Monday, September 18, 2017

American Gods (2017)

American Gods is based on graphic novel of same name by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman is one of the producers. This surely feels like Neil Gaiman's work in both good and bad. My exposure to his work is limited to Sandman and its spin-off Death. This has everything I liked in them and what I didn't like.

Based on eight episode first season it is hard to see where this is going. It ends when it starts to get really interesting. If you have seen Star Trek episode Who Mourns for Adonais you know what this is about. God needs to be worshipped to live. Nowadays people don't care about old gods. New gods have taken their places. This is what our protagonist Shadow Moon learns from mysterious Mister Wednesday. It took way too long for me to realize who he actually was even when it was clearly hinted who he is.

Neil Gaiman is good telling interesting stories. However he want to tell so many different stories at same time he loses the focus. There are interesting short stories and awesome scenes. Series jumps too much from place to place. It is not enough to have two groups series follows. It gives half episode to stories which have very little to do with the main story arc. At the end of first season each main character have had their moments and more. It ends with most all main characters at same place and the story can really start.

American Gods is good series but I wanted to like it even more. Only thing I didn't like was all the jumping. It hits you hard with symbolism. We get American Gods don't like foreigners. We didn't need to see it in each episode with short story which had nothing to do with main story arc. Unless these stories introduced something for later seasons. First season of American Gods is more collection of short stories than one big story.

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