They Lied to Us – Review Geek
After a boring third episode, I went into episode 4 of Loki fearing extra of the identical and a collection that wouldn’t maintain up. Well, I’ve excellent news! Episode 4 turned issues round immediately. And in true Marvel trend, it left us with many questions. You see, they lied to us.
Warning: This is a review of an ongoing television collection and can comprise spoilers.
Previously on Loki
When final left off, Loki and Sylvie (the identify our Lady Loki prefers) managed to strand themselves on a moon. Oh, and the moon’s planet? Currently crashing into the moon. We realized just a few issues bout Sylvie (she taught herself magic) and a tantalizing element in regards to the Time Variance Agency. You see, each TVA Agent is a variant! Just as we realized that doozy of a element, Loki and Sylvie’s final hope of getting off the moon alive actually blew up earlier than their eyes.
And that’s it, actually. Last week was a boring episode. Thankfully this week proved to be way more attention-grabbing. You may suppose we’d begin with simply how Loki and Sylvie will keep away from sure loss of life, however that’s not what occurred.
Well, at this level, I believe we will say with certainty that Sylvie can be a Loki in spite of everything. Her powers and chosen identify screams Enchantress, however her backstory confirms in any other case. The episode begins in Asgard, with a younger woman Loki taking part in along with her toys. It’s laborious to say how outdated she is as a result of Asgardians and Frost Giants dwell virtually endlessly and who is aware of how they age. But bodily, she seems like a 12-year-old baby.
The TVA kidnaps hers, resets the timeline, and accuses her of crimes towards the Sacred Timeline. But earlier than they’ll choose her, she manages to chunk her guard on the wrist, steal their TemPad and escape the TVA solely. Oh, and the guard in query? Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Mobius’s (Owen Wilson) boss and now a choose.
Here, simply because the flashback ends, we get our first actual have a look at the Time Keepers. Just kidding, they’re cloaked in shadow, and all we actually see are silhouettes and glowing eyes. Renslayer apparently up to date them on the present occasions, and it didn’t go effectively. Later, Mobius calls for to interview the agent Sylvie kidnapped and enchanted. But that’s apparently not doable: she’s useless. Renslayer claims that Sylvie’s magic drove her loopy, and he or she died. If you’re like me, something Renslayer says appears suspect at this level. But no time for that; how are Lokie and Sylvie doing?
Who Else Could Loki Love however Themselves
So, stranded on a moon, unable to escape the utter destruction coming from the planet crashing into all the things, what are Loki and Sylvie to do? To be trustworthy, I anticipated Loki to reveal the TemPad wasn’t actually damaged at this level, however I assume I known as that improper. They two sat and waited for the top to come. Loki apologized. And then they reminisce. Sylvie barely remembers Asgard, which appears doubtless. She might be a thousand years outdated or extra, and he or she hasn’t seen Asgard since she was a toddler.
As the top comes, Loki tries to give Sylvie a pep speak, to inform her what makes a Loki really a Loki. She, like all Lokis, are survivors. They may fail, they may lose, however it doesn’t matter what, they at all times survive. And, amazingly, she managed to escape and elude the TVA whilst a toddler. Loki takes Sylvie’s hand and hold on, is that this romance? The music seems like romance. They’re taking a look at one another with googly eyes. Is Loki falling in love with Loki? Ew.
No time to take into consideration that, although, as a result of one thing is inflicting the largest spike on the timeline the TVA has ever seen, and it leads them straight to Loki and Sylvie. They don’t die a fiery loss of life. Instead, it’s again to the TVA as prisoners.
Oh That Cameo
By far, the spotlight of the episode is an sudden cameo. After capturing the Lokis, the brokers lock up Sylvie someplace unseen, and Mobius pushes Loki by way of a pink door. Just earlier than he can, although, Loki tells Mobius the TVA is mendacity to him.
On the opposite facet of the door, Loki finds himself again in Asgard. And out steps Sif (Jamie Alexander), a personality we haven’t seen since Thor 2 (or presumably Agents of Shield if that’s thought of canon). She holds up her hair, which Loki apparently lower off, beats up Loki, then tells him he deserves to be alone. He will at all times be. After strolling away, the entire sequence of occasions loops and repeats, and nothing Loki says or does can break the cycle.
It’s great to see Sif once more, and it’s additionally heart-wrenching to watch the second break Loki. It’s not simply the bodily abuse, however the psychological anguish of listening to these phrases, “you deserve to be alone, and you always will be.”
In between beatings, Mobius meets with Loki simply lengthy sufficient to hear the remainder of what he has to say. That everybody within the TVA can be a variant. Mobius additionally confirms the actual reason behind that enormous spike—the truth that Loki and Sylvie had been falling in love. Two variants of the identical being falling in love would create pure chaos. As Mobius so aptly places it, “what an incredibly seismic narcissist.”
But All is Not Well within the TVA
What this episode of Loki manages to do is deal with all of the “meanwhile” plotlines effectively. Even as Mobius is beginning to consider Loki in regards to the TVA’s lies, B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), the hunter Sylvie enchanted, is beginning to have doubts too. She remembers her previous. And so she breaks into Sylvie’s holding cell, takes her to an apocalypse, and the 2 kind a plan.
During a “case closed” assembly with Renslayer, Morbius manages to swap his TemPad for hers and study the reality in regards to the agent who “died from insanity.” She didn’t go insane; she remembered her previous. And she knew the reality, everybody on the TVA is a variant. Renslayer had her killed.
Morbius meets up with Loki to kind a plan, however Renslayer catches on first. And she has an agent “prune” Morbius. Pruning seems lots like disintegration. And to be trustworthy, at first, I assumed it was a trick. That Loki had his powers, and he illusioned Morbius away. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Instead, Loki and Sylvie are taken to meet the Time Keepers. The Time Keepers need to see Loki and Sylvie pruned personally. On the way in which up the golden elevators, Sylvie asks Renslayer what occasion precipitated the TVA to resolve to kidnap her as a toddler. Normally they solely care as soon as a timeline will get far sufficient off observe from the sacred timeline. It doesn’t seem to be the truth that she’s a feminine Loki did the trick; in spite of everything, they didn’t come after her at beginning. But Renslayer claims she will’t bear in mind. I believe it will come again in a later episode.
What occurs subsequent is each among the greatest and worst components of the episodes. We lastly see the Time Keepers! For actual! But uh, you higher activate the captions. They gave every Time Keeper a thick accent, and snake-like rasps, and an echoey voice. I couldn’t perceive something they had been saying. It’s terrible.
None of that issues, although. B-15 exhibits up with Sylvie’s weapons, a large struggle ensues, Renslayer and B-15 get knocked out, and solely Loki and Sylvie are left standing. The Time Keepers begin to discount, calling Sylvie a Time Child, however she throws her swords and beheads one in every of them.
I Called It
Back in episode two, I speculated that the Time Keepers weren’t actual. They depended an excessive amount of on religion, and solely Renslayer appeared to have seen them in particular person. It all felt off and peculiar, like a large lie to buy loyalty. I assume I used to be largely proper. When the Time Keeper’s head bounces down to our Lokis, they uncover the reality—the Time Keepers are robots. Animatronic puppets. The different two merely stoop. Someone else created the TVA, and the entire thing is constructed on a pack of lies. Everything they instructed us is a lie.
Sylvie is despondent, and Loki tries to consolation her with a occupation of affection (ew?). But earlier than he has the possibility, Renslayer “prunes” him from behind. Sylvie bests Renslayer once more, and we finish on the phrases, “you’re gonna tell me everything.”
Except we don’t! If you hold round, this episode provides us our first mid-credit scene. Loki is alive! Ad surrounded. By different Lokis. There’s Young Loki, Classic Loki, Boastful Loki, and Alligator Loki. Young Loki and Classic Loki are straight out of the comedian books, and I’ve to say Classic Loki’s costume seems excellent and wonderful and simply as terrible because it ought to. And in case you look intently, the background is a destroyed metropolis, full with what seems like an exploded Avengers Tower. Now the episode is finished.
And boy, do we now have extra questions.