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American Gods - premiere episode

Well......what do we think? I'm....on the fence. Yes, it's going to have to start slow and build it's particular world and characters, but I was chomping at the bit and ended up feeling unsatisfied.

The truly bright spot for me in this premiere episode was the leprechaun who jumped fully fledged into the scene and just kept the energy sky-high. He was perfect in every imaginable way - looks, dress, swagger. I did enjoy McShane's Wodan....but felt the physical manifestation of the character was downplayed a little too much. Seemed to rely more on dialogue than being in-character. And the delivery a bit too pat? I know I'm being hypercritical but we've been waiting a long time and we know the cast and crew are stellar. So I really wanted this thing to have so much freakin' life in it that sparks would shoot out of the television set. That did NOT happen.

I'm struggling with Shadow. I want MORE from him. I didn't get a true sense of the character at all....and that was frustrating when the secondary charcters were so full of clean lines, such as Mad Sweeny and OMG Robbie's widow Audrey! She was an amazing suprised and another scene-stealer.

Was Technical Boy successfully portrayed? Or how about the disturbing scene with Bilquis? I'm still debating those.

It was interesting that The Viking who knows nothing about Gaiman or this novel or even the culturalization of personifying the Olde Gods was absolutely bored silly by the show. That made me sad. Technically it was appealing, very visual. But the scenes didn't seem to stitch together well and that left him continually in the dark. I don't want to TELL him the story because I do want the show to move at its own pace, but I'm not sure how many more episodes he'll sit through. Sadly, this is in direct contrast to LEGION which grabbed him by the throat right out of the gate.

So, those who are watching, what did YOU think?

OF course of course of course I'm over-the-moon for Mad Sweeney!!! Perfect casting. The guy is just chewing scenery left and right and leaving everyone in his dust -

Comments

jola
May. 2nd, 2017 12:43 am (UTC)
ahahahaha, i was wondering about your take on Mad Sweeney :D i knew you would not disappoint ... (for the record i haven't seen any of this and may not until it's finished - planning on some sort of mighty binge at some point though)

my hot take: Mad Sweeney should not have such American dentistry-style teeth but ::shrug:: just sayin' that's my 1 second judgement from the clip.

Edited at 2017-05-02 12:46 am (UTC)
bleodswean
May. 2nd, 2017 01:11 am (UTC)
HEE!!!! Yep, he's not in my wheelhouse he IS MY WHEELHOUSE! And definitely agree with you on the chompers.

I envy your self control in being able to wait until the end of this season!!!! I think that's probably going to be the more rewarding way to watch!
ashbet
May. 2nd, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of you the moment I saw him. He TOTALLY is the personification of your wheelhouse -- the question is, does he sing?

<3!

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