Episode 4 was largely slower and more thoughtful leading to some sudden and violent events toward the end. Oh and there is a mid-credit bonus scene that answers the immediate question to one of those events and sets off several more. Spoilers follow:
The TVA was introduced as powerful and possibly over bearing but last weeks revelation was that the TVA was actively lying to itself. The many employees are not creations of the august Time Keepers but variants who have been memory wiped. The shift changes the circumstances of our dual Loki’s not just simply being dysfunctional people naturally seeking to spread chaos against an authority they don’t control but rather just the right people to unravel a sinsiter conspiracy to control reality.
The episode spends a little time making Hiddleston-Loki consider his life choices and hammers at least some pretence of self-awareness into him. I hope that doesn’t continue too far, as I’d prefer the sinister side of the character to continue but it fits with the shift in the story from one of moral ambiguity to a clear battle of good versus evil.
After some soul searching by Mobius and by Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) over Sylvie’s claim that the TVA staff are themselves variants, events speed up and we have some shocking deaths and a new deeper mystery about the Time Keepers.
Less witty banter and characters bouncing off each other this week but a bit more depth and even less sense of where this whole story is going. I really liked how there was a judgemental aspect from Mobius towards Loki having feelings for Sylvie (i.e. himself) while the show itself is rejecting the idea that there’s something fundamentally wrong with it. There’s some interesting layers here and I guess the show could still go horribly wrong but so far each episode has built-on and improved upon the previous one.
Also, Richard E Grant completes a trifecta of Doctor Who, Star Wars and MCU.