Loki’s second episode finds the God of Mischief at a crossroads. After a tumultuous first episode that saw Loki come to terms with his situation, Episode 2 has him adjusting. The new status quo has Loki, a Variant, under the employment of the TVA. Under the watchful eye of Mobius, Loki works to track down a dangerous mirror of himself, who seems to be attacking the TVA almost at random.
Loki as a show shines even more because of worldbuilding. Seeing the everyday minutiae of the TVA play out in the background of the show allows a certain mundanity not really explored in the MCU. On paper, this is an aspect that shouldn’t work, but given the backdrop of multiverse-shattering events, it holds up surprisingly well. Loki and Mobius also get the opportunity to discuss more specific details of time travel. The way the writers can weave exposition into the story of the duo on the hunt is incredibly well done, especially given the topic of time travel. Being the third original MCU series, Loki seems to have found its own rhythm and pacing and is firing on all cylinders.
The way Episode 2 picks up immediately after the previous week’s and follows the story engagingly without slowing down the momentum is also a testament to the writing. Following Loki and Mobius in their inquiries as to where the evil variant of Loki is hiding is a focal point of the episode. The investigation is incredibly clever, and the eventual discovery of apocalyptic events makes Loki believe his evil variant is hiding out moments before a cataclysmic event. This leads to a humorous moment in the timeline moments before a horrible incident that works gangbusters despite its firm outcome.
Another credit that must be given to Loki is its timely response to audience questions. Viewing the episode, the mystery gnawing at the back of your head is the identity of the evil Loki. It’s a question that some might be worried would take the entire series to reveal. However, that isn’t the case at all. Rather, the intriguing mystery is answered. Moreover, it isn’t just satisfying, but it’s able to set up future episodes in an exciting manner.
Giving Loki his own foil and having it done in a creative way was well done on the show’s part. Hiddleston is given an interesting concept to work with, and his future interactions with this version of himself are sure to bring out a new side of The God of Mischief. All of Episode 2 is riveting and makes for an even better episode than the first. The episode also ends on an exciting note and shakes the status quo for the TVA, much like the ending of the first changed Loki. All in all., it’s an incredible start to an already incredible series.
Grade – 9/10
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