EPISODE THREE: “LAMENTIS”
The episode begins with the song “Demons” by Hayley Kiyoko, immediately setting the stage for a seemingly out of place scene at a margarita bar, between Hunter C-20 (the temporal agent who had been enchanted in the previous episode) and Lady Loki herself, “Sylvie” (played by Sophia Di Martino). It’s all an illusion of course, in C-20’s mind, as Sylvie as trying to pry information out of her regarding the time keepers.
We then jump ahead to where the last episode left off with Lady Loki invading the TVA with our OG variant Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in tow. Also, did anyone else notice how Sylvie is kind of a mix between Lady Loki and the Enchantress from the comics? I thought that was a nice touch. She realizes (the hard way) that her enchantment powers don’t work in this realm and through a series of unfortunate events, Loki and his female counterpart find themselves transported to a different apocalyptic scenario in the year 2077, on the doomed alien moon, “Lamentis-1”!
The two Loki’s are forced to hash things out when they realize that her stolen Temp Pad is low on power, stranding them in this cataclysm together! Initially their goal is to find a power source to charge the device, and decide that they can use the power from the Ark – a ship prepping to launch a group of survivors to safety. The two awkwardly use their abilities to (barely) sneak aboard a train heading towards the launch site of the vessel. It’s here while en route, that we really get a moment for the two Loki’s to really have a heart to heart. This was definitely the most character driven episode so far, with most of it centering around the these two very similar yet very different versions of the same character, but the episode still had plenty of spectacle with the backdrop of a bizarre alien landscape being besieged by a torrential downpour of meteors from a crumbling planet in the sky!
It soon becomes clear that she’s not just a variant of him, but a completely different version of Loki that lived a very different life from him in an alternate universe that was apparently erased by the Time Keepers! We’re given a further bomb-shell of a revelation that the TVA agents weren’t actually created by the Time Keepers, but were in fact variants just like them that were seemingly plucked from their timelines, brainwashed, and recruited into the organization to hunt other variants! Which of course means that the reason Agent Mobius has so much nostalgia for the 90’s is because he was probably just some random dude who loved him some jet ski’s and Josta Cola! The implications here are huge: are the Time Keepers nefarious? Was there ever a multiversal war? What’s their end game? Are the Time Keepers even real? Is Kang the Conqueror behind everything?! Will Doctor Strange or the Guardians of the Galaxy randomly show up to save the day? Only time will tell…
Anywho, their elaborate plan is further complicated when Loki and Sylvie get into a fight with some guards and are thrown from the train – during which their time travel device was badly damaged. They make one last ditch effort to make it to the ark in hopes of hijacking the craft and getting it off the ground in time, but alas, they arrive too late, just as massive chunks of the planet above are crashing into the futuristic city scape and we end on one of the most hopeless cliffhangers since the end of Avengers: Infinity War!
We’re now at the halfway point, and I’m on the edge of my seat – I have no idea what’s going to happen next!
“Loki” is now streaming on Disney+!