American Gods - Season 1, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Secret of Spoons



Critic Consensus: Expanding beyond the confines of the source material, "The Secret of Spoons" brilliantly introduces fascinating new characters and a sharp political sensibility.

Episode Info

Mr. Wednesday recruits for the coming battle, and Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago, where he engages in a very high-stakes game of checkers with an old Slavic god.


Ricky Whittle
as Shadow Moon
Emily Browning
as Laura Moon
Ian McShane
as Mr. Wednesday
Pablo Schreiber
as Mad Sweeney
Bruce Langley
as Technical Boy
Crispin Glover
as Mr. World
Orlando Jones
as Mr. Nancy
Jonathan Tucker
as Low Key Lyesmith
Cloris Leachman
as Zorya Vechernyaya
Peter Stormare
as Czernobog
Demore Barnes
as Mr. Ibis
Mousa Kraish
as The Jinn
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Critic reviews for The Secret of Spoons

Man, so much good stuff to get to in this episode that was so plot and exposition heavy that I somehow forgot on each subsequent viewing that the majority of this episode takes place in my Bubby's apartment.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Corny and cringeworthy, it otherwise leads you to suspect that American Gods is material tailor made to bring out the worst in Bryan Fuller. It reduces his visual spectacle to mere excess and flattens his writing from operatic to dime-store paperback

December 20, 2017 | Full Review…

In going beyond what's on the page, the show is more poised to tackle them -- and provide some captivating performances along the way.

May 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Two episodes in, American Gods has proven one thing is certainly true: though he has what is essentially a thankless job, Ricky Whittle is doing what he can to make Shadow Moon as interesting as possible.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Basically, this whole episode was a masterclass in acting.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Anansi's monologue is blunt, cynical, and wrathful, and Jones effectively distills the rage and pain of centuries of subjugation in his furious, frightening performance.

May 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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