Loki is incredible. This show is simply amazing, and this fifth episode is its best yet. This has got to be one of the most enjoyable hours of television I can recall in recent memory. The Loki-variant hijinks and the references aplenty throughout the episode were a pure delight, and the epic climax of the episode sets us up for one hell of a finale next week.
This week’s episode picked up where we left off last week, with Loki awakened by some curious looking Loki variants. He is informed that he is in a void at the end of time where a giant smoke monster named Alioth consumes all that remains and all that is sent there. However, the various Loki variants have cleverly found ways to survive in this void, making Loki the ultimate universal cockroach—not even the end of time itself seems to be able to take this bloke out.
Back in the TVA, Sylvie interrogates Judge Renslayer and gets a bit of information from her. Renslayer seems to not know who the person behind the TVA’s creation is—and maybe she genuinely doesn’t know—but pretty much everything this character has said from the very beginning of the series has been complete bullshit, so I don’t see why this would be true.
Eventually, Sylvie joins up with Loki after meeting Mobius in the void and along with the Old Man Loki, Kid Loki, and Alligator Loki, they enact a plan to enchant the smoke monster and find the man behind the curtain. Oh yeah, Mobius is alive; thank God for that. There were also a lot of really fun moments, such as all the Loki variants turning on one another and have a big brawl, but it was the tender moment of reflection between Loki and Sylvie that really struck a chord with me. These two are proof that even a Loki can change.
Now with the end reveal of some kind of castle or mansion behind the smoke monster, I am putting my money down on it being some version of Kang having been behind all this. We won’t have to wait too long though to find out, as we have less than a week until the final episode rolls out and hopefully answers all the questions we have and also do the thing that every viewer wants to see happen: Mobius riding a jet ski off into the sunset, finally happy and free. Please can we have that at least, Marvel?