We discuss the premiere episode of American Gods, The Bone Orchard. Anya and Alan talk about errant Viking head-counts, coin tricks, and man-eating vaginas. We look deep under the gloss of this episode and uncover some interesting ideas.
We discuss the second episode 'The Secret of Spoon'. Anya and Alan debate progressive depictions of naked bodies, anachronistic arachnids, and how Gillian Anderson makes everything better. We loved this episode and are so excited for the rest of the season.
Anya and Alan talk about compassionate immigrant stories, Ian McShane's nationality, and mystical fire-escapes. They always say Zorya Polunochnaya correctly. 'Head Full of Snow' is all about faith. And robbing banks, but mostly faith.
Anya and Alan discuss the amazing 4th Episode 'Git Gone'. They can't agree on anything about Laura Moon, but everyone agrees that Audrey is the best. Do your best to keep both arms attatched as you listen.
Anya and Alan discuss Lemon Scented You, the 5th episode of American Gods. We rave about the music, Mad Sweeney saying dead-wife, and Gillian Anderson. This episode is brought to you by the word 'Raven'.
Anya and Alan discuss 'A Murder of Gods'. We talk about warm safe feelings, laying traps, and the sound of a thousand falling bullets. Come pee in the lava with us as we investigate episode 6 of American Gods.
We introduce Amy Duddelston, the editor of 'Head Full of Snow' and interview her about how she was hired on American Gods, action figure sex, and the climate of Hollywood for women filmmakers. We also answer your questions and comments, and feature some great articles!
Anya and Alan discuss Episode 7 of American Gods. We ship Ibis and Jaquel, miss Salim's prayer rug, and gush about the music. The many-layered stories don't stop in 'A Prayer for Mad Sweeney', our favorite episode yet!
Anya and Alan debate the role of race in Shadow's characterization, the proper name for a group of Jesuses, and if this finale did its job. Open a bag of jellybeans and listen to us discuss 'Come to Jesus'.
Anya and Alan talk to Stephen Philipson, the editor of "Lemon Scented You" and "A Murder of Gods". He tells us his editing secrets, all about singin' in the rain, and what it takes to be a successful professional editor.
Anya and Alan discuss the adaptation of Laura Moon in the first season of American Gods. We look at her white privilege, the intentions of the show-runners, and how she measures up to the character in the novel.
Anya and Alan wrap up the first season of American Gods. We debate who the protagonist of this season is, talk about Native representation on the show, and read your feedback! We loved the first season, but there were a lot of problems and surprises.
Anya and Alan talk about guns with Jonita Davis, from Black Girl Nerds. We discussed Episode 6 "A Murder of Gods" in light of recent school shootings. We talk about social bias against black students, the marketing syndrome of the NRA, and the feeling of power that comes from a gun.