The first episode of 'LOKI' was just one long existential crisis for our favorite trickster, and MCU fans had some thoughts about Loki's introduction to the Time Variance Authority.
Loki Got To Have Closure With His Father
From Tumblr user theotherodinson:
Also, Loki’s reaction to hearing Odin’s “I love you, my sons,” as he says goodbye to them hurt me. The last thing this Loki did was beg for Odin’s acknowledgment only to get “No, Loki” before he let go of Gungnir and fell to what he thought would be his death. His face, his reaction, his sob when he heard Odin’s voice and that acknowledgment he was so desperate for. Ugh. I won’t be over this for a thousand years.2075Good thought?
We Finally Got To See Loki Analyze Himself
From Tumblr user frostbitten-written:
I’m really happy that we finally got to see Loki not only grieve, but break down his own character and be vulnerable. He lashed out in typical Loki style, it was true to character, and hilarious, but we never saw him self-reflect like we finally did in the first episode of Loki. We see how much he yearns for acceptance and how much he loves and cares about his family (Frigga, Odin, Thor, and Asgard.)
There was a devastating change in his eyes when he saw the events of his own death. Yes, he was as perturbed as one would be when witnessing their own death, but he was also absolutely devastated to see what happened to his people, Asgard, home.
In a painful addition, it was also what he needed to see to understand Mobius’ questions. It’s like the conundrum that goes: If past you [knows] what future you does, how would you feel and what would you do differently? Catch here is: there is no doing things differently. That was his timeline, doomed to play out as such.
Then finally came the moment when he answered Mobius truthfully and said:
“I don’t enjoy hurting people. I don’t enjoy it. I do it because I have to, because I’ve had to.”
“Explain that to me.”
“Because it’s part of the illusion. It’s the cruel, elaborate trick conjured by the weak to inspire fear.”1602Good thought?
So Much For Loki's 'Glorious Purpose'
From Tumblr i-dreamed-i-had-a-son:
...I have been puzzling over the oddly intense reaction Loki had to finding the collection of Infinity Stones in the drawer. I couldn't figure out why he was so affected by it--I mean, he seems gutted. Crushed. Because of how striking it was, that response screamed "this is an important moment," and I finally have an answer as to what makes it so.
When Mobius leaves the interrogation room, Loki takes the opportunity to escape. This is after Mobius has been psychologically attacking him and both Loki's verbal and physical outbursts have done nothing. He's tried reasoning and questioning, he's tried intimidating, he's tried attacking his environment and his captor, and has even tried other methods of escape--none of these have worked. To his massive credit, Loki keeps his wits about him enough to steal the only tool he knows can get him out of there, and uses it. But though he's escaped the room, he's still in the TVA. He needs something more powerful to get him out entirely.
That's the first, and more obvious, reason that Loki responds as he does when the Tesseract is just sitting in a drawer, lumped in with a bunch of other Infinity Stones. If something that powerful is useless in the TVA, then Loki really can't get out on his own. His last method of defense--escape--is gone, and nothing else he's done has worked. He is, effectively, helpless. I understand why that would cause a pretty dramatic response.
But then he stands, shaken to his core, and says, "Is this the greatest power in the universe?" He looks almost on the verge of tears. And I just...did not get it. Why that question, and why such a strong reaction? But then I remembered: this is 2012's Loki.
Thanos brutally tortured, manipulated, and abused Loki, for who knows how long, all so that Loki could be sent to Earth to get the Tesseract. One Infinity Stone. And the TVA uses that exact stone as a paperweight. If Thanos went to such lengths, and if Loki went through so much, to try to get something that is so inconsequential to the TVA, how powerful must they be? And, the more pressing question--what must they be capable of? They have hardly been hospitable to Loki; he's been being attacked, controlled, or manipulated since the moment he arrived. And Thanos, the last person who'd controlled him, was much less powerful than they were. If Loki went through so much at his hands, what horrors would his new captors be willing to inflict?
Additionally, Loki had just been on Earth, under Thanos' influence and threat, desperately trying to get the Tesseract, that very day. This isn't something he's had time to distance himself from; this is what he's been told mere hours before that if he did not deliver it to Thanos, he would "long for something as sweet as pain". And now it's sitting in a drawer. It can't even help Loki get out of the prison he's trapped in, having gone from one form of captivity to another; it is utterly useless. It's easy to imagine what Loki must have been thinking: it wasn't worth it. How could it have been? All that suffering, all that fear, all the death and destruction and pain he had had to cause, and for this?
The moment he realized that was another huge blow to Loki's mental state. At a loss, and unable to really go anywhere else, Loki returns to the room he'd escaped from, and goes to watch the life he'd escaped from the same. In that raw state, he cries over the family he won't get to see again. Maybe that releases some of the stress he's been feeling, maybe he feels a little safer. Maybe that means something.
And then he watches himself die at Thanos' hand.
For a paperweight.
"Glorious purpose" indeed.
This is the point at which Loki recognizes that he can't go back to his original timeline (despite having said previously that he'd "like to go home"); it's the first thing he says to Mobius when he returns. It breaks him, in a way--even if he were to escape, he wouldn't have anywhere to go. Fittingly, the TVA [has] left him only one way forward. So, out of options, and exhausted in every way from the sheer amount he's endured over the past 24 hours, Loki presents himself as open to work with the TVA. And while I think he will still be looking for an out, he's stopped actively fighting for his freedom, because--at least for the moment--he no longer believes he could win.1427Good thought?
His Silence Speaks VolumesPhoto: LOKI / Disney Platform Distribution
From Redditor user galaxythreads:
THIS IS THE SCENE
And you know what the best part about it is? There is no explanations for why Loki is crying. No one tries to force him to explain what’s going on here. Or talk about it. It is complete and utterly silent on Loki’s part, and that is what makes it so impactful.
The filming of this scene is just *chef’s kiss* And Tom’s acting is *double chef’s kiss* I will forever sing praises to this man.
But my POINT is that this scene here is truly what makes this episode feel like Loki. Because Lok is an emotional man, and having a scene where we stop running around, sit down, and show us Loki is definitely what helps this feel more centered around the character.1200Good thought?