TV REVIEW: The Almighty Johnsons Season 1 Episode 6 – Goddesses, Axl, Come In All Forms

When a woman is struck by a meteorite, the gods and goddesses decide that this is a sign from Asgard and set off to the funeral, hoping to find Frigg. They quickly encounter the living embodiment of Thor, who bows down to Axl and insists that his daughter is Frigg. While away, Olaf and Ingrid bond and Michelle and Anders engage in a little verbal sparring. Ty stays home, as he tries to figure out what to do about his feelings for Dawn.

This may be the best episode of The Almighty Johnsons so far. Not only do the gods and goddesses get a little closer – and get into trouble while they do – but we finally get to meet the embodiment of a god that we know, and who is genuinely caught up in his destiny. Thor is perhaps one of the most famous of the gods of Asgard, not least because of the Marvel character based on him. Derek – the man behind the hammer – has bought into his new persona with total sincerity, and bows down at the feet of Axl, once he discovers he is Odin. The problem is that he believes his plain daughter Delphine – not his beautiful sister – is the goddess that everyone is looking for, and will not take no for an answer.

This encounter with Thor is wonderfully bonkers. Every scene he is in, he is holding a hammer and he pontificates at length about his hatred for rabbits. It is obvious that the show’s creators had a lot of fun in writing the character and decided to make the god of war as batty as possible, which leads to some funny confrontations between he and Axl.

Meanwhile, Ty is trying to figure out his relationship with Dawn, and why she insists on referring to him as “the best friend a girl could have”. Eventually the pair actually talk; she reveals that Anders told her Ty was gay and Ty dissuades her of that notion before telling her “I don’t want to be your friend.” This relationship is rather sweet. It is clear that every time Dawn refers to Ty as her friend, she is trying to push him away, and suppress her feelings for him. It is about time that this pair actually had something good happen to them as Dawn is consistently taken advantage of by her employer, and Ty has had rotten luck with women.

We had a really fun episode of The Almighty Johnsons this week. We had love and romance blossoming on the screen, and plenty of laughs in the ridiculous encounter with Thor. The show gets better every week, and it is good to see the gods and goddesses working towards the same goal, even though there will be hell to pay when they finally achieve it.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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