Ready for some American Gods 1×05 spoilers? As always, we promise to give you just enough to make you desperate for the next episode — but without giving away the whole story. Sorry, folks. If you want to be so spoiled that there are no surprises left, you’ll have to go elsewhere. We wouldn’t want to anger Media, after all.
Speaking of Media…First up on our American Gods 1×05 spoilers: “Lemon Scented You” features Gillian Anderson like you’ve never seen her before. That debut as Lucy Ricardo was nothing compared to this.
Media’s Lucy Ricardo won’t prepare you for Gillian Anderson’s complete disappearance into the roles of a distorted David Bowie and otherworldly Marilyn Monroe. Dana Scully, Stella Gibson, even Blanche DuBois…Nothing about those characters will prepare you for what happens here. Not one thing. Media’s turns as Bowie and Monroe are completely shocking in a way that defies explanation.
I’ll try just for you, though, dear readers.
Each character has entirely different mannerisms, voices, and accents. Without prior knowledge, viewers would likely be unable to tell that a single actress is behind both of Media’s manifestations. But yes, that is Gillian Anderson as David Bowie in one of Neil Gaiman’s favorite scenes. It’s also Gillian up there, rocking the Marilyn Monroe and shamelessly flirting with all of us.
Exactly how a single talent manages to pull off both of those characters, though…
When Media becomes David Bowie, it’s like she exists in this faraway place amongst the cosmos and has decided to grace us mere mortals with her presence here on Earth. Her later appearance as Marilyn Monroe is something else entirely.
Is this making any sense? Probably not. If staring directly into the sun is supposed to burn your retinas, then maybe staring directly at Gillian Anderson’s Media can burn the brain’s ability to form coherent thoughts on the matter. You’ll see.
Bonus: Insert comment about greater than unicorn here…And I’m moving on because um, there’s an actual unicorn to which to compare her. Be on the lookout, assuming you’re capable.
Ok. Moving right along and shaking ourselves out of that one, lest we never write a real sentence again.
So, as far as “official” American Gods 1×05 spoilers go, Starz’s episode description gives us the following:
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.
Among those New Gods is Crispin Glover’s Mr. World. Let’s just say that if you’ve ever heard the saying about putting the fear of God into someone, Mr. World is probably the god in question. He’s got to be the creepiest character American Gods has dreamed up yet. Glover has this fabulously deranged look about him — that smile will give you nightmares — and he’s so eerily calm.
And do not get me started on what a glorious asshole Bruce Langley’s Technical Boy is. A god, acting out as if he’s going through his bratty teen years. Someone save us. Please.
Moon Family Reunion.
After spending episode four learning the story of Laura Moon’s life and death, American Gods‘ fifth episode picks up where both “Git Gone” and its predecessor, “Head Full of Snow,” left off. Which means, as the official episode synopsis promised, Shadow Moon is going to be in the unique position of getting to talk through some issues with his dead wife. While that opportunity may be cut a little bit short by more pressing matters, it’s still great television in its own right.
Laura and Shadow’s time together brings Ricky Whittle’s biggest outpouring of emotion since Shadow’s graveside meltdown in the series premiere. But don’t worry: That epic “wtf” face and the ongoing dynamic with Ian McShane are both back and better than ever.
Oh, and one tiny addition to our American Gods 1×05 spoilers before we go? Laura Moon is still bad. ass.
Make sure to watch the next all-new episode of American Gods on Starz this Sunday, May 28.
Either try the Starz app at midnight, or join us at 9/8c on the network. Whichever you choose, Media will be soaking up that devotion. Rightly so.1 of 1