Jazz Quintet with Gjallarhorn
September 12, 2013 § 39 Comments
And so we formally meet both Heimdall and Frigg. I’m still not entirely buying into Mike’s sudden Odin ambitions but what the hell, Ragnorok is coming and I love this show.
Starting with Mike, at least we got a little backstory as to why he’s realized he can pretend to the throne. Karen’s offhanded remark has had him doing a bit of background research, and now he’s uncovered that Odin is more a title and less a specific bolt of lightning.
Even better, we got Martin’s rather unbalanced reasoning on why Mike is the wrong Odin choice: “Because you won’t do the right things, what needs to be done.” Presumably, Axl who is much more on top of this Rangnorok thing (or, Michelle!) would.
Mike is trying to fight for stability, for normalcy, and for the status quo — but sometimes what is needed is a bit of mythos. The problem is that we don’t know whether Martin is, like little boy blue, trying to blow his horn, or whether he’s trying to avert the end times.
It’s an interesting conundrum, one that’s made better by the Martin’s unreliable sanity. We know there are factions: Martin, Axl, Mike, and perhaps the lesser gods of Sjofn and her blood agreement with Bragi, but we’re not at all sure which faction is the one worth supporting.
We don’t even know if Martin is motivated by Ragnorok or simple human affection for his
little sister. It was such a perfect twist that when Axl went all She-Mia last year that he, in fact, turned into his counterpart, his Frigg, not recognizing such until he finally met up with in person.
Does this mean that the two of them are destined for each other, that they are just two halves of the same person? Would this mean that their marriage would be illegal in less progressive countries? Or does it show an underlying connection that has yet to be expressed through human relationship?
Perhaps Frigg needs to go through her heavily-forshadowed Villi and Ve stages before returning to Axl. After all, Sjofn’s been working her way through the Johnsons brothers, both healing and carnally, through an alarming application of revenge relationships. Perhaps Frigg needs to make her way back to Axl through a variety of amusing and uncomfortable hookups.
Whatever happens, however, we can probably agree that Dawn has it right. Fully powered-up gods would be dangerous, boring to the story, and probably a worse danger than global warming. So at least in that regard, I’m not really hoping for an Axl/Frigg end-game. More power then to Sjofn, Bragi, and all of those minor gods and goddesses challenging the status quo. Sjofn even has her own little band of worshipers.
O’Gorman had some of the best lines of the ep, especially his ADHD moment and his recurring list of top fantasies. Langstone, however, ruled this episode as she worked through the goddess-equivalent stages of relationship emotions (anger, revenge, anger, revenge, revenge sex, anger, anger, grief). I thought the way the writers tied Michelle’s anger into Mike’s ambition quest was superb. Even Dawn was good this ep.
Thanks, too, to whomever put Mr. Turner into that muscle shirt.
- Honestly, I think the more likely outcome is that Axl needs to find *his* Frigg, not just the goddess — the one who suits him, probably Gaia. (Alternately, Frigg should probably say “I’m not getting married based on quests.”)
- Who doesn’t wish they could walk through doors to anywhere (see “The Lost Room”).
- Is it me or is crazy-ass Martin far less interesting than secret-thread-pulling-mastermind Martin?
- “Damn you, Universe, did you really have to do this to me?” What is a quest without challenges!?