You don’t want the TVA after you. So, make sure you watch Loki episode five before you read this review!

It’s going to sound like a broken record at this point. Last week’s episode, Episode Four, was the best piece of non-finale television that Marvel has made. This week, didn’t have the emotional weight that episode had. What it does have though, is a feeling of complete enchantment (pun completely intended) and sheer amazement. The tease of multiple Lokis paid off handsomely. We got awesome scenes involving the various variants of our favorite God of Mischief, including one of the best scenes in a Marvel movie/show, period.

As for the rest of the episode, besides the finale, we got a lot of non-answers to what is behind the TVA. Judge Renslayer teased a heroic turn, but her motivations lie elsewhere. We also got plenty of teases of what Loki wants to say to Sylvie, but cannot. This was quite simply put, an excellent episode of television.

Give Everyone The Goddamn Emmy Award

You kind of have to guess that Richard E. Grant is going to be fantastic in everything he’s in. He does play a villain in the majority of his roles, but here, he plays a version of Loki that was needed. We needed to see the Loki that ran away. We needed the grizzled Loki that’s seen the worst. His showcase in the closing moments of the episode was jaw dropping. In one of the most weighty moments in Marvel Studios illustrious history, Loki was the one that took the cake.

Our other Lokis, including Alligator Loki, who is the new Baby Yoda, filled their roles and its obvious that Young Loki is on to other things in the MCU. Tom Hiddleston and Sophia Di Martino show off a chemistry that you don’t see out of many actors these days. I can’t gush enough about how much I loved this episode.

We even got to see what happened to Mobius and thank the lord that he’s alright. I have a feeling we’ll see what he does to the TVA in the next episode.

So Many Easter Eggs

More than any Marvel property so far, this episode had Easter eggs out the wazoo. We got a small Thor, the Thanos Copter, and the various versions of Loki. There’s probably a million more in the background that I’m not noticing after a first watch, but this is one that the nerds are going to inspect every frame of.

The big question going forward is who is behind all of this.

If Vegas was taking bets, they’d probably have Kang the Conqueror as the favorite. He’s showing up in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but he has a connection from the comics to Renslayer.

There’s no post-credits scene this week, but we didn’t really need one. Better to let the mystery simmer.

As for the episode, this equals the greatness of last week. and the week before it. The only thing I can complain about is that Mobius’s return didn’t feel big enough to me. It was obvious that Loki wasn’t driving the car that picked up Sylvie. But we did get the nice moment with Loki and Mobius before he left. There really wasn’t much to complain about here, this was fantastic.

Loki is the best show that Marvel has made so far and sets the bar extremely high for not only next week, but the shows following it.

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