Monday, June 14, 2021

Loki - Episode 2

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) gets a job. For an episode that is mostly Loki doing office work, the second episode of Loki shouldn't be nearly as entertaining as it is. However, this is Loki we are talking about. If the first episode of the series was all about Loki learning about, and trying to escape from, the Time Variance Authority, the second episode of the series is about Loki's attempts to work with them to track down a different variant of himself who has been leaving a string of dead agents across time. Loki's attempts to prove himself have mixed results, but he does discover the other Loki is hiding at the horizon of large disasters allowing for the introduction to the episode's big bad.

Despite Loki's lies and manipulations, Agent Mobius M. Mobius continues to make use of the variant even going so far as put his own career on the line. With the discovery of the other Loki, the gamble appears to have paid off, however things quickly fail. Although he wants Loki to succeed, Mobius never truly trusts him (as he puts it, how can you trust a guy who has literally stabbed someone in the back 50 times?), but he does realize the TVA is going to need his help if they have any change against the other variant of the god of mischief. The episode ends with a bit of a twist, allowing the third episode to reinvent the series again with a different focus. Loki certainly is keeping things interesting.

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