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Loki’s Fourth Episode Is the Best Yet

The fourth episode of Marvel’s Loki is exciting, sad, and will have fans wanting much, much more.

Oh. My. Fucking. Gosh.

Okay, I have to relax so I can discuss the fourth episode of Marvel’s Loki, which had my eyes drilled to the TV screen until the final post-credits scene. During which post-credits scene, I was the most excited I’ve ever been while watching TV. Ever.

I don’t remember when my excitement peaked, but it must have been seconds between being pumped that Loki wasn’t dead and hearing Richard E. Grant’s voice. However, let’s rewind because there is so much content to discuss before we talk about the post-credits scene.

The first three episodes of the series were surprisingly polarizing. As much as I personally enjoyed the first three episodes, a quick text conversation with friends revealed that not everyone was enjoying Loki as much as I was. However, many of the negative reactions expressed by my friends were geared towards elements of the story which were showcased in the fourth episode, “The Nexus Event.”

If Loki has taught audiences anything, it’s that patience is certainly a virtue. Therefore, if you felt there was engaging content in spending last week’s episode with Loki and Sylvie on a doomed planet and getting to know the characters better, you definitely felt emotional during their forced isolation and the moment they reunited to duel against the “Time-Keepers.” If you liked the odd friendship between Mobius and Loki in the first two episodes, you certainly felt Loki’s sadness when he had to watch him die. And if you were deeply suspicious of Renslayer, you finally had the chance to say “I told you so” when she turned out to be a villain.

We started the episode with Sylvie’s backstory. Audiences got to watch as Sylvie is captured by the TVA as a young child and escapes her Variant pruning by a disorganized Renslayer, but this quickly became somewhat of a timeline headache: this wasn’t just a simple pruning before a Nexus Event reached the red line — Sylvie was born a Loki and lived on Asgard for a few years before Renslayer and the TVA snatched her. This raises some questions which were left unanswered in the fourth episode.

Audiences then cut back to the “present” where the TVA extracted Loki and Sylvie from the Lamentis apocalypse, which eventually resulted in Mobius and B-15 aiding in their escape from captivity. Audiences expected this to happen. What we didn’t know was how it was going to happen, and that answer came in excruciating tidbits as Mobius and B-15 began to question everything they previously thought they knew about the TVA and its values. It was emotional — from B-15 capturing and taking Sylvie back to Roxxcart and experiencing some gut-wrenching memories of her true past, to Mobius finally realizing that Renslayer was lying to him, it really felt as if these realizations could go both ways because — as we are all now from very aware — Renslayer is anything but stupid.

In the fourth episode, Renslayer did her best to separate Loki and Sylvie, but the two characters appeared to have formed quite the connection during their limited time together; a connection that Mobius picked up on fairly quickly. With that being said, it’s time to address the elephant in the room: Loki and Sylvie’s developing relationship. Personally, I believe many fans would have preferred their relationship to stay as more of a friendship, but episode four seems to be laying the foundation for a romantic relationship, at least on Loki’s end.

In other news, Owen Wilson just continued killing it as Mobius, proving he’s the best part of this series. He and Loki’s friendship has been such an integral, emotional component in this series, and the excitement of watching Mobius figure out the big mystery and eventually attempt to break out of the prison the TVA put him in was cut so devastatingly short by his surprise death. It was simply a devastating moment, and a moment that the series allows Loki to feel deeply, however brief it was. I genuinely hope this isn’t the last we see of Mobius in the series, though I have no clue how he could be worked into future Marvel Cinematic Universe installments if he somehow comes back and lives to see the end. Perhaps a second season of Loki? Fingers crossed, as there is certainly even more sinister stuff going on behind the TVA scenes.

So, the omnipresent and alien-like Time-Keepers are nothing but robots. With that being said, who is really behind the TVA, the creation of the Time-Keepers, and the nature of the sacred timeline? Is it actually going to be Kang the Conqueror? In the comics, Renslayer is Kang’s love interest, and Kang is making an appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but I suspect that this series has more surprises in store for audiences in its final two episodes.

The surprises will have to be major, because episode four offered fans some crazy ones in the concluding minutes. Fans had to watch Renslayer kill Loki while confessing his feelings for Sylvie. Furthermore, the way Renslayer’s eyes shifted when she faced death may have been easy to miss at first, but it certainly seemed like her death may have been a mercy one. It’s easy to wonder how much of Renslayer’s character is beyond her control.

Now, let’s talk about the post-credits scene. Of course Loki isn’t dead, and fans were introduced to a bunch of new Loki Variants who appear to have cheated death as well, avoiding TVA regulations. There’s Boastful Loki, Kid Loki, Alligator Loki — with his own personalized gold horns — and Classic Loki, portrayed by the amazing Richard E. Grant.

There’s a bunch of stuff I didn’t cover, including Loki’s time prison experience with Lady Sif, and the manner in which it forced Loki to accept his past behavior and end the cycle of his villainy. There was also the moment where we got a complete confirmation of vampires in the MCU — Blade, Blade, Blade. However, it’s difficult to focus on everything when I can’t believe I have to wait another week to find out what happens next.

This was the best episode of the series so far. This was the best episode of the short-lived Marvel and Disney Plus TV slate. This was one of the greatest TV episodes of all time.

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