American Gods

American Gods

Season One

DVD - 2017
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When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, Shadow is hired as Mr. Wednesday's bodyguard. He finds himself in a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, and where Mr. Wednesday is building an army to reclaim his lost glory.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 28, 2018

"This (America) is the only country that worries about what it is."
Cool, bloody, and strange adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel about god, old and new, warring with each other in contemporary America. Mostly I watched this because of Ian McShane, whose performance in "Deadwood" is one of my all-time favorites. He's great here too as the enigmatic, sly Mr. Wednesday. The story can be confusing, but that's somewhat typical of TV narratives (Also see "Legion," "Westworld.") these days. Lots of trippy cool visuals (One of the showrunners did "Hannibal."), good performances (Crispin Glover!), and interesting ideas floating around. Hope there will be a season 2.

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SheAsh
Sep 02, 2018

This dark fantasy fiction worth a watch. The film's story telling style is vary visual, filled with colors and symbols of man's past and present religions and spiritual mysticism.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 26, 2018

I made the effort to get into the plot but, after a few attempts, gave up after Disc 1. The story totally failed to engage me. Guess it is just not my cup of tea.

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misatim
Jun 25, 2018

This series is filled with irony and intensive imagery. The irony is that the title is American Gods and it focuses on everywhere else on the globe and even through time. The storyline is stale battling with black and white, Christian and Muslim, so old world. The Caucasian fantasy of a vast open wasteland and a land bridge (both proven false) is still prevalent with North American peoples symbolising the primitive. The intensive imagery is pure shock and doesn't really pull the storyline along. However the acting is worth the watch. Some very good actors in this series who make up for the challenges in the storyline. Many Canadians, such as Micheal Greyeyes and others, as one location was Toronto.

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joliebergman
Jun 11, 2018

I dare say I like it more than the book.

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roystreet
Jun 11, 2018

Good production values, interesting cast and premise; negatives: the plot is episodic and takes some time to reveal itself, and people may find the very deliberate pacing off-putting. Then, too, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) takes so long to catch on to things, too many reaction shots of him looking puzzled.
Graphic sex and nudity.

(See 'quotes' for a translation of Mad Sweeney's expostulation in Medieval Irish.)

This is a television series based on Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel of the same name. Gaiman's story about the old gods being driven to extinction in the electronic digital age has proven to be incredibly influential; it might turn out to be the Ur-legend of our time. My quibble with this production is with the actor, Ricky Whittle, who plays Shadow Moon. Shadow Moon is supposed to be big, lean and tough. Real tough guys have a haunted quality. Ricky Whittle is a pretty boy who belongs at a Gold's Gym. Dark Horse is presently publishing a comic book version of AMERICAN GODS, written by Gaiman with the great P. Craig Russell. If you want to see what Shadow looks like, pick one up. Finally, for all Ian McShane fans, he is back in DEADWOOD form here.

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jimg2000
May 16, 2018

If you did not like the stories or could not stomach the cinematic gore in the "Preacher" series about preacher Jesse Custer, don't bother with this one. On the other hand, I love out-of-this-world personalities and binge watched Shadow Moon's "incredible" journey with a squad of bickering Gods in tow. Ready for S2 which is in production now.

Note: The premise of the story is clearer and the "Epigraph" in the novel by Neil Gaiman whets readers/viewers interest. See "Summary".

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MovieConisuer
Apr 24, 2018

Arguably the best show ever produced in any country. I especially love the scene where the two Muslim men have sex. I love the message. Just because we were raised with certain ideologies doesn't mean we have to let that define who we are. Fear of the afterlife shouldn't keep people from being able to live their lives.

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Palomino
Apr 12, 2018

Doesn't make any more sense than the novel. Some brilliant imagery and some quality actors, but the plot, whatever it is, rambles all over, I didn't like that. A lot of characters just disappeared from the plot, and I was unsettled by the mix of very large actors and very small actors, this was probably deliberate as the music was also unpredictable. I expected great things from Neil Gaiman, working with names from Hannibal and Black Sails, so I am far more disappointed than I should be. Bonus points for imagination and occasional good lines, subtract them for too much sex, violence, and zombies.

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Jeff_Grant
Feb 28, 2018

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Jan 07, 2018

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roystreet
Jun 13, 2018

"Créd as co tarlaid an cac-sa dam? Nach lór rofhulangas? Is lór chena, níam olc! Níam!" - Mad Sweeney
Medieval Irish for, "Why does this s**t keep happening to me? Haven't I suffered enough? It's more than enough! I am not a bad person. I'm not!

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jimg2000
May 16, 2018

Many quotes in wikiquote already ... thanks to its contributors:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/American_Gods_(TV_series)

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jimg2000
May 16, 2018

Epigraph

One question that has always intrigued me is what happens to demonic beings when immigrants move from their homelands. Irish-Americans remember the fairies, Norwegian-Americans the nisser, Greek-Americans the vrykólakas, but only in relation to events remembered in the Old Country. When I once asked why such demons are not seen in America, my informants giggled confusedly and said “They’re scared to pass the ocean, it’s too far,” pointing out that Christ and the apostles never came to America. —Richard Dorson, “A Theory for American Folklore,”
American Folklore and the Historian
(University of Chicago Press, 1971)

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