Often, you think that you know someone, and know that person very well, indeed.
That is one thing that I have discovered in being with the same person for over 10 years now: I think I know him, but then I learn something new about him, such as the fact that he is not in fact allergic to reading and is capable of reading a book every now and again…who knew?
It is the same when watching a television show. You think you know a particular character and then wham…he surprises you, and you see him in a whole new light.
This can even be true after only, say…seven episodes of said TV show.
I mean, you think you know your really tall, loud and foul mouthed, drunk leprechauns who are obsessed with their gold coins.
But then, you watch the seventh episode.
And you see your leprechaun in a new light.
(And no, I am not seeing light because the leprechaun has a new, shiny gold coin.)
The leprechaun in question is still really tall, loud and foul mouthed. And I don’t think he will quit drinking any time soon.
But now the leprechaun has a new, softer side. Dare I say, a more human side? That makes him actually…someone to relate to?
So, in case you are confused, I am talking about the second to last (sniff, boo) episode of season 1 of the show American Gods.
It was an unexpected episode, in many ways, letting us get to know someone, who, up until this point, had been somewhat of a minor character, although his dialog (the phrase “dead wife” still makes me giggle) had been pretty spectacular.
But, after this episode, the leprechaun in question (aka Mad Sweeney) has become a pretty significant part of the story. And now I love him even more.
So, let us begin with the recap and review of season 1, episode 7 of American Gods, titled A Prayer for Mad Sweeney.
And, as always: