Main cast: Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Owen Wilson (Mobius), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ravonna Renslayer), Sophia Di Martino (Sylvie), Wunmi Mosaku (Hunter B-15), Tara Strong (Miss Minutes), and Jonathan Majors (He Who Remains)
Director: Kate Herron
Well, this is… interesting. Anyone reading this watched and remember The Matrix Revolutions?
Well, For All Time. Always. is the Matrix Revolutions of Loki. After all the drama in the last episode, Loki and Sylvie managed to get past the Void to find what is at the other end of the curtain… well, it’s not Azathoth or Dormammu or Spongebob Squarepants. No, it’s a bloke that acts like he’s high on something, spending the bulk of this episode mouthing meaningless jargon to Loki and Sylvie as those two sit on their seats. Occasionally Sylvie will say “Liar!” but that’s about it. This episode is all about He Who Remains laughing, cackling, and giggling as I try to make out what he is saying and wonder why I even care.
Sure, this episode is not a complete loss. It sets up the next season nicely—yes, there is a next season, and that announcement is the mid-credit scene, if the cliffhanger ending didn’t already tell anyone that—and the episode is very colorful indeed. Lots of laser effects and glowing particles; it’s like I’ve taken the same stuff that He Who Remains had taken.
Aside from that, this episode is not a grand finale, but rather, a long exposition from an annoying sod delivered via hysterical giggles to our main characters that spend most of their time seated and listening to the whole thing.
What? These people have no idea how to do this episode in a more interesting way? After the last few episodes, this one is a huge step down as well as a big let down. Sitting on chairs and listening to a gibbering lunatic… this is the best they can do?
Oh well, next season it is. See you guys then.