by Dallas Thompson
I still remember the day Kevin Feige announced Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On July 20th, 2019, we got the first true look at Phase 4 and how, for the first time, the movies and streaming series' would intertwine. We had known about Loki for a while, but as we began to learn more about the series, I couldn't help but become more and more intrigued with this series.
And then came 'Wandavision' - a show that surprised and blew me away week after week! Then, just two weeks later, we got 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier', a show that, while being very good, didn't quite live up to 'Wandavision' in my opinion. 'Loki' was promised to be something different and brand new to the MCU and the immediate continuation from where his story left off in 'Avengers: Endgame' had me counting down the days until it released!
Episode 1 - Glorious Purpose
Picking up from Endgame where Loki escapes with the Tesseract during the Avengers' time heist, the first episode of 'Loki' wastes no time. This episode was largely exposition as expected, but it still moved quickly from scene to scene and left me wanting more the second it was over.
The episode revolves around Loki being intercepted by the Time Variance Authority and as the episode progresses and Loki learns about the TVA, so do we, the viewers. Miss Minutes, a cartoon character comparable to Mr. DNA from the 'Jurassic Park' series, provides us with exposition and introduces us to the Timekeepers (figures who have sparked the most rumors from the series thus far) in a way that doesn't feel forced or cliched.
The episode has a great mix of exposition, comedy, and emotional moments. It becomes obvious that as things stand now, this version (or variant) of Loki won't survive the show because of the nature of the Time Variance Authority. We literally watch Loki as he watches key moments from his past and future play out before his own eyes, including some major deaths (and yes, Thanos killing him is one of the things he sees). There's also a moment where Loki sees a drawer full of Infinity Stones and learns just how worthless they are to the TVA, creating a profound moment while also being comedic, especially for long time fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The episode ends with us learning that the TVA is hunting down a Loki variant and that is where we begin to learn what the rest of the series will explore. The episode, in true Disney+ fashion, leaves us on a cliffhanger while also delivering a satisfying ending to hold us over until the following week!
Episode 1 of 'Loki' is far and away my favorite Disney+ premiere to date and even was my favorite episode of a Disney+ show, that is until Episode 2 dropped...
Episode 2 - The Variant
Episode 2, once again, wastes no time picking right up! After we learn at the end of Episode 1 that Loki will be helping the Time Variance Authority stop variants of himself, we're able to get into what this show truly is going to be about. Episode 2 mainly focuses on Loki learning about how to fight off this variant with time travel. This episode shows even more than the previous that this will be the most "out-there" that the MCU has gone so far with Time travel, multiple versions of one person, the multiverse, etc.
The episode rounds out with the reveal of... Lady Loki? Theories (and first glance) would say that this mystery figure is the infamous Lady Loki from the comics, but the credits call her Sylvie. We will for sure get some more information on this character in Episode 3 and beyond, but this reveal got lots of fans talking online about the end of the episode! It also looks as though Lady Loki & our Loki are heading to somewhere on. the sacred timeline and I'm super excited to see where this story goes in the next episodes!
If the first two episodes are any indication, this 'Loki' series may have a shot at dethroning 'Wandavision' from number one on my list! The story is intriguing, the acting has been incredible, and the mix of comedy, mystery, and heart has been masterful. This series looks to be one of the defining moments for this new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I'm super excited to see what's next!
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