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28 June 2017 @ 09:05 pm
American Gods: Season One Review  
This is just a general overview of the first season of American Gods, including my own personal thoughts and expectations for the second season.

As someone who hasn't read the novel by Neil Gaiman, aside from knowing the summarized version of the plot and small vague details, I went into this show completely blind. But I know that even before the show premiered many fans of the book were pleased with not only who was going to be producing the show but also the casting announcements, so I knew that this was going to be something good.

And I was not disappointed.

First, the show is beyond gorgeous, which is obvious when you watch the opening credit sequence, but the rest of the show is absolutely stunning with the cinematography and imagery. Then again, anyone who knows Bryan Fuller's work knows that this is definitely his wheelhouse in creating some visual feasts for the audience, and American Gods is certainly no exception to this. But it's not just with how masterful the cinematography is, the writing on the show is just as beautiful. From the dialogue spoken to how complex these characters are (from the adorably likable and relateable Shadow Moon to the unlikable and deplorable Laura Moon, which the latter is incredibly well-done since it's incredibly rare for unlikable women characters to be so well-written and performed as such), it's been a real treat to see the story unfold in the first season, which only has eight episodes. Every character is a complete character in their own right, the strong performances given by the actors are top-notch, and the chemistry between everyone is absolutely magnificent. All these elements mixed together make for a wonderful viewing experience.

The only downside to the show I found would probably be the awkward pacing in places. This is most likely due to spending a lot of time with the dialogue or monologues with certain characters which, while well-written and seemingly important to explore these complex individuals, can definitely slow an episode down. I don't mind it so much, but it might not be for everyone.

And although I haven't read the book, I know that the show does expand more that the book doesn't. Such as the backstory of Laura Moon and her, Mad Sweeney and Salim going on a road trip together since apparently none of those characters met in the book. I really appreciate it when adaptations, especially television adaptations, get the chance to explore more in that sense.


Season Two

The show was already renewed for a second season before it even premiered, so here's what I'm hoping for next season:

01. I'm fascinated with Bilquis and I want more episodes focusing on her.

02. I want Salim to find the Jinn and they live happily ever after, okay?

03. Gillian Anderson to just continue to be fabulous. Her as Media was the best casting decision. I mean, all of the casting decisions on this show is brilliant, but honestly having Gillian become famous individuals like Marilyn Monroe and David Bowie is something else entirely and I just want more of seeing her doing that, please.

04. More Laura Moon and Mad Sweeney. Their interactions this season was off the charts, the bitter bantering and them just being assholes, it was fantastic. I do want more of that next season. But also on that note, I also want more interaction between Shadow and Mad Sweeney as well.


Overall: American Gods was a show I knew I would like, and not just because it is produced by Bryan Fuller. I'm fascinated by the story, a war between the old gods and the new gods, especially in America where gods aren't necessarily all welcome. The show does a wonderful job with incorporating what I believe is from the book and adding something else to it, as well. Ricky Whittle is marvelous as Shadow Moon, I'm very happy that he's on a better show than his previous one. And just everyone involved with this show is amazing, and I honestly cannot wait to see what comes next. I mentioned to not having read the book, though I do know some things, but regardless I know the show is going to bring something new to the table on unfolding the story and that is something I am highly anticipating.
 
 
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goldenusagigoldenusagi on June 29th, 2017 06:57 am (UTC)
The show really is amazing, for all the reasons you mentioned. I will agree that the pacing is odd at times, though I wonder if it will improve when binge watched as a season or two at once. Episodes do meander, and things are left hanging for weeks, but when the whole series is complete someday, it seems like that won't matter so much. But it's also very true to the book, which had little meanderings as it told stories or introduced characters that had little or no connection to what was was going on with the main plot besides expanding the world.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 29th, 2017 10:25 am (UTC)
I will agree that the pacing is odd at times, though I wonder if it will improve when binge watched as a season or two at once.

Probably. Some shows are better when they're binged for this very reason, and considering that the first season is only eight episodes (which I'm assuming the second season will also be eight episodes, as well) it'll be easier for some people to do just that.

Though I like that they do meander a bit, because those moments where it's just expanding that world are rather interesting, and the manner of the storytelling is just so enthralling to me. And hearing that it happens in the book too makes it even more interesting to me.
Pattywoodycakes on June 29th, 2017 08:31 am (UTC)
I'm very tempted to start this show
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 29th, 2017 10:26 am (UTC)
It's honestly very good. If you're familiar with either Neil Gaiman or Bryan Fuller's work, this is definitely a show you won't want to miss, for sure. It's also fascinating in and of itself because of the entire plot, really.
what doesn't kill me better runcarlyinrome on June 29th, 2017 09:58 am (UTC)

re: #2: YES YES YES


Ugh Ricky Whittle's face is not fair. That last episode when Easter was flirting with him...? I barely survived.


I am thrilled people unfamiliar with the books are enjoying the show. It's my favorite, and the show is blowing my mind, but it's difficult to look at it through a lens of, "Would I be enjoying this so much if I didn't know what I know?" There have definitely been some jokes and other nods just for the people who have read the books, but I think that it holds up well for everyone.


Season twooooooooo.

Renéerogueslayer452 on June 29th, 2017 10:50 am (UTC)
Ugh Ricky Whittle's face is not fair. That last episode when Easter was flirting with him...? I barely survived.

He is such a gorgeous man. And I really loved that episode because we got to see his face go all soft (still confused, but soft nonetheless) and give a smile, which doesn't happen too often so we gotta treasure it whenever it happens. I am in agreement with pretty much everyone that Shadow Moon deserves happiness.

but it's difficult to look at it through a lens of, "Would I be enjoying this so much if I didn't know what I know?"

Yeah, I get that. I did wonder whether I should've read the book before I started watching the show, but in a way it's more fun to kind of go into something blind and then go and read the source material afterwards. I've done it before with other things. I've mostly just been skirting the line between the basic knowledge I have of the story and avoiding the major spoilers of the outcome. I'm just really intrigued with what the show is doing, and it's been quite a wild ride so far and I cannot wait to see what else they have in store for us.
Nadine: American Gods - Shadowmalicat on June 29th, 2017 02:47 pm (UTC)
The show really is super beautiful but sometimes Bryan Fuller goes a little bit overboard with his Bryan Fuller-ness lol. Like,I don't want this show to be like Hannibal's third season!
And I personally want LESS of Laura but other than that I agree with you :) I'm just really happy that Ricky Whittle got this role and that he is appreciated and he really seems happy too (unlike when he was still on The 100) <3
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 30th, 2017 03:11 am (UTC)
I'm just really happy that Ricky Whittle got this role and that he is appreciated and he really seems happy too (unlike when he was still on The 100) <3

Yeah. I never watched The 100 but I heard about the BTS drama/incidents and it made me incredibly angry on his behalf. But I'm glad that he's moved onto something else where he is better appreciated and treated respectfully.
noybusiness: capricaboomerwarheroesnoybusiness on July 3rd, 2017 01:49 am (UTC)
Such as the backstory of Laura Moon and her, Mad Sweeney and Salim going on a road trip together since apparently none of those characters met in the book.

Although they could have, without us seeing it.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 3rd, 2017 09:37 am (UTC)
This is true, which is why I like that the show decided to go that route. Besides, their scenes were so much fun to watch.