American Gods Episode 3 Review: “Munnin”

American Gods Episode 3 Review: "Munnin"

American Gods Episode 3 Review: “Munnin”

“Munnin” —episode 3 of American Gods’ second season— showed us Mr. Wednesday really is pulling the strings behind many of our favorite characters. It also showed us a different side of Ricky Whittle when Shadow Moon loosened up for juuuust a second.

New Media finally arrived on the scene and wasn’t quite what we expected. Then things got REALLY unexpected as she … interfaced with the god of surveillance, Argus.

Iktomi and Sam Black Crow added Native American viewpoint to the kaleidoscopic cast, sending The King Bee and Gene Lyons rushing into research mode. And we found some interesting stuff.

Listeners wrote in this week to speculate on Bilquis’ power and correct us on perceptions of skin color in the black community. And Shat on TV gets a warning from one fan: Stop being so negative, or you’ll sour the crowd.

Storyline for “Muninn”:
Episode 3: Laura, dismembered in the train crash, is taken by Wednesday and Sweeney to Mr. Ibis, leaving Shadow in the ruins of the train. Ibis sews Laura back together again, and Wednesday takes her to find Argus, the god of surveillance, to “recharge her coin”. Sweeney tells her they should go meet the Baron instead, and to not trust Wednesday, but she ignores his advice. Media reincarnates as New Media, and she and Technical Boy are sent to meet with Argus, whose surveillance has failed the New Gods. New Media attempts to merge with Argus, but they are interrupted by Laura killing Argus on Wednesday’s orders. Argus’ death reverses part of Laura’s rot, and causes her heart to beat briefly. Wednesday implies Argus may come back, and leaves Laura behind, telling her she and Shadow are not connected, and that she is no longer the girl he loved. Meanwhile, Salim and the Jinn obtain Gungnir from Iktomi, who also gives them a tiny sapling. Shadow hitches a ride to Cairo, Illinois with Sam Black Crow, where he arrives at Mr. Ibis’ funeral parlor and confronts Wednesday.

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