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American Gods

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When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Left adrift by the recent 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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  1. 1. The Bone Orchard
    1 May 2017
    1 h 2 min
    18
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When Shadow Moon is released from prison a few days early, following the death of his wife, he meets the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday and is conscripted into his employ as bodyguard.
  2. 2. The Secret of the Spoons
    7 May 2017
    59min
    18
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle, Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago, and agrees to a very high stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic god, Czernobog.
  3. 3. Head Full of Snow
    15 May 2017
    59min
    18
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    English [CC]
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    Shadow questions the terms of his employment when Mr. Wednesday informs him of his plan to rob a bank (because, naturally, every army needs a source of funding). And just when Shadow thought his life couldn’t get any more complicated, he returns to his motel room to a surprising discovery.
  4. 4. Git Gone
    22 May 2017
    59min
    18
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    Alternating between the past and the present, Laura's life and death are explored--how she met Shadow, how she died, and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.
  5. 5. Lemon Scented You
    28 May 2017
    56min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    Trying to work things out with his dead and unfaithful wife, Shadow’s emotional reunion is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods.
  6. 6. A Murder of Gods
    4 June 2017
    52min
    15
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    On the run after the New Gods’ show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday’s oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.
  7. 7. A Prayer for Mad Sweeney
    12 June 2017
    52min
    18
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    English [CC]
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    Her brief reunion with Shadow over far too quickly, Laura turns to an unlikely travel companion to find her way back to life, and back to Shadow. Mad Sweeney’s long, winding, and often tragic past is explored.
  8. 8. Come to Jesus
    19 June 2017
    1h
    18
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    On the eve of war, Mr. Wednesday must recruit one more Old God: Ostara, né Easter, Goddess of the Dawn But winning her over will require making a good impression, and that is where Mr. Nancy comes in.

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Directors
David SladeCraig ZobelVincenzo NataliAdam KaneFloria Sigismondi
Supporting actors
Yetide Badaki
Producers
Dauri Chase
Season year
2017
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Amazon Studios
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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ReaperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gods but not as you know them.
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I have not read the books so this is based only on the TV series.
This show is absolutely awesome. Ian Mcshane is amazing as he always is and Ricky really surprised me as the main character Shadow moon. There are so many great performances in this show check it out it will blow your mind.
Paul TapnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Believe
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A four disc dvd box set containing all eight episodes of the first season of American Gods. This is a tv show based on a book published in 2001 by fantasy writer Neil Gaiman.

For those who haven't read it, the book is the story of a man called Shadow. Released from a prison sentence early after his wife dies suddenly, he meets a mysterious man calling himself Mr. Wednesday. Who is a god. There are many of them across America, both those who have been around a long time and will be familiar from myth and history. And newer gods. Such as technology and media, which get a lot of worship nowadays. Shadow is in the middle of a fight between the old gods and the new.

The book has a lot to say as well, about belief and immigration and humanity, among many other things.

The tv show is planned to run for a while, and thus isn't a complete adaptation. As it only covers approx. the first fifth of the book.

All episodes run from fifty to fifty five minutes. [approx.] and there are two to a disc.

Being a season that sets things up, the bulk of the narrative here focuses on Shadow [Ricky Whittle] and Mr. Wednesday [Ian McShane] as they travel the country trying to recruits old gods to the latter's cause. Shadow has a lot to learn along the way. And then there's the issue of his wife. Who's still dead. But back...

This does have a lot of style in the way things are shown, intended to convey the magical realism of it all. And the style is very nice indeed. It also, being set up, does have a lot of diversions from the main two characters, often introducing people to whom it won't get back to for a while.

Once you get used to the style, in part one, which you do very quickly, you do then find that part two is a little overlong and doesn't feel like it goes too many places. But any fears of this being style over substance are allayed after that, as a strong narrative drive follows. Even though episodes four and seven are both solely character back story, that never feels like a problem. It is very watchable drama that always feels as if it is going somewhere.

The two leads are superb throughout, and Emily Browning as the aforementioned dead wife does add a lot of depth to a character who wasn't in the book as much.

Which is something those who did read the book will find. Since that was just from Shadow's viewpoint, this is different in that it broadens the narrative, as mentioned showing us what other characters are up to.

It all comes together superbly in part eight, with interesting revelations, and a great promise of drama and character moments to come.

Along the way, the show does manage to say as much about many topics as the book did, and it is quite thought provoking at times as a result.

It's an eighteen certificate because it doesn't skimp on the language, violence, and adult moments. And there are flashing images which will cause a problem to some, but it's great and original drama, also an adaptation that really works, and it's well worth getting into.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, French, German.
Subtitles: English, French, German,

The box just says English for both, but I have checked the discs for the above and it does have them on the menus.

Extras:

Disc one: 2016 comic con panel highlights. Fifty three minutes of interviews with cast and crew. A fun and at times thought provoking watch,

Disc two: Ricky Whittle and Emily Browning. Twelve minutes long.
Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle. Ten minutes long

Both of the above are in depth interviews with the actors in question, and are both good watches, that do make you think about some of the things they mention

What is American Gods? A four minute long general overview of the show, with sound bites from cast members.

Disc three:

American Gods origins with Neil Gaiman. Fourteen minutes with Neil Gaiman touring Iceland whilst talking about the original ideas for the book. A fascinating watch, with some great scenery and interesting insights.

Book v show: four minutes about the differences between the two. Which will answer some questions.

New gods: a five minute long look at the New Gods characters. Does offer useful info.

Disc four: Ian McShane. An eleven minute long interview with him, all about the show. An articulate and interesting watch.
Bruce Langley. A seven minute long chat with one of the New Gods actors. As good as the above.
Old Gods. An interesting seven minute long overview of the Old God characters.
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Read It YourselfReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Jesus really tried for me!
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There's so little for me to believe in these days and whilst I really enjoyed having a modern take on religion (the last American telly show I watched was six feet under!) I couldn't help but wonder why there had to be so many stories told (episode 7) But it is very intelligent all the same and those of average intelligence will grow frustrated with it. I actually found myself watching the first episode again because hindsight in this show is brilliant. It carefully unravels itself before your eyes and shows you that in this western world of plenty - sometimes it's good for a God to offer a little more stick than carrot - especially in the modern age. I must say I do believe in things again - Please do tune in til the final Easter episode as this show shall reveal it's true gems, make sure you receive them - it's worth it. We can be cynical all our lives or we can believe - that is the choice.

I've been listening to this song called 'Bodies' by Robbie Williams a lot whilst watching this and I eagerly await the next season. (I only bought prime for the grand tour!)

God gave me the sunshine,
Then showed me my lifeline
I was told it was all mine,
Then I got laid on a ley line
What a day, what a day,
And your Jesus really died for me
Then Jesus really tried for me

UK and entropy,
I feel like its ****in' (beeped out) me
Wanna feed off the energy,
Love living like a deity
What a day, one day,
And your Jesus really died for me
I guess Jesus really tried for me

Bodies in the Bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
And that's the way it's gonna be

All we've ever wanted
Is to look good naked
Hope that someone can take it
God save me rejection
From my reflection,
I want perfection

Praying for the rapture,
'Cause it's stranger getting stranger
And everything’s contagious
It's the modern middle ages
All day every day
And if Jesus really died for me
Then Jesus really tried for me

Bodies in the Bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
And that's the way it's gonna be

All we've ever wanted
Is to look good naked
Hope that someone can take it
God save me rejection
From my reflection,
I want perfection

Bodies in the Bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
Bodies in the bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
And that's the way it's gonna be

All we've ever wanted
Is to look good naked
Hope that someone can take it
So God save me rejection
From my reflection,
I want perfection

Jesus didn't die for you, what do you want?
(I want perfection)
Jesus didn't die for you, what are you on?
Oh Lord
Danny soReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant adaptation but stretched a bit too far
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Should have been a one series show
Mr. Tommy WoodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Totally confusing, but impossible to ignore
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This is totally new to me, i liked the trailer and Ian mcShane drew me to it. SPOILER FREE

(edit: confusing, sometimes to the point of "why am i watching" yet with the hold it has on you it's like reading a really exciting book that lets you in as it plays with you. This show is like a damned book that wont let you put it down even when you are confused.)

It plunges you into a plot where you don't have a clue what's going on. Though there are reveals it's certainly a daring show that breaks many conventional filming methods and borrows from many shows, in the way it is filmed and scripted. But also has it's own style. Iit changes with each episode, so on one hand it's hard to find a flow. On the other it's refreshing not to fall into a groove with a show too quickly(often where you can predict all too much)....where it can only go downhill. Im on episode 6, i don't know if there are any more(i am presuming there are). All i can say is i'm not much wiser on episode 6 than i was on episode one. Normally that would be enough for me to walk away. But this show implicates certain promises to the viewer, if it delivers the way game of thrones did. Then it will be worth it.

Those expecting the normal tv show layout and the familiarity that comes with it will be disappointed. You really don't get much of a sense of orientation. Many people wont persevere. But i will say, although confusing. I have watched and started to enjoy every episode. Even though i'm still very blank about where it is headed. It's doing more than enough setting up it's story. Visuals and quirks alone are enough to keep a person watching. I have no idea if i will be pissed off with this show or happy to have watched it, it feels like a total gamble of my time. Lets see what happens...

They have a powerful presence with Ian mcshane. But i do feel they haven't quite got him right yet. A little tweaking , a change in his lines and a little tweak to his presence. A tiny few tweaks could turn good into great.

So one thing i can say is on episode one i had no hopes for this show. Episode 6 im invested and hoping for improvement already. So i guess i am on board after all. I am in anticipation of the next episode. So they have done their job with me...
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Quinn AgathoniReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoying but still waiting every week
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It's four after Midnight on 1 May. I'm waiting... the trailers are brilliant, the book's brilliant, The casting and even the soundtrack. So ready for this.!

So... first episode, what was I waiting for? Ian McShane perfect as Odin sorry Wednesday.
The opening scene with the Norsemen sacrificing first their eyes and then their lives to Odin in the hope of wind to help them escape the rain of arrows that greeted their attempt to land (and to bring him to America before Leif Eriksson landed in Vinland).
Shadow Moon played brilliantly (and not a bad Laura Moon and Audrey for that matter)
The fight with the Leprechaun. When the Leprechaun says 'Now you feel it. You're just fighting now for the unholy ******* joy of it" Well Shadow Moon wasn't the only one. So was I.
The Bone Orchard itself was rendered beautifully, as was the World Tree.
Joel Murray was perfectly cast as the worshipper of Bilquis... dude looks an awful lot like Donald Trump from one angle, and I'm sure that wasn't an accident.
Technical Boy was not so scary at first until he starts talking of deletion... then less so again when Marilyn Monroe blows out his two front teeth with a kiss and then he's just a sulky teenager who has bitten off more than he can chew.
A perfect first episode..

And then along comes the second episode. Shadow's late wife still loves him for all he knows how true the rumours are of how she died. But of course, when he meets Chernobog and the Zorayas, such things are less important than the strange world in which he finds himself.

Episode four was the first one that was more or less outside what was included in the book and it was just as good as the existing storyline. It was pretty much backstory and all about Laura Moon for a change, rather than Shadow. It makes a lot of sense given what we already know about Laura and Shadow and Audrey and Robbie and even about Mssrs Jacquel and Ibis. This is a marvellous series and those who compare it to [[ASIN:B018SBS8OW Game of Thrones - Season 1-6 [DVD] [2016]]] was doing American Gods an injustice. Although that's not really a fair comparison. A better comparison between Gaiman and Martin would be with [[ASIN:B007RG7RCO The Armageddon Rag]] or [[ASIN:0575083042 Fevre Dream (Fantasy Masterworks 13)]] either of which would make excellent series... so HBO or Starz, hurry up and make them so we can have a proper comparison.

Ooh wait, almost forgot. Gillian Anderson as Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe and David Bowie and probably others as the series goes on (ie Media) She remains as magnificent as she was in [[ASIN:B000X41AY8 The X Files - The Complete Collector's Edition [DVD]]]. Awesome.

And constantly we are reminded of Odin's other names, whether he is called Wotan or Grimir or even (as Mad Sweeney points out when describing Shadow's relationship with Mr Wednesday as 'a deal with the Devil) merely alluded to.... And yet, as Vulcan says, Odin once sacrificed himself in a way Satan never would. He was always the biggest trickster among the Aesir - Loki was an amateur in comparison.

Speaking of Loki, I hope he is going to appear in Series two (or is Laura Moon perhaps going to take on his role from the book.

And now the series is over too quickly and we have to wait.
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David GoddenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
God is Dog spelled backwards
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American Gods (along with its sister book, Anansi Boys), is one of my favourite books. Therefore, any screen adaptation needed to be pretty bloody spectacular to get my vote, for whatever that is worth.

The casting director should be given an award. Simple as that, many names and faces I didn’t know, but if I had, they would have been my first choices to fill the roles.

The story is a deeply complex one, which requires your whole-hearted attention. This is not a venture for those with the attention span of fruit fly, if that is you, you won’t enjoy it much. Also, I would advise getting a brief volume of Nordic sagas to familiarise yourself with some of the characters and to get a better grasp of the underlying mythology. It really will make it more enjoyable when you understand the references.

All the other mythology is pretty much new to me, but it is easy to follow, if you do a little post viewing research (Google was invented for just this purpose).

If you can’t follow it straight away, don’t give up, as it weaves a rich tapestry that needs full viewing (or reading) to fully enjoy it.

4 out of 5, dropped one point as they left me hanging after series 2 and I don’t do the patience thing very well.
WritearoundReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Won Over
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First up I have read the book three times over the years ( I am not an insane Gaiman fan just someone who likes to revisit books I have enjoyed ) and have gained something different from each reading so I came to this series thinking 'how's this going to work then?' And then 'Dear god they've employed Ricky Whittle from Hollyoaks to play Shadow, that's going to be me watching him get acted off the screen by Ian McShane and turning off then." But lo we should continue to believe in the miraculous and I now think I can make snow if I really concentrate because Mr Whittle has not only held his own in scenes with McShane but taken Shadow and made him flesh. So good for you Mr Whittle, because if Shadow had not held our interest , imho , the rest of the cast would have been moons revolving around a missing planet. No matter how good McShane it would have been a disaster.
The series has been enough of itself , I think, to stand alone without ever knowing the book, if you are someone who likes things to evolve and not be dolloped out fully formed or signposted in the first episode. Gaiman's wit and exploration of the American psyche is still there and will I hope continue to be part of its interest for me. What we believe, why we believe it and how that shapes the society we live in is, hopefully, going to be explored in the best way possible with a cracking good story of epic saga proportions , humour, irony and just a pinch of 'what if' devilment.
As stated at the beginning Whittle has taken on the role of Shadow and is killing it, McShane knows how to handle a god and make him believable and the other members of the cast are on their A game which is supported by the brilliant writing; even the best of actors can't rescue a terrible script .
I have also found the little asides to see small scenes played out with other gods all over America really important. They are not just some throw away scenes as they have not cheapened production values to play out these perfect little jewels of moments showing the relationship between gods and humans. Aunubis, the Djinn , Anansi have all been both beautiful visually but played out with superb simplicity of belief that is all to the credit of the actors and the director. We are only three episodes in so I have my fingers crossed (those old superstitions tend to still wheedle their way into even a review) that the series continues to live up to these early episodes.
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