American Gods: The Beguiling Man   Show Only 
March 18, 2019 3:32 PM - Season 2, Episode 2 - Subscribe

A new New God surfaces, Tech Boy searches for Media, Laura and Mad Sweeney go after Shadow, while Nancy and Wednesday go after his spear.
posted by miss-lapin (9 comments total)
They're still trying to make Shadow an interesting character; he still isn't.

Nancy and Wednesday go after his spear.

Oh; huh. I completely missed that bit of exposition, because I really had no idea what they were doing together or why/how they ended up intersecting with Shadow/Laura/Mad Sweeney at the end.

Choosing to show the train-vs-car explosion reflected in Wednesday's eye felt strongly like a "we didn't have the budget to do this as a practical effect" thing.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 4:19 PM on March 18, 2019 [5 favorites]

It seems weird because they are both headed to the same place. Why not tell her the spear is in the same place as Shadow?

I think the short answer is so we can have Nancy/Wednesday road show and Laura/Sweeney road show. While Laura and Mad Sweeney were awesome last season, I found them in this episode to be "Meh." I think part of it is because we already went through a lot of this last season. I mean you want to talk about weird pacing-both sides have lost their queens. Last season things were at least headed toward House on the Rock. This season both sides are floundering. And I found the exposition with Shadow's Mom painfully talky and cliched.
posted by miss-lapin at 5:40 PM on March 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

this season is sluggish. it LOOKS like season one, but...
"diverting but listless" is a perfect description. the actors are giving it their all, but the writing and editing is lacking. i feel impatient and annoyed while watching and really dislike the tactic of using graphic violence/torture/gore to make weak work seem "edgy". i really really hope this gets better but i am losing faith.
posted by lapolla at 7:15 PM on March 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

really dislike the tactic of using graphic violence/torture/gore to make weak work seem "edgy"

Yup. Like, do we need any more exploding rubber heads?
posted by Jilder at 5:24 AM on March 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Starting to catch up, but this episode really dragged.

One small character detail that I did like: Young Shadow, who's spent most of his life in France, interacts with the basketball like it's a soccer ball.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 9:11 AM on April 21, 2019

Just catching up with this season, not sure how I didn't know about it for two months.

I liked the first episode but this one seemed like filler. Other than the flash-backs to Shadow's childhood, there wasn't really anything in this at all.
posted by octothorpe at 7:46 PM on May 11, 2019

Octothorpe you may want to check out the thread on the season 2 finale.
posted by miss-lapin at 10:20 AM on May 12, 2019

Not until I finish the season.
posted by octothorpe at 10:22 AM on May 12, 2019

OK I'm not trying to spoiler you, I'm just trying to warn you.
posted by miss-lapin at 10:32 AM on May 12, 2019

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