Spoilers for the previous episodes of Loki are below – you have been warned!
Last week’s reveal of the other other Loki – a variant who our variant is supposed to be assisting the Time Variance Authority with stopping – was intriguing and very well set up, with the TVA potentially manipulated into believing that Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief has betrayed them. He still may have, of course, given his penchant for double and triple crossing – but the audience’s point of view is very different to the situation as the temporal agents of the Time Variance Authority saw it.
We continue pretty much from where we left off, aside from an opening sequence that shows how our new Loki was able to get the very secret information she was after. With ‘our’ Loki in pursuit of the other variant, both Gods of Mischief end up trapped in an apparently inescapable apocalypse. Can they put aside their differences and work together to flee before it’s too late?
There’s a bit of a Doctor Who vibe running through the time hopping show so far, which is reinforced this week with a jaunt not only through time, but through space too. Though the action shifts from the glorious back-and-forth between Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius and Loki (the absence of Wilson does leave a hole in the episode to a certain extent) to a more combative sequence of scenes – at least initially – between the two Lokis, their chemistry works well too; I especially enjoyed the playful exchange regarding the sexuality of the God (or Gods) of Mischief, which is going to garner a lot of – hopefully positive – attention for being so brilliantly casual and matter-of-fact.
Beyond the beautifully retro, deliberately mundane designs of the TVA’s surroundings, there’s some wonderfully colourful and varied set design on display in this episode’s futuristic, off-world setting too.
At this stage, it does feel that Marvel have found a natural home on Disney Plus, given the strength of their TV-based output on the service so far. With a phenomenal one-shot (albeit employing some clever trickery) action sequence rounding out this episode, Loki continues to be another excellent showcase for the more varied experiences that the Disney Plus MCU shows have given us so far.
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