Loki – Season 1, Episode 5: Journey Into Mystery

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

This review contains spoilers.

This was the Lokiest episode of Loki yet as various versions of The God of Mischief get aquatinted and every moment of it was glorious.

Loki has been sent to The Void at the end of time which is guarded by a huge cloud like monster, Alioth, after being pruned last week. He is greeted by Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant), Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei) and Alligator Loki. This was so much fun and the 5 episode wait for Richard’s appearance was well worth it. He was fabulous.

I liked that the episode took some time to give us history on some of the variants. Kid Loki is there because he killed Thor and hearing Classic Loki relive his story of escaping Thanos by conjuring himself up as an illusion and hiding off grid for years made me wish our Loki had the smarts to do the same.

Back at the TVA, Sylvie is left with Ravonna who continues to proves how untrustworthy she is. Literally backed into a corner, Sylvie prunes herself and is sent to The Void too. Here we have a moment where I’m sure we all were unified in rejoicing as Mobius saves her from Alioth. I mean the mid credits scene last week gave us hope that Mobius wasn’t actually dead but it was a huge relief to have this confirmed.

Journey Into Mystery once again delivered some real heartfelt moments. Loki really has made a friend in Mobius and an initial hand shake developing into a big hug as Mobius sets off to return to the TVA made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And then there’s the relationship between Loki and Sylvie. Their bond is so tight and it’s not just because they are variants of each other because Loki didn’t have that instant connection to the other Loki’s he meets in The Void. I love these two together and while we know that deep down Loki really does feel for Thor and the rest of his family, it’s really special so see him engage with other people like this.

Classic Loki gives us a classic moment of true heroism as he conjures a distraction, allowing Sylvie and Loki to combine their power and defeat Alioth. In doing this he sacrifices himself but as the smoke clears a new path is revealed.

This episode has really set up what should be a fantastic finale. Alioth’s connection to Kang gives the impression that just as WandaVision and Falcon and The Winter Soldier, this series will leave an impact on the wider MCU. I hope that one of those impacts is that we get to meet Alligator Loki again!!!

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