Series 2 Episode 9: BRYYYYYNNNNNNNNNNN
April 25, 2012 § 18 Comments
A giant and a dwarf walk into a bar. An oracle starts sniffing them and then tosses the dwarf out on his ass.
Oh how I love you, “The Almighty Johnsons”. Because any show where this is the starting point rather than the punch line of the story is truly a treasure — not just in tiny New Zealand but in the whole wide world.
It’s beginning to look more and more like the writers of TAJ are getting their ducks in a row to wrap up the entire story. With the Frigg reveal on the horizon, with favorite characters reappearing from past episodes, and with an obvious trajectory for the last few episodes it looks like the epic is drawing to a natural close.
We’re about to see Gaia comes to terms with being a goddess. I’m looking forward to her apotheosis and to Axl having to prove himself to her as a romantic interest. But consider the status quo: Mike is happy, Anders has found his true (tragic) love, Ty could be happy with Dawn if he got hodstrated, and Olaf, Ingrid, and Stacey are close to accommodation.
As for Zeb? Well, there will always be a Zeb who smells slightly of minced offal with condiments, pickles, and soggy lettuce. I don’t think there is greater happiness in the world than to hang with his friends, to work in the Fast Food industry, and to get regularly drunk.
At first, I wasn’t sure whether to be annoyed or not that Bryn (1) wasn’t Bryn, (2) wasn’t human, (3) wasn’t a vegetarian, and (4) wasn’t gay. At least I can hold out hope that he still is a nudist and likes to paint vegetable portraits. After all, some of Waiheke must have sunk in over the last 20 years.
But throughout the hour one important fact held true — he loves and cares for Gaia, even with his twisted and inappropriate parenting technique. Despite being a vertically challenged giant, he’s still the man who raised her, who guards her, and will work with the opposition to make sure she stays safe.
I’m deliberately going to skip any deep discussion of Jacob. His character has never been fleshed out, and the punchlines he filled in for this episode were at best mildly amusing.
I enjoyed the goddess gaggle, as they drank, smoked, and came to the conclusion that Gaia was about to become one of them. Perhaps it all came a bit too easy, but it’s not as if Gaia=Frigg hasn’t been a theme for two years of episodes. The interplay was adorable and the Mike/Michelle dynamics were the best they’ve been all this series.
The shining part of the episode, however, (outside of BRYN!) was the Ty/Anders interplay. Just the right amount of camraderie tempered with cranky filial tension, it was a pleasure to spend scene after scene with the two of them as they recapped recent happenings, talked about life in general, and just had fun together.
I didn’t predict Helen/Idunn as a plot development (did you?) but once it happened, it was basically Chekov’s Gun. Of course the character that was shown in the first act had a role to play in the last. Here’s hoping there’s a Taming-of-the-Anders twist with the remaining four episodes.
Finally, there was Thor. Pants down of course, because this was a pants down episode across the board. He’s back, he’s insane, and he’s ready to kick scandahoovian badly-accented giant-butt.
Can’t wait to see what happens next week — I’ll be bringing a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket.
- Of course the natural reaction to being told that you’re part of some silly Norse (and Maori) fairy tale is to break down laughing, especially when you’re still half intoxicated.
- Dwarf tossing! Just for you, Chris!
- Who saw the Anders/Helen development coming? Apparently we all did, in the final squirm-inducing “TOO MUCH INFORMATION” reveal.
- Hopefully it wasn’t just me who thought the choice of rental car for Eggther was utterly brilliant.
- I am reliably informed that NZ makes uniformly good pies. Where’s my pie?