what awaits us. We have to hold on for the last episode to finally find out who is behind the TVA.

Part of me thinks it might be a bit underwhelming. Like just some guy in his bathrobe, having some fun by manipulating the universe. Can you imagine? That might be fun though.

We’ll also see the conclusion of the Loki-Sylvie relationship. They’ve taken important strides in building trust, and it’s official: They’re friends! That’s what several near-death experiences can do.

It’s been great to see their relationship bloom and solidify, and now I genuinely don’t see them falling into the typical Loki habit of betrayal.

I do get an uneasy feeling that they both might not make it out of next week’s episode alive. Just the way they were suggesting some kind of life together moving forward. Can Marvel let Loki be happy? We’ll find out.

That and Loki’s bromance with Mobius will have to be wrapped up somehow. Let’s hope Mobius doesn’t get into too much trouble back at the TVA. Except what are they going to do? Prune him again?

The suspense is killing me, but next week’s finale will (fingers crossed) give us satisfying answers to all our questions.

What did you think? Any theories about who’s behind everything or do you have absolutely no idea? Meet you back here for the final wrap-up.


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