Loki Episode 2 Recap: The Variant

Loki Episode 2, called The Variant, is out on Disney+ Hotstar. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Wunmi Mosaku, today’s episode walked us through some of Loki’s mischiefs until the big revelation in the end. The second episode of the Marvel series is written by Elissa Karasik and directed by Kate Herron. The duration of the episode is 53 minutes.

If you are not okay with spoilers, you should scroll down to read my Loki Episode 2 Recap at your own risk. The Variant episode takes us back to 1985 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where people are dressed up for some festival. A few TVA agents/minutemen arrive there for catching the Loki variant they detected in Oshkosh. When these agents enter a dark tent, a hand touches Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane), and green light passes through her. Suddenly, C-20 starts attacking her own TVA agents. Once the agents are attacked, a hooded figure (Loki Variant) appears and takes C-20 and reset charger along with it.

The next scene of Loki Episode 2 cuts to the TVA office where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) reads a Jetski magazine. Miss Minutes tells him everything about the Sacred Timeline and its rules, thus giving us an idea that Loki now works for Mobius (Owen Wilson). Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) briefs Mobius, Loki and other minutemen about what happened at Oshkosh. When they visit the tent, Loki tries to trick Mobius and others by stalling the time and says that the other Variant is waiting for them outside the tent.

Mobius realises that Loki is tricking them all, and they finally issue another destruction called by the Loki Variant. Mobius meets Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who still doubts the Loki they have captured. Ravonna reminds Mobius the troubles TVA is facing for quite some time is happening due to one of the Lokis. But Mobius assures her that being with Loki is helping him understand how his type functions; for example – Loki likes to stall time.

When Mobius walks out of Ravonna’s office, Loki is waiting for him. He tries to trick Mobius again, but the TVA detective responds, “I don’t actually care about what makes you tick. You are here to help me catch the superior variant.” Loki is not pleased to hear that Mobius called the Variant superior to him. The TVA detective says he thought if Loki would be insecure about someone else being better than him, he’ll help to catch the Variant.

Loki Episode 2 Recap: Still from the show
Loki Episode 2 Still

Loki tells Mobius that he cannot manipulate him as he has bigger plans that no one knows. Mobius answers back, “What, charm your way into the front of time keepers and seize control of the TVA?” At this point, Loki realises that Mobius is aware of his intentions, and there’s nothing he can do to manipulate him or anyone in the TVA. Mobius tells Loki that this is his last chance to prove that he’ll be of any help to the TVA. He tells the God of Mischief to read all the files of the destructions caused by the Variant they’re trying to get hold of.

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Loki Episode 2’s next scene cuts to the God of Mischief reading the files and getting bored immediately. He goes to the TVA library, trying to get his hands on the core TVA files, but he’s denied access. The only files Loki can access are about his Variants and the trouble they’ve caused. When he opens one of the files, he tears up as it’s about Ragnarok (happened in Thor: Ragnarok). Seeing the number of casualties and the existence of his home planet turning into ashes makes him sad. But there’s something he notices.

Loki realises that the other Variant/Variants only hide in the apocalypses. He goes to Mobius to tell him about this information. Mobius is having lunch and is not pleased with Loki’s vague theory. The God of Mischief then tries to explain his theory by using Mobius’ salad as a metaphor. Loki tells him that whenever there’s an apocalypse, the Variant goes and hides there as they are aware that the world’s going to collapse anyway. Hence, there’s always Zero Variance Energy as the timelines fail to detect anyone else when there’s something natural causing the havoc.

Loki Episode 2 Recap (still)
Loki Episode 2 Recap

Loki and Mobius’s next conversation is about how the former has stabbed people at least 50 times. That’s the hilarious part of Loki Episode 2. Loki and Mobius then go back to Pompeii, Italy, in 79AD, a few minutes before the volcano eruption apocalypse is about to hit them. In the Italian language, Loki starts telling the people that they’re all going to die and releases a few caged goats, thus causing a disturbance in their timeline. Mobius finds out that there is no variance energy recorded despite the God of Mischief, a Variant being there. Thus, Loki’s theory of the Variant hiding in apocalypses is proved right.

In the next scene, Loki teases Mobius for believing everything about TVA. The God of Mischief asks him if everything is planned, when is the end of time. Mobius says that’s work in progress and further answers, “While we protect what came before, the Time Keepers are busy untangling the epilogue from its infinite branches.” Earlier, Mobius had called him a scared little boy. Loki tells him that he’s not that as he knows something that children don’t know – No one bad is ever truly bad, and no one good is truly good.

The conversation of a scared little boy reminds Mobius of the kid in the first episode who had a gum ‘Kablooie’ from the Variant. Mobius asks Loki if they sold this type of gum in Asgard, and he denies it. After going through some files, Loki finds out that Kablooie was sold on Earth between 2047 and 2051. That helps them narrow down an apocalyptic event in the year 2050 at Haven Hills in Alabama (Category 8 Hurricane).

Loki Episode 2 Recap: Series' still
Loki Episode 2 Recap: Still from the series

Mobius meets Ravonna again to seek permission to carry out the mission to Alabama to get hold of the Loki Variant. Ravonna is not pleased with his idea of taking Loki with him. She finally allows him and says, “As your friend, I’ve to tell you that trusting this Loki is not a good idea. There’s not much I can do if it doesn’t work out.” B-15 Hunter, Mobius, Loki and a few minutemen travel to Haven Hills in 2050 when the hurricane hits a town. A lot of people have taken shelter at a superstore. At the superstore, the TVA agents and Loki decide to divide to find this Variant.

B-15 insists that Loki stays with her despite Mobius’ disapproval. Loki tells B-15 that he will earn her trust. Mobius comments that why do people who can’t be trusted always say ‘Trust me’? They finally disperse and look out for this Variant. The next scene of Loki Episode 2 cuts to a hooded figure watching them all through the superstore’s CCTV camera. The hooded figure sets a gadget with the countdown of time and walks away.

B-15 and Loki find a man buying plants when there’s a storm outside. When B-15 asks Loki if this person is the Variant, he says ‘maybe’. When B-15 tries to catch this man, a green light passes through her, and the Variant enters her body. The Variant finally speaks to God of Mischief and asks, “So you are the fool they brought in to hunt me down?” While all this drama is happening, Mobius and other minutemen find Hunter C-20 a bit unconscious in the CCTV room, who’s trying to say something.

Loki Episode 2 Recap
Loki Episode 2

On the other hand, Loki asks this Variant what he wants and teases him for hiding in other people’s bodies. The Variant then enters into the store’s employee’s body named Randy. When Loki addresses the Variant as Loki, it gets upset and says, “Ugh, don’t call me that.” Loki tells the Variant that they can rule the TVA and asks him of its intention. But the Variant tells him that it has no interest in ruling the TVA. When Loki presses on the same question again, the Variant tells him that he’s too late and it doesn’t matter anymore.

The Variant now enters a third person’s body and starts attacking Loki. Loki realises that the Variant was trying to stall his time so that his plans are successful. There’s a fight scene between the Variant and Loki. The God of Mischief is baffled and says to himself that he would never do this to himself. When Loki falls hard on the ground, the Variant switches on another countdown gadget. Finally, the Variant reveals itself, and it is Lady Loki, played by Sophia Di Martino.

In the next scene of Loki Episode 2 of the CCTV room, Mobius is trying to contact TVA. But C-20 tells him that she gave away the Variant everything about the Time-Keepers. Mobius is disturbed as he listens to this, and they all head out to find B-15 and Loki. Here, Lady Loki (so far, Marvel has not revealed the Variant’s actual name) tells Loki, ‘this isn’t about you’ as she walks through a door. While she does that, the people at TVA find out that the Sacred Timeline is under attack.

When Mobius comes out, he tries to call Loki to stop him from entering the time door, but yet again, the God of Mischief stabs another person in the back! Well, that is so much drama in Loki Episode 2 only to find him break trust again.

Loki Episode 2 Recap: Lady Loki
Loki Episode 2 Recap: Lady Loki

Loki Episode 2 Recap: Is it worth watching?

Loki Episode 2 ends with Loki following Lady Loki through that door. This twist means that we might not get to see more of Mobius-Loki banter and the TVA. But it has set up something big as we will finally find out the story of this Variant and her intentions. If you thought episode one was a lot, well today’s episode has so much to offer. It is important to not be distracted as every second sentence means something vital in the series so far.

Loki Episode 2 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Loki works for TVA now as the Variant causes more destruction.

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