I first saw the name somewhere and I was just like meh, so one night I decided to give it a try and my nights have not been the same since. This is the new series on the block American Gods based on the best-selling 2001 book of the same name by Neil Gaiman.
What’s the Story?
The series focuses on Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle, who you may remember from The 100), a man serving three years in prison. With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed. Shadow finds himself next to a man named Wednesday (Ian McShane), who offers Shadow a job. Wednesday appears to be nothing but a con artist who needs Shadow as a bodyguard, but is in fact the god Odin. Wednesday is making his way across America, gathering all the old gods, who have now incorporated themselves into American life, to confront the New Gods, including Media (Gillian Anderson) and Technical Boy (Bruce Langley), who grow stronger. – Wikipedia
Who Are The Gods?
By now you will have noticed that the series is about (American) gods, the ones brought by immigrants to the land now known as the United States over the last five centuries.
Odin (of Norse mythology)
You may remember Odin as Thor‘s dad, ruler of Asgard. The opening scene of the first episode will make sense when you realize that the men sacrifice their eyes to Odin as he is also referred to as the one-eyed god.
Czernobog is the evil god (also known as the dark god) and whose history is undefined but I guess we can call him the equivalent of the devil…
Bilquis (the goddess of love)
She is the goddess of love and is also referrenced to the biblical Queen of Sheba who met King Solomon.
This one has a WTF moment (spoiler alert, I know). She replenishes her deityness by devouring strangers through her, um, lady part.
This is made easier by her having the job of an escort (for want of a better word). Where exactly she originated from is not known but she has a strong urge for affection and is bisexual.
Anansi (African folklore)
Mr. Nancy a.k.a Anansi, the trickster god is introduced in the second episode and came to America through the slave trade, from Ghana. He is the knower of all stories, which he received from the sky god Nyame, who aloso happens to be his father.
He is often depicted as a spider or a man or a combination of both. It’s safe to say that he is the original spiderman.
The trickster part comes from his skill and wisdom in speech .
I could go on and on but to explain the gods in this series you can watch the video below.
Why Watch IT?
It definitely is unlike anything else on TV as it shocks, educates and intrigues as we see this new world concurrently existing through Shadow‘s perspective. Everything is not what it may appear to be at first. We also get the realization that gods exist because we believe in them and the moment we stop believing in them they lose their power and disappear.
American Gods airs every Sunday at 9PM (American Time) on Starz and Monday on Amazon Prime (for those outside America).