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Cojawfee
May 31, 2006

THE CLAMPS!
or clamp like device




It started out kind of weird and I don't really know where it is going, but it's pretty cool so far.

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ZorajitZorajit
Sep 15, 2013

No static at all...

The soundtrack was cool and good. The technical boy stuff was weird, and not just in the changes from the book.

Bill Dungsroman
Nov 24, 2006



Eh, we'll see. It wasn't bad but some of it felt a little forced, like Preacher.

Seluin
Jan 4, 2004



Audrey totally stole her scene. Loving the portrayal.

Macdeo Lurjtux
Jul 5, 2011




DentD posted:

I've read the book a couple times (and listened to the audiobook once) and love it. Ian McShane is perfect as Wednesday (despite him being very much not what I pictured when I first read the books).

Same, but I also read the book like 16 years ago so it was before I knew who Ian McShane was. I always pictured Wednesday as Brian Cox.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


McShane is just such a perfect casting for Wednesday I still can't believe its real

Macdeo Lurjtux posted:

Same, but I also read the book like 16 years ago so it was before I knew who Ian McShane was. I always pictured Wednesday as Brian Cox.

I pictured Wednesday pretty close to McShane when I read it, personally, maybe a bit fatter.

I had kinda figured out early on who he really was and I think that kinda influenced my view of him.

Speaking of, the show doesn't seem to be even trying to play coy with it. The marketing for this show has straight up spoiled the name and identity of each major character. I guess its hard to make that a secret anyways in the modern day, but it seems kinda weird to me. Diverting from the book?

CaveGrinch
Dec 5, 2003
I'm a mean one.

"I offer you the worm from my beak and you act like I just hosed your mother." Perfect delivery.

False
Oct 6, 2003
i have friends who will pull magazine models wearing headphones off of trains without even speaking the same language as them. Friends who will show up in a town after hitchhiking cross country for 3 days without showering and pull two girls working

Bill Dungsroman posted:

Eh, we'll see. It wasn't bad but some of it felt a little forced, like Preacher.
Yea - felt like the first episode of Preacher with a bigger budget and a lot more self importance. Some parts were too verbose / felt try-hard. I still liked it and feel like it can be a fun show once it settles down a bit.

Nail Rat
Dec 29, 2000

Haters gonna hate


Doresain posted:

The first season will end just before the House on the Rock , per the producers/Gaiman. They've expanded the roles of some of the female characters to make it a bit less of a sausage party.

That's weird, I feel like *after* that point would be the perfect stopping point for a season, given the big reveal.

tin can made man
Apr 12, 2005

why don't you ask him
about his penis


Zaphod42 posted:

McShane is just such a perfect casting for Wednesday I still can't believe its real


I pictured Wednesday pretty close to McShane when I read it, personally, maybe a bit fatter.

I had kinda figured out early on who he really was and I think that kinda influenced my view of him.

Speaking of, the show doesn't seem to be even trying to play coy with it. The marketing for this show has straight up spoiled the name and identity of each major character. I guess its hard to make that a secret anyways in the modern day, but it seems kinda weird to me. Diverting from the book?

Yeah I'm genuinely curious if people who went into this show cold picked up on it. I'm also surprised we got that full opening vignette, curious to see what others are planned for the adaptation.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


tin can made man posted:

Yeah I'm genuinely curious if people who went into this show cold picked up on it. I'm also surprised we got that full opening vignette, curious to see what others are planned for the adaptation.

Also I read American Gods back way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thing. Loki is now a household name and a beloved character by many. I was a big nerd of Mythology, so I picked up on Low Key pretty fast, but I dunno how many other people did. But nowadays? Its hard to hide that...

Seems like the show just avoided saying his name, maybe I missed it. But the marketing straight up spoiled it.

Axel Serenity
Sep 27, 2002



Goddamn that was a great first episode. I don't think I could have imagined such a great adaptation for a book as out-there as American Gods, but leave it to Fuller. The casting is fantastic. I didn't even realize Sweeney was Pornstache in OITNB until I looked him up. My only complaint is that some of the effects seemed a little unfinished for a Starz production, but that was minor.

Really excited to see viewers new to the premise posting here. I remember my reaction the first time reading it like 10 years ago, and you guys are in for a trip.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


Shadow Moon is a great casting too, pretty much exactly how I imagined him in my head reading the book. And Loki was actually great too.

And that whole intro bit with the vikings? Haha, awesome.

Axel Serenity posted:

Goddamn that was a great first episode. I don't think I could have imagined such a great adaptation for a book as out-there as American Gods, but leave it to Fuller. The casting is fantastic. I didn't even realize Sweeney was Pornstache in OITNB until I looked him up. My only complaint is that some of the effects seemed a little unfinished for a Starz production, but that was minor.

Really excited to see viewers new to the premise posting here. I remember my reaction the first time reading it like 10 years ago, and you guys are in for a trip.

He was also one of the dudes in The Wire which is what I keep imagining him as when I watch OITNB

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006

THE CLAMPS!
or clamp like device




Why doesn't Odin have any ravens?

hangedman1984
Jul 25, 2012



Zaphod42 posted:

Also I read American Gods back way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thing. Loki is now a household name and a beloved character by many. I was a big nerd of Mythology, so I picked up on Low Key pretty fast, but I dunno how many other people did. But nowadays? Its hard to hide that...

Seems like the show just avoided saying his name, maybe I missed it. But the marketing straight up spoiled it.

It is pretty obvious in hindsight, but neither me nor any of my friends that read the book caught it before the big reveal.


E: Also wanted to echo what several others have said about the casting so far being absolutely perfect.

hangedman1984 fucked around with this message at May 1, 2017 around 03:55

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


Cojawfee posted:

Why doesn't Odin have any ravens?

Nevermore.

Give it time

sector_corrector
Jan 18, 2012


Zaphod42 posted:

Nevermore.

Give it time

Yeah, that's a real thinker right there.

GonSmithe
Apr 25, 2010

Perhaps it's in the nature of television. Just waves in space.


"This book that has to do with Gods has a guy named Low Key Liesmith that's such a regular name, I'm sure it doesn't mean anything!"

Like, I can't tell if you guys are joking about not picking up on it or not.

Guy Mann
Mar 28, 2016

Mass Effect is good


Technical Boy's scene made me want to go play Superhot again.

Also I laughed really hard at the dude getting covered with hundreds of arrows after taking one step in the beginning, it really set the tone.

GonSmithe
Apr 25, 2010

Perhaps it's in the nature of television. Just waves in space.


"Gallows humor"

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


I wonder if Bilquis' part is going to be expanded. I imagine so, since they already blew through what I think was her only moment in the book?

Doresain posted:

The first season will end just before the House on the Rock , per the producers/Gaiman. They've expanded the roles of some of the female characters to make it a bit less of a sausage party.

Yeah she'll probably show up for this part.

GonSmithe posted:

"This book that has to do with Gods has a guy named Low Key Liesmith that's such a regular name, I'm sure it doesn't mean anything!"

Like, I can't tell if you guys are joking about not picking up on it or not.

Like I said, before the Marvel movies nobody knew who that person was.

a kitten
Aug 5, 2006



Fallen Rib

Zaphod42 posted:




Like I said, before the Marvel movies nobody knew who that person was.

Eh, if you were reading the book because you were a Gaiman fan you sure did.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


Seluin posted:

Audrey totally stole her scene. Loving the portrayal.

I am trying to get my dignity back here!!!

Yeah the rambling hate mixed with sorrow mixed with grief mixed with sympathy was really well acted.

Axel Serenity
Sep 27, 2002



a kitten posted:

Eh, if you were reading the book because you were a Gaiman fan you sure did.

When I read the book, it completely went over my head, but he's done a lot since then that makes it a harder thing to slip by.

KilGrey
Mar 13, 2005

You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? Just put your lips together and blow...



I found the ending to the episode a bit jarring too but I really enjoyed the episode. Ian McShane is amazing, I expected that, but I'm really pleased with Mad Sweeney. I loved the barroom brawl.

I can only imagine how this is to people who haven't read the book. You kind of just have to have faith and go along for the ride.

Zaphod42 posted:

Also I read American Gods back way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thing. Loki is now a household name and a beloved character by many. I was a big nerd of Mythology, so I picked up on Low Key pretty fast, but I dunno how many other people did. But nowadays? Its hard to hide that...

Seems like the show just avoided saying his name, maybe I missed it. But the marketing straight up spoiled it.

It's pretty obvious in the book from the get go. They don't really try too hard to hide anyone's identity. Especially after Shadow is in the know.

hangedman1984
Jul 25, 2012



To be fair, Its certainly a lot easier to miss when you only read it and never hear the name spoken, also the character was introduced before any of the god stuff happened.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


KilGrey posted:

I found the ending to the episode a bit jarring too but I really enjoyed the episode. Ian McShane is amazing, I expected that, but I'm really pleased with Mad Sweeney. I loved the barroom brawl.

I can only imagine how this is to people who haven't read the book. You kind of just have to have faith and go along for the ride.

Same thing was the case for Preacher, can't imagine what that show would be like for people who have never read the comics.

My biggest compliment for the first episode is that the cast seems to have real chemistry with each other. Shadow and his prison buddy, Shadow and Wednesday, Shadow and Sweeny, Shadow and Audrey,
They all played off each other really well. It bodes well for the coming episodes.

Le Saboteur
Dec 5, 2007

pink wasn't even a thing why is t#RXT REVOLUTION~!
and i'm so fucking excited for #SCOOPS#SCOOPS#SCOOPS #SCOOPS#SCOOPS #SCOOPS#SCOOPS

he knows..


The way they've redone Technical Boy is so good.

a kitten
Aug 5, 2006



Fallen Rib

Le Saboteur posted:

The way they've redone Technical Boy is so good.

I don't even know what he looked like in my mind before because now that's what he always looked and acted like.

404notfound
Mar 5, 2006

stop staring at me

I read the book years and years ago and honestly don't remember a whole lot, but this felt good. Real good. Weirder than I thought it would be, but at the same time just as weird as it should be. Probably.

Assorted thoughts: Some of the effects looked a little cheap. Audrey's scene was great. I don't know if it's just my soundbar's settings, but I felt like the dialogue was kinda hard to pick out at times. Technical Boy was a lot of fun to see.

DentD
Aug 13, 2015

I can predict the future! And you're going to be OKAY.


Le Saboteur posted:

The way they've redone Technical Boy is so good.

I think I'll miss the fat acne ridden kid that was in my head but I'm okay with this version too (especially when you get that digital polygon-esque shot?? Loved that!)

404notfound
Mar 5, 2006

stop staring at me

One more thing I liked: In the viking prologue, once the fighting starts, you can see the arm holding the sword breaking the letterboxed frame. Fun little touch.

achillesforever6
Apr 23, 2012

#RXTREVOLUTIONFOREVER6


DentD posted:

I think I'll miss the fat acne ridden kid that was in my head but I'm okay with this version too (especially when you get that digital polygon-esque shot?? Loved that!)
Don't forget he wore a trenchcoat too, I guess Neil was venting about people who went to comic cons when he was making the character.

Baron Fuzzlewhack
Sep 22, 2010

ALIVE ENOUGH TO DIE


404notfound posted:

One more thing I liked: In the viking prologue, once the fighting starts, you can see the arm holding the sword breaking the letterboxed frame. Fun little touch.

This killed me and my friends. We just could not get over how funny that little detail was.

Crow Jane
Oct 18, 2012

daisy fresh and arrow straight


I've been hyping myself up for this for like two years now. It did not disappoint, and I wish it was next Sunday already.

sector_corrector
Jan 18, 2012


achillesforever6 posted:

Don't forget he wore a trenchcoat too, I guess Neil was venting about people who went to comic cons when he was making the character.

Actually I read a pretty interesting interview where he said he based the character on his experiences reading this forum.

Steve Yun
Aug 7, 2003

I
ANALYZE
CARTOONS


Grimey Drawer

KilGrey posted:

I found the ending to the episode a bit jarring too but I really enjoyed the episode. Ian McShane is amazing, I expected that, but I'm really pleased with Mad Sweeney. I loved the barroom brawl.

I can only imagine how this is to people who haven't read the book. You kind of just have to have faith and go along for the ride.

That's me. Here was my first impression after seeing it at an advance screening:

Steve Yun posted:

Attended an advance screening of American Gods.

Note: I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and a huge fan of Bryan Fuller's Hannibal.

It's beautiful, it's fun and it's well acted. But... something about the premiere feels disjointed. I'm told that there's a lot of Shadow Moon inner monologue in the book, and it's not in the show. Maybe it needed that to keep a continuous narrative going from scene to scene. I dunno, but it's good enough that I want to see if it finds its footing. I was a little skeptical about Hannibal at first because their version of Will Graham came across a little gimmicky, and that show ended up being amazing

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

Could people please stop fighting the avatar war over my avatar. I really appreciate people being nice about it but I'm feeling crappier that people are wasting money because someone is an asshole than I am about the avatar in the first place.


404notfound posted:

One more thing I liked: In the viking prologue, once the fighting starts, you can see the arm holding the sword breaking the letterboxed frame. Fun little touch.

Yeah I was like, what is this, super mario brothers?!

Steve Yun
Aug 7, 2003

I
ANALYZE
CARTOONS


Grimey Drawer

404notfound posted:

One more thing I liked: In the viking prologue, once the fighting starts, you can see the arm holding the sword breaking the letterboxed frame. Fun little touch.

This was extra surprising during the screening because it was a projection and I forgot that it was letterboxed in the first place

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Le Saboteur
Dec 5, 2007

pink wasn't even a thing why is t#RXT REVOLUTION~!
and i'm so fucking excited for #SCOOPS#SCOOPS#SCOOPS #SCOOPS#SCOOPS #SCOOPS#SCOOPS

he knows..


404notfound posted:

I read the book years and years ago and honestly don't remember a whole lot, but this felt good. Real good. Weirder than I thought it would be, but at the same time just as weird as it should be. Probably.

Assorted thoughts: Some of the effects looked a little cheap. Audrey's scene was great. I don't know if it's just my soundbar's settings, but I felt like the dialogue was kinda hard to pick out at times. Technical Boy was a lot of fun to see.

I think there was something up with what I downloaded because poo poo was slightly clipping a lot in the episode.

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