‘Loki’ episode 5 review:
The following review contains spoilers for Episode 5 of Loki.
“Even if WandaVision isn’t without its fair share of issues from a holistic perspective, what we’re getting from this experience is unprecedented compared to anything Marvel has done before. I said it in February at the height of WandaVisionis the excitement. We were all looking forward to what the final would bring and did this final deliver? I have attached a song here to demonstrate my feelings towards the WandaVision final. It is now July, almost five months since the final of WandaVision and Loki is all the rage. Are we stomping in familiar grounds with Loki now that the finish line is in sight?
We immediately start where we left off in the last episode. Loki has been vaporized (or at least we thought) and we are now in a world / void inhabited by Loki. As with any great TV episode, we get more of the development and character motifs. I can easily dive into a recap, but that’s not what you’re here for. As a wise man put it, “where’s the damn gabagool?” And as a sage, I am here to deliver it.
I’ll start with my complaints because I have a handful. For a show that revolves around time, it does a great job of wasting it. I understand that when you introduce new characters, you need time to meditate and breathe these characters. That said, the people who run this series have taken a long time to digest these characters. We come out loud from the door in the first two episodes taking us through a shipwreck (not bad in this case) of information. Are the Infinity Stones (you know, that thing that drove a 23-movie saga?) Worth absolutely nothing? What’s up with this?
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With so much to digest, I wouldn’t have been averse to getting the WandaVision length. In WandaVision, we spent a lot of time building anticipation. With Loki, WE HAVE A FULL TRAIN IN OPERATION YEEHAW. Considering how it introduced all of these Lokis to us, I wouldn’t have been averse to taking a few episodes to simmer in this world. There is definitely a world to explore here, these Loki are all unique. Why deprive us of this world of the alligator Loki and Richard E. Grant?
I understand that the length of the episodes correlates with the amount of cheddar that Disney is ready to shell. So if you’re reading this, Sir Mouse, please donate more money to these more creative and experimental shows. As someone whose favorite Marvel project is Doctor strangeI can certainly say that when we get to the weirder side of superhero gibberish, I’m totally into it. WandaVision gave us little nuggets of weirdness, but they were all explained. By doing this, we lose that mystique that we saw in the early episodes of WandaVision. Ironic, given that the show is about witches and magic.
READ: ‘WandaVision’ Episode 8 recap / review
In Loki, we get a ton of information. Much like the Loki in the show, we have to digest this at an insane rate. No single episode is alike. One episode ends in a supermarket succumbing to a devastating death just outside. Last episode ending in a smoky room inhabited by robot puppets. In this episode, Owen Wilson reprizes his character Eli Cash from The Royal Tenenbaums. In a way, this episode feels like a Marvel adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Yet with all of this nonsense, the show retains a singular direction and feel.
In this episode of Loki, we take care of a lot of the business that I was dreading we would get in the final. In Episode 3, I was afraid that we would succumb to the typical Marvel formula. WHAM, BAM, * information dump *, CGI, KERPLOW. We have six episodes, one of which was a slow burn. We left time to meditate with Sylvie and Loki, but we needed progress. Now that we are there, I can confidently say that all skepticism is gone. This episode took the time to shred all the extra filler and set the stage for a grand finale. While I’m concerned that the real antagonist hasn’t revealed itself yet, we have enough time to flesh this out.
Personally, I think the Loki the experience was a thousand times better than the WandaVision live. Do not harass anyone who has done either of the shows, as both have excellent execution. Loki but it’s more my speed. I believe we’ll get to the finale, get a bit of WHAM, BAM, THANKS MA’AM, and then have something left to savor until the eventual follow-up to the Marvel movie. Every episode leading up to this point was a fun, wacky journey that I’m glad we were able to take. Give us the Marvel merchandise, give us the weird stuff too. – Jacob Mauceri
(My theory is that everyone, even TVA employees, are in Loki)
Note: You will still watch it / 10
Loki is now streaming on Disney +.