American Gods

American Gods – Featurette

❝ “Hey,” said Shadow. “Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are.”
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
“Say ‘Nevermore,'” said Shadow.
“Fuck you,” said the raven.” ❞

American Gods

❝ “People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.” ❞

Having read Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods with 1B1T back in 2010, I have been looking forward to Bryan Fuller’s TV adaptation. Thankfully, American Gods is not following the Game of Thrones Foxtel lock in for Australian audiences but is instead available using Amazon’s Prime Video (who are currently running an introductory offer of $5.99 $2.99 USD/month for the first six months; cancel anytime).

LINKS:
* American Gods [Starz]
* Starz – American Gods – YouTube playlist
* The American Gods TV Series Isn’t Afraid To Go Full-On Weird, And That’s What Makes It Great (2017-Apr-18) [Gizmodo]
* ‘American Gods’ Heads To Amazon Prime Video In Australia (2017-Apr-11) [Huffington Post – AU]

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11 Responses to American Gods

  1. American Gods s01e01 The Bone Orchard
    In 813 CE, a Viking horde arrives at America, where hostilities greet them and force them to leave. In order to get home, they begin to make offerings to Odin. Eventually, they are successful; the wind picks up and they leave. In the present, Shadow Moon is released a few days early from prison when his wife, Laura, dies in a car accident. On the flight home, Shadow meets Wednesday, who offers him a job as a bodyguard. On the drive home, Shadow stops at a bar where he again meets Wednesday. Shadow learns that his best friend, Robbie, also died in the accident. Mad Sweeney introduces himself to Shadow as a leprechaun, and they fight. Shadow wins and earns a golden coin. Shadow attends Laura’s funeral, and learns that she had been having an affair with Robbie. After the burial, he throws the coin at her grave, where it vanishes into the ground. Leaving the funeral, Shadow is abducted by the Technical Boy, who demands to know about Wednesday. Technical Boy orders his men to kill Shadow and they proceed to hang him. The noose eventually snaps, freeing Shadow, while his attackers are killed by an unknown assailant.


    The introductory Viking/Odin sequence lets us know what we are in for. Fasten your seat belts!

    * American Gods recap: season one, episode one – let the blood rain down
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/may/01/american-gods-recap-season-one-episode-one

    * American Gods S01E01: The Bone Orchard – An ambitious, accomplished premiere
    https://www.cultofwhatever.com/2017/05/american-gods-s01e01-the-bone-orchard-an-ambitious-accomplished-premiere/

    * American Gods: Unlocking the 7 Most Baffling Mysteries of That Premiere
    http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/04/american-gods-season-1-episode-1-recap-mysteries-who-is-mr-wednesday

    * Which God Is Mr. Wednesday Based On? The ‘American Gods’ Character Comes From An Ancient Belief System
    https://www.bustle.com/p/which-god-is-mr-wednesday-based-on-the-american-gods-character-comes-from-ancient-belief-system-54011

    * American Gods’ premiere is an audacious new incarnation of Gaiman’s novel
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/american-gods-premiere-audacious-new-incarnation-g-254468

  2. American Gods s01e02 The Secret of Spoon
    In 1697, on a slave ship, a slave begins to pray to Anansi. A modernly-dressed version of Anansi appears and begins a monologue relating all the horrible things that will happen to them once they arrive at America. At Anansi’s urging, the slaves free themselves and burn the ship to kill the slavers. In the present, Bilquis devours more lovers before visiting a museum, where she gazes longingly at an ancient statue of herself in her prior goddess form. Meanwhile, Shadow confronts Wednesday about the attack from Technical Boy, but Wednesday convinces him to continue working for him. While shopping in a big-box store, Shadow meets Media, one of the New Gods who presents herself in the form of Lucille Ball to convince Shadow to align with her. After refusing, he and Wednesday travel to Chicago where they arrive at an apartment belonging to the three Zorya sisters and a slaughterhouse worker named Czernobog, who has a dark past with Wednesday. After dinner, Czernobog plays checkers with Shadow with a bet: if Shadow wins, Czernobog will go with them, but if Shadow loses, Czernobog will kill him with a hammer. Shadow loses and is told that he will die at sunrise.

    * American Gods recap: season one, episode two – Shadow Moon goes under the hammer
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/may/08/american-gods-recap-season-one-episode-two-shadow-moon-goes-under-the-hammer

    * American Gods’ riddle: What’s black and white and off-kilter all over?
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/american-gods-riddle-whats-black-and-white-and-kil-254866

  3. American Gods s01e03 Head Full of Snow
    Somewhere in America, Anubis comes for the soul of an elderly Egyptian Muslim woman. When she expresses surprise at seeing him, he explains that her childhood interest in ancient Egyptian myth made it possible . Arriving at a desert, he pulls out her heart and weighs it on a scale against a feather to determine if she was a good or bad person. She is found worthy and Anubis sends her to the afterlife. Back in Chicago, Shadow dreams of Zorya Polunochnaya, youngest of the Zorya sisters, who pulls the Moon from the sky and gives it to him as a silver dollar. Waking, Shadow challenges Czernobog to another game of checkers in exchange for allowing him to hit him twice with his hammer. Shadow wins, and Czernobog agrees to go to Wisconsin. In New York City, an Omani businessman meets a taxi driver who is revealed to be an Ifrit. The two have sex, and the following morning, they exchange lives. Elsewhere, Shadow is confronted by Mad Sweeney, who demands the gold coin he mistakenly gave him. Shadow tells him he threw it on Laura’s grave. Mad Sweeney exhumes Laura’s coffin, finding her and the coin gone. Shadow assists Wednesday in a bank heist by “thinking of snow,” which causes a snowstorm, then returns to his hotel room to find Laura waiting for him.

    * American Gods recap: season one, episode three – the man with fire in his eyes
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/may/15/american-gods-recap-season-one-episode-three-the-man-with-fire-in-his-eyes

    * American Gods’ love scenes are as electric, erotic, and earnest as dreams
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/american-gods-love-scenes-are-electric-erotic-and–255288

  4. American Gods s01e04 Git Gone
    In a flashback, we learn about Shadow’s late wife Laura. Laura’s empty existence drove her to attempt suicide by inhaling insecticide spray. Surviving the attempt, she meets Shadow when he tries to rob the Egyptian-themed casino where she works. Laura warns him to stop, and the two go home together instead. Shadow quickly falls in love with Laura and they marry, but Laura still finds her life meaningless. She convinces Shadow to rob the casino again, this time with a plan based on her knowledge of casino security, but Shadow is caught and sent to prison. Laura promises to wait for him, only to have an affair with Shadow’s boss Robbie. On the eve of Shadow’s release, Laura and Robbie are killed in a car accident. Laura finds herself in the desert with Anubis, but before he can send her to the afterlife, she is whisked back to her own body. Now possessed of superhuman strength and able to perceive Shadow as a brilliant light in the distance, she feels compelled to pursue him, even as her physical form begins to decay. She is discovered by two morticians, Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, who restore her damaged body. Laura recognizes Mr. Jacquel as Anubis, who says he will come to claim her when her quest is over. Laura continues toward Shadow, eventually meeting him in his hotel room.

    * American Gods recap: season one, episode four – the unstoppable Laura Moon
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/may/22/american-gods-recap-season-one-episode-four-the-unstoppable-laura-moon

    * American Gods’ “Git Gone” is an existential wail wrapped in a heist tale
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/american-gods-git-gone-existential-wail-wrapped-he-255533

  5. American Gods s01e05 Lemon Scented You
    Long ago, a tribe of people travelled across the Bering Strait, praying to their god, Nynyunnini, for safe passage however, as their journey continues, they begin to lose faith resulting in Nynyunnini being forgotten and dying. Back in the motel, Shadow and Laura discuss the state of their relationship as he struggles to comprehend how she is still alive. Media (in the form of David Bowie), confronts Technical Boy on behalf of Mr World, the New God of Globalization, scolding him for his attempted lynching of Shadow. Shadow and Wednesday are arrested for bank robbery. Mad Sweeney tries to retrieve his coin from Laura but discovers that it is inside her, giving her life. He warns her not to trust Wednesday. In the jail, Media (now in the form of Marilyn Monroe) and Mr World force Technical Boy to apologize. The New Gods offer an alliance with Wednesday, promising to help him “find his audience” by sending a missile named Odin to attack North Korea. They murder the police and allow Shadow and Wednesday to escape so that he can consider their proposal. Laura steals a bag of blood from a morgue.

    * American Gods recap: season one, episode five – David Bowie rules the world
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/may/29/american-gods-recap-season-one-episode-five-david-bowie-rules-the-world

    * American Gods is full of honest answers and open deception “What story are they going to tell here?”
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/american-gods-full-honest-answers-and-open-decepti-255997

  6. American Gods s01e06 A Murder of Gods
    A group of Mexicans attempting to illegally cross the border into the US pray to Jesus who arrives and attempts to protect them but he is shot dead while doing so. Shadow questions what he saw at the police station and admits to Wednesday that Laura is back from the dead. Sweeney teams up with Laura, with the goal to get her resurrected so he can regain his coin. Salim joins them so that he can find the jinn. In Virginia, Wednesday takes Shadow to meet the Old God Vulcan who maintains control over a small town through their belief in the right to bear arms. Vulcan agrees to stand with Wednesday and forges him a sword however, he later betrays them by telling the New Gods where they are. In revenge, Wednesday kills him and curses his believers.

    * American Gods recap: season one, episode six – welcome to Guntown USA
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/05/american-gods-recap-season-one-episode-six-welcome-to-guntown-usa

    * An incendiary American Gods turns the god of fire to the god of firepower
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/incendiary-american-gods-turns-god-fire-god-firepo-256280

  7. American Gods s01e07 A Prayer for Mad Sweeney
    Ibis tells the story of Essie, an Irish girl who was raised on stories of leprechauns, for whom she would leave offerings in exchange for blessings. When accused of stealing a necklace, she is sentenced to seven years as an indentured servant in America. During the journey, she seduces the ship captain and persuades him to take her to London. There she becomes a thief; she is caught and sentenced to hang after forgetting an offering. She sleeps with the elderly prison warden and becomes pregnant, thereby avoiding hanging. She is sentenced again to go to America as an indentured servant, where someone will buy her contract. She marries her master who, upon his death, leaves her in charge of his farm. Although she stops telling their stories, Essie’s strong belief attracts a visit from Sweeney. He thanks her and then takes her to the afterlife. Sweeney tells Laura that he deserted as a soldier and is taking part in Wednesday’s war to atone. The truck they are driving is overturned and Sweeny’s lucky coin falls out of Laura. Sweeney restores the coin to her out of guilt after revealing that he caused the accident that resulted in her death.

    * American Gods recap: season one, episode seven – the truth about Mad Sweeney
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/12/american-gods-recap-season-one-episode-seven-the-truth-about-mad-sweeney

    * Late in the season, American Gods reveals a heart of gold. Mad Sweeney shucks off his happy-go-unlucky swagger
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/late-season-american-gods-reveals-heart-gold-256589

  8. American Gods s01e08 Come to Jesus
    Mr. Nancy tells Shadow and Wednesday the story of Bilquis, a powerful but fallen Old Goddess, which convinces Wednesday to seek out a queen. He and Shadow visit Easter, an Old Goddess of spring and resurrection who has successfully adapted to the new era by capitalizing on the Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Laura and Mad Sweeney track Shadow to Easter’s estate, where she is having an Easter celebration attended by multiple Jesuses. Easter discovers that Laura can’t be resurrected because she was killed by a god, forcing Sweeney to admit that Wednesday arranged both Laura’s death and Shadow’s imprisonment in order to isolate Shadow for his own purposes. Media (as Judy Garland from Easter Parade), Technical Boy, and Mr. World arrive to threaten Wednesday. Wednesday destroys Mr. World with a lightning bolt and proclaims himself to be Odin, the God of War, which convinces Easter to unleash her own powers and take back the spring, casting a blight over America. At last Shadow admits belief in the Old Gods, just before Laura arrives and ready to tell him of Wednesday’s manipulations.

    * American Gods finale recap – the great big god bash
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/19/american-gods-finale-recap-the-great-big-god-bash

    * American Gods’ season finale is a leap of faith
    “Once upon a time—see? It sounds good already. You’re hooked”
    http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/american-gods-season-finale-leap-faith-256814

  9. Confirmation of the second season;

  10. American Gods Revealed: The Mythology Behind American Gods

  11. American Gods Revealed Pt2: The Mythology of Season 2

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