Saturday, October 21, 2023

Loki - 1893

For a series where the stakes are the every life in existence, it seems a bit weird to do a mostly farcical episode like "1893" which only undermines further Kang (Jonathan Majors) as a legitimate big bad in the MCU, but I've only read comics for four decades so what do I know. While the TVA continues to break down, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Mobius (Owen Wilson), and later Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), catch up to the missing Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and an overly goofy con man Kang variant whose history the former agent of the TVA and Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) have being manipulating to put him on the path to become a replacement .

There's not much to the episode with characters basically getting in each other way, backstabbing each other, and threatening all of reality (really, Sylvie, what's your motivation this season?). And there are some bits of goofy fun. No doubt the early manipulations of this variant will play into events later in the season, and the tease of a new team-up between Renslayer and Miss Minutes (despite the pair already betraying each other) suggests more trouble for the TVA from the pair, but in terms of saving the universe the episode doesn't leave things in any better shape than it found them. Maybe things will pick up, but three episodes in the show has told of us the stakes but has yet to make us feel its characters, or the audience, need to take them at all seriously (much like Kang).

  • Title: Loki - 1893
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