We have officially crossed the halfway point of Marvel Studios’ Loki and this week and we zero in on the new Lady Loki. Introduced as the variant causing the Time Variance Authority (TVA) so much trouble, episode three allowed Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to connect with his female Loki variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino). In episode four everything changes thanks to Sylvie and Loki’s choices. If this all sounds foreign to you, check out our review of Episode 1, episode 2, and episode 3 to catch up!
This episode opens with a full backstory on Sylvie which starts when she’s snatched by the TVA in Asgard at a very young age. Played by actor Cailey Fleming, Sylvie was clearly minding her own business and doing no wrong. In a few quick and efficient shots we witness Sylvie go through the same rigamarole Loki went through when being registered at the TVA and how Ravonna (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is at the heart of Sylvie eventually escaping and having a beef with the TVA in general. Ravonna ends up being a key figure in the episode and evolves a bit as a character.
It’s hard to make out but Hunter C-20 is whispered about by Mobius (Owen Wilson) early in the episode and we find out she didn’t make it out alive. The nefarious nature of the TVA and the Time Keepers is becoming much more obvious here. We get to see a bit more of what the TVA is capable of in a funny scene involving Loki getting slapped and kicked in the groin. Over and over again. With all the doom and gloom it’s nice to see the show still has a sense of humor. And customary of the show, it uses humor and pain to get at the deeper person inside Loki.
The acting and character work continue to be the crown jewel of the show. Hiddleston, Di Martino, Wilson, and Mbatha-Raw all infuse their characters with heart, regret, and emotion you can connect with. Mbatha-Raw might have the hardest job since she’s been playing a good guy who works for the bad guys and it’ll be interesting to see more from her. Hiddleston gets the prime screen time to develop his character though, and it’s nice to see him come to more conclusions about what it means to be a good person so as to not die alone.
MCU fans have plenty of nods to the comics and likely future developments in the series. At one point Mobius’ name drops both the Kree and vampires in a single sentence. There’s also a classic Thor character that pops up briefly too. Oh, and fair warning, stay for a mid-credits scene.
Similar to the last episode, the last six or so minutes pack in plenty of action and a brand new twist or two for fans to chew on. If you’ve been devouring interviews with Tom Hiddleston you already know episode four is a major turning point and it lives up to the hype as it’s quite delightful how it changes things up. As a whole, episode four ends up being a game-changer for the series leaving the last two episodes completely open for anything to happen. That is not an understatement given the changed status of a few key characters by the end of the episode.
Loki S1E4 “The Nexus Event” is exciting television that puts the excitement back into the MCU in ways that’s rare these days. Make no mistake, avoid spoilers at all costs, and gear up for what could be the most surprising series end ever.
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