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American Gods on Starz

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Decent finale. Loved Kristin Chenoweth as Easter. I appreciated them answering some of the questions for non book readers.

As a book reader, and this goes for the entire season,

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I appreciated the show filling in some of the blanks from the book and expanding on the story. Namely, Wednesday and Mad Sweeney's role in and reason for Laura's death. And expanding on Laura's motives for wanting to thwart Wednesday's plans. She came across as a bit of a plot convenience in the novel.

Overall, I enjoyed the season, but felt it was a bit heavy on style over substance and the narrative structure was a bit disjointed. I found myself enjoying scenes and episodes more than the season and story as a whole. The Coming to America stories were my favorite part of the season.

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That was good and it feels like the finale was a good representation of the show so far. It is good but it also doesn't feel like it is in a hurry to get anywhere. Sure a few things where answered and the war finally started, but it took its sweet time getting there.

I like American Gods and when the it is good it is great and it is especially well cast, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson and Crispin Glover have all been fantastic, and the rest of the cast are very good as well. And it is a great looking show. But sometimes it feels a lot more like style over substance and the pace is really slow.  I wonder how I would feel about the show if I hadn't already read the book.

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As a non-reader, I was enthralled the whole season. It makes sense story-wise to have the war only start at the end of season 1.

I don't really get the criticism of style over substance, and never understood it. Maybe because knowing that it's a book adaptation makes it clear that the show is going somewhere (and the premise alone of war between new and old gods helps the viewer keep  confidence in that).

About the finale, the only issue I have is how they make Odin's revelation a big epic twist. I mean, come on, they were calling him Woden in the first few episodes...

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1 hour ago, Pliskin said:

As a non-reader, I was enthralled the whole season. It makes sense story-wise to have the war only start at the end of season 1.

I don't really get the criticism of style over substance, and never understood it. Maybe because knowing that it's a book adaptation makes it clear that the show is going somewhere (and the premise alone of war between new and old gods helps the viewer keep  confidence in that).

About the finale, the only issue I have is how they make Odin's revelation a big epic twist. I mean, come on, they were calling him Woden in the first few episodes...

I think it's only a revelation to Shadow, who is pretty blinkered and dense this season. They've referenced Wednesday as Odin several times already and talk about it outside of the episode too. So I hint at bit was 'the big reveal' for Shadow rather than the audience..

Nice finale, and I like some of the book deviations too, especially Bilquis. I guess seeing her using Tindr to get her worship should have clued us in. Will be interesting to see where they go next season and whether her conclusion ends up being the same/similar as it is in the book. Tech Boy obviously sent her to, um, get some worship among the Old Gods (probably Shadow specifically) but I'm curious to see how much she would go through with.

Chenoweth was great as Easter, loved the little slip ups she kept having talking to Wednesday as she tried to keep her cool. Yet another solid choice casting-wise.

Confrontation between Laura and Wednesday wouldn't be an...interesting choice. Nice way to end the season.

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20 hours ago, GallowKnight said:

That was good and it feels like the finale was a good representation of the show so far. It is good but it also doesn't feel like it is in a hurry to get anywhere. Sure a few things where answered and the war finally started, but it took its sweet time getting there...

Agreed! One of the things I love about this show is that the plot is secondary to the stories about the gods. In a show with lesser characters, actors, or writers this plot meandering would be frustrating to me. Fortunately, there's nothing lesser at all about this series. Well, except for some of that green screen work at Easter's home in the finale. Yeesh.

17 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

I think it's only a revelation to Shadow, who is pretty blinkered and dense this season. They've referenced Wednesday as Odin several times already and talk about it outside of the episode too. So I hint at bit was 'the big reveal' for Shadow rather than the audience..

Nice finale, and I like some of the book deviations too, especially Bilquis. I guess seeing her using Tindr to get her worship should have clued us in. Will be interesting to see where they go next season and whether her conclusion ends up being the same/similar as it is in the book. Tech Boy obviously sent her to, um, get some worship among the Old Gods (probably Shadow specifically) but I'm curious to see how much she would go through with.

Yeah, I also took that showy name reveal in the finale as mostly a reveal for Shadow. The whole "Odin ICBM" missile shpiel Media & Mr. World gave back in the police station should've been the real "reveal" for any non-book fan who didn't bother to google the origins of the name Wednesday after watching episode one.

I like the Bilquis scenes in the finale, too. Chenoweth as Easter was also perfect casting. I liked how the multiple Jesus' were elaborated on. Mr. Nancy narrating her story was a nice twist. Even more so, I liked how the mingling of paganism and christianity was elaborated on by Gillian Anderson crushing it yet again as Media. However, the real gold for me in this season is the expansion of Laura and her partnering up with Mad Sweeney. "Prayer for Mad Sweeney" is one of my Top 10 favorite episodes of TV this year and the S1 finale was a nice little epilogue to that episode.

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That final was a encapsulation of the season as a whole for me. 

It combined some fun moments of excellence, some great interactions between characters, acted by high quality professionals. It had visual treats in it like no other series (except maybe Hannibal), real creativity and oddness in some scenes which felt very much on point in regards to the book. 

But it also featured over long scenes which dragged massively, a sense of a director too in love with his own visual style and unable to make cuts in order to tell a story. The plot feels like its taking its sweet time to get anywhere and doesn't have a whole lot going on most of the time. The prelude this episode clocked in at about 15-20 mins and yet you could easily have told that story in 5. I had to skip ahead a bit because I was bored.. there was only so much Matrix Zion style orgy I could take. 

I do now very much like the show, having all those Jesus' in the one room was genius (pretty sure thats not in the book?), and I can forgive its lack of plot because I remember the book as having the same problem. 

 

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I thought the Bliquis stuff at the beginning dragged on too long as well. I almost skipped ahead myself. The rest of the episode was good though, and last week's was amazing. I'm all in on this series. Looking forward to S2.

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