DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Loki episode “The Nexus Event” is riddled with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, variants! This week’s episode of Loki is off the rails in the best way possible! “The Nexus Event” officially kicks things into high gear, and is, undoubtedly, the show’s strongest outing to date. As if a cameo from Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif isn’t enough, we finally get a glimpse of Richard E. Grant‘s character!
While my initial prediction that he was playing a Time Keeper was 100 percent wrong (it happens), him portraying “Classic Loki” is even better. Additionally, the “Kid Loki” and “Boastful Loki” reveals are golden. There’s even an Alligator Loki! Of course, I’m referring to the mid-credit scene.
Ready to delve into “The Nexus Event”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with a young girl in Asgard. She’s minding her own business when, suddenly, she’s taken by Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). According to Renslayer, this girl is a variant who’s royally mucking up the sacred timeline. At this point, Renslayer is still a mere handler, not a judge.
Next, Renslayer brings the girl before the judge at the TVA to be sentenced. However, the kid snatches Renslayer’s TemPad and disappears. This is, most likely, Sylvie as a youngster.
Flash forward to the present. Renslayer is standing where Loki and Sylvie vanished, sporting a look of defeat. Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) return from the Roxxcart fiasco. Mobius reassures Renslayer that they’ll find the rogue variants.
In addition, he asks about Hunter C-20. Renslayer discloses that C-20 died. When they brought her back to the TVA, her mind was utterly scrambled. Her mental state took a nosedive. But nobody knows about C-20’s demise, so Renslayer urges Mobius to keep it under wraps.
Meanwhile, on Lamentis-1, we see Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) essentially waiting to die. Their multiple attempts at escape have been foiled because apocalypse. Loki and Sylvie sit together as debris and hellfire rains down around them. We get confirmation that the little girl in the opening scene was indeed Sylvie. After the TVA branded her a “mistake,” she spent the rest of her childhood and adulthood running from them.
Now, the pair hold hands. I’m not crying … you are. Back at the TVA, Mobius and B-15 are hard at work with their team as they attempt to pinpoint our variants.
Suddenly, they spot a massive deviation from the sacred timeline: a Nexus Event. The apocalypse on Lamentis-1. We see two portals materialize behind Loki and Sylvie. Time to go back to the Time Variance Authority. Vacation over!
Next, B-15 carts off Sylvie, who’s sporting a swanky prisoner collar. Mobius ushers Loki into an interrogation room — the same one where they first started chatting. Mobius decides that he’s done with Loki’s bullcrap. Our titular god of mischief betrayed him by conspiring with Sylvie.
Mobius pushes Loki through another portal, but not before the latter’s final imparting words: The TVA is lying to Mobius. We see that Loki appears to be on Asgard. Is he really, though?
Then, Lady Sif (Alexander) barges into the space while brandishing locks of her own hair. She accuses Loki of cutting it off. Sif proceeds to lay the smackdown on our mischievous god prior to leaving. She reappears, and the chain of events resumes like clockwork. Again. And again. Loki realizes that he’s stuck in a memory prison of sorts, wherein the same memory plays out in perpetuity.
Now, Loki attempts to talk Sif out of beating him up, but to no avail.
Later, Mobius extracts Loki from the memory prison. Mobius asks him if he’s always been in cahoots with Sylvie. Our god of mischief demands to know where she is. Mobius reveals that Sylvie has been “pruned,” which is the TVA way of saying “dead.” Loki believes it. Just kidding! Mobius lied to him.
Then, Loki fabricates his own lie — he tells Mobius that he merely utilized Sylvie as a pawn in his grand plan. We know this isn’t true, though. What is true is what Sylvie uncovered regarding the TVA agents. Loki informs Mobius that everyone is a variant, a human that was plucked from their own lives and forced to work for the TVA. Sylvie can’t create memories, but she did access some that were initially dormant in C-20.
Of course, Mobius doesn’t believe him, so he throws Loki back into the Sif memory prison. Meanwhile, B-15 urges Sylvie to go with her to some undisclosed location.
Later, Renslayer and Mobius celebrate the closed case with a few drinks in the former’s office. Mobius wants to question Sylvie, but Renslayer insists that she’s too dangerous. She doesn’t want to lose her favorite handler. There’s clearly an established and deep companionship between these two.
Prior to leaving Renslayer’s office, Mobius swipes her TemPad. Because that’s what you do — steal priceless devices from good friends! Sylvie and B-15 are standing in front of Roxxcart in the rain. B-15 reveals that she saw “something” whenever Sylvie was inside her mind. It’s all part of the enchantment. Sylvie hops in there again to show B-15 her former life. B-15, emotional, notes that she looks happy. Aw.
Then, Mobius accesses Renslayer’s TemPad. He sees C-20 getting questioned for the TVA’s files. C-20 asserts that she’s a variant. She has memories of that bar on Earth. She had friends! Mobius watches Renslayer, in the footage, abruptly putting the kibosh on the interrogation. So, Renslayer is responsible for C-20’s death.
Next, Mobius breaks Loki out of the memory prison again. This time, he needs Loki’s help. Mobius confirms what our god of mischief said earlier — that the TVA agents are variants. Mobius trusts him again. Let the bromance recommence!
Unfortunately, Renslayer catches Mobius and Loki. She orders her former friend to cough up her TemPad. In an unexpected turn of events, Renslayer demands that her goons “prune” Mobius. He knows too much. We see him vanish before our eyes. Loki looks distraught.
Renslayer leads them to the elevator that houses the Time Keepers. Sylvie joins the fray. She asks Renslayer if the latter remembers her. Naturally, she does.
Meanwhile, our core characters are now standing before the three enigmatic Time Keepers. Something about them seems … off. Slyvie attempts to taunt them, which results in the Time Keepers ordering that the variants be “deleted.”
However, before Renslayer and her lackeys can effectively demolish Loki and Sylvie, B-15 swoops in to the rescue. She unlocks their collars. “For all time. Always,” she says to Renslayer. More betrayal! B-15 chucks a fancy sword for Sylvie to catch.
Suddenly, everyone is embroiled in battle. B-15 is fighting Renslayer’s crew, as is Loki. Sylvie faces off against Renslayer. After our dynamic duo successfully incapacitates and/or kills their enemies, we see the Time Keepers attempt to negotiate with Sylvie.
But she’s not having it. Sylvie launches her sword at the lead Time Keeper’s head, which is taken clean off his body. Loki notices that there are wires protruding from his decapitated head. The Time Keepers aren’t real! They’re just animatronic characters like the ones at Chuck E. Cheese in the ’90s!
Next, Loki reassures Sylvie that they’ll get to the bottom of this. Everything’s gonna be a-okay. Flustered, he tries to confess something to her. Earlier in the episode, Mobius hints that Loki has developed feelings for Sylvie. Well, if you want to get technical, he harbors feelings for … himself? In female form? Methinks he was about to tell her how he really feels.
However, Renslayer, who was just unconscious for the time being, “prunes” Loki. He disappears. Before Renslayer can do the same to her, Sylvie gains the upper hand. She brandishes Renslayer’s weapon against her. Then, Sylvie demands that Renslayer tell her “everything.”
Later, in the mid-credit scene, we see that Loki is alive. He asks if he’s in “Hel.” But he’s not. Our titular god of mischef spots three figures standing before him. Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei), Kid Loki (Jack Veal) and Classic (or “Old”) Loki (Grant). Classic Loki urges him to go with them if he wants to live.
Holy guacamole, Batman! “The Nexus Event” feels like an actual Nexus Event — a chaotic meshing of show-altering events, thrilling plot twists and engaging performances. Watching the TVA implode has been particularly interesting. Everything we thought we knew about the Time Variance Authority was a fabrication.
So, if the Time Keepers aren’t real, then who created the TVA? Who plucked those innocent humans from their lives and forced them to protect the sacred timeline for all eternity? If those who are “pruned” are merely sent elsewhere, does that mean that Mobius could still be alive? What happened to B-15 after she was incapacitated? Where is Loki?
We know that the TVA has hunted various Lokis throughout its existence, which explains the bevy of Lokis that our own god of mischief encounters in Not-Hel. They should all get together when this is over and throw a massive rager.
Loki is perfectly hitting all the right notes, especially after this week’s action-packed installment. Now, we’re cooking with gas.
New episodes of Loki are available to stream on Wednesdays, only on Disney Plus.
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