A three disc dvd box set containing all eight episodes of the second season of 'American Gods.' An urban fantasy story which adapts a novel by writer Neil Gaiman.
All episodes run fifty to fifty three mins [approx].
This season will make no sense if you didn't see the first. So if you've not, go and watch it.
If you have, read on.
The first season of this show was great. It was stylish. It was clever. And it felt like it was going somewhere. Even episodes that just filled in backstory were part of the bigger picture. So you were glad to get it.
There were behind the scenes issues between seasons, which resulted in a change of showrunner and recasting of one key part.
Alas, even though Neil Gaiman himself is the new showrunner, the results are there to be seen.
The first season was style and substance.
This season is just style. And no substance.
Take the first episode. The old gods have a meeting at a famous location. That's about it.
In the second episode, people travel from place to place via various modes of transport. That's about it.
And so on.
Even though war was supposedly declared and begun at the end of season one, it just doesn't seem to happen. People talk about it. But do nothing.
Come episode four, when one character listens to two others doing such and declares themselves to be 'bored of listening to this....[you can guess the next word]' you feel their pain. The show doesn't get it's own irony alas.
It does pick up ever so slightly in the second half. Episode six is actually pretty good, with a superbly done flashback section and a decent main narrative. But episode seven is just one character being maudlin. And episode eight promises big things but underwhelms.
One new character is pretty good.
Ian McShane remains great, really getting his teeth into the part.
But Shadow frustrates. He spends too much time reacting rather than acting. That's not how you tell stories.
Far too much of this season induces boredom rather than involves or entertains.
I will wait on reviews of season three before deciding to stick with it. Some tv shows do never manage to live up to great first seasons and just painfully fade away as a result. Some do rally though. Which will this be? Do I care anymore? We shall see.
The dvds have the following language and subtitle options:
Extras on disc three:
Comic con panel from 2018. Fifty mins of, as ever with these things, everyone saying how great everyone else is. This was filmed before one cast member got a bit unhappy that their character doesn't figure in season three, so it's a bit dated to watch it now.
Neil Gaiman's America: Four mins of him talking about his travels around the country and how it inspired the book. Short, but quite interesting.
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