Tuesday, May 2, 2017
In Which I Review American Gods (1x1)
--I don't think I've been this excited to review a show in forever. I hope to have these reviews up after every episode, but it may be every other week (sort of a la Westworld).
--The opening credits were perfect; a harmony of new and old bringing together classic religious iconography (the Buddha, the crucifixion) with the new (neon, machines, drugs).
--The Bilquis sex scene was spot on.
--Ian McShane is doing god's own work as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle isn't far behind.
--"Even a salad would do."
--Mr. Wednesday is right...Shadow Moon is "one outlandishly improbable name!"
--There's a lot of social commentary woven into this episode. It's not subtle but the show doesn't need to make their visual cues into text by having characters comment on it, which is welcome since other TV shows are using some of the same motifs but going out of their way to talk about said motifs. For example, the episode is book-ended by two heavily violent scenes against some sort of "Other." To open we have Viking immigrants who come to the new world, hungry and miserable, and met with hostility and violence. To close we have a black man strung up a tree, lynching style, by "men" who appear to be Caucasian.
--I am thrilled that this opening episode included one of my all time favorite quotes from the novel: "We have reprogrammed reality. Religion is the operating system and prayers are just so much fucking spam."
--"You're just the first person I've talked to who wasn't an asshole." "Give me time."