Once again American Gods has made a spectacular opening scene. In this case it is showing a small group of worshipers of an old god encountering Native Americans, and in turn, one of their gods. This was beautifully done with stylised animation they made them almost look like wooden marionette dolls. Having different ways/mediums to portray these stories is a great way to show these scenes and what the show has to offer.
This episode we get treated to a new god: Mr. World (Crispin Glover). After seeing Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) arrested from the motel for bank robbery, we are treated to a great scene in which the new gods attempt to persuade the old. Shadow and Wednesday are handcuffed in an interrogation room when a commotion is heard from outside the room, when in floats Media (Gillian Anderson) in the guise of Marilyn Monroe. After a brief encounter a tall well-dressed figure walks in through the door; meet Mr. World. Mr. World in turn calls in Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) in order to apologise to Shadow for lynching in the first episode.
Once these formalities are over, they attempt to sell an upgrade to Mr. Wednesday, or Odin’s, image to world and how he could gain his influence back even greater than it once was. This doesn’t go according to plan, the new gods leave, and Shadow and Wednesday break out of their shackles with the help of a very tiny Anansi. Blink and you’ll miss it.
All the while Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) is finding himself at Shadow’s motel room confronting Laura about ‘his’ coin. Laura asserts brute force in her explanation that the coin is not his to take, and that it was given to her. She also comes to the realisation that Sweeney cannot take it, but indeed requires it to be given to him. Another fight between the two occurs, and two cops break in to see Laura playing dead in the bathtub, and Sweeney standing over her. He is promptly arrested and taken to the police station that Shadow and Wednesday are in the process of breaking out of.
I know I’ve said this before, but I am eager to see how they handle the other gods that we are yet to meet from the book. So far the actors have portrayed their roles amazingly, and I hope that this is carried over across the rest of who is yet to come.
Check out the promo for episode five below: