Review: American Gods, S01E01 – The Bone Orchard

Posted May 3, 2017 by Jessica in Jessica, Reviews / 8 Comments


If you’ve been paying attention, you know that I’ve been SUPER excited about Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS airing on STARZ this past Sunday. I’m not saying I’m going to post on every, single episode (I’m not saying I won’t either, we’ll see), but for this first one and the last one, for sure.

After some of the trippiest opening credits I’ve ever seen, it opened with a story of vikings landing on American shores for the first time, about 100 years before Leif Erikson.

Our shores were . . . inhospitable, to say the least.

It would be accurate to describe this sequence as being like something out of a Quentin Tarantino flick.


So let’s go ahead and get this part out of the way: American Gods is NOT for the kiddos.

Next we meet our MC, Shadow Moon. He’s been in jail for aggravated assault and is scheduled for release in five days . . . five days that turn into one when his wife is killed in a car accident.

And just saying, but when a man prefaces a statement about an invisible ax hanging over his head by saying he doesn’t believe in anything he can’t see, it’s foreboding as hell.


From there, we watch as Shadow encounters various obstacles on his way to his wife’s funeral, the first of which being “those bitches in airports,” and personally, I hope we continue to have flashbacks to jail time, b/c Shadow’s cellmate is frickin’ hilarious.


After Shadow pulls over in a random state park to scream his rage at the universe (it burns us, precious), that’s when shit really gets weird.


And by “really weird,” I mean a sex goddess-fallen-on-hard-times consuming some poor middle-aged sap with her vagina.


That freaky interlude complete, we’re back with Shadow, who is learning just how persistent Mr. Wednesday can be when he shows up in the same pit stop of a dive bar.


But Mr. Wednesday isn’t alone . . .

Meet Mad Sweeney:


Whom I love. B/c CRAY.

Mad Sweeney is the first of the old gods (besides Wednesday himself) we meet who have more than a passing interest in Wednesday’s shenanigans. He’s a leprechaun, or so he claims, despite his enormous stature, and he has more than a touch of the berserker about him.

When Shadow wakes up from that encounter, Wednesday has driven him the rest of the way to Laura’s funeral, where Shadow learns the particulars of his wife’s death (NOT TELLING), and what follows just about broke my heart.

After that there’s time for Shadow to get his ass kicked one more time before the end credits, buy by who? And why?

You’re going to have to watch it yourself. *orbit gum smile* Which I do recommend, b/c AWESOME.

What about you guys? Did you watch? Did you LOVE?

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



8 responses to “Review: American Gods, S01E01 – The Bone Orchard

  1. It’s not available in Canada. Maybe I’ll buy the book to see what all the fuss is about while crossing my fingers that it’ll come North of the border one day soon. Annoying, considering a lot of it was filmed in Toronto.

    • Nikki

      I’m in Australia and was able to watch it via Amazon Prime Video – outside the US, I think it’s pretty much available globally through Amazon. Neil Gaiman keeps saying that, anyway!

  2. Andrea Stoeckel

    Watched a little bit, but was unimpressed. Violence level not my comfort zone. However, I have the book in my queue at the library