The following article contains spoilers for Loki episode three: Lamentis.
At the halfway point of the Loki series, we’re getting to see a deeper side to the character and some stunning visuals as the episode takes us to the apocalypse on Lamentis.
The episode begins with Loki pursuing his female variant through a time portal. Having bombed the sacred timeline, Lady Loki (who calls herself Sylvie) infiltrates a TVA in disarray with the intentions of reaching the Time Keepers. We also see how she used her enchantment powers to extract information from the Minuteman she kidnapped in the previous episode.
When Loki catches up, a short fight leaves him and his female counterpart falling through a time portal to the apocalypse on Lamentis-1.
Throwing these two characters who don’t trust each other into an imminent-death scenario creates a fire-forged partnership. A series of unfortunate events ensues. First and foremost, the TemPad has no power, leaving the pair stranded on a doomed planet.
Their search for a power source highlights their lack of trust for one another. Sylvie has the knowledge to charge the TemPad. Loki, meanwhile, hides it to ensure his own survival, cementing their partnership. The search for power takes the pair to the outskirts of the dying town where a local points them in the direction of the train taking citizens to the evacuation vessel. Sylvie points out that the vessel will have enough power to recharge the TemPad.
The Train to Salvation
When Loki and Sylvie arrive at the station they see the rich boarding the train, whilst the poor are left behind to die. After a spat over their plan to infiltrate the train, Loki changes his form to mimic the guards and smuggles them both on board. When they almost run into trouble, Sylvie uses her enchantment powers to bail them out.
Once onboard, the pair finally have a moment to relax. Although Sylvie expresses that she can’t sleep around untrustworthy people. With little else to do, they finally talk and find some common ground. They discuss the nature of their magic and how they learned their respective skills.
Whilst Loki begins to open up to Sylvie, talking fondly about his mother, she remains guarded. By the end of this episode, we still don’t know her motives for wanting an audience with the Time Masters. The only thing Sylvie eventually opens up about is how her enchantment powers work.
On the topic of love, when Sylvie says to Loki there “must’ve been would-be princesses or perhaps, another prince.” He responds with “a bit of both.” This doesn’t just confirm Loki as a bisexual character, it makes him the first openly LGBTQ+ protagonist in the MCU. This something I briefly touched on in my previous article.
This is a huge step for Marvel to take in representation and hopefully, we’ll see it carried through the rest of the series, rather than make this a throw-away statement.
Another Spanner in the Works
When Sylvie finally rests, Loki gets drunk and causes a raucous on the train. Eventually, he attracts some unwanted attention from other passengers. Sylvie tries to warn him against his drunken antics, but he doesn’t listen, which leads to them both being thrown off the train after a fight with the guards.
In the fall, Loki breaks the TemPad and the pair find themselves on the verge of giving up. Sylvie says that The Ark (the evacuation vessel) is never destined to take off, Loki suggests that they could change its fate. In a last-ditch effort, the pair make haste towards the city to secure their lives.
An Ambiguous Ending
In the action-charged final scene, the pair fight their way through desperate crowds to make it onboard The Ark. There are some stunning visuals of the crumbling city and moon above with guards struggling to keep people in line. Despite their best efforts to fight their way to the front of the line and get on board, Loki and Sylvie are too late. They watch as The Ark is destroyed by falling meteors, securing their fates with the other citizens of Lamentis-1.
Ending on a cliffhanger, we’ll have to wait until next week to see how Loki and Sylvie escape the doomed planet. Perhaps Mobius will find them and open a time portal. Or, they may find another route to escape the apocalypse using their combined powers. There’s bound to be plenty of speculation until episode four releases next Wednesday.
Loki airs every Wednesday on Disney+