'Loki' is again up to its time-killing tricks in the fifth episode

The following contains spoilers about the fifth episode ofLokion Disney+.

The penultimate episode ofLokibegan with the main Loki blustering that he hadseveral thousand questionsfor the new variants that he had encountered, which was understandable after the fourth-episode cliffhanger. Yet like the third installment, this frustrating placeholder of an episode left any major revelations for another day — おそらく (fingers crossed) the finale.

代わりに, this Disney+ series continued to follow the maturation of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as well as his unexpectedly tender romance with another variant of himself, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), a relationship that has somehow made narcissism seem oddly endearing.
Loki’s admission that he hadbetrayed everyone who ever loved mereflected the gradual growth of the character, which for many fans has beenLoki’sgreatest pleasure. Ditto for his friendship with Mobius (Owen Wilson), WHO, like Loki, had actually survived thepruningprocess, which still leaves the yawning question of what lies beyond the time to which they had been dispatched.
    The highlights, alas, have been offset by the pacing. Appropriately, the latest episode made another overt reference to “オズの魔法使い,” but the tantalizing prospect of finally getting to seethe man behind the curtain,” as Judge Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) それを置く, was again deferred.
      The show thus settled for expanding on the key players through small moments as well as bizarre and whimsical ones, like the fact that one of the Loki variants is an ill-tempered alligator, wearing little golden horns. Surely a Howard the Duck version of Loki must be out there somewhere, trapped in a time he never made.
          The other permutations of Lokimost notably Richard E. Grant as an older incarnation, a.k.a. “Classic Loki,” who survived the events of “アベンジャーズ: Infinity Warhave added to the general strangeness, but the prevailing takeaway is a nagging sense of killing time. (To kill a bit more time, Disney+ also dropped a “シンプソンズ” ショート devoted toLoki,” a clever use of the platform.)
          So whoor whatlurks behind the curtain? Loki might be known for magic and mischief, だが “Lokiis going to have to do more than just pull a rabbit out of a hat to make good on the prolonged buildup to find out.