The road to Ty is paved with inept fanatics
July 26, 2013 § 23 Comments
OMG(s). Ty! No one messes with Ty. Got that, TAJ writers and production staff?
Is it getting too repetitive when I say “Yet another terrific episode”? Because you know what? It was! With tension and character, and fun and excitement, this was a darn tootin’ good ‘un. I don’t know who was writing this week, but whoever it was, they got Anders right. It was a perfect Anders ep. I suspect CJ will be dancing with glee when she gets around to seeing it.
Unlike last week (also a TERRIFIC EPISODE™ but not a great ANDERS EPISODE™), this week put us right in Anders head. From Loki’s seduction (Cortese is wicked insane in this role) to the overall lack of respect and appreciation for Anders facing his fears and putting things right with the (rather stupid weren’t they) fanatics, you could see him crumble. He fell from the shred of principle (Anders doesn’t offer higher than “shred”, so this was a pretty prestigious moral place) to the valley of Loki manipulation.
Worse, Loki is always playing his own game, so Anders’ is at his most vulnerable (yes, even for ANDERS LEVELS OF VULNERABILITY™). He is ripe for an exploitive situation that won’t end well. Anders tries and tries and tries, and no one ever spends a moment to pat him on the back — even when he just fixed everything for everyone. Again. The look on his face as everyone cheered Stacey was heartbreaking and cynical.
These people will only have themselves to blame when Anders turns to the dark side after exhibiting several episodes of self-sacrificial Anders Heroism (from only sleeping with Gaia reluctantly, to brainwashing the Tech administrator, to speaking sense to the murderous fanatics).
I was convinced Axl’s B story was going to involve a church girl, so imagine my surprise when I got (a) the wrong plot and (b) the wrong brother. That was a really good misdirection, and I can’t wait to watch again with fresh (non-conspiracy) eyes.
She was exactly what she said on the package, and at not a single time during watching did I get that. Interestingly enough, neither did Axl — who tried to sweep into her life as a hero and love-at-first-sight prince. It was a lovely wake up call at the end when she explained exactly what was going on — exactly what she’d been saying the entire time through. It was a really good (and necessary) shock to the system to both the viewer and to Axl that an entire non-mythic world exists out there, and that he’s gotten a leeeetle bit too caught up in the whole tragedy thing, especially when you bookend this ep with last week’s disturbing nail gun scene.
I particularly liked that the episode included the ocean–attack, giving an extra (perhaps Njord-induced) bit of “you-wouldn’t-believe-the-world-I-live-in” punch to an absolutely normal, human scene parter. It plays even better knowing that she wasn’t the aware-of-the-gods-church-lady.
Each episode cannot provide a showcase for every character so we didn’t get much of Ty this week, but what we got, whoa, it was brilliant. From the attack (and he’s not even a god anymore) to the Lance/Dawn kiss, it was absolutely perfect. As much as I snicker at fanfiction hurtfic, I am digging the hell out of the newly mortal Ty angst.
If that weren’t enough, we got Michelle-Mom conflict action. It too was fabulous. (I better watch these superlatives. Might not have any left for next week.) I loved seeing Michelle wincing in psychic pain as Mum did her oblivious self-involved dance. (By the way, I like these digs far better than the set they used in the first series.)
In all, this week exemplified damn good writing. It was all character based, all focused on moving the plot along. Yes, I did find the fanatic story a bit of a let down but you know what? I don’t care. The rest was so very, very good that it surely made up for a plot fizzle on that end.
Now I’m just hoping that Anders figures out how to start his own church.
- Karen is Lofn. (Pronounced more like Lervin), traditionally goddess of inappropriate hookups although TAJ may turn her into the Goddess Party Planner.
- The engineering jokes never stop. I loved the bit about bracing.
- The nunpuppet! Snappy!
- “Interesting Symmetry” — goddesses dating outside their weight class?
- Again, we get Mike’s magical-riddle-mystery-tour ability. Why doesn’t every conversation with him start with “Guess who” or “guess what”? For example, “Mike, guess how Axl can solve all his problems?” or “Mike, guess where Frigg is right now? And her name? And her cell phone number?” (I suppose it only works if the asker knows the answer? Pity.)