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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the secret of spoons 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 series premiere of American Gods left our heads spinning and our loins girded. Between buffalos with flaming eyes, man-eating goddesses, and a less-than-perfect funeral, episode one certainly made an impact, and let us know the kind of show this was going to be. Episode two, ‘The Secret of Spoons,’ doesn’t disappoint. Even with a few less out-of-this-world visuals, yesterday’s follow-up to the much talked-about premiere revealed a little more of where we are going, but with a lot more “what the hell is going on.”

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‘American Gods’ Clip: Meet Mr. Mr. Nancy

Mr. Nancy American Gods

It seems like most of us who watched American Gods this past Sunday are already finding ourselves engrossed in the ambitious Starz series. With the Neil Gaiman adaptation, co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green took their time introducing Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), and Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) in a character-driven and atmospheric pilot. They got fantastic introductions – giving us a clear sense of who they are, not so much what they want.

On the next episode of American Gods, the brewing war between the old gods and the new may get more attention, but there’s still a few key new players to introduce, such as Mr. Nancy/Anansi, played by Orlando Jones. Below, you can watch his introduction in a new American Gods clip.

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american gods premiere review

16 years after the publication of Neil Gaiman‘s original novel and after three years of development at the hands of Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Michael Green (Logan) and Starz, American Gods has finally arrived on television. And it’s spectacular. The only reason it’s not the television event of 2017 is because Legion has already arrived and was similarly refreshing in its refusal to play by the standard rules. With the age of “peak TV” still going strong, American Gods is carving out its own alcove: it’s weird and funny and twisted and unapologetic. It’s the kind of show that would have been a cult item a decade ago. Now, it feels poised to be the next big thing.

I previously wrote about the pilot episode, titled “The Bone Orchard,” so this week’s review will focus on a few elements that feel like they need extra consideration. We’ll be covering American Gods on a weekly basis – this is a show that demands your full and undivided loyalty after the first episode.

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american gods spinoff

American Gods only premiered on Starz last night, but it has already been met with critical acclaim and buzz. And showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are now setting their eyes on adapting another Neil Gaiman book. Or two.

Fuller and Green are mulling a spin-off of American Gods featuring Orlando Jones‘ African trickster god Anansi, who was the subject of Gaiman’s 2005 follow-up, Anansi Boys. While expanding the world of American Gods — in which the old and new gods walk and war among us — is tempting to Fuller and Green, they’re also circling an even juicier and surreal world to explore: that of Gaiman’s groundbreaking graphic novel The Sandman.

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american gods primer

A storm is coming. The gods are restless. The battle between the past and the future is upon us.

The longanticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods is finally landing on April 30, 2017 on Starz and it’s about damn time. This best-selling fantasy story has been brought to life by series co-creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller, geek royalty who is no stranger to macabre humor and mind-bending visual storytelling (Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, anyone?). The pedigree of fellow showrunner Michael Green (fresh off co-writing Logan), the involvement of Gaiman himself, and a cast ordained by the gods ensures that both book readers and newcomers have a wild ride ahead.

American Gods is a twist on the gritty fantasy genre that forces its characters to live in a moral grey area – it’s certainly going to appeal to Game of Thrones fans. Taking a story about a war brewing between supernatural beings and turning it into a culturally relevant story about modern day America, American Gods manages to feel real and makes fantasy almost relatable…before slapping you across the face with a big dose of man-eating goddesses and angry hammer wielding eastern European boogeymen.

If you’re not convinced to give this series a shot…well, that’s why I’m here. Let’s break down everything you need to know.

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american gods featurette

Starz is about ready to serve up a far stranger war story than we’re accustomed to seeing. The old gods and the new gods will soon duke it out in Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green‘s (Heroes) adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s fantasy novel, American Gods. Before Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) sets out on his journey with Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), you can get acquainted (or reacquainted) with his new friends and enemies in an American Gods featurette below.

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