Loki episode 2 “The Variant” landed on Disney+ yesterday and is upping its game. Not too deep in the show and we have already got to see Lady Loki and the entire TVA in pure turmoil. This is what I like about the show so far. It has not taken much time to set the narrative and jumped into the story right away. The series focuses on the 2012 version of Loki. Hence, he is not aware of anything after his arrest by the TVA. Anyway, he did get some major flashbacks. But up until a particular moment in episode 2, he wasn’t aware of a certain. This is exactly where we major callbacks to Thor: Ragnarok.
Loki Episode 2 Has Major Callbacks To Thor Ragnarok
This is not the Loki we know. He is still the vicious one who stabbed people in the back like “50 times” as put by Mobius. The version of Loki still had a desire to rule Asgard, something he obviously can’t do anymore due to Ragnarok. In the second episode, he was seen going through the authorized files of the TVA. But the momentum changed he learned about Asgard’s destruction. Even though the current Loki is pre-redeemed, he couldn’t hold back his tears. He was definitely in splits because no matter what, he did consider Asgard his home.
The revelation gave us concrete facts. The TVA described this as a “Class Seven Apocalypse.” It also included the confirmation that there were 9,719 Asgardian casualties, with “entire civilization annihilated” in brackets. This exact number is something that we did not know in Thor: Ragnarok. Ragnarok was a prophecy that Surtur will indefinitely destroy Asgard. The file also included terms like “Total planetary destruction.” A place that Loki once wanted to rule does not exist anymore. The second episode of Loki does serve as a great reminder that the God of Mischief is indeed full of emotions underneath the bravado.
How Loki Iterated The Events Of Ragnarok To Mobius
The file that Loki was reading also revealed the name “Revengers,” which was the team that included Loki, Thor, Valkyrie, and the Hulk. Now, this is something that Loki might not have understood right away. But, a major callback to Thor: Ragnarok happened when Loki recreated the events using a bowl of salad, toppings, and a drink. He included all the elements of Ragnarok, including the Hulk, Surtur, and himself. And one can see how Mobius is pissed because Loki legit sabotaged his lunch!
Loki started the recreation with himself. He said that he’d push Hulk off of the Rainbow bridge. This is exactly what happened during the Hulk and Fenris duel, as they fell off the bridge while fighting. Then Loki said that he’d light the palace on fire, which he actually did that by putting Surtur’s crown in the Eternal flame. Then he used Boku, which is another discontinued Earthly drink like Josta to obliterate Asgard.
This is what Surtur did with his sword. He ran it straight through Asgard and wiped the planet out of existence. Remember, Loki said that no matter what he did, these naturally occurring events were supposed to happen no matter what. But if you notice, then there was not even the slightest clue or reference is given to Hela. That could mean that Loki is still not aware of his sister who is alive. Could this somehow pan out in the show?
But if you have noticed something, then both the episodes so far have highlighted an emotional side of this cold-hearted Trickster. Mobius even calls him a “scared little boy.” Loki always wanted to rule Asgard because of his genuine care for his home. But this new discovery will definitely have a huge impact which the show might dwell on later in the coming episodes.
Expect The Expected & Loki Parallels
Loki told Mobius that if he has to catch a version of Loki, he has to expect the expected. In Ragnarok, Thor expected Loki to betray him like always. That’s why he stuck an obedience disk upon Loki. The reason why Thor did that is he knew the true nature of his trickster brother and had to expect the usual, him backstabbing everyone for his personal goal. This goes on to say if you know Loki, then you must expect the expected, and prepare for it. A perfect analogy for Mobius to catch any Loki variant. Initially, Loki stalled the TVA, and the same happened with Lady Loki as she was also stalling for time in the end.
There were several parallels that Loki created throughout the episode. We saw him give us his trademark sinister smile several times. Lady Loki even made Hunter B-15 smile like Loki. But besides these smiles, we saw parallels to how Loki fell for 30 minutes, and how he made his wide-armed pose in Thor: Ragnarok. He did the same things in this episode as well. These major callbacks to Thor: Ragnarok took a good part of the second episode, and I hope we get more of these parallels in the coming episodes.
Loki stars Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, and Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, and Eugene Cordero in undisclosed roles. But the episodes are available on Disney+, with new ones coming every Wednesday.