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TV Review: American Gods

Updated: May 28, 2019

Now this show is based on a very popular graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman. I have never read this novel but it has definitely hyped up for awhile so I jumped on a chance to watch it when it was released on 04/30.

Ex-convict Shadow Moon roams a world he doesn't understand, left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife. Little does he know his life is about to change after he meets a crafty, charismatic con man named Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. As their journey begins, Shadow encounters a hidden America where magic is real and fear grows over the ascending power of New Gods like Technology and Media. In a grand plan to combat the threat, Mr. Wednesday attempts to unite the Old Gods to defend their existence and rebuild the influence that they've lost, leaving Shadow struggling to accept this new world and his place in it.

This show is straight messed up. The first episode was a lot to take in. It lead to me rewatching it because I wasn’t fully grasping the realm of this show. You pretty much learned there is Gods and this poor guy named Shadow Moon( what a name), who is getting out of jail in time to literally watch his entire life get shit on in front of his own eyes. It’s definitely a good way to build a character but to lose your wife and best friend in the same day, plus find out they were having an affair and the job he thought he had is now gone because his now dead friend was giving it to him. That was kind of rough when you think about it.

As much as the show focused on Shadow Moon’s new found misery after being released from jail, we meet an interesting character who dubs himself as Mr. Wednesday. Ian McShane who to me was the only recognizable actor that I knew of in this show, portrays a God. Sadly, the role fits him. Very well. He begins his pursuit of enlisting Shadow Moon as an employee is a borderline stalking manner. Mr. Wednesday was fixed to be Shadow Moon’s crazy ex-girlfriend by showing up everywhere he goes and trying to convince him to work for him.

Shadow Moon does meet other “Gods” that attempt to persuade him not to work for Mr. Wednesday and at one point, tried beating the opinion into him. However, we get treated to an extremely gorey and graphic scene which would make even Sam Raimi blush. Oh yes, and there was a gy who literally used her vagina to eat a random stranger. No Joke.

I am intrigued enough to give it the 3 episode rule. Give it a shot.

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