When I first heard that American Gods was getting a TV show I was ecstatic. One of my favourite novels by one of my favourite authors (Neil Gaiman) was finally getting an adaptation. And to hear that Gaiman was a part of the production process was even more of a blessing.
Flash forward a year or two, and not without its setbacks, American Gods is finally here. The first episode is a crazy array of events as we meet not only the main character Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), but also some of the old and new gods.
Watching Moon get released from prison, only to find out his wife Laura (Emily Browning) has died in a roadside accident. The interactions between Moon, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), and Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) are fantastic, with the fight scene that plays out in the bar. We have a brief glimpse of Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) as she seduces and then claims her sacrifice. You know… that scene. We even get to see Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) attempt to interrogate Moon, and find out why he is working with Wednesday. These scenes are all spectacularly played out and scripted, drawing you in to the story of Moon, and the ride that Wednesday is taking him on.
Ordinarily I would not review just the pilot of a series, however given my love for the book and my excitement in the lead up to the series, I thought I would weigh in now with a quick run-down of the pilot episode. This show won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is different, and different is what is needed to pull away from the crowd.
Watch the trailer for the first episode “The Bone Orchid” below: