With another Wednesday comes another episode of “Loki” gifted to Marvel fans as a pick-me-up in the middle of the work week. Episode 2 of “Loki” is titled “The Variant,” as Loki officially joins the TVA in this episode and helps investigate the titular variant of Loki.
“The Variant” is a good episode, but not as strong as the premiere because of the slow pacing and some overwritten scenes. “Loki” would have benefitted from releasing the first two episodes at once for a nice double feature premiere. While some scenes are overwritten, it is still so much fun to watch the Mobius vs. Loki tête-à-tête. The slow pacing in episode two can almost be forgiven because the dialogue is just so clever.
Mobius continues to play his emotional mind games to either motivate or manipulate Loki, or both. And Owen Wilson shines in this role, holding his own opposite Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Both Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer and Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15 are strong supporting cast members who have only shown the tip of the iceberg in their characters, especially Renslayer.
“Loki” does continue to leave a lot of room for fun speculation and theorizing, so make sure to watch Destiny’s video with her updated theories for the show!