I just finished watching the finale of The Mandalorian, and to say that I’m peeved is an understatement. The Mandalorian was a show that felt like it took itself seriously for the first two seasons. There was character development and fascinating storytelling, and the finales left you reeling in some capacity.
I knew this season’s finale was going to have troubles when I learned that it was going to be a relatively short runtime for a season finale, clocking in at forty-one minutes. With credits and the recap, that runtime boils closer to something you’d see from a Clone Wars episode. And sure enough, the finale feels as if it’s moving a million miles an hour to conclude a story that ultimately was as lackluster as they come.
Last week’s episode of Moon Knight was a lot to unpack. The penultimate episode dealt with two important origins: Marc Spector’s official rebirth as Moon Knight and the origin of Marc’s DID. In less than fifty minutes Marvel Studios embraced the darkness of Spector’s past and brought it to life in a way that was as emotional as it gets in this franchise. If there was an episode that revealed why this show would be much heavier and more mature than any other MCU outing it was this one.
Everyone thought the series’ borderline R-rating would come from its violence but instead, it is the show’s themes that have pushed the boundaries of what we’re used to seeing under the House of the Mouse. This is only right considering that Moon Knight’s story has never been tame and for Marvel Studios to stay faithful to the comic they were going to have to go very dark at some point.
I could rattle on and on about the fact that Oscar Isaac deserves an Emmy for his incredible performance in this series or how good that episode was but today I’m looking ahead to what we can expect from this finale. And I think it’s kind of obvious.
Loki was quite a ride wasn’t it? It transitioned from a hilarious buddy-detective plot to an epic love story drama that ended with one of the best and biggest cliffhangers in the MCU so far.
Honestly, I’m still reeling a bit after that finale but, of course, my mind is always looking to the future. A future that seems to have been brilliantly set up to be something truly special next season. But to understand where these characters’ stories can go we have to look at what the show and the finale revealed to us about Loki and Sylvie.
(This will be a longread.)
To understand Loki’s incredible six-episode transformation in the series we have to think about his roles in Thor and The Avengers.
In Thor, we get to see Loki go through an emotional rollercoaster of a storyline. He starts off as the jealous brother who tries to keep Thor from being king by secretly inviting the Frost Giants into Asgard to crash the party. His plan veers out-of-control when Thor decides to take revenge on the Frost Giants, resulting in his banishment. Meanwhile, Loki on Jotunheim discovers when touched by a Frost Giant that his skin turns blue like them. It suddenly clicks why he’s always been treated so differently than Thor, why he was never groomed for the throne even though he was the smartest of the two brothers.
He learns that he’s adopted and it shatters Loki, driving him on a villainous path that he hopes will conclude with him being King of Asgard. His plan fails but he turns to Thanos, becoming his pawn and in return he would become King of Midgard a.k.a Earth.
Well I’ve seen it, the glorious finale, and wow was it enthralling!
When I first noticed that the episode would only be 47 minutes long I was, truthfully, a little bummed. But then the finale began and I instantly knew we were in for a treat. From that opening intro to the last second, Loki‘s finale literally never disappoints.
The villain reveal is legitimately shocking in all of the best ways. Loki and Sylvie… *scream* And yes, the show leaves on a cliffhanger so massive I’m literally sitting here writing this at 5am in the morning wide-eyed, elated, and just downright SHOCKED!
I, of course, will delve into the episode’s spoilers tomorrow but for now…Loki is the series that I thought it would be, it makes WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier look like Ant-Man compared to Captain America: Civil War, and finally, we got a finale that was, in fact, the best episode of the series.
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I can’t believe it but yes, the time has arrived. Tomorrow is the finale of Loki and for the first time with these Marvel Disney+ series, I have no idea how it’s going to end.
The only thing I can latch onto is the idea that this series will open up the possibilities of the Multiverse. But how? How will that happen? And who the heck is at the top of the Haunted Mansion? I’m really hoping it’s something goofy like a giant CGI Miss Minutes but honestly, it may be something far more sinister. And that’s what worries me.
You know what else worries me? The prospect of Sylvie dying. Sylvie has become a character that I really like but we don’t know if this will be her last rodeo or not. Loki has always had such a tragic story that it seems almost fitting that the first person he genuinely loves would be taken from him in the end, because that’s just his bad luck. I don’t want this to happen, I need tomorrow’s episode to conclude on a high note with Loki and Sylvie being the rightful King and Queen that they are, but I just don’t know what to expect and I’m honestly a little terrified.
How are you feeling about tomorrow’s episode? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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It’s happening. We are just one day away from the conclusion to Season 2 of The Mandalorian and my feelings, as of right now, are mixed. Very, very mixed.
I’m super excited but the level of anxiety and bittersweetness I’m also experiencing is astronomical. One side is me is bursting at the seams with the exhilaration of whatever tomorrow’s episode may bring but then to know that we won’t be getting Season 3 until Christmas Day 2021! is so saddening.
We will have to wait a little over a year until the next piece of the story and even though I will gladly wait a year for content whose quality is top-notch it’s still like a stab in the heart.
And will we see the Jedi? And if we do, who is it going to be? Oh my gosh! I can’t handle the suspense!
I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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