Loki – Season 1, Episode 1: Glorious Purpose

By Robert Ernest (@thatRobster | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review contains spoilers.

Loki follows in the footsteps of predecessors WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, giving us the third Marvel television series of 2021 and brings with it lots of time travelling hijinks and a larger emphasis on the multiverse.

Glorious Purpose picks up straight after Loki disappeared with the tesseract during Endgame. Captured by the Time Variant Agency, he meets Mobius M. Mobius and is informed of the havoc he’s caused on the timeline. Owen Wilson exudes charisma as Agent Mobius and there’s clearly a real spark between him and Tom. Loki is shown footage of what should have been and as nostalgic as it is for us as viewers to watch, there’s a lot for him to take in. Let’s not forget that this is 2012 Loki and not the version who fell victim to Thanos.

The TVA is a superb setting and different parts of the building take you from mundane office settings to some fantastical backdrops. Wunmi Mosaku is so impressive as TVA Agent, Hunter B-15 and I can’t do this review without mentioning how much I enjoyed Eugene Cordero as Casey. I hope he features lots more throughout the series.

Let’s talk Tom Hiddleston. This guy has been a firm fan favourite since the early days of the MCU and with Loki, gives us the ultimate loveable rogue. In this first episode Tom brings everything we love about the character and amplifies it. The mischief, the cutting comments, the innate sense of grandeur are all there and as a result there are many laughs. There’s nothing funnier than Loki proclaiming his status to someone who has no idea who he is. There are characters who are overused and over publicised and even though we’ve seen Loki so many times before, I’ll never tire of watching him on screen.

First impressions of Loki are great and it’s premiere episode gives you enough to make you want to come back to it. I’m looking forward to seeing some fun time travel in the upcoming episodes and there’s no doubt of the impact Tom Hiddleston is about to make.

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