Ready for some American Gods 1×02 spoilers? I can’t reveal much here — you’ll have to watch the best new series of 2017 for the real goods. But I’ll do my best to hold you over until the new episode airs on Starz this Sunday. No bloody sacrifices needed.
It’s time to meet Media.
When Gillian Anderson’s official account tweeted, “Media infiltrates your screens next week” just hours before the series premiere, there was a simultaneous mix of anticipation and disappointment heard around the twitterverse. Fans have been looking forward to Media’s debut scene since Anderson’s casting was announced last June and were probably hoping for at least a glimpse in episode one. Now, they would have to wait another week.
Ever heard the saying, “good things come to those who wait?” It has never been more accurate. As I teased in my advance review for the series, Anderson is somehow perfectly Lucy Ricardo…and perfectly not. I’ll save any additional word-vomiting of praise for the recap. Don’t miss it.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 30, 2017
I’ll at least leave you with this warning: The picture from that tweet is nothing compared to what’s coming, and being prepared is simply not an option. You might think you’re prepared after seeing some of the images mysteriously floating around social media? But you’re lying to yourselves.
Media might be one of the most anticipated new gods, but don’t count Orlando Jones’ Mr. Nancy (an old god) out.
While the “Coming to America” scene in American Gods‘ first episode was graphically bloody in the most artistic of ways, Mr. Nancy’s introduction is more about raw feeling. It’s impossible to stress just how good Jones’ debut is without spoiling the entire scene. (Sorry, folks: Not happening.) Suffice it to say that hearing his impassioned monologue is going to make some folks uncomfortable, but it all needs to be said — all of it.
And Orlando Jones nails it.
Tune in on Sunday to learn the story behind this clip, and see how a guy who wears a purple suit so well can be so angry.
Last but definitely not the least of our American Gods 1×02 spoilers: Cloris Leachman and Peter Stormare, y’all!
With all of the (justified) hype over Anderson and Jones, it might be difficult to find the energy to get excited about meeting Leachman and Stomare’s characters. But anyone who’s read Neil Gaiman’s novel knows that the weird little family of Czernobog and the Zoryas — yes, plural — is vital to the American Gods story.
Remember: Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon are on a mission here, even if Shadow isn’t quite sure what that is.
Following Shadow’s trip home for his wife’s funeral in the series’ first installment, this mismatched (yet oddly perfect) pairing is headed to Chicago for Wednesday to start his recruitment process. Just like everything else in American Gods, the visit is anything but simple. More to the point, it’s anything but boring.
Leachman’s Zorya Vechernyaya — say that three times fast — is about 1000% done with Mr. Wednesday…and pretty much everything else. (Think Estelle Getty in The Golden Girls, only a bit more on the Slavic goddess side of things.) She’s stuck living with Stomare’s Czernobog, who is equal parts deranged, terrifying, cunning, and downright hilarious. That’s to say nothing of Ricky Whittle’s expert side-eye as Shadow Moon reacts to the new world opening up around him. It’s like Shadow’s face is constantly portraying the inner monologue of “wtf” that comes along with being around someone as gleefully unhinged as Czernobog.
But a word to the wise: Czernobog’s not as much of a comic relief as he may seem on the surface. He has some interesting things to say, and I’m not talking about his in-depth discussion of his particular skillset, either.
That’s it for the American Gods 1×02 spoilers.
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