With the stakes drastically changed last episode, as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) followed the variant female Loki (Sophia Di Martino) through a portal after she successfully attacked the Tim Variance Authority’s (TVA) Sacred Timeline. The Variant, who goes by Sylvie, tries to attack the TVA, but is foiled by Loki, who transports them to the moon Lamentis-1 in 2070, which is about to impact with a planet, destroying everyone on board. Last episode, it was revealed that Sylvie had been hiding in moments before major apocalypses because no matter what you do, no timeline variation can happen because everyone is going to die anyway, making them the perfect hiding spots from the TVA.
Loki probably sent them there by accident, or it could have done it one purpose to talk things out with Sylvie without the TVA interfering, but the TVA device that they use gets damaged. They form an initial plan to steal power from the arc ship that never takes off with the settlement’s survivors, but when their time travel device gets broken in a skirmish, they decide to board to arc, making sure it takes off, which *spoilers* doesn’t happen, leaving both Lokis stranded at the end of the episode and out of options.
There’s a lot of downtime in this episode, in which Loki gets to know Sylvie and her motivations, and we learn that, despite how smoothly she disarmed Loki last episode, she’s not much better than him, which feels like a plothole to me, as it seams like the writers intentionally depowered her from where she was last episode in order for Loki to be able to talk to her. The episode does make it seam like what we saw last episode only worked well because it was incredibly planned out, but I think it’s very clear that the character we were introduced last episode was completely capable of overwhelming Loki, taking the time travel device from him, and making her way off planet herself.
I liked this episode, but I can see the same warning signs I saw in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” These episodes are just not long enough to get the character development they want, and six episodes is just incredibly short for a season of TV. We’re technically at midseason right now, but I feel like we’re still in the first act of this story, and I fear that like “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, this show’s villain (presumably the TVA or Sylvie) will come out half baked, with the show’s conclusion rushed. Of the two Phase 4 Marvel shows on Disney Plus, WandaVision is by far my favorite, as while it did have some shorter episodes, its 9-episode structure allowed us to get to know its world and all its major players without rushing anything.
“Lokie” Season 1: Episode 3 “Lamentis” gets a 7/10