Loki: Forever episode 6 review. Still.
Sylvia? Yeah, not so much.
Sylvie saw only lies and felt revenge for her own pain and suffering of myriad variants as she sought the destruction of the TVA and, ultimately, the rebirth of the multiverse. I found myself on his side as much as Loki’s, and the show’s creators did a great job of getting me there because Loki, Kang, and Sylvie all had valid points to make about whether he had to restart infinity. possibilities of the multiverse – once you’ve opened that box, it’s not easy to close it existentially or narratively. But we knew a multiverse of madness was on the horizon, and Sylvie was likely going to be the winner of this particular argument.
The Loki The season finale reaped the benefits of eliminating most of its big action in the penultimate episode’s battle against Alioth, and I felt no disappointment that “For All Time. Always. ” had about half an hour of in-store exposure. We started this thing by soaking up a ton of exposure and that’s how we were going to end it! This time, however, it was an exhibit I absolutely yearned for, and Jonathan Majors’ Kang was there to deliver it in spades as I clung to his every word.
How good was Majors as Kang, though? I found him to be an instantly great addition to the MCU, despite his reported villainous appearance for quite a while. In the sacred timeline, Kang at least seemed like a thoughtful, intelligent, kind enough, and laid-back enough man who made his way through an inevitable and dangerous apparition (which he admittedly allowed to happen) but there are others versions of Kang out there now that aren’t so great to deal with, and we’ll definitely come across at least one of them in the next few Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I suspect we might meet him again before then, but Majors has a unique chance to pull off a completely different performance as Kang every time we see him.
It seemed fitting that when we finally met Kang, he was eating an apple – a symbol of knowledge, immortality, temptation, the fall of man, and sin. Loki played skillfully with all of these themes throughout its run, and continued to do so in this episode. The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the chocolate factory the vibes were still high in the finale as Kang explained to Loki and Sylvie that he was tired and had decided they were the perfect people to resume his majestic reign of the sacred timeline, and it all made for a marked improvement on The Matrix Reloadedis a similar but legendaryly confusing architect encounter in making sense of it in a clear, efficient, and dexterous way.
It takes a lot to write Loki in a place where he’s playing a fairly innocent pawn in a game of chess he doesn’t know how to play, especially after seeing him several moves ahead in other MCU outings. But having him be the voice of reason in this scenario was something, and Tom Hiddleston’s performance during the sequence where he struggled to avoid fighting Sylvie in order to voice it was amazing. I may not have completely bought into the romance between Loki and Sylvie, but I did buy into the fact that they were too different to trust each other when things happened.