Brothers against brothers, Goddesses betraying each other, Cats and Dogs sleeping together
August 29, 2013 § 17 Comments
“I am the living incarnation of the Norse God of all things Dark and Cold….Hodr. *beat* Look me up on Wiki.”
Sorry. I’ll try to stop doing that. But…*SQUEE*. (I blame you CJ.)
Between Martin-as-Cupid, Axl going all one-eyed-All-Father, Anders jumping in feet-first to the Goddess Healer Conspiracy, to Mike having his Angry Man moment, there was plenty to love in this episode.
While I still don’t like Dawn she had quite astounding Bragi and Colin-is-a-Wanker moments that were perfect for her character. My likes and dislikes aren’t important because Ty likes Dawn and Ty is Happy. For “Ty” levels of happiness. For now. But whatever, because, you know, *squee*.
This week’s theme was “The Truth” (these intermingled themes have been terrific throughout the year) and Ty, pushed along by Martin, finally resolved things with Dawn. Yay Hod!
Given how very happy the two of them are, I’m hoping something utterly dire happens to her. Because Angsty Ty is seriously much more interesting. Plus, Happy Ty won’t get much screen time. And we need lots and lots of Ty.
Similarly, I love when Mike has plot — and I’m so happy that he’s starting to face the consequence of his little Ullr problem. For years he was on the wagon. He knew the basic rule. When he used his powers, bad things happened.
But over time, there were slip ups. A little bit of hardware raffle won’t hurt you, right? That is, until you wake up surrounded by toaster ovens and ill-won meat. He’s now throwing back the golf-drive-winnings before lunch.
Mike is well and truly messed up — he’s not being honest with Michelle, he’s not being honest with himself, and he’s taking his brothers for granted. It’s not a good scenario and I’m thrilled to see this develop.
Sure it’s inconsistent — just last week, he was playing Ullr hero, cleverly protecting his family, and shortly before that Karen was warning him about the Way of the Ullr — but what the hell. MIKE GOT A PLOT. Celebrate, people, celebrate.
Grandpa Olaf also developed a bit of a habit, but for him, it was sheer delight in the rise of the auto-feed golf tee. Barrington has been wonderful in his role as B-rate oracle and family sage — consistently funny, delightfully skewed, and, eye candy for the ladies and those gentlemen who swing that way. (See what I did there? Golf pun!) Plus (bonus), he can golf without needing wheels to the shore. I do intend to see him back surfing though. It is a necessary thing.
Axl despite his screen time was the one who pretty much got shafted story-wise this week. He abottcostello’ed with Zeb for a bit, lost an eye, gained some insight, and propelled the action in the final act. Beyond that though, there was little for him to do. The thing is though, that both Skilton and Frost are so very good at their comedy bits, that it doesn’t really matter that their plot was lame. They were hilarious, from beer-dream to casting-call to mirror-mirror and a pleasure to watch.
Michelle, Anders, and Ingrid provided the final plot point of the week. Anders wants in on the action, has a devilish plan for building a Goddess Healer Empire, and (back to his Anders status quo) doesn’t care about shafting Ingrid.
Here was the surprise of the week: Michelle cared. Michelle and Anders and Colin have been drawn with similar brush strokes throughout the series, and it was Michelle’s turn this week to grow a little, defend Ingrid, and demand a tiny bit of quid pro morality from Anders. I’ll be curious to see where this ends up.
So, all in all, great ep. It may not be a DERRICK!-in-a-wedding-gown level episode (there can’t be all that many of those in any series, just for the sake of how many tissues any viewer can go through) but it was a good ‘un.
Looking forward to next week.
- Clearly, Martin is a Ty/Dawn shipper. Who knew?
- Zebs future is advertising copywriting. Beer!
- Prosthetics person is getting tons of work this series. Axl’s eye, Anders’ neck.
- Better title for this ep: “Destiny, Schmestiny”
- There is no situation where a Life of Brian reference in TAJ isn’t hilarious. Multiple references? Well, we are all individuals after all…