(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Loki episode 4, ‘The Nexus Event’ +++)
After last week’s “getting-to-know-you” episode, this week’s instalment of Loki goes all out on the building the tension and the impending doom surrounding events at the TVA. From the very get go we get the sense that something is awry with the TVA – as if we hadn’t got that vibe from previous episodes, especially last week’s thespian theatrics – with a flashback to the moment Lady Loki (yep, any theories to the contrary are certainly quashed within minutes) is snatched as a chid on Asgard by Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). An agent who is most definitely on the wrong side of history on this one. All of history.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino) are soon saved from their impending doom on the planet Lamentis-1 when they are found by the TVA. Somehow, when they make physical contact with one another magical things happen, and it’s enough to put them back on the radar and back in the clutches of the TVA.
Of course, this also gives Loki and Mobius (Owen Wilson) the chance for a fateful reunion in which trust is eventually restored and friendships rekindled. Although it’s not just Agent Mobius who changes his mind after Loki tries to tell him the truth behind the Time Keepers. After learning that all at the TVA are variants who have been kidnapped from the time streams and had their memories erased, Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) has a crisis of conscience too. It all amounts to a show with plenty of twists and turns as well as plenty of heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat dramatic moments. It certainly feels like they’ll be sprinting to the finish line if the energy levels of this one is anything to go by. It’s a very exciting and satisfying episode with a huge killer final scene that’ll make you wish you could travel through time to next Wednesday.
Above the fast-moving main events, there were some fun moments too, with the return of Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) when Loki is trapped in a time loop in which he is constantly kicked in his Asgardian jewels before being punched by her. But, overall, this was an episode in which Loki is put through the wringer emotionally and shows that even the God of Mischief has a human side. The comedy has long gone, because the stacks demand a more sombre.
Oh, and while I have included some spoilers, I won’t be revealing the jaw-dropping mid-credit scene you just have to see with your own eyes! It’s scene with plenty of promise and one that will slavishly discussed for the next seven days online and in comic book stores.
Marvel Studios have once again proven that all the drama and excitement of the silver screen can easily be transferred to the small screen. Another great addition to the growing TV side of the MCU!
Loki is streaming now on Disney + with new episodes every Wednesday. Well, for the next two weeks anyway.