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Loki Recap – The God with a Desk Job (1×02)

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Okay, so the second episode of Loki dropped, and we actually get to see what Dangerous Loki looks like. Let’s get into it!

It seems like Loki is fitting right in at his TVA desk job. Mobius has him watching annoying training videos like every other corporate job. Miss Minutes, sort of a recording but also sort of alive, does seem like she would be a little more interesting than the usual cheesy videos.

But soon enough it’s time for him to get out into the field.

There’s been an attack. In good old 1985 Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Seems like Dangerous Loki has struck again. But this time when the Minutemen showed up, he took one as a hostage! Not great.

Mobius and the gang show up to reset the timeline. This is Loki’s moment to display what he’s learned in his training, and prove that he can be trusted! He fails. Of course, he’s more concerned with trying to bargain his way to an audience with The Time-Keepers.

Ok, but I can’t even get mad at Loki for this. He’s facing total destruction! Obviously, he’s going to try to find a way out of it. Anyone would do what they need to do to survive.

But Mobius is pretty perceptive. I think he manages to see Loki very clearly. Whether it’s his motivations for his actions, or just when he’s trying to get away with something.

Anyway, Wisconsin was a bust.

Mobius has to appeal to Judge Ravonna Renslayer, and convince her why using Loki to find the other Loki is still a good idea. He does manage to placate her for the time being, but did you guys catch what I did?

She has quite an impressive office, including life-size statues of the three Time-Keepers. There are also larger statues elsewhere in the TVA. It strikes me as interesting that these Time-Keepers seem to be ever-present, and yet completely absent. Mobius also mentions that he’s never met them. Coupled with the conversation he has with Loki about believing in the reality of the Time-Keepers, I wonder if everything is 100% legit at the TVA.

But those are answers we’ll have to wait for.

Because it’s time to hit the books once again. Mobius has Loki in a library-like place doing some serious variant research. Even though Loki would like to learn about the small things–like the creation of the TVA, and the beginning and end of time–those are classified. He’ll have to settle for files only about himself. Tough.

Except! He makes a crucial discovery in those files. Loki learns about the annihilation of Asgard that happened in Thor: Ragnarock (yes, boohoo, very sad) and comes up with an important hypothesis.

If apocalypse events destroy everything and everyone, then whatever you do before one doesn’t matter. The perfect place for Dangerous Loki to hide.

He and Mobius go rogue for a moment to do what anyone with a hypothesis should do. They test it out in 79AD, right before the city of Pompeii gets buried in ash.

Now I don’t know about you, but I was thinking about their actions potentially causing someone to prematurely run and escape. It didn’t happen, but again time is a very delicate and complex thing.

But Mobius said there was zero variance energy created, so we’re all good!

All they have to do is narrow down all similar apocalypse events between 2047 and 2051. This is the period that has the candy Dangerous Loki gave to the small girl in 1549 from episode 1.

After the Judge gives her approval, a team is deployed to a fatal storm in 2050 Alabama.

This is where things get interesting.

Head Minuteman, Hunter B-15 insists on keeping Loki under her command. Everyone fans out, looking for Bad Loki. While the others find the Minuteman originally taken hostage, Loki and B-15 run into the Loki they’re searching for.

Of course, he doesn’t look like Loki.

Trickery abounds! Dangerous Loki can mirror and control other people while he does other important things (what a great way to multi-task). Unfortunately, this involves taking over Hunter B-15 as well. Don’t worry, not for too long. Bad Loki likes to body hop.

Now after some classic Loki banter where he reveals he wants to take over the TVA and some rowdy fisticuffs, Dangerous Loki finally reveals themselves. Who do we have…?

Well no one immediately recognizable or anything, but she’s a blonde Lady Loki! With a great green outfit complete with some golden horns (or horn, as one seems to be broken).

Although Loki seems reasonably shocked like the rest of us, he remembers we’ve got a situation.

It seems Lady Loki appreciated the time Loki sucked up because her plan was already in motion.

All those reset charges she stole were set up and rigged to blow! Blow as in she transported them throughout the Sacred Timeline, setting off a lot of Nexus events at the same time.

Does the TVA have the resources to handle all these events simultaneously? Because what happens if just one reaches that red line? Is the entire universe sent into chaos immediately? Well, they have to leave some answers for upcoming episodes I guess.

Another pressing issue? Well, after Lady Loki conjures a portal to disappear, Loki escapes the TVA’s custody by using that same portal.

Mobius was even calling after him, but of course, he chose the classic Loki move of betrayal. A bit heartbreaking. This is not going to go down well with Judge Renslayer and everyone who was warning Mobius this EXACT thing would happen.

It seems like Loki is still The God of Mischief at heart. Maybe his evolution wasn’t as complete as the last episode made it appear. But who knows, perhaps Loki is just going after Lady Loki to later bring her to justice? Maybe?

I guess we’ll have to tune in next week to figure it all out. What do you guys think will happen with the Sacred Timeline? Where do you think Loki is going to pop up? And do you guys think there’s anything fishy with the TVA?


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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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