American Gods (2017– )
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While Shadow and Mr. Wednesday take a secret meeting in St. Louis, Bilquis arrives at the funeral home in Cairo, where she engages in a debate with Mr. Nancy and Mr. Ibis; Laura rejoins Mad Sweeney.

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Stacie Passon

Writers:

Neil Gaiman (based on the novel by), Bryan Fuller (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Whittle ... Shadow Moon
Emily Browning ... Laura Moon (credit only)
Crispin Glover ... Mr. World
Orlando Jones ... Mr. Nancy
Yetide Badaki ... Bilquis
Bruce Langley ... Technical Boy
Mousa Kraish ... The Jinn (credit only)
Omid Abtahi ... Salim (credit only)
Demore Barnes ... Mr. Ibis
Pablo Schreiber ... Mad Sweeney (credit only)
Ian McShane ... Mr. Wednesday
Sakina Jaffrey ... Mama-Ji
Kahyun Kim ... New Media
Mouna Traoré ... Ruby Goodchild (as Mouna Traore)
William Sanderson ... The Bookkeeper
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While Shadow and Mr. Wednesday take a secret meeting in St. Louis, Bilquis arrives at the funeral home in Cairo, where she engages in a debate with Mr. Nancy and Mr. Ibis; Laura rejoins Mad Sweeney.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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31 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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The first episode of the series not to feature Emily Browning. As of this episode, no character or actor has featured in every one. See more »

Goofs

The software written by the son in his student room contains elements (auto, range-based-for, std unique pointer) that were only introduced in the 2011 standard of the programming language C++. The scene took place in 1987, and the computer that was used (an Apple Macintosh) couldn't have compiled the software. See more »

Quotes

Mr. World: You killed Argus.
Mr. Wednesday: And you killed Zorya.
Mr. World: I am sorry about Zorya. But when you strike with lightning, you should expect consequences.
Mr. Wednesday: Mess with my people, expect disproportionate consequences.
Mr. World: You got your man back.
Mr. Wednesday: It's the principle.
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Partita for solo violin n.2 in d minor BWV. 1004: Ciaconna
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Convoluted & at times incoherent

The problem with American Gods, and especially season 2 as of this episode, is quite simple. The book does not warrant three seasons, even with Neil Gaiman himself adding material. So we end up with episodes that do not advance the plot in the slightest, like this one.

Worse still, I honestly do not see the episodes as following one another. Rather than the continuation, however slow, of a few plotlines, we seem to get random events, unconnected to anything else. Wednesday and Shadow just wonder aroung meeting people with no specific order or plan, forgetting the end of the previous episode. The storylines of the New Gods are even worse and seem completely incoherent, despite a few good scenes, such as the introduction in this episode.

The pity is that the show does not lack intelligence, it has fine acting and some great dialogue - which is however without much context or purpose. I mean, there are a lot of reviewers here complaining because of a dialogue scene where the black gods list what is wrong (well, some of what is wrong) with modern america. The scene is not exactly profound, but it is spot on, well acted, and you can imagine just what kind of people have a problem with it. But even so, it doesn't follow previous events - Bilquis just goes into the funeral home and starts talking with Anansi and Thoth about this and that, ending up discussing racism and how this means (according to Anansi) they must take part in the war? Huh? I felt they just tried to include it without actually fitting it in.

All in all, American Gods tries to be intellectual, but often ends up a bit full of itself.


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