TV REVIEW: The Almighty Johnsons Season 2 Episode 3 – Charlie Truman

Mike holds the official opening for his bar, the brothers become even more worried about Ty and Gaia’s father shows up.

It seems that Mike should either open a bar every time things are troubled, or never do it again as everything comes to a head at the party. Gaia flirts with randomers, which upsets Axl, Eva and Michele get into a fight and Axl discovers Ty and Eva bringing someone to the edge of death for sexual kicks. Awkward. This leads to the family calling a ‘thing’, which is basically an intervention with mini-golf.

Poor old Ty cannot do right for doing wrong at the moment, but it is incredibly obvious that Eva is not a good influence on the once mild-mannered Ty. The intervention over mini-golf is a brilliant touch as it distracts the men, allowing them to talk about their feelings, and everyone gets annoyed because Mike keeps winning.

Meanwhile, Eva gets into a rage because her husband is not home, and takes her rage out on handmaiden Stacey and eventually – even after promising Ty that she will change – on the unsuspecting and well-meaning Dawn. Dawn has a knack of getting herself into some very cold situations, and it is just a good job that Ty comes home and finds her before she freezes to death. Of course this leads to Ty unwittingly making a choice between his wife and his ex, and even though he has been playing along with his wife’s manipulative and borderline insane ways, it is clear that the old, sweet Ty is still in there somewhere, as he chooses to save the vulnerable. Aww.

It’s just a shame that while he is gone, someone pays Eva a visit and gives her a taste of her own medicine. Ty returns just as his wife breathes her last… This is one of the best cliffhangers The Alnighty Johnsons has ever ended on, leaving the audience literally begging for more.

As well as this, Axl fights off Gaia’s father when he turns up to take her away, perhaps moving himself closer to Odin-hood in the process.

This is an incredibly dark episode of The Almighty Johnsons, but it works because it focuses in on the two sides of Ty; the destructive side, which has been nurtured by Eva, and the gentle side, which we know to be his true nature. This, however, is what makes the episode so strong; the struggle between good and evil within one person. This season, so far, has been going from strength to strength as we learn more and more about the people behind the gods in The Almighty Johnsons.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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