Loki : Season 1 Episode 1 : Decoded
Loki Season 1 Episode 1
It is only obvious, that a show centered around Loki, God Of Mischief has to be a little tricky to understand. So here we are, breaking it down for you.
And obviously, Spoiler Alerts, for this and other related Movies!
The pilot opened with a recap scene from Avengers: Endgame, during which the time-traveling heroes is in new york .
Shortly before the battle against Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the original The Avengers.
There they fumble about their goal of retrieving the Tesseract, and in turn the Space Stone, and ultimately fail when it gets in the hands of a handcuffed Loki who uses it to poof himself out of the area.
Loki in Gobi
The new show actually begins when Loki is spit out through a portal and lands in the vast Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
After a failed attempt at taking charge over the locals, Loki’s latest attempt at power is decisively halted when a bunch of armed and tactically clothed soldiers appear.
Loki is quickly apprehended and brought through another portal. Enter the TVA.
After his stint in the desert, Loki is brought into the TVA headquarters where he quickly learns he doesn’t have much say or power to try to to anything but comply.
Loki, or rather Variant L1130, ultimately makes the case that he wasn’t the one to tamper with the timeline which the Avengers were guilty of time traveling.
He was merely a result of it. Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Judge Ravonna Renslayer claims that per the Time-Keepers, what the superheroes did was “supposed to happen.” Loki’s escape wasn’t.
Before Loki could be sent off to be reset as charged in his verdict, Owen Wilson’s Mobius appears to snatch Loki away for his own purposes.
A Conversation With the God of Mischief
Mobius leads Loki to a separate room where a device plays Loki’s memories from his past and his future.
It’s important to keep in mind, the Loki we see here has only existed through the first Thor film and a part of The Avengers.
What Loki has undergone and the way he has developed is just not a thing yet.
Once settled in, Mobius questions Loki’s motives and desires in his quest after power. Loki ironically sees freedom as a choice to take a worse path whereas his rule over Earth and beyond would have “made it easy for them.”
Cue the memories! Loki is shown his eye plucking misdeeds together with his defeat in new york and a brand new scene involving his role as the infamous D.B Cooper, a real-life criminal who robbed an aircraft and was never found. Apparently, this was the result of a lost bet with Thor! It’s shortly before scenes from Thor: The Dark World is thrown onto the screen.
Loki sees his indirect involvement in the death of his mother, an incident he has yet to experience.
A Variant on the Loose
When Mobius leaves the area after hearing news of an occurrence elsewhere, Loki manages to escape using the device that controls his location during this weird time and space. Loki reaches the evidence room and finds the Tesseract he parted ways with not long ago. like the many Infinity Stones sitting around it, the Tesseract and all other objects don’t have any power here. It’s then that Loki realizes the TVA is the greatest power within the universe.
After evading getting captured, Loki returns to the area of memories and flips through the remainder of his life. We see the death of Odin and also the destruction of Asgard from Thor: Ragnarok also as his ultimate death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
An emotional Loki, now alert to his planned path, fights Wunmi Mosaku’s Hunter B-15 and is ultimately confronted by Mobius yet again. Loki admits he doesn’t enjoy hurting people and does so as to more of a way to an end, the way to inspire control through fear.
He realizes that his cruelty and mischief will ultimately not result in his own ascendance and agrees to work with Mobius to safeguard the Sacred Timeline from a rogue variant of himself.
Before the credits roll, a scene in 1858 Oklahoma shows a cloaked figure attack another group of Minutemen before the same mystery person snags the reset charge before it can be activated.
Time Variance Authority, or TVA for short
Let’s get a rundown for this new organization called the Time Variance Authority.
Their mission is straightforward. Keep the history of events in the world set to occur as they were planned without the interference of external forces, especially those involving time travel. Multiverses, or the existence of separate timelines, don’t exist in this world primarily because of the TVA. way back the Multiversal War broke out where several timelines fought it out for dominance. the higher beings called the Time-Keepers stepped in and formed a single existence known as the Sacred Timeline. Anything that deviates from this one path is neutralized and reset.
Where is the Time Variance Authority?
We don’t know. When is this taking place? Also a mystery. How is all this possible? Technology is involved but definitely not magic, much to Loki’s disappointment. We do know the TVA brings in these time-changing criminals called Variants to not only fix their alterations to the timeline but also sentence them to some type of ruling or punishment.
What does this mean for Loki?
Why does Mobius have such a fascination with understanding Loki and why does he need his help? Working with Minutemen soldiers, Mobius is an agent that handles criminals that pose more of a threat than your average Variant. After discovering a separate group of Minutemen murdered in 1549 France and other spots in history, Mobius asks for Loki’s help in capturing this unhinged Variant.
Things are moving quickly for Loki’s world and the Disney+ exclusive show will release each of its six episodes on a weekly basis. Catch each episode of Loki, along with our detailed recap, every Wednesday at 12:30 PM IST.