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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 -


May. 2nd, 2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
I was underwhelmed by American Gods the series, but then I wasn't realy into the book either when I read it, so it might be because of the source material. Shadow is just not compelling enough a character IMO.

The Bilquis scene was okay, and yes the leprechaun was probably the best part of the episode, but I got annoyed by all the slow-motion shots and blood splatters in the air. It was the the kind of things I like the least on Hannibal and now Fuller and Co are doing it again. I just found those moments ridiculous and pretentious, aiming at style but only providing grotesque and not in the good sense of the word. And yes, I agree that, compared to LEGION which was actually well-written, really stylish and visually creative, this series looks at best mediocre.

So I was mostly bored by the pilot. Not sure, I'm going to stick to the show, even for Ian McShane.

As new shows go, The Handmaid's Tale, on the other hand is brillant. Visually flawless with great direction but without pretentiousness. It is filled with depth and good writing, and the performances are so gripping, making all the characters fleshed-out and interesting.
May. 3rd, 2017 01:20 am (UTC)
I loved the first 3/4 of AG...but it didn't seem to hold together and that was terribly disappointing. I'm hoping for more from the show. Gaiman has matured and Fuller is a damned good storyteller.

I agree the violence doesn't fit well.

I'm curious about episode 2. I want to give it at least a three episode try! Not a good sign when you and your exquisite taste find the pilot boring.


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