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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 -

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ashbet
May. 2nd, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC)
Lots of thoughts!!

Shadow is a bit of a cipher, but he starts out that way in the book, as well. I feel like he was faithfully portrayed, and I really like the actor they chose for him, now that I've seen him actually onscreen.

So many good side-characters -- Robbie's wife was fabulously-portrayed, intense and raw and uncomfortable to watch, the same way you'd watch the trainwreck of a friend's life and feel helpless as an onlooker. Shadow's attempts at compassion for her grief felt very real, even during his own complicated mourning.

Mad Sweeney was fabulous. Hoping we'll see more of him!

I'm not totally sold on Mr. Wednesday's casting yet -- giving him time. I like his patter, and I think I'd like him more if I didn't have a fairly firm mental picture of the character -- but he may grow on me.

Bilquis was well-done -- again, an uncomfortable but excellent portrayal. They're definitely pushing viewers' comfort zones, and I'm okay with that for the moment.

I really disliked the amount of blood, and the slow-motion blood scenes. It felt egregious and unnecessary. The Viking scene was powerful on its own, they didn't need to focus on blood and viscera to make it work.

Credits are visually gorgeous, I hope the rest of the series will follow in *that* vein. I want to see the art in this, not just the ability to shock the viewer.

So -- first episode, powerful, flawed, promising. Looking forward to seeing where they go with this.

-- A <3
bleodswean
May. 3rd, 2017 01:16 am (UTC)
It's good, A, to be hearing some positive thoughts about AG. I want to like it. I want to LOVE it...but yeah, I guess there's no way the pilot could have ever possibly lived up to what was in my imagination. And you're right, Shadow starts off slow in the book. In many ways, I think AG was Gaiman's attempt to write like King. One and two dimensions is par for that course.

I agree with you about the blood. It's become Fuller's signature and I don't see how this violence can be sustained. It wasn't even sustainable in Hannibal and by the end of that show had become a parody of itself.

MAD SWEENY!!!!!

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