- Bryan Fuller
- Ricky Whittle - Shadow Moon ; Ian McShane - mr Wednedday ; Emily Browning - Laura Moon ; Crispin Glover - Mr World ; Gillian Anderson - Media
- Amazon Prime
It feels just like yesterday when this show came flying to our screens like a bat out of hell. The show was characterised by its polarising visual style that was refreshing for some, though a little jarring for most. In the weeks that have followed, viewers seemed to have opened their minds and the show has garnered quite a following. I have often ranted about how much I love shorter seasons of series versus the longer protracted format used in some series. While I still stand by this, I do feel that a 10 episode run would have eased up on the almost frantic pace of the series which has wrapped up in 8 episodes.
Either way, I can’t deny that the series has left me pining for more
In God We Trust
Without dropping any spoilers, the first season acted as an introduction to the key players in the upcoming war between the Old and New Gods.
An interesting plot mechanism is the characterisation of the modern era vices; the internet (Technical Boy), mass media (Media) and globalisation (Mr World) are dubbed as the so-called New Gods. The producers have thrown away subliminal subtexts for a more “in your face” approach and Lord Almighty does it work!
Take the brewing conflict and add the highly stylised visual style of the series and KABAM! The overall awesomeness of the series hits you like a lightning bolt straight from Odin himself. When it comes to visuals and scripts this series seems to have divine intervention and is a par above most.
Gods vs GOT
The success of the first season has resulted in some comparisons between our beloved Game of Thrones and American Gods with detractors claiming that this series does not necessarily live up to Game of throne. Frankly, I find this ridiculous. GOT has had numerous seasons to build a large fan base while AG is still in its infancy. Also, they are very different shows. Each great, in their own right.
The characters are lovingly fleshed out as the series progresses and even when an episode seems dedicated to any one particular character; it seamlessly blends into the narrative of the over-arching story.
The characters themselves are also very interesting and this is further augmented by excellent casting choices. From the eccentric Mr Wednesday to Saleem the quiet Muslim or even Mrs Moon the love-struck zombie on a quest for resurrection. Mr Wednesday has easily become my favourite character thus far, with his grainy like voice and bizarre approach to everything. Even the Leprechaun, who I found annoyingly stupid at first, develops into so much more. And that’s the point, the series really puts effort into character development, and that is why it is so engaging.
I enjoyed the narrative and character progression of the series and how everything coalesces in the finale. It feels like a piece of art where the artist starts with the finer details then uses broad strokes to further compound and enhance those fine details. However, don’t expect a nice neatly wrapped end with all the loose ends tied up. A few plots are brought to an end but the larger picture is far from that. To be honest I think most viewers would have expected that. The truth is this season is the prelude to the war of gods that is yet to come.
Admittedly the subject matter of the series may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Some of the mythologies are a little obscure and probably has CW enthusiasts peeing in their pants. The violence to me seems right on the nose but can be also segmented as gore. To some this maybe a put off.
While my reviewer’s eye has honestly tried to find something to criticise, and nitpick on, the show is solid. Especially for a debut show. They took a lot of risks that usually shows only dare try on the second or third run.
In summary, this is a fantastic show. If you are watching and you feel it hasn’t really drawn you in, then just push on a little. It gets better, oh so much better.
If you haven’t started watching as yet, then you should get on with that right away. You will thank me later.
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