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The Plot Thickens | “Loki” Season 1: Episode 4 “The Nexus Event” Review

Picking up where Episode 3 left off, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) start Episode 4 stranded on the doomed moon of Lamentis. Meanwhile, Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) and his boss at the Tim Variance Authority, Ravonne Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) try to track them down.

As I predicted in my Episode 3 review, Mobius saves them, but only because both Loki variants form a unique bond (love?) that creates a huge Nexus event that could threaten the Sacred Timeline. When they’re back, both Lokis are interrogated, but they both get the best of their interrogators, as Loki convinced Mobius that he is a variant and that the lizardlike Timekeepers (the head of the TVA) are lying to him, and Sylvie does the same for Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), who is still shaken by the apparent death of Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane), who the TVA apparently eliminated after Sylvie unlocked the hidden memories of her life before the TVA.

Renslayer is the big bad villain of this episode, as she apparently was ordered to have both Lokis pruned (disintegrated by the TVA’s orange glow-sticks) before the Timekeepers. And it is here where I will discuss spoilers. So go see the episode if you haven’t. Spoilers begin here.

As expected, Mobius and Hunter B-15’s unexpected friendship gives the Lokis the edge they need to defeat Renslayer, though Mobius is disintegrated early on, and Hunter B-15 is incapacitated. The Timekeepers are revealed to be nothing more than robots, which falls somewhat in line with my theory that the real Timekeepers are dead (though they might have never existed). But in their battle, Loki is disintegrated, leaving Sylvie with Renslayer alone. But we also learn that those disintegrated don’t die — they’re transported to some alternate reality, in which Loki is greeted by three new Loki variants: one that resembles Kid Loki, one that has a hammer like Thor, and one in the classic Loki comic costume portrayed by Richard E. Grant. Weird.

Going forward, Loki’s main objective is to find Mobius, and I think they’ll run into Hunter C-20 and everyone else that was disintegrated. Meanwhile, it stands to reason that Sylvie will learn more about the TVA. And I have a feeling that Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) will somehow be revealed as the real big bad behind the organization.

Spoilers End.

Overall, this was one of the best episodes so far, not only because the stakes were so high, but because it thickens the plot of the show and leaves it in an interesting place at the end that could possibly set up an even better Episode 5.

If you haven’t seen “Loki” Season 1 yet, this is an excellent time to jump in.

“Loki” Season 1: Episode 4 “The Nexus Event” gets a 9/10

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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