Series 2 Episode 11: The Kiwi DaVinci Code
May 9, 2012 § 12 Comments
Where do I even begin? So much happened this week, and it was presented with smart, confident writing that pushed the story forward, delivered plenty of belly laughs, and created a great hour of TV entertainment.
Let’s start with Mike then. Because Mike, finally got a good scene to work with.
Did you not love how he ripped into Olaf about those dueling prophecies? This is what Mike’s character should be: plenty of yelling, frustration, and humor. Mike was again at the forefront of the family (finally) as he described his deep disappointment with Olaf’s less than perfect oracular skill set. Dear TAJ writers: more of this, lots more of this, pretty pretty please with cherries on top. Thank you.
And Barrington was the perfect foil. I love how crestfallen he was, and how his lip quivered just a bit as Mike stormed off. He didn’t get much screen time this week but played a pivotal role in smelling out (literally. heh.) Kvasir the Pee God, presumably setting things up for next week.
This week Zeb was MIA for all intents and purposes. Also mostly in the wings this week was Ty. Ice Ice Baby didn’t have much to do, but when called upon to fill an important role in the Maori welcoming ceremony, he fully committed to There’s Something About a Magpie. Yes!
Don’t let me overlook the writing here. What made that scene work perfectly, made it!, was the way all the characters couldn’t continue the verse after “send their stringers winging down the line”. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
Anders got his own “B” story, as Helen seems to be moving into his life a little more forcefully than he’s capable of handling. From wedding rings to bed pillows, Idunn seems to be claiming her Bragi without qualms. Not that she’s not a handful herself. Well versed at lying, drinking, and manipulation, it looks like Anders has met his match. It was a great deal of fun seeing him come to realize how deeply he’s trapped.
As for Natalie, I really like her. Her publicly displayed cross, her Latin greetings to an unknown colleague, the hints at her interest in the Hofting — they all add up to a delicious mystery. It feels very Robert Langdon/DaVinci Code to me. With just two episodes left, there’s not far they can take this story but I hope it’s aiming towards a set-up that propels the family to a third series conflict. I think Natalie would make an awesome villain going forward.
I was less enthralled with the Gaia story, especially with BRYN!’s story. Well, at least he’s not dead. Sure, he’ll be exiled again and busy growing weed, but maybe (hopefully) Gaia will realize she needs his twisted paternalism in her life and we’ll see a bit more of him next year. I may be a wee bit biased, but leaving my BRYN! to stand outside a driveway felt like a deep waste of his character.
Although I enjoyed meeting Gaia’s long-lost family (The actors were well chosen, the storyline seemed logical) I thought the chauvinism, even to highlight Axl’s worth as a good friend, was overplayed there as well. We do, though, need more deity-rapping.
The heart of the story, Axl and Gaia, was as always, just lovely. Both got just enough scenes to remind us who we are rooting for and why we care for these characters, and they got to run away–together. Go on, guys, have a nice vacation. Bond. Have fun. No, I don’t think for a second we’re getting a happy ending here, but it’s fun taking the trip (literal as well as figurative) along with the two of them.
On the Goddess side, Nash did a lot with the little she was given. Ingrid ruled in each of her scenes, from bopping with the singing to propositioning Maui, she was superb. As for Gordon, when your resume mentions acrobatics, is it a wonder that someone writes an Yggdrasil scene in there for you? She also worked well at that awkward picnic, with her Fulla comic relief. But it was Michelle who really came out of her shell, took control, and established that the goddesses are a force of their own moving forward.
(I should note that I was impressed how Yggdrassil seems to enhance one’s mortal abilities, not one’s god ones. Michelle’s healing, Ingrid’s interest in the supernatural, and Stacey’s acrobatics. Nicely played, writers, nicely played.)
Just two episodes left. I’m guessing they lead up to Gaia’s birthday, and if I’m right, it would be a crime against us all if they left us hanging without commissioning a third series.