“The Almighty Johnsons” is a New Zealand show with a small, but loving fanbase. They made the jump to American airwaves in July, but I seemed to have missed this as I stopped watching SyFy ages ago. After watching the first episode, the fault in that is squarely on my shoulders. While the premise is simple, the execution is simply engaging. The spirits of Norse Gods have left Europe and moved way down South. After possessing four brothers, the newly powered family works through their new personas to try and make their new lives work.
The Norse Gods are a weird fit for New Zealand, but it’s neat to see how it ended up gelling together. There are the typical super type issues. My powers don’t let me touch you or my powers turn me into a loner. I don’t know what the big deal is about this season being unedited. I don’t notice any major cuts throughout the ten episodes. Maybe, they were trying to trim material from Olaf. Also, I noticed the “Whale Rider” influence so much more in the later parts of the first season. Plus, Keisha Castle-Hughes shows up. I love her and I wish she did more acting!
The last two seasons were a wee bit more world building. Axl works to become Odin, while trying to maintain life in the real world. The house of Asgard is rebuilt and the women be crazy. Some might fault the lack of special effects and push to rely on humor. However, I feel that it’s the only way that the show could’ve moved forward. Otherwise, it would’ve looked like just another generic program on SyFy.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary on the first episode and a bonus cast interview as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong for a SyFy show, but I wish that the DTS-HD track was a little more defined. Still, the 1080p transfer is pretty stunning for a Kiwi release. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
Release Date: 04/28/15