American Gods premiered last night on Stars. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Truth is, I’ve read some of Neil’s work. Like Death, Coraline and of course The Sandman. To my surprise, I’ve never heard of American Gods. Until the production of the show. Which has been generating a great deal of buzz. In reality, that is a good thing, since I don’t know what to expect. Making it more scandalous and interesting.
First thing first this a bizarre show. It’s not until the end that you sustain a general idea of what is really going on. Now don’t get me wrong, yes it starts off a bit sluggish. That doesn’t mean American Gods is boring or uninteresting. If anything, the complete opposite is true. In that respect there’s enough stuff going on that it keeps you glued to the small screen. Granted, some scenes do have that WTF moment. One in particular, took it to another degree. Believe me, when you see it. You will understand what I am talking about.
The show stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, a former convict who works for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Ricky does a great job acting as a person who is thrown into this crazy situation that he knows nothing about. Which is how we feel when we join him in this journey. Ian McShane plays Mr. Wednesday, the mysterious figure that hires Shadow as a bodyguard of sorts. He presents a kind of Dos Equis vibe to his role, cool, but don’t mess with me. The remainder of the cast does a decent job. It’s difficult to critique them in this episode since they don’t have enough screen time.
David Slade, who directed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night has a singular style to his films. He brings that same style to the series premiere. Visually, it’s a good looking show with a strong mix of CGI and practical effects. You got a white buffalo with eyes of fire, universes colliding and a large living tree. Some of the visual imagery is bizarre and awesome. A couple of scenes could have utilized a bit more time with the visual effects department. Since most the show looks great, when those scenes do pop up it is obtrusive.
I’m curious to find out where the show is going. It goes a bit slow but it’s interesting enough to keep the viewers watching.
3 out of 4 Hats