X-Geeks

Loki – Season 1, Episode 2: The Variant

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

This review contains spoilers.

Where episode one acted as an introduction, episode two delves deeper into the TVA as Loki finds himself a job looking for the bigger, badder variant of himself. The episode takes us to some great settings as the time travelling begins and the soundings of Bonnie Tyler in the first scene hype up the excitement around that.

I inexplicably found Loki working at a mundane desk job for the first half of the episode so funny. But tasked with researching where and when the other version of him could be gave us even further depth to all the timey wimey elements of the show. We witness Loki learn what nexus events are and the repercussions of what happens when the TVA can’t reset them. Interesting stuff! We also see him discover the destruction of Asgard and the reaction of emotion he feels – I wanted to see him investigate this further. Surely he’d be desperate to know if Thor survived?

There is a lot of character development and most notably this happens between Loki and Mobius. The back and forth between Tom and Owen is so entertaining and so effortless, you’d easily believe that they have been working together for years. We see interactions between Mobius and Ravonna Renslayer which appears much more personal than professional, get to know Hunter B-15 a little better and catch sight of Casey on his lunch break (yay).

Loki demonstrates some excellent investigative skills and eventually discovers where the variant is. Taking us to Alabama in 2050 the setting of a Walmart-esque store, Roxxcart proves an excellent place for a HUGE reveal. He was right, this is exactly where they need to be and as Loki attempts to interact with this other version of himself who is transporting them self between different bodies we discover he’s up to his old tricks. After promising Mobius that he wouldn’t stab anyone in the back (again! Because it’s boring) he announces his plan to over throw the Time Keepers. We do finally get to see the variant take off their hood but in doing so we catch sight of Lady Loki before she scarpers off again. Very cool and very exciting!!!

This show is taking its time and is building up a really intriguing story. It’s acting as one of our first introductions to time travel in the MCU and is making sure it takes the time to give us all the information we need and it’s a relief to say it’s not disappointing the big expectations I had for it.

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