You know the drill. This article contains spoilers for Loki Season 2, so proceed at your own risk if you haven’t seen it yet.
Marvel just dropped their second Disney+ series of 2023: the second season of Loki, which follows an alternate variant of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) that escaped during the events of Avengers: Endgame, and was then recruited into the Time Variance Authority (TVA). The first season ended on a huge cliffhanger, with He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) being killed by Loki’s female variant Sylvie (Sophia DiMartino), while Loki remained trapped in the TVA. Now, with a new season in the books, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the recent episodes.
One of the best things about the first season was its production design and visuals, and the second season certainly retains these elements. The TVA sets were brilliantly designed, and the standout set in this season was definitely the set of the 1800s. The cinematography has definitely improved as well, as this season had more of a film vibe than a miniseries feel. I could also attribute that to the incredible direction of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who previously directed Moon Knight.
The show still has its electric score, which makes sense considering that first season composer Natalie Holt returned to compose this season too. I also really like how each episode has its own, self-contained story while still being connected to larger plot points. At the same time, though, it doesn’t feel rushed - I’d say it’s perfectly paced. The storyline around Loki’s ‘time slipping’ was done well, and I really appreciate how it wasn’t a one-and-done thing.
The cast performances and characters were great as well. Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson continue to shine with their outstanding chemistry, and I also enjoyed Jonathan Major’s performance as Victor Timely, a Kang variant. Ke Huy Quan as Ouroboros was an outstanding addition to the cast, and his character stole the show in all his scenes. The season also does a better job of making Kang look menacing.
The finale of this show was by far the best finale out of all the MCU Disney+ shows. The visuals and the stakes were amazing, and Loki making a huge sacrifice to become the God of Stories, in turn saving the multiverse, was really well done. It solidifies the fact that Loki has certainly had one of the best character arcs in the MCU, going from wanting to take over the world to saving the multiverse.
Overall I would give this season a 9.5/10. It was really enjoyable and written well, though I wish we could see more of what happened to Ravonna Rennslayer (Gugu Mthaba-Raw), as well as Brad Wolfe/Hunter B-5 (Rafael Casal). That being said, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good MCU series to watch this year.