Marvel Studios’ Loki might be the best Marvel show to date, it’s all personal opinion. Compared to its previous installments; WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, this show seemed to have the highest stakes, especially when you have the multiverse as a factor. It also had the most connectivity, setting up future stories like Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and its own second season.
In summary, the Loki series had many great moments in its episodes. Let’s take a look at how these episodes rank from worst to best. Note: all episodes are great, there is no real “worst” one.
“Lamentis” acts as a buddy episode that tests the dynamic between Loki and Sylvie for the first time. It’s also a step in the right direction for Marvel Studios as they portray the modern world we live in today. All while the duo was trapped on a planet with no way home. The episode is a fast paced, action packed journey with no plans of stopping. It moved the series along in a necessary fashion that made the next episodes even better.
Now like I said, there’s no worst episode. The premiere wasted no time catching its audience up to speed and propelled Loki onto this story with the TVA. Compared to other pilots for the Marvel shows, this one felt way different, in a good way. Loki was quickly out of his element which made for an interesting dynamic, including an emotional introduction to Loki’s new arc of redemption. This episode didn’t just set the stage; it creates new paths for the God of Mischief to walk on.
For All Time. Always.
Fans were divided, to say the least. The finale made a lot of rash decisions that not only would change the MCU but the Loki series as a whole. However, it wasn’t really a finale, more of a cliffhanger. Thanks to the show being renewed for a second season, instead of focusing on closure, the episode focused on the multiversal future. Jonathan Majors makes his debut as a variant of Kang the conqueror, warning Loki and Sylvie what would happen if they were to kill him. It doesn’t end well, not for Loki, Sylvie or for the safety of the multiverse.
The Nexus Event
The episode has twists and turns at every corner. The writing is solid and it evolves Loki as a character even further, which is the main goal of the show to begin with. The big reveal is that the time keepers are nothing androids being controlled by an unknown source. This drives the series into the next two chapters. Adding Mobius’ shocking “death”, Loki’s prune and the after credit scene, the episode deserves it top 3 spot.
Building from the pilot, MCU fans are able to get more acquainted with the TVA. While also seeing Loki out of his element and trying to gather their trust. They embark on a mission to stop this other Loki variant and need the knowledge of an actual Loki. The episode had an espionage/adventure feel to it. The God of Mischief’s first mission with the TVA was packed with great moments, including the cliffhanger introduction to Sylvie, which begins to tell the real story.
Journey Into Mystery
A bunch of Loki variants, what more do you need? “Journey into mystery” was a fan service with an actual purpose, glorious purpose. From Kid Loki to Classic Loki (played by Richard E. Grant by the way), the episode had some of the best moments in the series. Mixing action, comedy and high stakes into 45 minutes of great Marvel television.