Loki traces her variant in the most action-packed episode of the Disney+ series to date, which is both electrifying and disappointing.
Happenings on a new timeline
Loki’s female variant is tracked down, and first, they find themselves at TVA headquarters. Then, during a fight, they settle into 2077, laments-1, a moon facing annihilation, and their time and space-hopping device, TempPad, is depleted, so they have to assemble to recharge it (a smooth outlet is not enough) before a planet falls on their heads.
Marvellous, or goodies!
Loki and Lady Loki, if you can even call her Sylvie, but that name refers to Sorceress from the comics, have as much organic harmony as Loki and Mobius, except for the little thing that at first they go at each other’s throats. However, they will soon have to put down this habit – partly because they find it difficult to cope with each other as different versions of the same character (if they really are!) and find themselves in the middle of an apocalyptic event that they cannot leave at the touch of a button this time. Meanwhile, they’re verbally testing each other all the time, and this give-and-take is really enjoyable.
Of course, this is in no small part due to Sophia Di Martino, who plays Sylvie, who, by her own admission, consulted Tom Hiddleston a lot about the character and even copied her here and there in her manias. Yet, her character is not felt like a simple female edition, even though her ego is huge, but she also tends to make a few blunders. And Hiddleston is really in his element thanks to his new partner, but he’s the one who’s really used to him being the best at it.
Last time, we criticized the combat choreography – but now the creators are all over us because the clashes in the new episode are varied and exciting. They even smuggle some ambition into their recording. At the same time, our heroes go from a mine to a futuristic train to a neon-coloured city on the brink of collapse by the end of the episode, so the creators have put themselves thoroughly there in terms of production values.
Not so Marvelous… or something that didn’t work so well
Let’s stick to production values because while you can put a hat on design and display in front of Marvel Studios, it’s hard to go past the fact that Laminitis-1 could be Vormir or, say, Jotunheim. No wonder the preliminary analyses suspected the former, plus what kind of apocalypse is one that sufferers receive with maximum dissatisfaction and the rich drink champagne? Whatever their government may have chewed into the ears of the laminitis-1 population, therefore, they could have been told, nomen est omen, that they were about to collide with a planet and that meteors the size of tower blocks were already falling on their heads: you know who would behave on the last train as if a jerk had stood in front of him at the checkout, or, as a rich boy, we would not be smouldering there smiling, arm in arm- running for our lives. On the other hand, why is there only humans in this universe? Where are the aliens?
Of course, these are not the questions that depend on the episode’s success: the problem is that the complexities of what we saw were pulled up on a dead (and then crashing) gadget. However, if such a TempPad is so easily discharged or so vulnerable, we might be prepared, in the course of years of planning, quoting Sylvie, to have one or two more of these devices, especially if we hide in an apocalypse between missions. We feel that this time it wasn’t Sylvie who was really irresponsible. It was the writers who were lazy.
What do we expect from the future… or the former?
The episode concludes with a sly cliffhanger: no TempPad, neither spacecraft can be snapped, and the planets are about to collide, but we would be surprised if they did not quickly find some brilliant and plausible explanation for this problem – something that even tesseract has made paper-hard in this world, but at the same time we have a suspicion that Sylvie (a Loki variant or the Sorceress?) still has a few secrets in her mind. We don’t even know why he wants to destroy the TVA.
Speaking of TVA: barely visible, but the organisation’s walls have started to crack, and it turns out that we were looking for the bad guys in the show on the wrong side.
Sophia Di Martino is a parade, and Tom Hiddleston continues to lurk in his role. The episode itself earns some points in terms of action and spectacle. Still, its plot could have taken some muscle: one of the MCU’s brightest characters deserves a fine story – especially if there are two of them.
Loki is available on Disney+.