It’s been a particularly chaotic redemption arc for Loki but despite the inevitability of making Loki not just likeable but good, I enjoyed almost every minute of this. Love, friendship, teamwork, camaraderie, sacrifice, boss fight against CGI monster — these are the classic virtues of Marvel shows. Inserting Loki into that mould is an unwise idea but if you are going to bring him around to love and friendship then doing it with a whole bunch of other Lokis is one way to attempt it.
The direction the episode took, runs the risk of taking all the bite out of the character. Short term, it made for a very entertaining episode. Kid Loki, Boastful Loki, Classic Loki and Alligator Loki were not the greatest superhero team but certainly one of the most novel ones of the MCU but I’m heading into spoilers…
We still don’t know what is going on but we do learn that the TVA isn’t literally killing people or at least not directly. Instead, the “pruned” people are set to the end of time, which would be fine if it wasn’t for a giant storm monster. Imagine Lost meets Into the Spiderverse but odder.
The resulting world is chaotic and in ruins but of all the variants sent there, mainly Lokis have survived. Whether that makes any practical sense is neither-here-nor-there, we are off into something more like a dreamscape. The good news is that Sylvie and Mobius end up there as well and after several weird and touching moments we head off into superhero showdown territory. We even get a bit of Wagner into the bargain (although technically that would be Loge not Loki and he isn’t in Die Walküre).
We are nearly at the end and this is still a hard show to sum up. It still rests more on charm, super actors and great visuals rather than big themes or narrative momentum but it really doesn’t need any more than that. There is rarely a misstep and Hiddleston, Di Martino and Wilson all have great chemistry (Wilson is going to turn out to be a mind-wiped Loki as well, right?)
There’s less to talk about than WandaVision, less to moan about than Falcon & the Winter Soldier but if it sticks the landing this will be my favourite 🙂