This week Loki finds himself trapped on an apocalyptic planet with no way of escape.
After following The Loki Variant (who we now know calls herself Sylvie – portrayed by Sophia Di Martino) last episode, episode 3 begins with Loki and Sylvie fighting it out at the TVA headquarters and almost being killed by agents before Loki transports them to Lamentis – a planet that is momentarily going to be destroyed by another planet crashing into it. So begins a back and forth between the two variants as both refuse to trust the other, more fighting happens and slightly clunky dialogue until they get to the point of having a civil conversation.
I was hoping that by episode 3 I’d be really into this series but still there is something just not working for me. After this episode, I’m not the biggest fan of Sylvie as a character or the performance behind it – maybe this will change as the series progresses and the reasons as to why her character is like that will make more sense – but currently I just find her not very interesting?
At the centre of this episode is an almost heartfelt conversation between Sylvie and Loki as they discuss their childhoods and mothers. While I was delighted to hear Loki being confirmed canon bisexual – a big deal although a potential cop-out if Loki doesn’t survive at the end of this series and appear in more of the films in the future – the sentimental tone of this conversation felt weirdly out of place and out of character. Hiddleston’s performance continues to excel, with him singing an Asgardian song in the bar being a great moment and the recall to the first Thor film with “Another! *smash*” being delightful. But the direction they’re taking the character in is sometimes feeling a little forced. Also I am not enjoying the hinting towards a romance between Sylvie and Loki that occurred throughout this episode.
While I didn’t enjoy the action scene at the end of this episode – I felt it was messy and badly directed – I did enjoy the ending which is a plus. But the biggest minus of this episode is there was no appearance of Owen Wilson’s Mobius. Let’s hope he’s back next week.
Action, Adventure | USA, 2021 | Season 1 / Ep 3 | 23rd June 2021 | Disney+ | Showrunner: Michael Waldron | Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku,