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American Gods - 2x01 "House on the Rock" (Book Readers Discussion)
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American Gods - 2x01 "House on the Rock" (Book Readers Discussion)

Season 2 Episode 1: House on the Rock

Aired: March 10, 2019


Synopsis: Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods. Mr. World plans revenge. Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media.


Directed by: Christopher J. Byrne

Written by: Jesse Alexander & Neil Gaiman


Reader beware. Book spoilers are allowed without any spoiler tags in this thread.

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49 points · 2 months ago

I'm so glad this show is back! I liked the episode and know they are moving the plot forward but I miss the introduction to a new god that many of the S1 episodes had. I liked seeing how they came (or were brought to) America.

level 2

I loved those too. I'd be surprised if we don't get one for Mama Ji at least, and later for Hinzelmann, but of course we're past the point of introducing new characters, for the most part.

Still, even incidental gods and their stories could illuminate the themes of the ongoing series.

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I'm kinda hoping they do it for a few of the new gods this season.

level 2

They felt like good old fashioned fairy tales that I was told as a child. Not of these particular gods of course, but something similar in form of spirits, origin of animals, etc.

level 2

Ditto! I can’t remember if they have any more gods to introduce that we haven’t seen though? It’s been so long since I read the book.

I think they still haven’t finished the story about the tribe moving across Syberia.

level 3

It's been awhile since I read it as well, but I remember there was a dude that was a bird (thunderbird?) and Bast jumps Shadows bones when he stays the night at the funeral home. I think?

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47 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

unpopular opinion (possibly): I have no idea how many seasons they intend.... but I actually really enjoyed the Lakeside storyline from the book and I don't think I'm ever going to see it if it took them until Season 2 just to get to the House on the Rock (as beautifully done as this was!) ... I mean I guess it will be toward the end of it all or edit: I am misremembering my read.

I enjoy the show fine, but they are stretching everything out so much... me just being impatient is all.

level 2

I enjoyed the Lakeside stuff too. And Betty Gilpin was great as Audrey so it would be fun to see them bring her back.

level 2

That meat pasty better get top billing and it's own damn episode, it sounded so tasty in the book!

level 3

They served them at the "Gathering of the Gods" tenth anniversary of the book. They were amazing.

I hope they do have a pasty episode.

level 2

They cast Sam Black Crow so we may be getting it this season. Lakeside was one of my favorite parts too. It reminded me of Twin Peaks a little bit and I think that vibe would suit that part of the story very well.

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7 points · 2 months ago

When somebody says American Gods, Lakeside comes to my mind to this day! What a great storyline.

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4 points · 2 months ago

The Lakeside storyline was great. They are changing a lot of things already, which is probably for the better, so it might be easier to fit it in.

level 1

The scene with the shooter was just amazingly done. The Mr. World monologue leading up to it, the music, the way they filmed it also gave it a really hectic feeling. Best scene in the series so far.

level 2

And the music fit so well, I enjoyed every second of it.

level 1

I wish they showed the animals they were riding come to life. Also Mr. Nancy's speech cut way too short. I also missed Alviss and the others being driven by shadow. Great episode, but still

level 2
6 points · 2 months ago

Yeah, Anancy's opener really made an impression on first reading, and set up the tone in a great way. Shame it was cut this short.

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level 1

Why no tiger balls?

level 2

You can't pack everything into one episode. I'm sure we'll get it somewhere.

level 3

Idk. It's a long story to put in the middle of a show.

level 4

It's anansi though: 'there's always time for a story!'

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32 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

So far it's very well done, consistent to season 1 and also true to the tone and style of Gaiman's book. Now if the other 7 episodes crash and burn, I'll full on admit it, but based on episode 1, this looks to be another damn good season and a great adaptation of one of the best modern fantasy novels.

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