Series 2 Episode 13: Zeb begoned!
May 24, 2012 § 39 Comments
Isn’t it funny that in a show about New Zealand gods and goddesses that it took nearly two years for there to be smitage? And what a brilliant smiting it was! With an outstretched arm and a mighty hand, Colin lay waste to Natalie, crisping her and saving Mike at the same time. Zap. Pow. Sizzle.
Gods: 1. Godhunters: 0.
Of course, it would be better if Mike didn’t have to be grateful to Colin. He did save his life. In fact, with this episode, the score’s more at:
Loki:1. Godhunters:0. Maori Gods: 0. Mike:-1. Anders:-5. Ty:-20. Axl:-infinity.
Not the best of days for the Johnson boys, but probably the best use of special effects so far this entire series. (Second runner up? The beach bird attacks. With all the godbarfing in a close third.) It was an awesome smiting, and a fabulous way to bring Colin back front and center.
The Natalie resolution was not exactly where Mike, with lokicide on his mind wanted to be. Still stuck on the whole “Colin sold me a bugged bar and watched me like an in-house premium channel”, Mike seems to be focused on revenge.
(I’d go off for a few paragraphs tangent on how, after an entire second series, we still don’t know who Mike is and what he wants, and what motivates him, but I won’t. I enjoyed everything too much to waste the time, and hopefully, he’ll get a coherent plot line next series.) (There will be a next series, right?)
Natalie’s off the gameboard for now. I did enjoy her stay and I hope there are other zealots ready to swarm into position once her team mates back in Norway get a sense that she’s not returning home anytime soon.
Her killing off Helen was the core surprise of this episode, and bringing Idunn back it’s brilliant twist. Making Helen as broken as she was, as clingy, needy, and demanding, was a great gift from the writers.
I was happy to say goodbye to her although she really did bring out some amazing O’Gorman scenes over the last few episodes. And now, I can’t wait to see what comes between Bragi and his Idunn, especially since Anders has always placed family first. I can’t see him ignoring Axl’s pain.
Axl’s hurt and dismay were just beautifully delivered, and Anders’ deer-in-the-headlights look as everything descended on him really sold the scene.
As for meek Gaiadunn, I don’t think there ever was a meek goddess ever. I shouldn’t expect this whole Bragigreetings to go smoothly going forward. And so long as Michelle and Yggdrasil are on-hand, while we might theoretically play pop-the-god(dess) ad infinitim to bodyswap everyone into place, I just hope it isn’t that easy.
Carrying the “B” story, Ty had his dream come true — and it’s terrible. YAY! Finally cured of his godhead affliction, there were no happy endings on offer. And what made me very, very happy is that he’s got a big long narrative path sitting in front of him that doesn’t depend on him being re-deified at all.
He’s got family peace to make, and a girl to woo and win, and as always, the beautiful wonderful lovely TAJ writers have thrown a billion hurdles, keeping his story relevant, interesting, and compelling.
Interestingly, we got to peek inside Dawn’s perfectly ordered world. With any luck, she’ll either discover SSRIs or Ty will be able to steer her away from that need for control and show her that a man doesn’t have to be a god to be worthy of love and interest.
Here’s hoping she’ll develop more of a personality as that happens and, of course, their plot really needs to continue to tie into the “there are Norse Gods in New Zealand” reality that forms the backbone of this show. Fingers crossed this happens in a fun way.
Finally, there’s Zeb. Wonderful, human Zeb who’s been ignored, dismissed, and overlooked. Please give him a big big plotline next year. Frost deserves it.
Okay, I know I said that was “finally”, but one more request. Dear TAJ writers, please license and create that Maori/Norse God video game. It sounds brilliant.
Thank you TAJ creators for a second amazing year. Please keep making more. Sending you all gratitude, applause, and virtual roses. Bravo, guys! Well done.