So, Kang is back.
What’s the least possible thing you’d imagine following that statement?
Kang appears in a zany episode.
We’ve got a record scratch or two to discuss, so let’s talk about Loki episode 2-3, the one with the spooky Ghost Clock.
Sometime in the 19th Century
The name of this episode is 1893, and since it’s Loki, that fact all but guarantees that we’ll start in literally any other year in existence.
Sure enough, the actual setting is 1868, where a fugitive Ravonna Renslayer steps out of a time portal and immediately plants her foot in what I hope is mud.
This episode won’t go well for Ravonna in a lot of different ways, starting with the fact that she runs into her not-quite-ex.
Also, an AI clock is bossing her around. Then, the clock grows oddly jealous of Ms. Renslayer.
There’s a lot to unpack here. And perhaps the weirdest part may be that someone develops a crush on Ravonna. It’s not Mobius, either.
That whole “you almost killed me” thing has caused a schism in their not-quite relationship. Her next not-quite relationship won’t go any better, either.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
First, we must start in Chicago in…1868? That’s definitely not 1893, and the first person we see, Ravonna Renslayer, recognizes this fact.
The former TVA leader is looking for someone, who turns out to be Miss Minutes, who is hiding in a barn across the street from a home.
The orange clock tells Ravonna to “put this package in that window.” We can’t tell what’s in the package, but it’s book shaped.
The person who retrieves the book from the window is a poor boy who is performing what looks like a science experiment. You can guess where this is going.
Sure enough, the package is the TVA Official Handbook.
And those hands look like they belong to a young Kang, whom Miss Minutes has just informed Ravonna is dead. Uh-oh.
What Remains of He Who Remains
In Episode 2, Loki and Mobius got a hit on Ravonna’s TemPad. After a brief scene that reinforces the peril the TVA faces, that’s where the duo goes.
Well, first they start in 1868 before quickly realizing there’s nothing of note there.
In 1893, this formerly ratty era of Chicago has become a place of dramatic development. In fact, it’s the site of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
As Loki and Mobius debate where to start, a newspaper boy mentions a “ghost clock” terrorizing the city. They buy the newspaper.
The picture quickly reveals the identity of Miss Minutes, indicating that they’re in the right place at the right time.
After some Norse mythology jokes that make Loki feel insecure, the duo notices an ad for “Victor Timely’s Astounding Temporal Marvels” at a local theater.
We’re all gonna die.
While Loki doesn’t connect Timely with He Who Remains yet, the two men still recognize they’re in a precarious position when they recognize Ravonna.
Loki refuses to let Mobius confront the woman who hurt his feelings and tried to murder him, which is a shame.
I’d like to know which action bothered him more.
Before Ravonna spots them, the lights come down and someone appears on stage. It’s Victor Timely, whom Loki quickly realizes is Kang.
Well, Loki has never heard the term Kang any more than he had Victor Timely. I’m gonna keep using it since that’s where all this is going.
At this point, the episode veers into an old-timey sci-fi film wherein Timely proves the adage that science is indistinguishable from magic. Or does he?
Inventor Or Grifter?
Victor Timely proceeds to demonstrate an early prototype of the Temporal Loom.
He delivers a delightful piece of dialogue during the presentation, culminating with “Because all science is fiction until it’s FACT!!!”
Then, once the show ends, the inventor triggers a bidding war before selling his prototype to a Robber Baron for $1,000 in cash.
Importantly, before Victor negotiates a deal, he emphatically states, “I don’t do partners,” which will come into play soon.
Ravonna and Mobius both try to speak with Timely, leading to the woman realizing she’s in the presence of the man she recently tried to kill.
Meanwhile, a Robber Baron who wins the bidding quickly discovers that Timely’s device doesn’t work.
Soon afterward, someone accuses Timely of selling stretching trousers that don’t work. The inventor eventually admits to Loki that he’s a “luminary.”
That’s a polite way of admitting he’s a con man. And that’s when the swindled Robber Baron appears and chases Timely through the streets of Chicago.
We get the early Hollywood chase music and everything before Timely temporarily escapes his pursuer. But this leaves him trapped in a gondola.
That’s when Sylvie teleports in and tries to do as she had promised, which is to kill all Kang variants. Now we got ourselves a ballgame.
We’ve got Loki defending Timely from a knife attack by Sylvie. On the ground, Mobius tries to reason with Ravonna, who is SO over him.
They are never ever getting back together again, which is especially sad since they apparently never got together in the first place.
Speaking of doomed never-lovers, Sylvie and Loki exchange cross words in front of a terrified, hopelessly trapped Timely.
He’s never gonna get to spend that stolen money, is he?
Sylvie ultimately chooses to hurt but not kill Timely, ejecting him from the enclosed space by exploding the windows.
At this point, Ravonna senses her opportunity. She informs Miss Minutes, who she’d hidden in her purse, “It’s your moment.”
Then, a moment of pure comedy occurs when Miss Minutes turns ginormous and starts terrorizing the World’s Fair guests.
No matter what the animators ever say about this scene, somebody was playing Ms. Pac-Man and thought, “Nothing’s scarier than a giant ghost.”
Well, Miss Minutes turns out to be much scarier when left to her own devices.
I say this because Timely joins Ravonna and the Ghost Clock on a freighter.
Romance is blossoming between Ravonna and the person who created her job. And Miss Minutes does NOT like it one bit.
Again, the animators have fun with the premise of how a jealous Miss Minutes would appear.
During their discussions, Ravonna informs Timely that he created (will create?) the TVA.
Later, the (former) TVA agent flirts with Timely on the boat, much to the clock’s dismay.
Ravonna oversteps when she suggests she’s enjoying their partnership. Remember what Timely said earlier about partnerships?
Yeah, Ravonna wakes up to the sound of a lifeboat splashing into the water. And she’s in it.
Timely has chosen Miss Minutes over Ravonna, at least for the moment. What he’s really chosen is bachelorhood and a lack of partners.
The noteworthy parts here are how Miss Minutes is obviously in love with Timely, and Ravonna could probably get there pretty quickly, too.
Well, that was true until Timely dumped her from the boat. Love’s been a little bit hard on Ravonna.
Who’s Prunin’ Who?
Victor abandons Chicago for his real home in a different state, a place with “lower taxes.” Kang is cheap, y’all.
Once the scientist returns to the lab, he activates Miss Minutes, who gushes like a K-Pop fan standing in front of BTS.
Timely reveals his greatest device, “the culmination of my life’s work.”
At this point, Timely plans to head for the TVA to save the Sacred Timeline, as it seems like it’s in his best interest.
Miss Minutes delays him and, in the process, reveals her intent. She’s in love with Kang and wants a body so that she can be his partner.
Can you guess what she shouldn’t have said there?
Yup, Timely returns to his lab table and pulls out a device, one that looks familiar. It’s an early prototype of the same one we saw last week.
Timely already possesses the unique He Who Remains TemPad, and he disappears the too-clingy, far-too-jealous Miss Minutes.
Soon afterward, Ravonna enters the lab. She has rowed back to shore and hunted down Timely.
Ms. Renslayer grabs a weapon from the lab, and it’s quickly identifiable. It’s a prototype for the pruning weapons that TVA agents use.
Ravonna is past talking now. She states, “I was entrusted with this mission by He Who Remains, not his variant. So, from now, I’m the one in charge.”
Kang agrees moments before Mobius and Loki enter the lab. Is there anybody in 1893 who doesn’t know where Kang’s secret lab is?
Ravonna and Loki exchange harsh words once again before a new player enters the game.
Sylvie also knows where Kang’s lab is because, honestly, who doesn’t?
At this moment, the Loki variant explodes into the room and once again contemplates killing Timely.
This time, the inventor pleads for his life, arguing that he hasn’t done anything.
Sylvie knows better, as she’s seen the future…and killed it.
Still, against her better judgment, Sylvie allows Loki and Mobius to return Timely to the TVA.
That decision leaves Sylvie alone with Ravonna, who quickly deduces this isn’t the ideal situation for her.
Sylvie confesses that she’s fantasized about killing Ravonna a thousand different ways, but she doesn’t do that now.
Instead, Sylvie punishes Ravonna by giving the former TVA agent exactly what she wants, a seat at The End of Time.
Sylvie kicks Ravonna into a time portal that sends Kang’s ally to the Citadel at The End of Time.
Sitting on the throne is the decaying corpse of He Who Remains. It’s been a while since Sylvie ran him through.
A confused Ravonna calls on her former ally by summoning Miss Minutes.
The AI clock appears just in time to finish her final declaration to Timely, “…love you.” It’s pretty brutal.
To her credit, Miss Minutes composes herself quickly. The two women converse, and Miss Minutes reveals that she knows a really big secret about Ravonna.
The episode ends with, “I can tell you, but…it’s gonna make you REAL angry.”
Overall, this episode was an A+ from start to finish, and it sets the table for more mysteries to be revealed next week. I can’t wait!
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