Another Loki review. So let’s just get this out of the way..

SPOILERS From Here!

The season finale. Notice I did not say “series finale” ?

Yes, there will be a season 2. This is nice to know given the cliffhanger they left it on.

So, first up in this Loki review let’s address the giant purple dinosaur cloud in the room, did Loki stick the landing The answer is mostly yes. But I do have some caveats.

Loki and Sylvie find “he who remains.” He’s not specifically named but he’s Kang. We find out that he’s a pretty big deal in the multiverse and tends to fight himself in various timelines leading to multiverse chaos. Which is similar to what the TVA was told. He made up the whole Time Lords thing and kept himself in the background, making sure no more Kangs could ever come to be.

But he’s tired. He got the Loki(s) to this point and gives them a choice. Be the new custodian of the timelines, or kill him and let the multiverse come again, ensuring he will come again and create more chaos, but at least people have free will again.

Meanwhile, Mobius confronts Ravenna and gets the guard who was captured in the last episode to show the rest of the TVA the truth, that they are all variants. Mobius and Ravenna have a heart to heart but in the end, she leaves in an attempt to understand the truth.

Kang Loki and Sylvie
Here’s Kang. Try to make it to “whelmed.”

Back at the end of everything (or wherever the heck they are) all the Loki fight as our Loki tells Sylvie very reasonably that before they take any action they should discuss it. They fight as Sylvie just wants Kang dead. She ends up tricking Loki and throwing him back through a time portal to the TVA again. She then kills Kang, creating piles of timelines. Whoopsie!

Loki finds Mobius, who no longer knows him, and discovers the Time Keeper statues are now replaced by a single statue of Kang.

Plot-wise, the story is good. The twist is good and is a setup for a second season as well as (I assume) Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.

The execution could use a little work. Quite frankly the silly mannerisms and jokey dialogue of Kang was irritating. It also gave me Matrix Reloaded flashbacks where the entire movie climaxed in Neo getting lectured by an old man babbling on about free will. Not a good look.

Also, I was a little irritated that they didn’t ask the obvious question right away:

“Who are you?”

Quite frankly, Kang was just not really portrayed as I would assume – bigger than life and all-powerful. Instead, he’s a quirky, snarky coffee barista. I found myself having a Monty Python moment:

get on with it

Still it wasn’t nearly as interminable as Matrix Reloaded and the idea still is good, free-will must be given back to the universe. Sylvie’s actions make sense as she’s lived a horrible existence since childhood. Her rage is completely focused on Kang for making it this way. Loki’s reaction is also understandable given he isn’t that far from who he would become in the main MCU.

However, with such a grand build-up, your main objective needs to be… grander. This snarky dude may subvert expectations but sometimes you need to meet expectations first before you subvert. This guy just didn’t do it for me.

This is a shame as the overall plot unfolded in a pretty cool way. This is a hard one to score as if the actor or maybe just the actor’s choices had been different, I’d probably have liked this a lot more than I did.

That’s our Loki review. What did you think Outposters? Sound off below!

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