With two episodes remaining, we didn’t expect to lose so many key characters after that shocking betrayal and an even more unexpected plot twist – it’s like a brand new show now!
Last weeks “Loki” It was a fairly low-key affair (see what we did there?), but this week’s fourth chapter was filled with bomb after bomb … and then death after death.
We thought the secrets of the Timekeepers and their precious Time Variance Authority would have to wait until the end to be exposed, but that didn’t happen either. Instead, the curtain was raised when Lokis dropped that “everyone’s a variant” hits the laps of characters who had no idea.
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It seems we got some clarity on Sylvie’s identity, if anything is to be believed on this show, as the flashback sequence seemed to place her in Asgard when she was captured by TVA. Perhaps she really is a female Loki.
That would explain why the strange flirtation between her and Loki created a new timeline emerging from the Holy. Could this be the birth of “The Multiverse of Madness” that Doctor Strange will have to deal with in his next film?
Sifting through the memories
While it was only a brief cameo, it was a lot of fun watching Jaimie Alexander take all of her anger and frustration out on Loki over and over and over again. We have to support the writers, they use time very creatively as punishment on this show.
Having Loki relive the aftermath of a cruel and useless joke over and over again seemed to finally push him to a point of genuine remorse and self-awareness. It’s no different than the journey OG Loki took throughout the MCU movies (remember this was pulled from the timeline right after the epic battle in the first “Avengers” movie).
At this point, we find ourselves supporting this particular Loki. Could it be that this whole show is a way of bringing Loki back without undoing the events that have already happened, and even offering him a redemption arc of his own? We are here for that.
There is only one problem.
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Look, we were waiting for the revelation from Loki and Sylvie that everyone who worked for TVA was a variant to be a bombshell for those involved. We didn’t expect things to change the way they did, and so fast!
Loki directly told Mobius that he was a Variant, along with everyone, and planted that little seed of doubt. From there, Mobius stole the communications device from his boss (and friend) Ravonna. There, he learned a shocking truth.
Meanwhile, Hunter B-15, who hasn’t been the same since Sylvie was mind controlling her two episodes ago, finally reached her own breaking point when she couldn’t get any clear answers about what had happened to her. friend, Hunter C-20.
So he got Sylvie out of her cell and back to the RoxxCart apocalypse event (so the TVA can’t spy on them) and demanded clarity. What were the memories you saw? Did Sylvie create them? When Sylvie told her that those were its own Memories, hidden and repressed when she was stolen from her timeline, that set the stage for the night’s greatest tragedy.
Mobius did something similar, approaching Loki in the time cell in hopes that they could do something about the lies and the truth. In Ravonna’s machine, she saw C-20 remembering her past life … and then she saw Ravonna deciding to prune her (that is, erase her from existence).
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But when they returned from the time cell, Ravonna was there with her own hunters. And in a shocking moment, she pruned Mobius off quite abruptly and callously. Just like that, Loki’s only true friend on TVA was gone.
However, things only got darker when both Lokis were brought before the Timekeepers, who were three giant, petulant aliens. At least, they were until B-15 arrived and helped the Lokis fight Ravonna and the Hunters while the Time Keepers just watched.
In the end, the Lokis triumphed (it seems B-15 didn’t make it either) and Sylvie lunged at the Timekeepers, cutting off the head of one of them. That move only shook things up even more as it exposed the biggest lie of all.
The timekeepers are like Chuck E. Cheese’s band of robots. But if they are not real, who is the man behind the curtain? Who Really Runs TVA? And if everything is a lie, what is he really doing and why? These questions and many more were floating in the air, along with much sexual tension between the Lokis.
But just when Loki was about to tell Sylvie something meaningful, Ravonna proved not to be dead after all, and she pruned Loki. After he disappeared, Sylvie took the lead and demanded answers, but we probably have more questions than she does!
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There are still several unanswered questions, including one Sylvie asked Ravonna just before her final battle against the Timekeepers. What was the nexus event so serious that they had to remove it from their timeline and erase it? What’s even one?
Knowing that everyone is a Variant, and with Sylvie’s question and Ravonna’s smug response that she doesn’t remember ringing in our brains, we can’t help but wonder if some of these Variants were removed from their timelines by any other. reason other than force. recruit them on TVA.
But it’s interesting that Sylvie was taken as a child, considering that most of the agents seem to have been taken as adults. What she took literally to be child? Perhaps Ravonna thought he could erase her memory and raise her as his own. We will have to wait until next week to find out what Sylvie is asking her and if she answers anything.
But do we also need to know if Mobius and Loki are really gone? Maybe those devices that delete people don’t actually delete them at all. If the TVA is a lie, your devices may not work as advertised either.
After clearing the stage from not just the Timekeepers, but our two main heroes as well, it should be interesting to see how “Loki” progresses from here, with new episodes releasing every Wednesday on Disney +.