Thursday, September 23

Loki Episode One Recap: Tom Hiddleston’s Time Loop Saga Is Beautiful And Surreal TV | Loki: Episode Summaries

Spoiler alert: This blog is for people who watch Loki on Disney +. Don’t read on unless you’ve seen the episode. one.

Hello and welcome to Loki’s summaries. I will select every episode from the latest Marvel / Disney + series like I did with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and will do my best to find hints and clues of what awaits Loki and the MCU in general.

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Let’s start at the beginning, which makes the most sense right now. Loki is all about time – time management, alternate timelines, time travel, time loops, so things could get messy if we did it another way.

The episode opened in 2012 after the Battle of New York that was first seen in Avengers Assemble, then revisited in the time heists section of Avengers: Endgame. We saved ourselves a full replay, but as almost anyone watching will know, Loki continues to take the Tesseract during the rampage with Tony, Ant-Man, and Thor, disappearing into a portal, thus creating an alternate timeline and version of himself. . A version of himself that didn’t inadvertently cause Frigga’s death in Thor: The Dark World (luckily, he skipped that one), or fought alongside his brother and earned a shot at redemption in Thor: Ragnarok. And perhaps most importantly for the purposes of this series, he didn’t break Thanos’s neck at the beginning of Infinity War either.

Loki's most powerful weapon ... the chemistry between Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson as Agent Mobius.
Loki’s most powerful weapon … the chemistry between Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson as Agent Mobius. Photography: Disney

After a brief interaction with the Time Variance Authority, the sterile and omnipotent body tasked with preserving the sacred timeline, as decreed by the Timekeepers, Loki is repeatedly beaten, rewound, and thrown with homemade truths by agents like Hunter B- 15 by Wunmi Mosaku and Owen. Wilson’s agent, Mobius.

At this point, it seems highly likely that the on-screen chemistry between Tom Hiddleston and Wilson is Loki’s most powerful weapon. As Mobius showed Loki his past misdeeds on a big screen and gently searched for an explanation while already in full possession of the facts, he gained Loki’s trust, while making him see that he was not born to rule, but simply stands to. to help. others realize its potential. Mobius also posited the notion that Loki has done so many terrible things not because he enjoyed it, or because he is the god of mischief, but because he has to, because it is part of his illusion, “a cruel and elaborate trick conjured by the weak inspire fear ”. Self-acceptance, identity and destiny, treated in the space of a scene. And to think that people believe that these shows are just computer generated fights.

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Those horns look just like him in all the Asgardian garb … Loki. Photography: Disney

That doesn’t mean that Loki doesn’t have them. Responding to another TVA situation, Mobius traveled to a church in 16th century France, where he encountered a boy who pointed to a stained glass window that apparently depicted the devil when asked who had committed the latest atrocity. Throughout WandaVision, Mephisto was expected to make his MCU debut, but it never happened. That image on the glass clearly looks like the extradimensional demon, but Hiddleston has said that the Mephisto rumors are unfounded. Of course, he would say that. Or is Mobius right that the variant he needs help to catch is Loki himself? Those horns look like Loki in all of the Asgardian garb, as seen in Avengers Assemble.


After phase one of the movies, Marvel landed on the idea that superhero movies work best when they’re not superhero movies at all, but genre movies that have superheroes in them, something that, in my book, makes arguments. reductionists about Marvel. the output seems more inaccurate with each passing movie. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, for example, is a 1970s conspiracy thriller (it even stars Robert Redford, as if to clarify the point). Black Panther is, by his own admission, Ryan Coogler’s opinion in a Bond movie, while Ant-Man is a heist prank, Captain Marvel is the MCU’s version of an ’80s action actor in the mold of Top Gun, and so on.

It’s also an idea carried over to the small screen, as WandaVision is a cutting-edge supernatural comedy hybrid. Here, writers Eric Martin and Bisha K Ali seem to be trying to answer the question, “What would Marvel’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy look like?” A beautiful, surreal, modern mid-century bureaucratic nightmare designed by Dieter Rams is your answer. And I just can’t wait any longer.

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  • The DB Cooper snippet was perfect. Loki’s mid-air bifrosting was in the trailer, presumed to be part of a death-defying action sequence, and central to the plot. But no, it was a little joke that said that Loki was DB Cooper, the unidentified man who, in 1971, hijacked a Boeing 727 over the United States, demanded $ 200,000 (which he raised), before parachuting from the plane and disappearing. The FBI only closed their investigation in 2016. I enjoyed this playful subplot, mostly because it references Mad Men, a clear stylistic influence on Loki, and the fact that armchair detectives theorized Don Draper was DB Cooper for some time before the end of that program.

  • Whether you enjoyed this episode or not (loved it, if you can’t tell), it’s hard to argue with its aesthetic beauty. I am now scrolling through the images of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, which doubled as the headquarters of TVA.

  • We salute the British talent on display here, Hiddleston, Mosaku and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who will hopefully have a bigger role to play as the series progresses.

  • I could easily sit through a whole season of Marvel explainer drawn in that Friz Freleng / Pink Panther style. In fact, you could probably see just about anything.

  • I thought the use of infinity stones as paperweights as a demonstration of TVA’s power was a masterstroke; which finally made Loki see that what he had been longing for all along was useless.

That you thought? Do you enjoy the place? How does “fine Asgardian leather” feel? Was Mephisto hiding in the church window? Give us your opinion in the comments below.

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