In preparation for the second season of Loki, I’ve rewatched the entire first season. Even on a rewatch, the season was an enjoyable ride. Not only was it great to see Loki in action again, but it was fun to relive this quick six-episode adventure. Moving forward, this review will have spoilers, however, if you did stumble into this review, then I believe that should be expected. If you’re looking for thoughts on each individual episode, we do have some video reviews on our YouTube. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Loki was a fun show with an interesting premise. Not only does it answer a slight plot thread leftover from Endgame, but it adds so much more to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This show was also a great way to introduce the next big villain in this universe. Besides all the setup, the actual show itself was a fun watch. The combination of mischievous plans by Loki with some great combat choreography was a fun ride to the end. Of all the Marvel shows, this one was one of my favourites, and I’m excited to see what’s coming in season 2.
Now, let’s get into some specifics. First off, it was great watching Loki in action again. After his death in Infinity War, I wasn’t sure if we would ever see Loki again. I am happy that he returns, but having him return as the post-Avengers Loki was an interesting touch.
It was as if he lost everything that made him the Loki that most people know. He got a reset, and I like where his character is going now. This Loki is more devious and cunning, leaning more toward his God of Mischief side, which was missing from the Loki post-Avengers. Either way, he did well in his role and made for an interesting season of television.
On that note, I also liked Mobius’ character as well. In the first two episodes specifically, I liked how he contrasted Loki. He had that no-nonsense attitude that cut through Loki’s personality. Granted, he also gave praise where praise was due.
He might be hard on the outside, but he had a surprising amount of depth. I also liked the moments when he stood up to Renslayer to have his thoughts heard. Those moments were quite satisfying, and it showed how much his character had developed over the course of the show.
When talking about new characters, we have to mention Sylvie, the variant of Loki that was killing all the Minutemen and making the TVA look like fools. From a character standpoint, I liked how she was still a Loki, but she was different enough from the Loki that we know and love. Her cruel and hotheaded personality was a great contrast to the cooler, witty Loki.
Now, when it came to combat, I enjoyed watching her wield her sword and magic in a different manner to our Loki. Overall, Sylvie was a solid character that I grew to love over the course of the show.
Now, plot-wise, this is where the bulk of my enjoyment came from. The first few episodes were great setups. They hammered home how the Sacred Timeline worked, and how the TVA operated. When Loki was tracking down Sylvie, I liked how Loki found the answer that Mobius had been trying to find for a long time.
It was interesting how the answer to Mobius’ questions lay in how Loki thinks. My favourite moment in that time period was when Loki used his metaphors to find Sylvie’s hiding places. It showed his intellect and cunningness, which was pleasant to see.
Now, following the set-up episodes, I liked the way everything came crashing down. After the reveal that the Time Keepers were all fake, I loved watching everything that was built up just crumble. It was entertaining seeing how the beliefs of all the characters just broke down at the absurdity of the situation.
Ever since the beginning of the show, I had a feeling that the TVA wasn’t everything it said it was, which was confirmed through the Time Keepers. This did raise a few more questions, but those quickly got answered.
Those answers didn’t come before arguably my favourite part of the whole show. After Loki got pruned, I loved his interactions with other variants of himself. Those interactions brought some of the best comedic and action scenes for the whole show. My favourite scene in this part of the show was watching classic Loki create all of Asgard with his magic. It was a hair-raising moment for sure.
The final aspect I want to cover is the Kang reveal, which is probably the reason this whole show exists, besides revealing the Multiverse and whatnot. What I liked about the ending of this show has to be how relatively action-free the finale was.
This version of Kang wasn’t necessarily super evil. No, that would be the Kang found in Ant-Man. The whole scene between Loki, Sylvie, and Kang where they talk about everything had some of the best reveals and set up for the rest of the MCU. Even though this Kang dies, it doesn’t feel like anything ended.
Overall, Loki had plenty to make it one of my favourite Marvel television shows. With a combination of great characters, an interesting plot, and a great setup for the future, the quality of this show was amazing. Give it a shot before the second season releases, and check out our episode reviews on YouTube.