Review: ‘Loki’ Ep.5 Brings Reunions, Revelations And Big Screen Action To The Small Screen

by Olly MacNamee

(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Loki episode 5, ‘Journey into Mystery’ +++)

This was possibly the most highly anticipated episode of the whole run and it didn’t ‘Journey into Mystery’ did not disappoint. With time running out for one and all we begin where the enigmatic mid-credit scene left off last week  with the revelation that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been transported to the end of time. A place where, it seems, all the TVA flotsam and jetsam has been dumped. And fooling nigh on every speculating YouTuber on the internet at the same time. 

It would seem it’s also where Loki variants have been cast out for quite some time with Richard E Grant’s Silver Age variant commanding each scene he’s in, as you would expect. What great casting all round! It seems the four variants we caught a tantalising glimpse at last episode live in a. Make-shift bunker. And as they transcend into its e get a Simpsons-like cutaway of the earth with an equally Simpsons-like visual gag with the brief appearance of Walt Simonson’s unforgettable Frog Thor/Throg trapped in a glass jar! Great stuff!

It’s an episode that never lets up as we swing from the end of time back to the TVA and Ravona Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) faking a partnership with Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino). A fake partnership that leads Lady Loki to extract herself from the TVA and to the end of time. And a reunion with both Loki and Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson). After all, with the pruning explained away as nothing more than being transported to the end of time rather than eradication from the timeline itself, it’s a no-brainer that Mobius would also be alive.  It’s a reunion that’s a real fan pleaser in a show full of fan pleasing moments. 

And at the end of time we get Alioth. A cloud-like creature from the comic books who Sylvie recognises as the guard dog of whoever is behind the TVA. Kang, right? I mean, Renslayer is connected to him, as previously mentioned, and now the introduction of Alioth. In the comics an enemy of Kang, but this ain’t the comics, and as we’ve seen before a rigid devotion to Marvel’s continuity is not a requisite in the MCU. And with the role of Kang previously reported as being cast (Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors), then why not introduce him in the final episode next week? 

As well as a winning cast who’s chemistry gels so, so well, I cannot say enough about the production values of this whole show. SUrkey award winning in next year’s round of TV gongs? In fact, I’d even go so far as saying this has been the most wonderfully realised Marvel Studios production for Disney + thus far. It really has a distinctive style of its own, while both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier look and feel like extensions of MCU films. But not this Kubrick influenced series. And certainly not when you witness the debris strewn end of time. An Easter-egg filled landscape that once more plays with colours so creatively and conscioulsy like no other show since Breaking Bad. The purples of episode 3 are back once more, and seem to signify apocalyptic forces, such as Alioth. But, do these colours also foreshadow the coming of Kang too? Purple, after all, is a colour associated with Kang in the comics. And they are reflected in the Time Keepers too. Loki’s green energy signature stands in stark contrast to the purple poison of Alioth and works well visually in the big action sequence at the end of this show.

An ending that once again will leave fans on the edge of their seats, with an action sequnce that wouldn’t feel out of place on the silver screen in anticipation of next week’s crescendo. A TV show well worth calling “excelsior” in the might Marvel tradition!

Loki is streaming now on Disney + with new episodes every Wednesday. Well, until next week’s grand finale.

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