What is it?
Here is part of the best scene from Episode 2 (The Secret Of Spoons) of the television show American Gods (Season 1) and one of the best scenes in the entire series, which is the Anansi (Mr. Nancy) slave ship scene:
What is it about?
This is how Fandom describes the full scene (some of which is not in the videos above):
Coming To America 1697 C.E.
Mr. Ibis writes a story of a Dutch slave ship and the shackled people within its hold who are being transported to America to be sold.
A man, Okoye, prays in desperation to Anansi, pleading for help and telling him he would give him gifts if he had them.
Mr. Nancy manifests from a spider and begins to tell them a story.
He informs them that they are Black and will be enslaved by white people for centuries, worked to death, murdered, shot in the back by police.
Okoye is angered by what he hears, and Anansi tells him to use that anger to go upstairs to kill the Dutch slavers and set fire to the ship.
Another man says that it will kill them all, and Anansi replies that they’re already dead and might as well die in sacrifice instead of subjugation.
He frees Okoye and leaves.
Okoye frees the rest of the slaves, and they set fire to the ship.
A plank of the destroyed ship washes ashore, and Anansi the Spider arrives in America.
I do not remember this being in the book, but it is one of the additions that I did like that was added to the television show.
Orlando Jones did a great job acting in this scene as the god Mr. Nancy (Anansi), and the dialogue was on point.
I hope that American Gods (Season 2) will have more great moments like this.
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- John Jr