american gods season 2

American Gods was met with immediate success and a green light for season 2. Speaking in front of the Television Critics Association, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said that the show could run indefinitely. Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, series creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have taken the show in other directions that mean it won’t necessarily end where the book ends.

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the leftovers season 3 trailer

This morning brought the cavalcade of nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be handed out in September. Westworld was out in front with a whopping 22 nominations for its freshman season while other debut shows like This Is Us, as well as continuing shows like Veep and Saturday Night Live, also landed a surprising number of nods. But there are only so many slots for nominees and plenty of shows were snubbed by the Television Academy. Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad news though as there were some pleasant (sometimes goofy) surprises as well.

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(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

“What do you believe?”

After an episode that took a break from the main storyline, “Come to Jesus” returned to Shadow and Mr. Wednesday…and Anansi and Bilquis and the New Gods. American Gods concluded it’s first season with a bang, with a show of strength from the Old Gods and an official declaration of war from the New Gods. Mr. Nancy told us in episode two, and again at the beginning of episode eight that “Angry gets shit done.” With that as the battle cry for the season, American Gods showed us how dangerous these colorful characters can be and left us with the questions of not only what this war will do to the gods, but what will it mean for the rest of America.

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american gods a prayer for mad sweeney review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

After the ultimate show of strength, as Mr. Wednesday sliced the head off of another god with a sword as big as himself, American Gods gave us its most tender episode of the show to date. “A Prayer For Mad Sweeney” takes us to Ireland in this grim fairytale, bringing Mad Sweeney under the microscope. Through Mr. Ibis’s narration and another fantastic performance by Emily Browning, Mad Sweeney transforms from lovable fool to tortured soul.

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a murder of gods review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Last week, we saw the New Gods’ plan in the form of the trippiest sales pitch ever seen in a jailhouse interrogation room, but this week, we were faced with something even crazier than that. The new gods spoke of franchising worship, but in this week’s “A Murder of Gods,” we got a taste of what that really looks like in the form of Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen), the god of the volcano, who managed to flourish, to a very frightening degree, by putting his fiery stamp on guns, and making every kill with a bullet a sacrifice to him. “A Murder of Gods” expands on episode five, by taking us deeper into the war rooms and the networks of the gods.

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lemon scented you review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Last week gave us a taste of mortal malaise, but this week we return to the pantheon. American Gods continues to give answers at the price of a hundred new questions, as ‘Lemon Scented You’ offers us a seat in the war room for the first negotiations between the Old Gods and the New. As Laura Moon comes head-to-head with the unlucky Mad Sweeney and Mr. Wednesday comes head-to-head with Mr. World, we finally learn the nature of the storm.

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american gods git gone review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Bone orchards, man-eaters, fire genies, oh my! The first three episodes of American Gods gave us a lot to swallow, but episode four, “Git Gone,” following Laura Moon’s journey to and from the grave, showed us that things aren’t just not what they seem when it comes to gods, but also when it comes to (seemingly) boring, uninteresting humanity.

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head full of snow review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

The fire and brimstone of last week’s introductions to Anansi and Czernobog was absent in “Head Full of Snow,” but what we lacked in impassioned speeches, we gained in methodical insight into the state of the old gods and Shadow’s continued agnosticism and apprehension to accept what he is seeing as truth.

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american gods season 2

The Powers That Be over at Starz have heard our prayers: two weeks into its beautiful, bewitching, and sometimes baffling first season, American Gods has been renewed for season 2. This is great news not only for fans of the book, who were bound to enjoy this brilliant riff on Neil Gaiman‘s work, but also for the more casual viewers who may have been nervous about giving themselves over to a show this dense and strange. Knowing that more episodes are on the way next year is a promise – everything you’re seeing now will eventually pay off.

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TV in Trump's America

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: the rise of political television in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.)

It started with Nazi symbols strewn across public transportation and billboards across D.C. and New York. No, it wasn’t the alarming rise of anti-Semitic vandalism that had skyrocketed in the first three months of the Trump administration. It was advertising The Man in the High Castle, the dystopian Amazon series based off the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel set in an alternate 1960s where the Axis powers won World War II.

And it was just the beginning in a recent surge in “newly relevant” and timely TV shows that took on new meaning after the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The Man in the High Castle kicked off a spate of fictional TV shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, whose stories were conceived long before the White House was even a glimmer in Trump’s eye. But these science-fiction and fantasy stories, at first cautionary or highly theoretical tales, now take on an eerie prescience as fiction and reality collide on the small screen.

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