Loki Season 2 Episode 2: Service With a Side of Torture

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| October 16, 2023

I never expected to see someone get slowly crushed in a translucent yellow box, but Loki Season 2 has given me just that. Episode 2, titled “Breaking Brad” (do you get the pun), continues the momentum of Episode 1 and starts bringing this season’s larger plot into focus. This episode had torture, a movie premiere, a multi-timeline bombing, and a quick trip to good ol Macca’s. Watching this episode gave me a bit of whiplash (in a fun way), and now I’m here to break down and review the latest episode of Loki.

A Return to the Timeline

Loki and Mobius are talking with O. B. at his desk. The desk is covered in various items and tubes. An assortment of posters are in the background.
Everyone needs an O. B. in their life. (Marvel)

With Loki now stable after his little time-slipping fiasco, he and Mobius are on the hunt for Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino). Their first stop is the 70s and a movie premiere, where Hunter X-5 has gone rogue and is now living as Brad Wolfe (we’ll come back to that in a sec). After some shenanigans and a chase scene ripped straight out of a Mission Impossible film, Loki and Mobius are able to capture Brad with the help of some shadow puppets. Upon returning to the TVA, Brad is detained, and Loki, Mobius, and Hunter B-15 take turns interrogating him. After round one of interrogation doesn’t go well, leading to Mobius hitting Brad in the face, Loki and Mobius devise a new plan over some pie (which was very green because of branding). Round two of interrogation is where the torture comes in, as Brad is slowly crushed inside a yellow jelly cube of death. Brad tells Loki where Sylvie is, and now they’re on their way to pick up some Macca’s.

Loki, Mobius, and Brad head to a branched timeline to find Sylvie working at a McDonald’s in Oklahoma. After a less-than-positive reunion, it’s revealed that General Dox (the angry British person from last week) is planning to prune all the branched timelines using a similar tactic to Sylvie in Season 1. This forces Loki and Sylvie to team up and stop the angry British person (damn British, they ruin everything). They’re too late, however, as most of the timelines have been pruned (not Sylvies, though, so it’s all good for her). The episode ends with Renslayer being located and Sylvie returning to her job at McDonald’s, still possessing He Who Remains TemPad. This episode was filled with ups and downs, and I’m glad that the story is moving quickly while giving the characters enough time to breathe.

One Hell of an Actor

Hunter B-15, Loki, Mobius, and another Hunter are standing outside a holding cell in the TVA. An orange door is down the hall and some light is coming in from above.
Mobius with the sass. (Marvel)

This episode again proved to me how much I enjoy Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson playing off each other. They have such great chemistry, regardless of whether the scene is comedic or emotional. Seeing how their relationship has grown to the point where Mobius enables Loki’s more sadistic ideas will never not be funny. Then you throw Casey (Eugene Cordero) and the return of O. B. (Ke Huy Quan) into the mix, and every situation has the right amount of laughs without going overboard. I was really vibing with the new outfits for Loki and B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) in this episode. Loki looked clean in that dark jacket, and B-15 was rocking that tie. I also really enjoyed Casey and O. B.’s interactions and hope we see more of them this season.

A character I wouldn’t be upset about if he didn’t show up for an episode or two would be Brad (Rafael Casal). I was pretty impartial to his first appearance last week, but he said some out-of-pocket shit this week that puts him closer to Syril Karn on my least favourite characters in a Disney+ show list (the list only has two characters on it). Not only did he help Dox (Kate Dickie) bomb multiple timelines, but he also brought up Loki’s dead mother and then upset Mobius (that was unforgivable). I was weirdly happy that he almost got crushed by the jelly cube because that asshole deserved it. He hasn’t reached the hatred level of Syril Karn yet, but one more performance like this, and he might knock Syril out of the top spot (he won’t; my hatred for Syril is eternal).

What Now?

Loki and Sylvie are in a McDonald’s. Loki is wearing a dark coat and Sylvie is wearing an employee uniform. A line of registers separate them.
Well, this is awkward. (Marvel)

This was another exciting episode of Loki Season 2. I enjoyed every aspect of this episode and am glad the season looks promising. The story is moving at a good pace and still allows for small character moments like the pie scene. Some plot threads (the Dox plot) have been sped through, but it helps the story feel more focused, especially with only six episodes. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the bromance between Loki and Mobius is one of the best parts of this series. I’ll never tire of their banter and teamwork; it’s top-tier. I’m happy that O. B. is back again, and it looks like he’s sticking around for the whole season (unless he dies). And even though Brad is creeping up the list, I don’t totally hate him (yet), so I’ll wait and see what happens in the four remaining episodes.

Loki is standing in front of Brad who is trapped in a translucent block.There's a machine to the right and some light from above. The room is an orange colour.
Bastard deserves it. (Marvel)

“Breaking Brad” was another great episode of Loki. The engaging story and lovable characters keep me coming back. Even with the introduction of the douchebag Brad, I’m looking forward to next week’s halfway point of Loki Season 2.

Have you seen Episode 2 of Loki Season 2? What did you think? Do you also hate Brad? Let us know in the comments where we can talk about why Brad sucks.

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