TV REVIEW: The Almighty Johnsons Season 1 Episode 10 – Every Good Quest Has a Sacrifice

There is plenty going on in this final episode of The Almighty Johnsons, and plenty for the show to wrap up before season 2. Zeb is in hospital suffering from burns to his face. Axl is blaming himself for allowing Zeb to find out about his godhood. In his grief Axl tells Gaia that he is in love with her and the two finally get together, leaving Axl to try and cancel his wedding to Eva, Frigg or not. Ty breaks up with Dawn for her own safety, but cannot bring himself to give her a reason at first. Val tells Mike she is pregnant with Rob’s baby.

Wow! There have been plenty of subplots in The Almighty Johnsons, but this is the first time that all of the various complications in the show have come crashing together at once. All of these subplots have a bearing on the final outcome of the show, however, and the audience is kept guessing right until the end.

Axl and Gaia get together – she is not Frigg, as was hinted – which means Axl has to make a decision about the wedding to Eva. As soon as he tries to call everything off, the clauses of the contract become clear; Colin and Agnetha reveal their twisted alliance and have ensured that a Johnson and a member of Colin’s family must get married or Mike’s life will be forfeit, but the question is, who will get married? Mike is despondent as his relationship with Val has come to an end, and he is on the verge of welcoming death, until Ty comes up with a solution. As well as all of this, Eva’s true goddess identity is revealed, which changes everything for the deities assembled.

The path of true love never runs smooth, and Axl has had his fair share of setbacks in his quest for Frigg, not least his falling in love with Gaia. Axl has grown and developed throughout the season, he has changed from a selfish teenager to a young man who is able to see the consequences of his actions, and is getting in touch with his own feelings. Colin may not see any of the traits of All Father Odin in him, but Axl is definitely heading in the right direction, even if he is unwittingly leaving a trail of destruction in his path.

The first season of The Almighty Johnsons has been full of twists and turns. These characters are constantly stabbing each other in the back, and it has been a treat to watch. As Moriarty said in Sherlock; “Every fairy tale needs a good, old fashioned villain”, but it is fairly safe to say that no-one – not even the characters in the show – suspected the identity of the goddess enemy of the Johnson family.

In all, The Almighty Johnsons has taken a branch of ancient mythology that has never been fully explored on screen, and made it into an entertaining small screen saga. The quest for Frigg has dragged on a little, but it is clear that as soon as this problem is resolved, another one will turn up in the path of the gods. The show may be a little trite and simplistic at times, but it is never boring and we can’t wait to see what happens when The Almighty Johnsons returns to our screens.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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