Third-episode verdict: The Almighty Johnsons (SyFy)

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

In the UK: Thursdays, 10pm, SyFy
In New Zealand: Already aired. Season two coming soon

I have to say this is a borderline one for me. It’s a nice, amiable show in which a bunch of semi-dickish brothers turn out to be Nordic gods. The youngest is Odin and he has to go on a quest to find Frig, his wife, so that they can all become full gods; if he doesn’t, they’ll all die and so will big chunks of the population of New Zealand. Opposing him/them are a bunch of goddesses who want to run the world and don’t want a bunch of almighty Johnsons to be running it instead of them.

Cue the metaphorical and literal battle of the sexes.

And it’s all right. The first episode was fine. The second episode was a bit better, had a little more depth and fleshed out the other brothers and the supporting characters. The third rounded off the plot and let us get to know the goddesses a little better, too.

But it’s not much better than all right. It’s kind of fun. It doesn’t have a great attitude towards women, although the men fare little better. There’s a lot of pseudo-myth floating around but not really being capitalised upon. There’s the occasional fight scene, which isn’t bad.

So it’s okay. I’m tempted to drop it, but it’s amiable and different enough from other shows that I’m going to stick with it, despite its 3 on the Carusometer. Your mileage may vary.

Carusometer rating: 3
Rob’s prediction: Well, it’s already on season two in New Zealand, so it’s clearly got a future.




  • benjitek

    If you’re tempted to drop it, don’t, it’s very good — by the end you’ll be glad there’s a season 2. Fun plot twists in the finale, and by the last episode in season 1, you’ll definitely want more 😉

  • Then I shall stick with it!

  • bob

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Rob. I’ve spent the day watching episodes and it’s pretty good. Not great… It’s no Outrageous Fortune… but I’m enjoying it.

  • benjitek

    I’d have to say enjoy season 1 for what it is, pretend it’s a miniseries that ends with the 10th episode. Fun, but no one involved with the production will be walking down any red carpets carrying trophies 😉
    The first couple episodes of season 2 are awful. At first I thought it could pick up steam like season 1, but the 2nd episode was more terrible than the 1st. Not sure what went wrong, but the perception is they took the story somewhere and then got completely lost.

  • MediumRob

    I think last week’s episode (six) – the one with Thor – was probably the best so far. I’m liking, not hugely, but it has a lot going for it. Glad you’re enjoying it, Bob!
    Shame that season 2’s gone downhill then, benjlitek. Fingers crossed they’ll find their feet again.

  • bob

    I really liked the Thor one… and the one after. It’s great to see Axl mature.

  • benjitek

    “I think last week’s episode (six) – the one with Thor – was probably the best so far. I’m liking, not hugely, but it has a lot going for it. Glad you’re enjoying it, Bob! Shame that season 2’s gone downhill then, benjlitek. Fingers crossed they’ll find their feet again.”
    …could just be me. After all, I like GCB 😉

  • bob

    Ugh, I don’t trust your opinion then…
    Except that I am enjoying season one very much and you seem to like that!

  • benjitek

    It’ll be “Ugh, I don’t trust your opinion then…Except that I am enjoying season one very much and you seem to like that!”
    It’ll be interesting to see what you think of season 2, I was very much looking forward to it but found it to be a huge let-down (at least the first 2 episodes).

  • bob

    I was rather amused that tAJ followed the season finale traditions of OF!
    So… second season. I don’t quite see where your disappointment is coming from. It is obviously an abrupt change of pace for me to come directly from the end of season one to season two but that is just a symptom of how I am watching the show. I didn’t like the annoying scene of exposition in episode 2.01 plus I don’t feel it necessary to spell out the point of the show (that it is more about Axl maturing than the quest). And Loki is kind of an obvious villain…
    But apart from that, I really enjoyed the two episodes. The Ty arc has gone to places I truly didn’t expect the show capable of (except of course I felt the same way about Outrageous Fortune and that proved me wrong). I am loving every bit of it.
    Nothing seems so wildly different and I am sure the season will come together. They always start from a pretty raw state and then get the separate arcs going with convergence towards the end. It feels somewhat comforting to feel the same beats being played out in this show as in OF.

  • benjitek

    “[BLAH BLAH BLAH…I don’t quite see where your disappointment is coming from…[BLAH BLAH BLAH]”
    Glad you liked it, different strokes for different folks 😉
    If I had to sum season 2 up in 3 words, so for I’d say sophomoric-with-nudity.

  • bob

    I reckon it’s because I love Ty and hate Anders. That makes this season so far pretty good. And I can’t wait for episode 4 but I will have to, for the first time. The curse of having caught up!

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