The word filler has long been used to describe things akin to the many attributes that “Lamentis” contained. However, that word has also long lost its meaning through usage from those not versed in what the term actually accuses a story of.
So that word won’t be used here. Instead, let’s just get right down to the core issues of the episode. Every single thing that this episode accomplished could have been done in half the time, and in a far more interesting manner.
Nothing about any part of the installment’s storytelling was efficient, and the plot dragged for most of its runtime. By the time the episode ended, the audience, and story, was in the exact same spot as where it began. Nothing truly important occurred.
Of course, many will be quick to point out all of the great stuff they did with Sylvie. They wouldn’t be incorrect, as there’s no denying that the character was properly established and introduced to the viewers.
Sophia Di Martino has been fantastic in the role. Personally, I was immediately hesitant when she first made her true appearance, but that was quickly swept away. She steals the screen, and her dynamic with Hiddleston is a delight.
While that’s great of course, it all still could have been accomplished in a more efficient and interesting manner. In a way that enhanced the plot and other elements of the show in a more substantial way than what Loki’s midway point delivered.
The twist in regards to the TVA agents all having been pulled from various timelines wasn’t all too much of a surprise given the Jet Ski faith talk between Loki and Mobius last episode. While a cool concept for sure, the reveal only brought attention to the lack of TVA plot this week.
Normally a break from the organization wouldn’t be a bad thing at all. But given that the last viewers saw of them, the TVA was potentially dealing with the destruction of the Sacred Timeline. So it feels strange to so quickly break away, and in doing so, distrust the momentum that the show had going.
On top of the Sylvie introduction, the show also had a really neat and exciting ending sequence as the entire evacuation ship blew up, leading Loki and Sylvie just barely making it out of harm’s way half a dozen times. It was an exciting and well done moment for sure, one of near movie quality. That said, it sadly doesn’t make up for everything the episode dropped the ball on.
“Lamentis” was lacking in many ways, and was a disappointing halfway point for a show that has shown a lot of promise. Obviously, a bump in the road is far from a complete train wreck, so it’s of course very likely that the show will return next week back on its feet and ready for more mischief.