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Feb. 06, 2011
60 min.
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The Almighty Johnsons (NZ)

The Johnsons are four brothers. Four typical Kiwi blokes who don’t much like to stand out from the crowd. They're happy spending all of their time striving to get lucky with women, overcoming sibling rivalry and always squeezing a few beers in at the end of the day. But there's something very special about the Johnsons. They also happen to be the living incarnations of Norse Gods.

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Karen; mother of Michele; also the Norse Goddess Lofn, which essentially means she is like the party-planner of the Gods. When Lofn decrees there shall be a party of the Gods, they cannot resist her invitation. And when Karen throws a party it is inevitably a party that will be talked about for a long, long time.

Karen is a complicated Goddess. There is much about her that adores the social whirl - the preparation; the dressing up; the mingling; the flirting; the romantic undertones; the chance to be secretly naughty, with the frisson of danger and discovery. Karen lives much of her life as if it were a never-ending party - as the string of lovers and ex-husbands she has left behind will testify.

But there is also a side of Karen that is deeply dissatisfied with her lot as Lofn, because while Lofn is a fun Goddess she is not an important Goddess. When Karen finally gave in to the reality that Lofn was her lot, she piled her dreams of greatness onto her daughter, Michele. Karen was determined that when Michele turned 21 and attained her Goddess-hood, that she would be an important Goddess - a Freyja or a Frigg - so she prepared her according to that social status: enforced ballet lessons as soon as she could walk; good schools where academic discipline was tantamount (she married a rich man she loathed to pay for those years); all the grooming it took to turn her into the great Goddess Karen wanted to be.

And when Michele turned 21 and turned out to be Sjofn, a Goddess even lower in the pantheon than Lofn, a big part of Karen turned her back on her daughter. Sure she played nice at being a mother, but the smog of disappointment has always hung in the air between them. And they both know this and it only makes things worse between them, even as they go through the motions of trying to live through a ‘normal’ mother-daughter relationship.

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02x05 - A Damn Fine Woman
Season 2, Episode 05
03x01 - An Orchard of Trees
Season 3, Episode 01
02x01 - And Then She Will Come To You
Season 2, Episode 01
02x13 - Does This Look Like Asgard?
Season 2, Episode 13
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