Mad Sweeney, the most unlucky Leprechaun in the world, played only a secondary role in Neil Gaiman’s novel, but in its TV adaptation, and mostly thanks to Pablo Schreiber’s magnetic performance, it has become one of its most compelling characters. In this episode, we finally get to know his story as told in the legend of Buile Shuibhne […]Read more "Mad Sweeney, Or The Story Of The Most Unlucky Leprechaun In The World: American Gods Season 2 Episode 7 recap"
American Gods Season 2 Episode 6: Donar the Great American Gods, the TV show, is at its best when it does not limit itself to reproduce the plot of the book, and dares to dig deeper in the rich universe and mythology created by Neil Gaiman. This week’s episode did just that by exploring an […]Read more "Life is a Cabaret… Even for Gods: American Gods Season 2 Episode 6"
If the previous episode, The Greatest Story Ever Told, was about Money, this episode is about Death, or more precisely, about what the dead can teach to the living. In terms of the storylines, Laura and Mad Sweeney travel to New Orleans and meet Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte, Voodoo loas (spirits) in another attempt for Laura to come back from the dead, and for Sweeney to recover his lucky coin. Shadow, still in Cairo, encounters the spirit of Will “Froggie” James, a black man who was lynched in Cairo in 1909 after erroneously being accused of killing a white woman, and who haunts African Americans in town ever since. Finally, we follow Wednesday, Samir and Jinn in their search for a dwarf who can fix and restore to glory his spear Gungnir.Read more "American Gods Season 2 Episode 5: The Ways of the Dead"
The Greatest Story Ever Told: American Gods Season 2 Episode 4 In the last episode, we saw Shadow making his way to Cairo, Illinois with the help of Sam Black Crow. The Old Gods and the New Gods tried to convince Argus, the God of Surveillance to take sides, only to be killed by Laura […]Read more "Money and Race in America: American Gods Season 2 Episode 4"
A discussion of religious themes in American Gods Season 2 Episode 3 Muninn. In this episode, the war between the old and the new gods continues, and we encounter (new) New Gods, like New Media, and we meet an Old God, Argus Panoptes, the God of Surveillance, who still has not chosen sides. We also meet Sam Black Crow, a Native-American girl who helps Shadow get to Cairo, Illinois, where he will meet Mr. Ibis.Read more "Introducing New Gods (New Media) and meeting Old Ones (Argus) in American Gods Season 2 Episode 3 Muninn"
In the aftermath of the assassination of Zorya Vechernyaya (the Evening Star), the Old Gods are trying to regroup and figure out their best plan moving forward. They are not only being forgotten and replaced by New Gods but now they are also being killed.Read more "American Gods Season 2 Episode 2: The Beguiling Man"
After a two year hiatus, which included as much behind the scenes drama as the show itself, American Gods is back. Starz premiered the second season on Sunday, March 10th, with an episode that makes clear that the war between the Old Gods and the New Gods has begun. Since you can already read many […]Read more "American Gods Season 2: The War has Begun"
One of the important questions this season presents is the notion of any of the characters being truly free even when they have escaped Gilead.Read more "Blessed be us: The Handmaid’s Tale is back!"
Are you a Muslim if you eat bacon? What about if you drink alcohol? Do you need to pray five times a day? Can you pick and choose in order to create your own identity as a Muslim? And what does it even mean to be a Muslim (or a Christian, or a Hindu)? How […]Read more "Eating Bacon and Being a Muslim in Aziz Ansari’s Master of None"
Welcome to our weekly recap of the third and final season of the Leftovers. If we began the season with the Book of Kevin, we ended with the Book of Nora, making clear that, even though the series presented itself as a grand metaphysical mystery, it also was, at its heart, a love story. Do Kevin and Nora end up together? Do we find out what caused the Sudden Departure? Do we figure out what the hell was up with that National Geographic magazine? As HBO wisely warned us in its description of the episode “Nothing is answered. Everything is answered. And then it ends.”Read more "The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 8 Recap: The Book of Nora"