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Recap / American Gods S 2 E 3 "Muninn"

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Season 2, Episode 3


As he is tracked by Mr. World, Shadow makes his way to Cairo, thanks to a ride from Sam Black Crow. Mr. Wednesday slyly gains Laura's help in forging an alliance with a powerful god. Mr. World introduces Technical Boy to New Media and assigns them a very important task.

Tropes That Appear In This Episode:

  • Ambiguously Human: When Shadow asks Sam Black Crow if she is a supernatural entity like everyone else he has met, she sarcastically answers that she would be treated like one "back in the day" on account of being two-spirited.
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  • Attack Its Weak Point: The tattoo on his neck is the most vulnerable spot on Argus, Wednesday instructing Laura to target it specifically to kill him.
  • Been There, Shaped History: One of Argus's previous incarnations was a patron of The Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt right around the time when Julius Caesar had it burned to the ground.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Laura has to tell Mr. Ibis to stop eating bits of her as he makes repairs, this apparently being a habit he has developed from the burial traditions of his original worshippers.
  • Christian Rock: Sweeney inadvertently gets picked up by a Christian band "Faith of the Raptured" on the way to New Orleans, all attempts at getting there by himself proving disastrous with his terrible luck.
  • Eldritch Location: When Mr. Wednesday and Laura take "the scenic route" through Argus's Facility, they wind up at the site of Argus's various deaths, finding his previous forms (freshly dead) and requiring the both of them to reenact the sacrifices they were present for.
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  • Government Conspiracy: Argus's facility is a site of many conspiracy theories, including the Deep State and The Illuminati.
  • Green Thumb: Iktomi is introduced making a seed sprout within seconds. It can be assumed that he uses this ability to grow his crop of marijuana.
  • Improbably Cool Car: Not only is Wednesday's car not destroyed by the train, but there isn't a scratch on it.
  • Naughty Tentacles: Argus' scopes double as these.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Despite his many eyes and his role as the God of Surveillance, the lack of real worship has left Argus mostly blind.
  • One Steve Limit: When Wednesday mentions he "has a date with Argus", Ibis assumes he means Argos (Odysseus's dog) before Wednesday clarifies that he is referring to Argus Panoptes. This is a reference to a similar exchange in the book, where one of the Old Gods mishears "Media" as "Medea" from Greek Mythology.
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  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: While Laura claims that she is doing everything for Shadow, Mr. Wednesday calls her out as doing everything for her own personal benefit.
  • Revenge by Proxy: When Zeus could not find his mistress Io (Hera having turned her into a cow for Argus to watch-over), he took out his anger on Argus, smiting him.
  • Sibling Rivalry: From the moment New Media manifests, Technical Boy is immediately put off by her and how quickly Mr. World seems to accept that Media has essentially ceased to exist and has been replaced by a total stranger.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Argus's current (now deceased) American incarnation has since been employed by the New Gods as the God of Surveillance.
  • Straw Nihilist: Argus is uncooperative with Technical Boy because he believes that no matter who wins the war, it will all eventually fall to chaos in the end.
    Argus: Entropy... leads logically to disorder. All systems evolve towards chaos. Even alliances with gods.
  • Stylistic Callback: New Media quotes Marylin Monroe ("Happy Birthday...") in reference to herself. This is done as a sign that she really is Media's new self, the original Media having made the same quote while dressed as Marylin in "Lemon Scented You" while New Media does so using emoji graphics.
  • The Watson: While Mr. Ibis normally fulfills his role as Mr. Exposition through narration and writing in his journal, here he explains Argus's backstory to his cat Bast.

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