IN REVIEW: AMERICAN GODS: SEASON 2 EPISODE 8

Moon Shadow

Synopsis: Shadow is tormented by recent events and Wednesday has disappeared. Those that remain witness the power of New Media as she is unleashed and the nation is enveloped in a state of panic brought on by Mr. World.

Review: In the season 2 finale. Mr. World puts in grand scheme into action as he unleashed New Media on the world.

The Story

With Mr. Wednesday traveling. Shadow Moon is left to be wrapped up in his own guilt and torment after the recent events that brought him and Mad Sweeney to blows, which resulted in the eventual death of the Leprechaun.

Elsewhere. Technical Boy has returned from his supposed death in order to put his very first worshipper to use and thus allow him access to open several data streams, which in turn give New Media the power that she needs to execute Mr. Worlds plan. Which is to create fear through sowing misinformation. Which also allows him the opportunity to paint Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon as public enemy number one to the great unwashed masses through the means of television and the internet.

The Acting

Crispin Glover puts in a brilliant performance this week as Mr. World. The episode opens up with a demonstration of how powerful the force of media can be with Mr. World explaining how to manipulate through fear. As a backdrop for all of this, we get an image of the average American family sat in a 1950s living room listening to the famous live broadcast of ‘War of The Worlds’, which was narrated by Orson Wells and managed to create mass panic in America because the performances were so convincing.  Amid all of this Mr. World gives a wonderful monologue about the use of fear and how it can be wielded to control the masses.

Overall

This was a good episode with some really good moments. The introduction with the use of the vintage radio broadcast of ‘War Of The Worlds’ being the high point for me.

By the close of the episode, Shadow Moon has hit the road on his own. He will no doubt reconnect with Mr. Wednesday somewhere along the way. But he is essentially on the run from the authorities due to Mr. World and New Media who have painted a target on Shadow Moon’s head.

It was a good episode and it leaves off with a few key players leaving Cairo, but it wasn’t as impressive as the season 1 finale. But you do get a very strong sense that it is setting a few cool things up for next year.

9.5
AMERICAN GODS: SEASON 2 EPISODE 8
  • Story
    9.0
  • Acting
    9.7
  • CGI
    9.6
  • Incidental Music
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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