Monday, July 12, 2021

Loki - Journey Into Mystery

In an episode that is named after the comic series that birthed the character, "Journey Into Mystery" offers one last slow tease laying the foundation for answers which can no only come in the series finale. Learning that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) isn't dead, and trapped at some kind of purgatory at the end of time, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) kills herself and join him there. Until she arrives, Loki isn't without company as he encounters several other Lokis who war and trick each other for control and attempt to stay alive from the large smoke monster in the sky that can wipe someone from existence.

The episode is most notable for the other Lokis. Two stand-out here. First, there's the alligator. Although he shows no magic or other kinds of mischief (other than biting) the other Lokis have accepted him as one of their own due to its Loki horns. As Mobius (Owen Wilson), who also is trapped at the end of time, puts it, not communicating to the others and slyly doing whatever it wants makes the alligator seem even more a Loki. The other Loki of note is Richard E. Grant playing the older classic version of the character who steals several of the episode's best moments including showcasing how powerful a Loki can be when he sets his (or her) mind to it by recreating all of Asgard as a distraction for Loki and Sylvie to make their move against the smoke monster. The episode also makes a quick reference to one of Thor's more bizarre storylines (don't blink or you'll miss it!).

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