Loki director Kate Herron reveals a bit of what happened during post-production on the show by revealing which episode changed the most.
According to director Kate Herron, Loki Episode 5 is the one that changed the most in post-production. 2021 saw the MCU finally make its second push into television by releasing the first of its highly anticipated Disney + shows. Loki was the third series to arrive, running from early June to mid-July. Very different from previous projects, Loki immersed viewers in a time mystery anchored by Tom Hiddleston’s fan-favorite god of mischief. It was his first MCU solo project, and it’s the first MCU Disney + live-action show to win a Season 2.
Loki season 1 had 6 episodes in total. While each installment had its merits, Episode 5, âJourney Into Mystery,â established itself as a favorite for many. The episode picks up with Loki after he’s been pruned by TVA director Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and ends up in the place beyond the end of time. This is where he meets alternate versions of himself, from an older, more experienced Loki (Richard E. Grant) to a true alligator. Loki Episode 5 balanced incredible visuals, deeper character moments, and surprising comedy thanks to the multitude of variations it contained.
Loki Episode 5 was a wild ride for viewers, but it was also this for the creative team. In response to a tweet about the cut of “Journey Into Mystery”, the director of the series Kate herron shared an interesting fact about the episode. “Episode five was an absolute beast and by far the one we reworked and built the most in the cut.,” she wrote, “credit to editor @ cal1ross for his tenacity and resilience to lack of sleep as the two worked through those dark December nights in 2020. “Projects can often change in the post-production stages, but for Herron to choose Episode 5 as LokiThe hardest part probably says a lot about the intensity of the editing process.
Episode five was an absolute beast and by far the one we’ve reworked and built the most in editing, credit to the editor @ cal1ross for his tenacity and resilience to lack of sleep as the two worked through those dark December nights in 2020 https://t.co/YZZSjiK1h8
– Kate Herron (@iamkateherron) January 3, 2022
So far, every Marvel Disney + show has had an episode that really stands out or serves as a turning point for the entire season. For Loki, some might argue that Episode 4 is that selected episode because it challenges its characters in new ways before pushing them in surprising directions. However, Episode 5 is just as crucial to the series, if not more. Through the Loki variants, the character of Hiddleston is revisited multiple times, and the mystery of the strength behind the TVA drives the action forward.
Loki Episode 5 turned out to be a great edit to the series, although one has to wonder what elements came up during post-production. Herron’s admission that “Journey Into Mystery” changed the most during editing suggests there were some major creative adjustments, and it begs the question of what the episode looked like before release. It seems unlikely that this question would ever really get an answer, but at least all of the perfecting made for a really good episode.
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Source: Kate herron/ Twitter
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