Spoilers for episode one of Loki are below. You have been warned!
The opening episode of Loki was superb, with everyone’s favourite God of Mischief (or at least a ‘Variant’ version, created from the time-hopping events of Avengers: Endgame) reluctantly assisting the Time Variance Authority – protectors of the Sacred Timeline – in their mission to stop a murderous Variant’s temporal killing spree (with a side effect, no doubt, of viewers delving into the fascinating, real life story of DB Cooper too!).
Why is Loki (Tom Hiddleston) the perfect person to help the TVA with their mission, despite the fact that he should really be erased from existence to protect the Sacred Timeline? The Variant they’re hunting is another Loki.
The second episode continues the hunt, with ‘our’ Loki boning up on more TVA rules (with the adorable, merch-friendly Miss Minutes on hand to provide further exposition) and looking across the timeline for clues on how, where and when they can find the ‘evil’ Variant – while at least giving the impression that he’s on the side of Owen Wilson’s weary, but sharp, TVA Agent Mobius.
Wilson and Hiddleston continue to display great chemistry throughout the second part of the series too. Despite the fact that the somewhat outlandish premise of the show requires us to be fed a lot more exposition (ostensibly to drive home the danger to the timeline and, by extension, reality itself), which is a bit of a disappointment, there’s a number of scenes that are an absolute joy here, mostly involving Mobius and Loki’s exchanges.
There’s also an impressive level of scale here, with pretty faultless special effects and some very detailed time periods to visit (the mid-80s mullet in the background of one scene was a hilarious touch) as we accompany our characters on their mission. So far, Loki is very well written, stylishly realised and feels like a pretty original tale for the ever-expanding MCU and one of the most popular characters within it (and it doesn’t feel as if the ‘Prime’ Loki’s death is cheapened through the return of this particular version either).
It feels fresh and exciting; with the exposition of the first two episodes out of the way, as well as an absolute killer cliffhanger, the rest of the series should continue to be an absolute blast.
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