Top 5 Memorable Moments from Season 1 of 'American Gods'
American Gods, written by Neil Gaiman and brought to life on the television screen by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, is a story about a war brewing between the old gods we’ve all read about and the new gods we as a society have come to worship, with one seemingly ordinary man caught between the two. Season 1 left off right after a confrontation between the two types of gods and kept us on the edge of our seats!
Filming for Season 2 of American Gods began a couple of months ago, so I’ve decided to compile a short list of memorable moments from Season 1 to refresh and pump us up for the new season! With a new showrunner and a potential early 2019 release, all we have to look back on are the amazing, mystical, and often times politically-polarizing moments of Season 1.
In no particular order, here are some scenes that really stood out:
1. THAT BILQUIS SCENE
Bilquis’ (Yetide Badaki) first scene (in the show as well as the book) is arguably one of the most well-known scenes of the series at this point, and was also one of the most anticipated. This episode was released not long after a certain leader of the free world’s ugly comments regarding grabbing a woman by the p*ssy. Well, this p*ssy certainly grabs back! (Also, can’t help but notice her vagina is eating a man that resembles said certain leader.)
It may just be a TV show, but I felt this scene deep in my soul. A man (or any person) in power who say the things he’s said and does the things he’s done and continues to do deserves to get eaten by a vagina goddess, in my humble opinion.
2. THE HANGING SCENE
The image of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) hanging by a noose on a tree is an image that won’t be fading from my mind any time soon. It’s the kind of image that causes a visceral reaction: a black man being beaten, hung, and left for dead. I feel sick whenever I watch it.
As a white person, that’s an image I’ve only ever seen in history books, barely. That’s an ignorance of my white privilege. It happened then and it continues to happen now, regardless of whether or not mainstream media reports it. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Ricky at a couple of fan conventions over the years and it’s always sickening for me to watch that scene because, while it’s Shadow’s story, it’s Ricky we see hanging there. Nobody on the face of this earth deserves that kind of end. I may not have liked Laura Moon, but I’m grateful that her super post-mortem, good luck coin abilities were there to save the day.
3. MR. NANCY TALKS TO WORSHIPPERS ON THE BOAT CARRYING SLAVES TO THE NEW WORLD
The second episode starts with us staring at a spider, who is the old god, Anansi. The men aboard the slave ship are praying to Anansi in hopes of getting out of the situation they are currently in. Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) appears and shares his truth: the white men that took them from their homes and their families are sending them to their deaths. They are sending them to the deaths of their future generations. Mr. Nancy paints a picture of their lives from there on out.
It’s dreary and horrifying and real. This happened in our country’s history. Racial discrimination is very much alive in today’s society, just as it was back then. “Angry is good. Angry gets shit done.” Mr. Nancy is encouraging these men to overthrow the “Dutch motherfuckers” on the top deck and set fire to the ship. He’s encouraging them to sacrifice themselves because they’re “all dead anyway” after this ship reaches land. Their sacrifice is in Anansi’s name and through that, he lives on.
4. GUNTOWN, USA
Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen) is originally the god of fire. In the new world, the god of fire evolved into the god of gunfire and became the mayor of a small white town in Alabama. The townsfolk worship guns and it’s about as disturbing as you would think. At least, Shadow would have to agree, being the only black man in the whole place. When Shadow and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) first arrive in town, it starts to rain bullets. Thankfully, Shadow is safe in the car. (I worry about his safety so much.)
Wednesday and Vulcan are old allies, and Wednesday has come to town to call him to arms on the side of the old gods. Turns out, Vulcan has double-crossed his old friend. While letting Wednesday and Shadow get comfortable, Vulcan sent word to the new gods that they are there. Wednesday is infuriated. He ends up taking a sword and cutting Vulcan’s head off. You do not want to double-cross Mr. Wednesday.
5. ODIN’S REVEAL
Mr. Wednesday’s big reveal in the finale was a great twist in the book. With the kind of personality that Mr. Wednesday has, it’s no surprise that he’s the All-Father. He commands every room he walks into with style and a flair for the dramatics. In this scene, the gods, both old and new, meet at Ostara’s estate. Odin’s power is strong. He calls upon Ostara to show her true power, as well. She kills all the plant life for as far as the eye can see. If people refuse to worship their gods nowadays, then they will LEARN to worship all over again. This is what starts the actual physical battle between the new and old gods.
Season 1 of American Gods had a lot of polarizing and exciting moments, and I can’t wait to see what Season 2 brings! I’m, personally, really excited for the introductions of New Media (Kahyun Kim) and Sam Black Crow (Devery Jacobs)!
What are YOU looking forward to seeing in Season 2? Let us know in the comments below!