Loki Episode 2 ‘The Variant’ Gives Insights and Builds the Mystery

(L-R): Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) in Marvel Studios' LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Wayne Rock, Comic to Screen Head Writer

Let’s just say I called it because Loki Episode 2 wastes no time getting the ball rolling, opening with the second Loki variant wiping out a squadron of TVA agents at a 1985 renaissance fair. The Variant captures one female agent leaving us to wonder what’s going on. When we get to our Loki variant, he’s decked out in shirt and tie, at his own desk, studying to be a TVA agent. Talk about pace! Soon Loki, Mobius and the TVA are hot on the heels of the second Loki variant.

Unlike last week, a LOT happens in this episode. By the end of the episode, we get a reveal as to who the second Loki variant is (no, it’s not Tom Hiddleston playing a dual role), we get insight into their plan, answers to how they’re evading the TVA so effortlessly, insight into Loki and Mobius’s characters, a tease that the Time-Keepers are a bit shady and elusive (maybe there’s more to the TVA than meets the eye) and lots of comedy, action and drama. I found myself literally laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

Wow. I really did stab 50 people in the back

Again, Tom Hiddleston is a powerhouse actor and he does so well with a character like Loki, making him simultaneously charming and mischievous, likeable and suspicious. This is on full display as Loki hilariously uses Mobius’ lunch in a purposefully protracted illustration of the Variant’s method of evading the TVA (“The salt’s Hulk?” is my favourite line ever). As the audience you’re constantly conflicted with rooting for Loki and trusting him or not knowing if he’s just playing an extremely long con. This perfectly mirrors Mobius’s feelings as well.

Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson have extraordinary chemistry and every time they’re onscreen together you end up having a blast as they banter and constantly try to one-up each other. This week’s episode was also much more impressive in the visuals department with some fun costuming in the form of Loki 2’s costume, the aforementioned renaissance fair and a quick detour to ancient Pompeii for the eruption of Mount Vesuvius where the props department gets to flex a bit.

Alan Scott Green Lantern? What are you doing here?

The brown-ish colour palette I mentioned in my last review is still present but for some reason it wasn’t as distracting this week, perhaps because of the variety of locations. All in all, Loki continues to impress with its great writing, humour, interesting characters, intriguing overarching mystery and its stellar cast.

Wayne’s Score: 8 out of 10

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