American Gods - Season 2

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  1. The Nth Doctor

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    I can understand that hesitation but I think Fuller, Green, and Anderson would've performed him respectfully.

    Kahyun Kim will play an original character called New Media.
     
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    OK. I think I actually like that better than seeing someone try to replace Gillian Anderson, she was awesome.
     
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    Second trailer:

     
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    Reviews for the first three episodes are coming in. I've been looking forward to it's return for some time now, knowing full well about the behind the scenes drama. Even so, things are looking bleak.

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    Yeah, that does not sound good.
     
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    That EW review above seems the most on-point, some of the other complaints about season 2 could be applied just the same as season 1.

    I thought the show did a wonderful job creating the stunning visuals for The House on the Rock. However, I had no idea until a few minutes ago that it actually exists, lol! So I guess it remains to see if the rest of the season is going to be as striking as the first season.

    I think one of the challenges is that the first season was more interested in the journey than the destination. The book may be as well but I haven't read it. Also, Shadow Moon is more of the catalyst to the other more interesting characters than he is interesting himself. This seems to be a source of frustration in reviews and comments I've seen that want more to happen and/or find Shadow/Ricky Whittle lacking. Maybe it was something Fuller and Green could get away with but I'm not sure the new guy was really given a chance.

    I guess even the new guy was ousted by the end, maybe even by the crew themselves, so not sure where they're going. I share similar concern with the EW article with Mr. World doing Bond-style villainy from some hidden bunker lair. The assault on the diner seemed a bit too terrestrial. I'll give the first episode a chance to set the pieces before deciding too much one way or the other on the season. I kind of wish I didn't know that Fuller and Green left as it's hard not to let it color my viewing, I'm already predisposed into looking for the cracks instead of giving it a fair shake.
     
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    I have to say that I've become quite disassociated from the book because my memory sucks so badly (I've only read it once, nearly a decade ago), so I'm at the point where I'm not really comparing the two. That said, Mr. World's hidden lair and guided attack on the old gods at the diner definitely struck me as new to the series and standing out oddly, as did Shadow's abrupt kidnapping. I'm not surprised by it, however, because my vaguest memories of the chapters set at the House on the Rock were less action-oriented and far more cerebral, so changing things up for the series makes a certain amount of sense.

    All said and done, I did love the carousel and the "backstage" sequences, especially how the show depicted the old gods in their "true form."
     
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    On the one hand, Charles Eglee was the co-creator/showrunner of Murder One. On the other hand, Charles Eglee was the co-creator/showrunner of Dark Angel. This could really go either way here.
     
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    I haven't watched any of his shows, but Gaiman is thrilled by the choice. That's good enough for me.
     
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    Yeah, I'm thinking of Starz's alleged problem with the last showrunner that they didn't like that he took the series "in a more conventional direction" and balancing it with that hiring and I'm not sure. I kind of sense that Gaiman is maybe too close to his work to judge what works for an "adaptation", being the author he may be a bit precious about his own work and wanting it too "stick to the script" perhaps to the detriment of the series not allowing it to be its own thing. I just noticed I used a lot of weasel words in that last sentence, I'm hedging a lot because I don't know this for a fact to be the case, more I'm speculating.
     
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    And on the off-chance they really were looking for someone unconventional like Fuller and simply couldn't find anyone, what are John Masius and Stephen Godchaux up to? Crappy revival movie aside, they did a phenomenal job with Dead Like Me after Fuller left five episodes in. They could probably showrun the shit out of American Gods too.
     
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    I'm fairly certain Gaiman is open to deviations to his works, as long as he's guiding that process. He's written entirely new material for the upcoming Good Omens and he's shaping that process here as well (look no further than Laura's much-expanded role).