TV REVIEW: The Almighty Johnsons Season 1 Episode 4 – You Gotta Love Life, Babe

Rhiannon, one of Olaf’s old flames turns up looking for him, with the news that she is pregnant. This is especially bad timing for Mike and Val, who still haven’t got any good news regarding their attempts to have a family. Anders deals with the fall out from a PR scandal, Mike has to shell out for a faulty roofing job and Axl tries to convince Rhiannon to give her baby to Val.

The title of this episode of The Almighty Johnsons seems particularly appropriate; this is not an episode where the seas run red or mountains move to signify the arrival of a god, instead, this is an episode that reminds us that the Johnsons are human. Yes, they have some pretty large issues to deal with in terms of their god-hood, but they also have to deal with the mundane, day-to-day issues as well. Mike is broke and unwilling to use his status as god of games to win some extra money, Olaf can’t stay with Rhiannon as he will never age and that will surely set off alarm bells, Axl is trying to please everyone, Anders is trying to please himself and Ty is doling out useful advice to Dawn about how to deal with his brother.

Another good thing about this episode of the show is that the goddesses take a back seat. It was beginning to get a little circular; the goddesses would scheme and the gods would fall for it, and then miraculously escape from all harm leaving the goddesses free to scheme again. A break from this cycle was needed to show some humanity on the side of the gods, and to leave the goddesses free to regroup and come up with a better idea.

Just as The Almighty Johnsons was about to get boring with it’s outlandishness, it became interesting again through this ‘mundane’ episode. An interesting twist on the idea of boredom, but one that works for the show and proves that being a god in the modern day is not all about quests and superhuman powers, sometimes it is just about making sure that the washing machine is working and figuring out how to repair a leaky roof.

In all, this was a brilliant move for the show, and one that works well in terms of keeping the audience interested. The episode does not do much for the over arcing storyline, but keeps the series grounded in some kind of reality. It also proves that even though Axl may come off as selfish and immature, when it comes down to it he is actually rather sweet and kindhearted… Good qualities for a god to have.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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