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Aka the one with Salim, the Ifrit, and the subsequently imitated by life bank robbery.

Because I do recall some years ago someone tried out Wednesday's con job/bank robbery and actually got away with it, and Neil Gaiman seemed to be both amused and embarassed. Anyway, it worked out amusingly on screen, too. This episode's additions/alterations to the book were, as far as I could tell based on memory and the fact I've only read the original edition, not the one with additional chapters that got published a while back, both in the service of streamlining and fleshing out: Wednesday's scene with the oldest of the Zoryas (which I loved), Anubis (and unidentified Bastet) guiding Mrs. Fadil into the afterlife (I assume this is mainly so viewers will be familiar with the imagery, which will come in useful later, and of course with who Anubis is), and, because the Laura reveal was postponed, Mad Sweeney actually going back to Eagle Point to retrieve his coin only to find an empty coffin. (In the book, Shadow already knows what has happened when Mad Sweeney comes a' calling and says so, so a trip back would have been pointless.) Which allows Fuller to go for a "zomg" type of cliffhanger, which was a bit wasted on me because I was so impatient for Laura to finally show up. But it's undoubtedly visually effective, and now we're good.

(Mind you, as cool as the sight of the coin shaped whole in the empty coffin was, I was expecting that coffin to be splintered, because Laura, like Buffy, had to dig her way out of her coffin, surely.)

The Salim and the Djinn sequence as excellent; you got the sense that the sex grew out of the emotional connection of two lonely strangers in a strange country that they've made, which was what I'd been hoping for. (And heightened the impact of the scene, as opposed to it just feeling like "we do m/m sex scenes, too").

The plucking the moon from the sky as a coin visual actually worked (and I got a kick out of the plush bear on the telescope!), when I'd been afraid it might feel hokey. I wonder whether viewers, like readers, will be driven to look up Czernobog and the Zoryas or Slavic deities in general now? And like I said, I loved the additional Wednesday and oldest Zorya scene, which used a bit of their book dialogue but by adding to it and removing Shadow as an observer made it feel quite different. (Plus, of course, it contains a good hint at Wednesday's plan that's still not too obvious if you don't know already.) I might even now ship them a little, which I never did in the book.
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