Series 2 Episode 12: Hodviction
May 16, 2012 § 43 Comments
This was a lovely, slow-paced, laid back episode giving us a breather before this year’s finale. (And yes, as much as I’m looking forward to next week, I’m dreading it as well. I’m going to miss this show.)
Gaia and Axl took off to spend time on their own, to be together, and to work through things: finally turning subtext into text with her declaration of love. Anders saw his control spinning away, with Helen taking charge of his life in unexpected ways. He parted from Dawn poorly — his conscience and in some ways his human soul. Mike discovered how easily he’s been played by an all-seeing Loki. And Ty finally had his wish granted, although I suspect that easy answers will carry an unexpected price.
This week split itself between two main stories: Anders’ and Gaia/Axl’s. I’m not sure which of the two stories I liked better: both were excellent. We saw Anders’ running up against his own moral barriers — and passing through them. His hesitation at manipulating his way out of the restaurant tab and his reluctance to choose Helen over Dawn, which he did in the end, showed more character depth than we’ve seen from him in a long time.
He’s being drawn into the Helen vortex, with her emphasis on easy answers, god powers, and so on. If anything, Helen is being more Anders than Anders is — and he’s going to have to face up to that if he’s going to regain his identity as a Johnson. Even now, he’s starting to wear her colors, as well as do her bidding. Who expected Helen to emerge as a potential villainess after her sweet story with Ty last year? Not I.
Firing Dawn (for her “own good”, of course) means that Anders will be parting with his most tangible connection to humanity. Throughout it all, Dawn has always been there to nag him, ground him, and give him accountability. With her gone, he has little else to keep him from falling into the narcissitic abyss of the minor god.
Of course, Natalie is hanging in the wings of this story, but I somehow think that for her Anders is a way in, not her goal — that she’s hoping he’ll lead her to the heart of the Auckland deities.
As much as I loved Anders’ story this week, it was Skilton and Castle Hughes in their series of quiet moments that really defined the episode. They drove, they ate, they drank, they sauna’ed and they finally had those relationship conversations they needed in order to move forward. Axl’s rather one-sided adoration of her has finally paid off as she forgave him for abandoning her and welcomed him back into her heart.
There was more texture than plot line in their scenes together. With silly costuming, conflicted B&B owners, and so forth only the charisma of the two actors kept it all grounded when it so easily could have slid into farce.
Neither character was suddenly matured or deep, rather both remained accessible, warm, and likeable. We simply got time to spend with them as the full weight of destiny had time to sink in.
On the home front, we learned that Colin’s been Loki, and Ty learned how to get what he believes he wants. Of course, I’m hoping now that he’s an unoccupied vessel that he becomes lightning bait for a passing god of any pantheon. Heck, let Dawn get goddessblasted too — it would give her a good arc moving forward into a third series.
All told, not all that much happened this week, and it was a great pleasure to let it not happen while we got to watch along.