X-Geeks

Loki – Season 1, Episode 4: The Nexus Event

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

This review contains spoilers.

Earlier in the week I read an article where Tom Hiddleston had promised how great episodes 4 and 5 are and after watching The Nexus Event it’s pretty clear to see he wasn’t exaggerating. Even just the opening scenes of Sylvie as a child in Asgard (played byThe Walking Dead’s fabulous Cailey Fleming) being captured by Ravonna were engrossing.

I found myself a little taken aback this week due to the deep emotion running through the episode. Before being caught by the TVA, Loki and Sylvie find themselves pondering life as they witness the final moments of Lamentis. They question if they are continuously destined to fail and whether for good or bad, imagine never succeeding at anything you do! At the TVA the pair are taken for questioning. Loki being thrown into a time loop prison was so entertaining as he’s subjected to Lady Sif’s rage after realising he’s cut her hair. This was a lot of fun and a great, unexpected cameo from Jaimie Alexander.

This episode mainly focuses on the breakdown of the TVA. Loki manages to eventually tell Mobius the truth and Sylvie is met by a curious Hunter B-15 who has suspicions following C-20’s breakdown. Mobius, rightfully so, isn’t so trusting of Loki but after doing his own investigating realises all isn’t as it seems. He frees Loki and pledges to help him, only to be met by Ravonna and her wrath. This was a devastating scene as you see Mobius realise he’s doomed, talking about how he just wants to ride around on his jet ski before he’s turned to dust at Ravonna’s command. Brutally heartbreaking.

Loki and Sylvie being taken to The Time Keepers was brilliant and the reveal that they are just robots adds to the whole mystery of the show. What the hell is going on here??? The relationship between Loki and Sylvie really amps up and while some people feel there’s a romantic connection between them, I think there’s more to it. Here are two people who have felt alone and who have found common ground and a spark in each other. Loki declaring that he’s scared of being alone during this episode really is like a dagger to the heart. Ravonna takes one last heinous action as she kills Loki (it’s ok, the mid credits scene rectify this) and the episode wraps up leaving us with more questions than we had when it started.

This really was a fantastic episode and was up there with the excitement and intensity that some of the revelations WandaVision brought. Loki isn’t dead. Yay! Instead he finds himself in the presence of another 3 Lokis in some interesting throwback costumes and the introduction of Richard E. Grant. I can’t wait for episode 5!!!

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