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American Gods (2017)

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American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 1] The Bone Orchard
Shown 30 Apr 17

This is based on a story by Neil Gaiman . It starts with a group of Vikings discovering North America, and leaving a magical artefact - like in that other comic-book adaption The Mask (1994) .

Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle - The 100 ) gets out of prison a few days early. This is compassionate release, so he can attend the funeral of his wife Laura Moon ( Emily Browning ).

On the flight, Moon meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane - John Wick (2015) ) who offers him a job. Moon is reluctant, but some weird events mean he has no choice.

American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 2] The Secret of Spoons
Shown 07 May 17

Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane - John Wick (2015) ) takes Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle - The 100 ) to Chicago to recruit Czernobog (Peter Stormare - Armageddon (1998) ). This turns on a game of draughts which becomes similar to Gawain And The Green Knight.

Media ( Gillian Anderson ) makes an attempt to recruit Shadow, using the guise of Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy.

American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 3] Head Full of Snow
Shown 14 May 17

Shadow has not had to surrender his head yet. Instead, he and Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane - John Wick (2015) ) have to go and earn some money. It turns out that Wednesday does not have an infinitely large bank account somewhere, and instead relies on repeating a con-game from the Brian Conley ( Equilibrium (2002) ) TV show Time After Time.

American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 4] Git Gone
Shown 21 May 17

This ep covers the events of the previous few years, from the perspective of Shadow's wife ( Emily Browning ). The story starts when they first met, and goes on to cover her lonely years while her husband was in prison.

We get to find out who saved Shadow at the end of Episode One.

American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 5] Lemon Scented You
Shown 28 May 17

The dead wife ( Emily Browning ) gets to talk with Shadow. She also gets confronted by the Leprechaun, who wants his piece of gold back.

Shadow and Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane - John Wick (2015) ) get taken in for questioning by a police detective ( Tracie Thoms ).

Gillian Anderson is back, this time as Ziggy Stardust and Marilyn Monroe . It turns out that she works for Mr Big (Crispin Glover - Back to The Future (1985) ) - basically a supernatural version of the Creepy Thin Man from Charlie's Angels (2001) .

American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 6] A Murder of Gods
Shown 04 Jun 17

The story starts with a group of travellers coming to America. Previously we have seen this story told with slaves and cavemen, and both those stories ended badly. This time the travellers are latino immigrants who swim the Rio Grande, and their god they bring with them is Hey-Zeus himself. They run into other Xians - a militia straight out of Machete .

Odin (Ian McShane - John Wick (2015) ) takes Shadow (Ricky Whittle - The 100 ) to a town called Vulcan, Virginia. The main industry is a bullet factory run by Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen - Star Trek: TNG ), and the local population are its main customers. They need lots of bullets so they can fire in the air at the funerals of employees who not-so-accidentally fall into the vat of molten metal.

This was written by Neil Gaiman , an English lefty who has one character point out that Neutrality in the face of injustice is on the side of the oppressor. This sounds a lot of the saying Status quo is not a neutral position, but is actually a lot more judgemental because it means calling someone an oppressor. So will he appear neutral when one character is associated with the American gun industry?

Meanwhile the dead wife ( Emily Browning ) is stuck at the motel. Her car got towed by the cops, and is now unavailable. Luckily the leprechaun needs her cooperation to get his gold coin back, so he offers to help her. They team up with the gay arab taxi driver. The smart thing would be for them to head south-east, to Kentucky. Instead the dead wife takes them south-west to Indiana, where she can get over a few loose ends from her own life.

American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 7] A Prayer for Mad Sweeney
Shown 11 Jun 17

The other episodes generally started with a Coming to America story. This time it starts in 1720, and concerns a young Irish woman named Essie Magowan. She must have a familiar resemblance to the dead wife ( Emily Browning ) because they both look identical, the same way that both elderly Essie and her grandmother are played by Fionnuala Flanagan .

Our heroine was a believer of the old tales of the leprechauns that her grandmother told her about. She mostly made the appropriate sacrifice to them, and they gave her protection most of the time. She got convicted of theft unfairly, of course - but luck was on her side, and she lived a happy life. Her fate was to be transported as a convict to the American colonies, and to live as an indentured servant. Yes, this show actually acknowledges that white slavery existed. Remember, the protagonist is a female so her white privilege is reduced by her gendered oppression. Also, we have been made aware by this show that black slavery was worse than white slavery, and all the other PC talk.

American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 1, Episode 8] Come to Jesus
Shown 18 Jun 17

The Coming to America story this week is that of Bilquis. She was oppressed in Iran after the 1979 revolution - a real-life Handmaid's Tale . This makes her look like a victim, although she is a sex vampire who kills humans in order to make herself feel young and powerful.

Odin (Ian McShane - John Wick (2015) ) takes Shadow (Ricky Whittle - The 100 ) to meet Easter ( Kristen Chenowith ). She is happy to share her holiday with Jesus Christ - and since every Xian religion has their own version of Jesus, there are many different versions of Jesus at her party.

The dead wife ( Emily Browning ) catches up with her husband. Will they get some closure in their troubled relationship?

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    Season 2

    
    
    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 1] House on the Rock (55 min)
    Shown 10 Mar 19

    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 2] The Beguiling Man
    Shown 17 Mar 19

    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 3] Muninn
    Shown 24 Mar 19

    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 4] The Greatest Story Ever Told
    Shown 31 Mar 19

    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 5] The Ways of the Dead
    Shown 07 Apr 19

    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 6] Donar the Great
    Shown 14 Apr 19

    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 7] Treasure of the Sun
    Shown 21 Apr 19

    American Gods (2017) American Gods (2017) [Season 2, Episode 8] Moon Shadow
    Shown 28 Apr 19