Media be praised, American Gods has finally premiered its’ silver screen adaptation. April 30th marked the first episode of the STARZ series, helmed by the keen-eyed Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, in a glorious blaze worthy of the ecstatic worship fans have been ready to bestow upon the show.
American Gods revolves around Shadow Moon, an ex-con whose release from prison is marred by the tragedy of his wife’s sudden death. Newly free and left with nothing to look forward to, Shadow ‘happens’ to cross paths with the mysterious conman Mr. Wednesday, who ‘happens’ to be in search of a bodyguard and yes-man. Shadow probably just wants to work a nice job and keep practicing his coin tricks. The universe rarely works out that way though, and the relatively indifferent skeptic Shadow signs on only to be almost immediately thrust into the squabble between the old and new gods.
The world of American Gods requires the introduction of a multitude of characters, pantheons, and rules. Viewers are thrown, much like Shadow, headfirst into a hidden world of gods, introduced to the drug of belief, and asked to adjust to a worldly cast of such beings without blinking an eye. It’s a lot to process, and Fuller & Green set a relentless but manageable pace. “The Bone Orchard” firmly establishes the tone, aesthetic, and overarching mood of the series, melancholic and mysterious, while “The Secret of Spoons” delves unflinchingly into the mythos of the world.