Disney Plus Loki season 2, episode 1 recap “Ouroboros”

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL. /

Loki season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off, with the god of mischief finding himself in a different time, where his friend Mobius doesn’t recognize him. In season 2 episode 1, Loki is uncontrollably time slipping, which becomes both an advantage and disadvantage for our main character.

Loki season 2, episode 1 recap – Slipping through time

(L-R): Owen Wilson as Mobius and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL. /

The episode opens with Loki trying to outrun Mobius and several TVA agents who do not recognize him. As a last-ditch effort to avoid getting pruned, he leaps over the railing and onto a flying vehicle.

The vehicle crashes into a lower level of the TVA where Loki runs into Casey, a TVA employee he had brief encounters with in season 1. When Casey doesn’t recognize him either, Loki realizes he’s still in a different time.

He uncontrollably slips through time to his proper timeline where Casey recognizes him. The evidence from the crash from another time remains on the floor.

As Loki asks to see Mobius, he disappears again. Just down the hall, Mobius and Hunter B-15 are learning that the timeline has sprouted multiple branches meaning multiple timelines are appearing.

They argue about pruning the variants as these are still people who have lives. As the two argue, Casey tells them about Loki vanishing before him.

They can’t dwell on that as Hunter X-5, a obvious bully, informs them that General Dox and Judge Gamble need them in the War Room. As the two leave, Loki reappears and tries to catch up.

Loki season 2, episode 1 recap – The War Room

(Center): Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15 in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL. /

In the War Room, Hunter B-15 and Mobius try to plead their case to General Dox and Judge Gamble about halting pruning. They have evidence that everyone at the TVA are variants and that the Time Keepers story is a lie.

As this is happening, Loki reappears in a different timeline where images of He Who Remains, and his variants decorate the War Room (and the TVA in general). Loki is quickly realizing that anytime he sees images of He Who Remains, he knows it isn’t his timeline.

He listens to a tape recorder in the wall which records a conversation between He Who Remains or a variant of his and Ravonna Renslayer. It’s obvious in that timeline she leads alongside He Who Remains.

After a lot of yelling and frustration, Judge Gamble does decide to put a hold on pruning just as Loki appears, crazed and panicked. He tries to explain what’s been happening to Mobius and in a desperate act, uses the tool for pruning against the wall.

This removes the images of the Time Keepers, revealing it to be the same wall he had seen in the War Room in another time. Mobius finally pulls Loki outside the War Room where everything starts to unravel.

This includes the untrustworthy nature of Miss Minutes, not knowing where Sylvie is, and that the variants of He Who Remains are coming, which means war. Angered by the entire situation and placing the blame on Sylvie, Hunter X-5 decides to find her himself.

His backup for this mission is absolute overkill.

Loki season 2, episode 1 recap – The Temporal Core

Ke Huy Quan as O.B. in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL. /

With everything going haywire at once, the biggest issue they need to tackle is Loki’s time slipping. Mobius takes Loki to see Ouroboros or O.B for short.

This is the first time we see another department at the TVA, where it becomes obvious that like Apple TV+ Silo, departments seem isolated from each other, perhaps for a good reason. O.B recognizes Loki’s condition as time slipping, which should not be happening at the TVA.

When Loki time slips, he meets with the O.B of the past. Both past and present O.B manage to figure out how to solve the problem with Loki and Mobius simultaneously.

They’ll need to pull Loki through the Temporal Core, which is located outside the TVA. If successful, he should be brought back to the right time, but unsuccessful he’ll be lost to time forever.

The process is complicated, but all Loki needs to do is prune himself when the light turns green. But if it turns red, he’s too late.

Mobius will then suit up and shoot a ray gun of sorts into the Temporal Core, which is where Loki will be coming from. Trouble is as they are about to begin, Loki time slips again.

This time he seems to be elsewhere in the TVA as alarms blare and people flee in a panic, because the Temporal Core is overheating. It cannot contain this many timelines.

As Loki rushes to find a pruning stick, Mobius does his part. However when the light turns green and Loki still can’t find a way to prune himself, he loses all hope.

Even O.B begins to close the doors on Mobius who refuses to leave without Loki. At the last minute Loki is drawn to the sound of a phone ringing and an elevator opening.

As the elevator opens, Sylvie appears happy to see him. Loki is then pruned from behind by someone we don’t see.

He manages to slip through the Temporal Core just in time. During the end credits we get a scene of Sylvie, seemingly having just come from killing He Who Remains, arriving to an Oklahoma town in 1982.

She arrives to a McDonalds, hoping to get something good to eat. While there she observes a couple and a group of friends, looking forward to experiencing the same things, as for the first time in her life, she can stop running.

Loki season 2, episode 1 review

What an explosive first episode! Season 2 episode 1 felt like it ended far too quickly.

How the writers of this show manage to create this perfect blend of an episode is beyond me! It was fast paced when it needed to be, but slowed down at the right moments, as well as took the time to add perfectly timed comedy.

The acting is superb with each actor never missing a beat. Newcomers like Ke Huy Quan and Liz Carr fit right into the setting and story.

I loved the fact that audiences got to see more of the TVA as it appears as though each department is separated a different color. Where Mobius seems to be working in an environment of mostly orange, brown and red hues reminiscent of the 70s, O.B works in a high-tech environment surrounded by shades of green and gray.

Loki has easily become my favorite Disney Plus Marvel show, topping WandaVision and Moon Knight because of how unique, refreshing and inventive it is. From the music to the acting, scenery and overall plot, I am mind blown that while some Marvel films seem to be lacking in these departments, Loki is living proof that the superhero (antihero) genre is not dead yet.

Season 2 has only begun and I’m already hoping for a season 3.

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Loki season 2, episode 2 will air on Disney Plus on October 12.