The Temporal Core is about to give way, meaning the untimely end for the TVA. That is, unless, Loki and Mobius can find Miss Minutes in the thrilling Loki season 2 episode 3 titled, “1893”.
Our duo travels to two different times, where they not only find Miss Minutes, but Ravonna Renslayer and one of He Who Remains’ variants.
Loki season 2, episode 3 recap – Finding Miss Minutes
The episode opens with Ravonna Renslayer arriving to Chicago in 1868 to meet with Miss Minutes. Miss Minutes instructs Ravonna to drop a package through an open window as ordered by He Who Remains.
Ravonna obeys and we see a young boy open the package, revealing it to be a copy of the TVA handbook written by O.B. Back at the TVA, O.B’s worries continue as the Temporal Core is about to give way.
The only way they can stop it by overriding the system, which can only be done by He Who Remains. Considering he’s dead, the only other option, that isn’t necessarily a guarantee, is to find Miss Minutes.
Loki and Mobius are able to track her to two different timelines alongside Ravonna. After they realize neither are hiding in 1868 Chicago, they jump ahead to 1893 Chicago, during The World’s fair.
As luck would have it, Miss Minutes has made the papers, with witnesses calling her a ghost clock. As Loki and Mobius search for her, they come across an interesting sign for a show by Victor Timely.
Amongst the crowd they spot Ravonna, but before they can approach her the show begins. Immediately Loki realizes that Victor Timely is one of He Who Remains’ variants.
Victor is an inventor and apparently a con artist. He presents the audience with a machine that can conduct electricity while speaking of time.
Once investors offer to buy his invention, he tries to flee with Ravonna, Loki and Mobius all trying to speak to him at the same time. In the process, a chase scene ensues as those Victor tricked are coming after him for their money back.
Loki season 2, episode 3 recap – Victor Timely
As the chase scene continues, Victor and Loki find themselves in a Ferris wheel cart away from everyone else until…Sylvie arrives. She believes Victor will one day become He Who Remains and cannot allow him to live.
Knowing they can use Victor to prevent the TVA’s destruction, Loki pleads with Sylvie to allow him to live. Sylvie, too driven and full of hate for the man who ruined her life, cannot see past that if the TVA is destroyed, no one will exist.
This bit of the episode can be frustrating, as Sylvie is refusing to acknowledge that Loki is not after power or control, but to save the world and all worlds from obliteration. They have a brief fight scene before trying to escape the Ferris wheel, when Miss Minutes takes it upon herself to take the form of a gigantic ghost clock, terrorizing all the guests at the fair.
Taking the opportunity, Ravonna sneaks away with Victor where he shows her some of his inventions. They escape to a boat where the two of them start to bond.
It seems Victor is beginning to develop strong feelings for Ravonna. Never a woman to put her feelings before her duty, she politely declines his advances.
After Ravonna falls asleep Miss Minutes is able to convince Victor to send Ravonna away by placing her on a lifeboat. She does awaken from the jolt, but it seems Victor and Miss Minutes have escaped…for now.
However, this seems to be just what Miss Minutes had wanted all along. Like similar stories we’ve seen before, it seems the creation has fallen in love with the creator.
Miss Minutes explains how he, Victor, created her and has been with him since the beginning. She continues to request that they rule side by side.
Victor, being awkward, unsure and mostly focused on his work, doesn’t quite know how to handle her advances. As Miss Minutes confesses her love, he has her sent into a TemPad.
As he does so, Ravonna arrives with one of his inventions, which appears to be what the TVA uses to prune variants. Angry doesn’t begin to describe what Ravonna is feeling at the current moment.
For once, we can sympathize with her as she had given her life for the TVA. She never did anything for herself and this is the thanks she gets.
Thankfully, Loki and Mobius arrive. Mobius tries to calm her down, but Victor only lives when Sylvie returns again, breaking up the group so she can kill him herself.
Loki season 2, episode 3 recap – Slyvie’s decision
This time there is really no stopping Sylvie from killing Victor, regardless of how much Loki pleads. But when the moment comes, Victor opens himself up to her in a way she did not expect.
This is a very in a very heartfelt and emotional scene. Victor admits that he is not the same man she later comes to know.
That he has no intention of harming her or anyone else. This change from the He Who Remains she killed is enough to sway Slyvie.
She allows him to live and go to the TVA with Loki and Mobius. Let’s really hope she doesn’t regret it.
With the trio gone, she sets her sights on Ravonna, whom she had wanted revenge from all her life as well. But she doesn’t kill her either.
Sylvie realizes that she had mistaken Loki’s intentions with Ravonna’s. If Ravonna wants to rule all time then why not send her there.
Sylvie sends Ravonna to where He Who Remains’ dead body remains seated at his throne in a crumbling palace at the end of time.
Loki season 2, episode 3 review
Has Sylvie learned that she can finally trust Loki, or will she continue this immaturity? To be fair, my feelings about Sylvie are conflicting.
On the one hand, her feelings are justifiable as she has been on the run since she was a child. Therefore, she never got to be a child, never got to grow up with a family or friends, never got to truly have a life of her own.
On the other hand, I’m frustrated as to why she still can’t seem to trust Loki, even though he had proven to her countless times she can. What will it take for her to understand and accept the feelings she has for him as well.
I love the fact that Loki refuses to give up on her, no matter how many times she nearly destroys his plans. Loki himself has matured greatly, becoming a hero in the process as he places everyone’s cares and needs before his own.
If only Sylvie can follow in his footsteps but maybe she finally can. While I’m not too crazy about Victor Timely’s personality, his big moment with Sylvie, where he laid all the cards on the table and calmly said his piece before accepting whatever fate she would give him, was easily the best part of the episode.
Victor isn’t He Who Remains. He’s sincere when it matters, foregoing all tricks and performance.
At least, I hope he was being genuine. That moment really moved me as well the fact Miss Minutes fell in love with him.
Some say that’s creepy; I say that’s fair, however, I find those creation falling in love with the creator plots to be interesting. They never get old for me.
Where will the story go from here? Is Victor Timely going to save the TVA?
Or will another He Who Remains variant reveal themselves?
What did you think of Loki season 2, episode 3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Loki season 2, episode 4 will air on Disney Plus on October 26.