Loki and Sylvie finally confront the mysterious figure at the end of time, there is a thirty minute exposition dump, and then a cliffhanger just as things were getting interesting.
Folks, Loki was nothing more than a tease for what’s coming in the MCU. It was literally Loki helping to set up a chessboard for a game he’s not even playing and I can’t tell you how much that disappoints me.
Granted, I’ve found this show disappointing from the beginning and only truly liked last weeks episode out of the entire run as the narrative was pedantic and tiresome and now we know why: This wasn’t a narrative, it was a prologue. It was never intended that this series have a proper beginning, middle, and end. It was nothing but middle… a muddled, meandering middle that never blossomed or took advantage of the weird and wacky setting and situations it set up.
Marvel, Tom Hiddleston’s charisma can only carry a concept so far!
Indeed, while I am more than interested in seeing where this new Marvel multiverse is going to go in Spiderman: No Way Home and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Loki as a series is a bust. A sacrifice Marvel made to spare itself the need for exposition in its movies.
The silver lining is that Loki has been unexpectedly given a second season which is a surprise for me as I assumed that this was a limited series like Wandavision. So, hopefully, season two will actually exploit the premise and become a series that stands on its own merits rather than serve as an overlong prequel to more exciting things.