LOKI has gotten better every episode and finally seems to have hit its stride this week with THE NEXUS EVENT. As I mentioned in my review of E1, I enjoyed it but didn’t love it. E2 was more of the same for me, but 3 & 4 are what I’ve been waiting for. The overly long and confusing exposition is gone, replaced by action, drama, and perhaps a bit of romance?
A popular review I saw floating around social media after last week’s episode was that it reminded many fans of “DOCTOR WHO, but with Loki” (Doctor Loki? Loki Who?), and I somewhat agree. The introduction of a blonde female protagonist (Loki/Sylvie), time and space travel, witty banter, persevering in the face of certain death… all common elements of any recent episode of the original Time Lord. E3 was also very important for FINALLY confirming that Loki and Sylvie are both bisexual, making Loki the biggest MCU character yet to be LBGTQA+.
Obviously, we weren’t going to see our heroes perish on a strange planet halfway through the season, right? Of course not. Where EP 3 delivered a perfect blend of action, dramatic dialogue, and secrets of the TVA, The Nexus Event delivers more twists and turns born out of what we learned last week but adds a big punch of love, both the romantic kind and the friendly admirer kind.
Not everything is as it seems, and I’m sure that we haven’t learned every secret behind the TVA. There seems to be something or someone bigger who’s pulling the strings for reasons we have yet to learn. If you were disappointed that E3 mostly took us away from the TVA, you’ll be happy that our favorite agents have returned this week. I told myself when this show started that I would not allow myself to become a fan of Loki, the character… “He’s a villain who really can’t be rehabilitated,” I said to myself. Maybe, just maybe, I was wrong.
LOKI is streaming on Disney+, and you’ll want to make sure to stick through the credits until the midway point this week.