Wednesday (Ian Mc Shane), who offers him an impromptu job as his assistant.(Mc Shane quickly establishes himself as the episode’s MVP with his sly, charismatic performance, while Whittle is much more withdrawn and sullen, reinforcing Wednesday’s authority over his new companion.) Though Shadow is skeptical about the job, his old life is essentially over: Not only is Laura dead, but he’ll soon learn that his best friend was also killed in the highway accident because she was giving him a blow job.
The bar is built inside a giant crocodile head with lights inside the teeth, and we enter the location through its open mouth.
Shadow stands at the end of the bar, positioned between the jaws to indicate that he’s unwittingly found himself in a very dangerous situation.
Much of this problem stems from the episode’s reliance on stereotypes, which sketch the characters as vague outlines rather than as fully formed people.
By using stereotypes to shape certain characters, “The Bone Orchard” acknowledges how American popular culture has defined different races, nationalities, and ethnic groups, but if there’s nothing done to bring more specificity to each character, it’s nothing more than a lazy shortcut.
This flashback does appear in the book, but doesn’t arrive until later, and placing it at the start puts grisly sacrifice at the forefront of the story.
To shock the audience, scenes of intense violence bookend “The Bone Orchard,” although the opening is much more effective than what comes at the end.He stares into the crocodile’s mouth as the camera moves his way, giving the impression that the world is closing in around him.In that moment, Shadow realizes that even though he’s out of prison, he’s far from free.This was an issue with Gaiman’s novel and it continues here, particularly with regard to Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) and Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber).Mad Sweeney is the most ridiculous stereotype to appear in “The Bone Orchard.” In short, he’s presented as a drunken leprechaun who thrives on bar brawls and mystifies Shadow with coin tricks. Her introduction presents a prime opportunity for to shape a tricky character who could use more definition, in no small part because Bilquis is a black woman who devours sexual partners with her vagina to regain her youthful appearance.It’s too early to say if the show will pull that off, but its first episode is certainly a step in the right direction.