Friday, June 18, 2021

Round Two: Loki

Loki: Season 1, Episode 2 “The Variant” (B+)

This was a great follow-up to the first episode, launching right into the action and continuing to build the Loki-Mobius dynamic, which is a lot of fun. It’s obviously both satisfying and frustrating to get little teases of the relationships that already exist between characters, like Ravonna’s irritation at Mobius having made all of the glass rings on her table but still considering him to be a close friend. Loki’s efforts to research the history of the TVA didn’t get him too far, but his subversive attempts actually led him to the right information, which he enthusiastically demonstrated to Mobius when they went back to Pompeii and he made a big fuss just to prove that he was putting out zero variant energy. I’m not sure I follow all of the logic here, but I’m not too concerned since everyone seems to be paying attention to it and making as much sense of it as they can. Finding the variant’s hiding place took them to a dark future, one where Loki ended up alone with what he thought was his other self, only to learn that it was actually a woman with a crown who’s likely Asgardian but whose origins I don’t want to research for fear of learning too much about the mythology that could spoil what’s going to happen over the next few episodes. That’s the downside of watching all this Marvel fare – it’s too hard to fully know what’s going on without risking an overload of info that won’t make what’s to come as fun or surprising to watch.

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