American God Review

American Gods is one of the  strangest series  ever  to  air an American television .You know  that  Hannibal  was aggressively strange show: bloody pervasive  ,and intellectually playful and  more  interested  in dreamlike atmosphere and imagery  than in traditional storytelling.

The main  series  takes it sweet  time  introducing  its main  character Shadow Moon a man who gets released from prison at  the same  time  that he learns  his wife  Laura had died in a car  wreck. In time  Shadow Moon will fall into  orbit of Mr. Wednesday  rascally con man who  waxes  philosophical  about  everything  under the sun.

The first  stirrings a war   between  the old gods- including Odin Mr. Wednesday’s real identity  and Jesus who show up  who  shows up in a later episode in the  guise of Jeremy Davis  and the gods of technology  ,industry and commerce .Anderson’s character ,Media one  of the new gods.

Mr. Wednesday ‘s goal is to get gang back together to battle the new gods  for  control the  universe  and reassert  their  supremacy.

 

Characters

  • Shadow Moon – An ex-convict who becomes the reluctant bodyguard and errand boy of Mr. Wednesday.
  • Laura Moon – Shadow Moon’s wife who died in a car crash at the beginning of the novel a few days before Shadow is due to be released from prison.
  • Samantha “Sam” Black Crow – A hitchhiking college student Shadow meets during his journey who becomes his confidant and who may have mythological connections of her own.
  • Chad Mulligan – A kind-hearted chief of police who befriends Shadow during his stay in the town of Lakeside.

Old Gods:

  • Mr. Wednesday – Odin, the Old Norse god of knowledge and wisdom, aspects which he uses to his advantage as a confidence artist. He spends most of the story trying to get other old gods to join him in the inevitable war. The weekday Wednesday means Odin’s day.(“Wōdan’s Day”)

Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg. In wider Germanic mythology and paganism, Odin was known in Old English as Wōden, in Old Saxon as Wōdan, and in Old High German as Wuotan or Wōtan, all stemming from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic theonym wōđanaz.

  • Czernobog – The Slavic god of darkness, twin brother to Bielebog, the god of light.
  • The Zorya Sisters – The Zorya Sisters, relatives of Czernobog, are sisters representing the Morning Star (Zorya Utrennyaya), the Evening Star (Zorya Vechernyaya), and the Midnight Star (Zorya Polunochnaya). In Slavic lore, they are servants of Dažbog who guard and watch over the doomsday hound, Simargl, who is chained to the star Polaris in the constellation Ursa Minor, the “little bear”. If the chain ever breaks, the hound will devour the world.
  • Mr. Nancy – Anansi, a trickster spider-man from African folklore. He often makes fun of people for their stupidity, a recurring aspect of his personality in his old stories.
  • Mr. Ibis – Thoth, the Ancient Egyptian god of knowledge and writing. He runs a funeral parlor with Mr. Jacquel in Cairo, Illinois. He often writes short biographies of people who brought folkloric beings with them to America.
  • Mr. Jaquel – Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of the dead and mummification. He is an expert at preparing bodies for the wake at funerals.
  • Easter – Ēostre, the Germanic goddess of the dawn.
  • Mad Sweeney – Suibhne, a king from an old Irish story. Though not portrayed as such in his story, he calls himself a “Leprechaun,” perhaps referring to how Irishmen are seen in America: a foul-mouthed, frequent drinker, who is taller than expected.
  • Whiskey Jack – Wisakedjak, a trickster figure of Algonquian mythology. He lives near a Lakota reservation in the badlands with John Chapman, where he is mistaken for Iktomi, a trickster of their culture.
  • John Chapman – Johnny Appleseed
  • Low-Key Lyesmith – Loki, the Old Norse god of mischief and trickery.
  • Hinzelmann – A kobold who was formerly revered as a tribal god by ancient Germanic tribes. He protects the town of Lakeside, in the guise of an old man, by sacrificing one child each year.
  • Bilquis – Queen of Sheba, as mentioned in the Bible. Also, believed to be half-jinn. She plays a prostitute who devours men via her vagina.
  • Mama-Ji – Kali, the Hindu goddess of time and destruction. Reluctant to believe in Wednesday’s ideals but becomes an ally.

New Gods:

  • The Technical Boy – New god of computers and the Internet. He is adamant that the new gods should prevail over the old gods. As the personification of the internet, he resembles the stereotype of a fat, arrogant, basement-dwelling internet poster, who dresses like characters from The Matrix because he thinks it makes him look cool.
  • Media – New goddess of television. She appears in the form of Lucy Ricardo from the well-known show “I Love Lucy” and a female news anchor.
  • The Black Hats – Mister World, Mister Town, Mister Wood and Mister Stone exist out of America’s obsession with black helicopters and the men in black. They work as spooks for the new gods.
  • The Intangibles – New gods of the modern stock market, the personification of the “Invisible hand of the market”. They would prefer not to directly confront the old gods, because they “are pretty much in favor of letting market forces take care of it.”

Cast

Main

  • Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, a former convict who becomes Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard
  • Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Shadow Moon’s wife
  • Crispin Glover as Mr. World, the New God of globalization, the leader of the New Gods
  • Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, the New God of technology
  • Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, an Old Goddess of love
  • Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, a leprechaun in the employ of Mr. Wednesday who has trouble coming to terms with his lost charm
  • Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, a con artist and the Old God Odin

Recurring

  • Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith, a confidante of Shadow’s in prison[
  • Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, the eldest of three sisters who watch the stars to guard against forgotten horrors[7]
  • Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Slavic god of darkness and evil who suspects Mr. Wednesday’s motives and is reluctant to lend his aid
  • Chris Obi as Mr. Jacquel, the Egyptian god of the dead Anubis
  • Mousa Kraish as the Jinn, a mythical being of fire who, fearing for his safety, considers fleeing the United States
  • Gillian Anderson as Media, the public face and “mouthpiece” of the New Gods
  • Omid Abtahi as Salim, a foreigner who is “one half of a pair of star-crossed lovers”
  • Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, the African trickster god Anansi
  • Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis, the keeper of stories past and present Thoth
  • Dane Cook as Robbie, Shadow’s best friend
  • Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, Germanic goddess of the dawn
  • Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan, a new character created by Gaiman specifically for the series and described as having “bound himself to guns”.
  • Jeremy Davies as Jesus, the overly empathetic Son of God who had only a minor mention in the book
  • Beth Grant as Jack, the owner of the bar where Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday

 

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 “The Bone Orchard” David Slade Bryan Fuller & Michael Green April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30) 0.975[
In 813 CE, a Viking horde arrives at America, where hostilities greet them and force them to leave. In order to get home, they begin to make offerings to Odin. Eventually, they are successful; the wind picks up and they leave. In the present, Shadow Moon is released a few days early from prison when his wife, Laura, dies in a car accident. On the flight home, Shadow meets Wednesday, who offers him a job as a bodyguard. On the drive home, Shadow stops at a bar where he again meets Wednesday. Shadow learns that his best friend, Robbie, also died in the accident. Mad Sweeney introduces himself to Shadow as a leprechaun, and they fight. Shadow wins and earns a golden coin. Shadow attends Laura’s funeral, and learns that she had been having an affair with Robbie. After the burial, he throws the coin at her grave, where it vanishes into the ground. Leaving the funeral, Shadow is abducted by the Technical Boy, who demands to know about Wednesday. Technical Boy orders his men to kill Shadow and they proceed to hang him. The noose eventually snaps, freeing Shadow, while his attackers are killed by an unknown assailant.
2 “The Secret of Spoons” TBA TBA May 7, 2017 (2017-05-07) TBD
3 “Head Full of Snow” TBA TBA May 14, 2017 (2017-05-14) TBD
4 “Git Gone” TBA TBA May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21) TBD
5 “Lemon Scented You” TBA TBA May 28, 2017 (2017-05-28) TBD
6 “A Murder of Gods” TBA TBA June 4, 2017 (2017-06-04) TBD
7 “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” TBA TBA June 11, 2017 (2017-06-11) TBD
8 “Come to Jesus” TBA TBA June 18, 2017 (2017-06-18) TBD

 

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