It’s Wednesday and I hate to admit that this week is going to be the last Loki Wednesday for quite a while.
The creepy hologram clock started touting off promises for Loki and Sylvie, and the sinister cartoon keeps referring to ‘Him’.
The man controlling all of time is far less imposing than one might expect, He Who Remains (as he is referred to in the credits) cheerfully snacks on an apple as the three of them head up to his chambers.
As soon as they were in his room (which had a really gorgeous bookcase) I was struck by how much it reminded me of Dumbledore’s office. Although the set was gorgeous the scene itself didn’t even live up to when we saw the robot Time Keepers for the first time.
I found myself wanting more from the episode as we’re talked through the origin of the TVA, despite Jonathan Majors’ delivery being brilliant.
He then turns the episode on its head, offering Loki and Sylvie control of the TVA, claiming that he’s tired and older than he looks. You almost feel sympathetic for him as he clearly just wants to retire. He explains that if he dies his awful variants will be out to play.
But then we’re reminded that he is the reason so many variants can’t recall their existences and Sylvie had to grow up at the end of a thousand worlds and suddenly this guy getting to retire on a beach somewhere doesn’t seem so important.
And then they reach a point where he can no longer see the future clearly, the timeline is starting to splinter and it falls a bit flat. This should be such a shocking moment but instead it just leaves me waiting for the aftermath.
For the first time since watching this series, I find myself quite aware that this is occurring on a film set.
We see our love birds engage in a sword fight over whether they should take over the TVA and honestly? I understand why Sylvie is so emotional.
She’s worked her entire life for this moment and she is just after justice for that little girl who was stolen from her life and now Loki is suggesting they should pause and think before ending the life of the man who led her here.
The fight is interrupted by a sweet moment of conversation and the thing we’ve all been waiting for, the big kiss.
It’s emotional and heartfelt and the music swells. Sylvie and Loki can’t deny it anymore, they have feelings for each other and it manifests into something physical. But then Sylvie pushes Loki into somewhere else and murders the man pulling the strings.
Although I’d impatiently waited for this kiss scene, I found it didn’t live up to my hopes. For some reason the finale felt lacklustre and more like it was setting itself up for a second season than offering a satisfying conclusion to the first. It felt more like the part of a film where you check Instagram and pop to the toilet.
Loki emotionally storms up to Mobius explaining that something terrible has happened back in the TVA, and his friend is merely confused and asks who he is.
That’s when he turns and sees a huge statue of He Who Remains, clearly the murder has led to the variants we were warned against coming forward and taking over.
It’s set up well for a second season, but I don’t think it was a satisfying conclusion at all.
What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can stream Loki now on Disney+.