Loki Episode 3: First Thoughts

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Episode 3 of Loki released today on Disney+. You can read my thoughts on the previous episode here or continue reading for my initial thoughts on episode 3. Be warned – spoilers below!

After the dramatic ending to episode 2 of Loki last week, this week’s episode picks up exactly where it left off, with Loki following Lady Loki in teleporting back to the TVA headquarters. It was pretty funny to watch Loki think he was escaping the TVA by teleporting with Lady Loki, only to learn he was back in the heart of the TVA headquarters!

After a quick skirmish with a few TVA “Minute Men”, Loki and the Lady Loki variant teleport again, this time to Lamentis 1, a planet on the brink of destruction. They soon put their differences aside and work together in attempting to escape from their impending doom. Seeing Loki and his female counterpart working together was entertaining to watch, particularly when watching Lady Loki’s hilariously brilliant Tom Hiddleston mannerisms.

In the episode, we learn that “Lady Loki” is actually going under the alias of Sylvie. In the comics, there is a character named Sylvie Lushton, a girl whom one day woke up with magical powers. Unbeknownst to her, these powers were given to her by Loki. This isn’t a million miles away from what we know of her in the series so far, with her being a variant version of Loki. In the comics, Sylvie actually takes the alias of Enchantress, so I’m interested to watch how her character develops and what her long term future is within the MCU. 

One of my favourite scenes in the episode is where Loki and Sylvie are onboard the train towards the “Ark”. Sylvie falls asleep, only to wake and see a drunken Loki singing Asgardian songs. I’m fairly certain that this the first time we’ve heard the Asgardian language within the MCU, which is pretty surprising given the number of times we’ve seen Asgard over the years. I also loved the nod to the first Thor film, where Loki shouts “Another!” and smashes his glass!

Towards the end of the episode, Sylvie provides the biggest bombshell of the series so far, in revealing to Loki that the TVA is comprised entirely of variants, rather than being created by the Time-Keepers as Mobius claimed. This revelation poses many questions; What are the motives of the Time-Keepers? If the TVA are variants taken from Earth, why do they not remember their past? Have they been brainwashed in an almost WandaVision fashion?

I was surprised at how abruptly the episode ended, particularly given its short run time in comparison to the two previous episodes. Whilst I did enjoy the episode, it felt very much like a ‘filler’ episode, with the series poised to reach a climax over the next few weeks.

In a recent interview promoting the series, Tom Hiddleston stated that the series takes off in a new direction in episode 4, so I’m fascinated to see where the show goes from here. I can definitely imagine the TVA turning up to Lamentis and apprehending Loki and Sylvie, but where it could go from there, I don’t know! I can’t wait to find out!

Loki is available to stream on Disney+, with new episodes releasing every Wednesday.

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