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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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bleodswean
May. 3rd, 2017 10:55 pm (UTC)
All good points, K. And I am heartened to hear that you and several others felt good about it.

That opening was so unnecessary. For me it fell totally flat. But even with the voiceover, D did not put 2 and 2 together there. So it seemed even more pointless to me.

I've decided I am not okay with the way they filmed the Bilquis scene. It does need to be disturbing and strange and the actress was perfect! She seemed like a cat there at the end, all satisfied with her human sacrifice. And I LOVED her facial expressions as she was being worshipped. But I think the filmography/staging needed to be less graphic and more mystically disturbing rather than revolting.

I just googled Sweeney. Had no idea he's not Irish and that he's Liev's brother!
elenbarathi
May. 4th, 2017 01:32 am (UTC)
???? Who says Sweeney's not Irish???

EDIT: duh; sorry; so-literal me - of course you mean "the actor who plays Sweeney isn't Irish." My mistake!

Edited at 2017-05-04 01:45 am (UTC)

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