The long winter that is Game of Thrones‘ hiatus is upon us, and it’s only getting colder, guys. While there is some comfort in re-watching old episodes — “Battle of the Bastards” is an actual masterpiece — it’s also nice to tune in to something brand new that’s capable of getting you just as hyped as the action in Westeros does. There are quite a few shows out there that are perfect for Game of Thrones fans (think Rome, Vikings, and the early seasons of The Walking Dead), but most of them have been around so long that you’ve probably already seen them.
If you’re looking for a show that’s new and just as intense, brutal, and exciting as Game of Thrones is, then this is the list for you. None of these nine shows are exactly like the hit HBO series, because let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like it on TV. However, each one of these series create intricate and dangerous worlds that viewers can’t look away from. (more…)
When Gillian Anderson announced she would not be returning to Starz hit show American Gods, the question arose whether they would recast the role or go in a new direction. Today that question was answered. The show will introduce a new character that will replace Gillian’s character, Media.
Last week’s episode of American Gods was one of the weakest of the season. As stated before, it didn’t really feel like a penultimate episode and probably should have switched around with the previous week. Learning about Essie McGowan (who looked eerily similar to Laura Moon) and her devotion to Mad Sweeny didn’t add much overall, but it did deliver fine performances by Pablo Schreiber and Emily Browning as they were the central characters that episode. However, we still have the Cold War between the Old Gods and the New Gods. Thank goodness for this week!
After last week’s explosive episode of American Gods, where the show slyly tackled such issues as immigration and gun control wrapped in a tale of old and new Gods fighting each other, we officially had the first dud of an episode. Instead of continuing Wednesday and Shadow’s road trip, we opted to have a part “Coming to America,” part secondary road trip episode, focusing on Mad Sweeny and Laura Moon as they continued the quest of her resurrection and him getting back his lucky coin.
Last week on American Gods, we got our first real confrontation between the Old Gods and New Gods as Wednesday and Shadow came face to face with Mr. World. We got to see the full extent of his power as he literally has all the power of “the world.” Although he went to great lengths to ensure that Wednesday and Shadow could be in police custody for their meeting, he continued to reaffirm that the Old Gods were not the New Gods’ enemy (despite the Technical Boy wanting to kill Wednesday and Shadow), and they could help the Old Gods by way of rebranding. Despite the good intentions, the New Gods are not to be messed with as some sort of tree monster laid waste to all those in the police department, and even left a parting gift for Shadow.
Last week on American Gods, we didn’t spend much time with Shadow, Wednesday or any of the Gods Old or New. But we did get a hell of exposition as it relates to Laura Moon, what she’s been doing before and after her fellatio-related auto accident. Thanks to Mad Sweeny’s coin, she’s now an undead super zombie, capable of destroying the Technical Boy’s drones with a flick of the wrist. Her death gave her a newfound appreciation for her “puppy” and she now wants to find him. Even though she’s back in the real world, the nothingness of death awaits her when her task is completed.
Towards the end of last week’s episode of American Gods, Shadow came back where he ran into his presumably deceased ex-wife Laura sitting on his bed. She’s supposed to be dead after giving fellatio to his best friend Robbie and resulting in a car crash killing them both. This week on “Git Gone,” we get to see everything from Laura’s perspective.
Instead of having the usual “Coming to America” or “Departing America” theme we have come to expect from American Gods, we are instead thrust into a high flashback. We see her before she met her beloved, when she was a suicidal casino worker. After clocking out running the blackjack tables, she would spend her nights in her hot top breathing in insect repellent in her hot tub. While the insect repellent might give her some sort of high, it’s also fatal, and she knows it. Every time, she backs out of the death at the last minute, it shows that she’s living a lonely unfulfilled life, and she needs a change. (more…)
Last week on American Gods, in addition to meeting Mr. Nancy is a scene-stealing moment at the beginning of the episode, we also met a slew new of gods that will be seen in the upcoming episodes. Shadow is being courted by both the Old Gods and the New Gods, as he met Media. Shadow seemed to bit off more than he could chew as he found himself promised to take Czernobog’s hammer to the face as he was on the losing end of a high-stakes game of checkers with the Slavic god of darkness and evil. How would he get out of this mess?
Last week we were introduced to the new weird, world of American Gods. Much like the lead character Shadow Moon, we have no idea what the hell is going on. Fresh out of prison, Shadow was having pretty much the worst day ever. In addition to his wife dying, his finding out she died while giving fellatio to his best friend. The cherry on top, he’s now thrust into a world of Old Gods and New Gods as he is in the service of Old God leader, Mr. Wednesday. He’s already met Mad Sweeny, and unfortunately met the Technical Boy, who wasn’t keen on him getting involved in the affairs of the Old and New Gods, and has him hanged. We also got to meet Bilquis, who proceeded to show her powers by swallowing a man whole into her nether regions during her lovemaking. Needless to say, this is a weird and fun new show, and can only get weirder and more fun!
This week marks the Television premier of Neil Gaiman’s beloved series American Gods .
Let’s just preface that once again Bryan Fuller has delivered a unique, beautiful, and insane television show. The cinematography alone is worth the hour of your time as it’s visually intoxicating. The way the landscape, blood, and everything else just encapsulates you as you watch it, is just interesting and a great example of visually captivating. (more…)