*WARNING* THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR LOKI EPISODE Four
You don’t want the TVA after you. So, make sure you watch Loki episode four before you read this review!
I claimed last week’s episode as the best non-finale episode of Marvel television so far. This week topped that and then some. Loki made two decisions this week that had my jaw on the ground and my heart breaking. Where the show goes from here, who knows? Bu we’re left with two absolutely jaw dropping moments involving Loki and Mobius. This was one of the most well-written and well-paced episodes of Marvel TV that we’ve had.
it was only the fourth episode, but forgetting about the revelation at the end that the Time Keepers are complete BS, we’ll likely get our answers next week. The penultimate episode of many shows usually shows the audience the most of what they want to see. Hopefully Loki gives us answers to everything we want to know. As for the rest of the episode, this was one carried by Owen Wilson.
Give The Emmy To Owen Wilson For This Episode Alone
Mobius played the detective and friend perfectly in this episode. We’ve had indications that Loki and Sylvie’s idea that the TVA is lying, IE Jet Skis. Mobius broke that whole plan open with his trust of Loki. Their scene together after Loki’s capture, is pure magic. It’s one of those scenes that needs rewatching to get the full effect out of it. Tom Hiddleston‘s performance in the scene deserves equal praise especially his motions and mannerisms after Mobius lies about Sylvie being pruned. It’s a tennis match between two fantastic actors that fully understand their characters. Loki’s last statement to Mobius about the lies he tells himself take the cake.
Wilson later shows more of his chops and guile when he’s talking to Renslayer. Gugu Mbatha-Raw gives an equally devious and later outright villainous performance. Her ascent to most hated Marvel character completes when she “kills” Mobius and Loki. Mobius’s death was a shocking moment on the level of John Walker’s turn to the dark side, and Evan Peters showing up as Quicksilver.
It was one of those moments where you can’t comprehend what you’ve seen on screen. In his moment of clarity and truth, Mobius loses his life. In another moment of truth, just before Loki is likely confessing his love or feelings for Sylvie, he’s also struck down in a similar manner.
Sylvie’s conversation with Renslayer near the end of the episode was equally as harrowing. For a variant who’s entire existence was destroyed, the Nexus event is so trivial to her, that she can’t remember.
We All Need To See What Happens Next
So, the Timekeepers, at least in the version shown, are fake. It’s a wonderful trick by the writers to build up this confrontation with all-omnipotent beings that keep track of time. Even Loki can’t think of who actually runs the TVA. I’m not sure that Renslayer does either. She is related to Kang the Conqueror though, who’s the villain of the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. He’s involved with the more cosmic elements of the Marvel Comics, but that would be a huge departure for the series as to who’s the villain.
Does Loki deserve to be alone? Can they bring back Mobius and Loki? I have no clue. This show has been so strange and fantastic that it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to eliminate the two male leads. It’s not likely though, we are messing with time, space, and whatever timeline we have here. From the looks of the post-credits scene, we’ve got a bunch of Lokis on our hands.
If you excuse me, I have to go sob about Mobius being killed some more. Owen Wilson has been the best part of an already fantastic series for Disney+.
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