We’re off to the races with Loki Season 2 already.
Our favorite duo, Loki and Mobius, have reunited. We’ve met some new characters that may or may not have good intentions. And Sylvie’s doing alright for once.
Time hasn’t stopped and the variants of He Who Remains haven’t shown up – at least that we’re aware of.
So let’s see what the gang is up to this week and jump right in to the Loki Season 2, Episode 2 recap of Breaking Brad.
SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoilers to movie or show plots.
1977 London, England
In season 2, episode 2, Breaking Brad, everyone’s on the hunt for Sylvie.
Loki and Mobius are determined to get to her first, so they start scouring the Sacred Timeline for her.
Loki keeps thinking they are off the scent because they aren’t ending up in disaster zones.
They land in 1977 London, England and they’re wearing some very seventies tuxedos.
Turns out they’re there to attend the premiere of Zaniac, starring Brad Wolfe, who looks suspiciously familiar.
Oh, wait. That’s because Brad Wolfe is Hunter X-5.
He spots the tuxedo’d duo and makes a run for it.
Uh oh, Brad. What’d you do?
Hunter B-15 is there, too, and being the baddie she is, nearly takes him out all while looking fabulous in an evening gown.
Unfortunately he books it before she can pin him down for the boys.
But just as it looks like Brad is about to get away, the old Loki, the Loki from before the series, uses his magic to stop him. I feel like we haven’t seen this Loki in forever and I almost teared up.
Come on X-5, did you really think you could outrun me?Loki
And then X-5 disappears by using a tricked-out Tempad. It seems Loki’s a little rusty.
But no, Loki still has his magic and catches up with X-5/Brad quickly.
You quit with the magic and fight fair.X-5/Brad
Oh really? ‘Cause using a frankensteined Tempad is fair. Right.
And that’s when three Lokis in 70s tuxedos, plus 2 classic Loki shadow beings, complete with horns, corner the big Brad Wolfe.
The big Brad Wolfe
Cut to Brad/X-5 in custody at the TVA, looking like Loki in season 1, episode 1, complete with a time collar and khaki jumpsuit.
We learn that X-5 abandoned his post so he could live his life on the Sacred Timeline.
Weren’t you the one blabbering on and on about how we all had lives on the timeline? Well, I went down and got my life. What exactly are you mad at me about?X-5/Brad
Loki reminds him that lives are at stake and they don’t have time to dilly dally, basically.
Everyone here knows what you’re doing, you know. You’re just trying to make up for all the terrible, awful sh*t you’ve done in your life, you pathetic little man.X-5/Brad
Mobius tries to cut him off, but Loki insists he continue. A bit of glutton for punishment, isn’t he?
X-5/Brad: See, everything you and Sylvie have ever done to try to help, has only ever made it worse.
Loki: Is that right?
X-5/Brad: See, I’ve read your file. It’s you. You’re the problem. Every time we’ve ever found a you. Problem is, you think you’re special, but you’re not. So it doesn’t matter what outfit you put on, play dress up or what little lies you tell your friends or even the lies you tell yourself. At the end of the day, you just make everything worse. For Mobius, for B-15, for your mother. ‘Cause that’s what you do. You lose. You’re a loser. Stop trying to be a hero, man. You’re a villain. And you’re good at it. Do that.
Obviously Loki gets super riled up. I don’t know if it was the dig about the mom or the T. Swift (aka Tom Hiddleston’s ex-girlfriend) song lyrics he referenced, even if unknowingly.
Control your little pet, Mobius.X-5/Brad
He continues to antagonize the two.
Do you have any idea what kind of life you might have left behind? Who might be waiting for you back there? I mean, do you care? I mean, you know they took us. You know they took our lives, and you’re still here. I mean, it’s kind of weird, man. I mean, you need to wake up.X-5/Brad
And wake up he does…to punch X-5. I think Mobius really misses his jet-ski-filled life on the Sacred Timeline. But what do I know?
Key lime pie break
Cut to Mobius and Loki debriefing over some very hospital cafeteria-looking key lime pie.
Loki wistfully recalls the time he attacked New York City. Aw, memories.
Mobius insists he doesn’t care to know what his life was before the TVA. I feel like this is gonna come into play later on.
They realize X-5/Brad found Sylvie but just didn’t turn her in so he could continue to live his life on the Sacred Timeline.
Because it was probably pretty great, being a celebrity and all. Maybe that’s why he’s so salty all of a sudden?
Mobius: Now, we just have to find a way to get him to admit it.
Loki: He’s the only one who knows where Sylvie is. Just gotta make him talk.
Mobius: Well, come on. You’re the God of Mischief. Right?
The duo heads back to X-5/Brad’s containment room to torture, I mean interrogate, him.
Except torture is exactly what Loki has in mind when he tricks Mobius into leaving the room and locks him out.
I’m not trying to be a hero, Brad. I’m a villain, remember?Loki
But it was all an act that Mobius was in on – and it worked.
X-5/Brad admits that he found Sylvie but bailed on the mission to live his swanky life as Brad Wolfe.
We’re all gonna die
Lest you think we forgot about our new friend, OB, we cut to him screaming “We’re all gonna die!” as Hunter B-15 and Casey walk in on him still trying to fix the Temporal Loom.
Casey, naturally, is starstruck and asks OB to sign his TVA manual.
‘Cause that’s exactly what one’s reaction would be if you met your hero, even in the face of death.
Hunter B-15 kills the party and brings them back to reality.
OB explains that the only way to fix it is with the temporal aura of the person who created it (the deceased He Who Remains) or Miss Minutes.
So we have to convince a rogue artificial intelligence to come back to work?Casey
Man, is that not a foreshadow to our future or what? Also, has Casey seen a fish yet?
I got you a shake
Meanwhile, Loki, Mobius, and X-5 show up in 1982 Oklahoma to find Sylvia working as a cashier at McDonald’s.
I wonder how much McDonald’s paid for this kind of placement.
Anyway, Loki and Sylvie have a little chat out in the parking lot.
And by little chat, I mean that talk was tense. So tense that Mobius and Brad could pick up on the bad vibes from inside McDonald’s.
Mobius: Look, it’s a complicated relationship, ok? There’s a lot to unpack when you’re basically in a relationship with yourself. They say opposites attract.
X-5/Brad: God, it’s weird.
We’ve been saying that since season 1, Brad.
Anyway, Brad is still sulking and being weird AF.
X-5/Brad: You slapped me in the face. I’m not gonna forget that.
Mobius: But I got you a shake, ok?
And that shake ends up saving them all because X-5/Brad kept anxious slurping it, which Mobius M. Mobius picks up on, being the investigative TVA agent that he is.
Mobius drags him outside to the quarreling sorta-couple and clues them in on Brad’s secret.
Sylvie uses her powers to read X-5/Brad’s mind and it’s official. Zaniac is getting a sequel.
I kid, that’s not the bad news.
General Dox is up to no good
OK, so the bad news is actually that General Dox and the lot are preparing to bomb all of the branches on the timeline in order to prune them.
Loki, Sylvie, and Mobius send X-5/Brad back to the TVA, while they go on a field trip to stop General Dox.
The trio find Dox and her cronies just in time to have an epic battle scene, capturing Dox.
It seems a little quick, but time moves differently when the TVA is involved, right?
Anyway, when they get back to the TVA with Dox in tow, they realize the timeline has been severely pruned.
Some defense. The TVA is the problem. It’s broken. It’s rotten. I’m going home…if it’s still there.Sylvie
Geez. Girlfriend can never seem to catch a break for too long, huh?
The plot thickens…
I already can’t wait for episode 3, how about you?
Got questions about episode 1? I might have answers
Wow, what an episode! If you’re confused or left with questions, that’s ok. I’m here to help you out.
Is there a post credit scene?
No, Loki Season 2, episode 2 doesn’t have a post credit scene. I’m feeling a bit empty over this.
What gives, Marvel?
Who’s Brad Wolfe?
Well, Brad is the person Hunter X-5 was/is on the Sacred Timeline.
So basically, Hunter X-5 has abandoned post to resume his life as Brad Wolfe before the TVA kidnapped him.
On the Sacred Timeline, Brad Wolfe is a famous actor known for films like Zaniac (of which we see him at the premiere).
According to Marvel Fandom Database, Zaniac is a villainous being in the Marvel Comics.
Hmm. Seems to be a bit of foreshadowing.
And given how quickly X-5 went from hottie to naughty in this episode, I’m thinking he’s about to get even worse.
Also, side note – I’m kinda curious about what he did for the TVA to prune him from the Sacred Timeline. Maybe we’ll learn later in the season.
Hint, hint, Marvel.
Where is Miss Minutes?
So far we haven’t seen our adorable orange animated talking clock, but they have mentioned her.
And it sounds like she’s on the side of He Who Remains, doing his bidding despite his untimely demise in season 1.
Perhaps because she’s artificial intelligence that he programmed himself?
What did you think of episode 2, Breaking Brad?
First of all, what a brilliant name for the episode, right? Coincidentally I just finished my millionth rewatch of Breaking Bad, so I was especially amused.
I like the the episode continued to answer questions rather than dragging things along.
But of course, it brought up lots of new questions and dropped lots of clues for what’s ahead.
Mainly, where the heck is Miss Minutes, Renslayer, and pretty much any variant of He Who Remains?
Two episodes down, four more to go!
Be sure to tune in to episode 3, which starts streaming on October 19, 2023 at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT.
About the author
Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.
She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.
This post was published October 13, 2023. It was last updated October 15, 2023.