American Gods (Season 1)

What is it?

Season 1 of the 2017 Starz American television show American Gods that was developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, was based on the book American Gods by the author Neil Gaiman, and stars the actor Ian McShane (as the character Mr. Wednesday) and the actor Ricky Whittle (as the character Shadow Moon).

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this television show:

In Series 1 of “American Gods”, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is released from prison to the news his wife, Laura (Emily Browning), has died in a car accident.

Bereft and desperate to return home for her funeral and the full story, Shadow finds himself sucked into the world of the enigmatic and all knowing Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane).

As he and Wednesday travel across the United States, recruiting for a mysterious war that Wednesday believes is imminent, Shadow has his faith tested in the strangest of ways.

My Thoughts

This season of this television show was a disappointment and I had to make myself continue watching it, it was worse than the book, it strayed too far from the book, the character Laura Moon was annoying and appeared way too much compared to the book, they dragged out some parts while rushing past other parts, the story did not advance much, they made things too trippy and crazy, et cetera.

Some of the promotional videos on YouTube for this television show were possibly better than the show itself:

Not everything was bad though, they did improve on some things from the book like removing the obsession with food and adding some things that were not said in the book and they showed some of the characters actually doing something so that you get a better idea of what they are capable of, and the later parts of the last episode made me feel more positive and curious about seeing season 2.

Just like the book there is a lot more potential there, I was hoping that they would do better than the book, but this season failed to surpass the book like I had expected.

Just like the book I feel somewhat conflicted about this season of this television show after it ended, there are many things that I did not like about it and there are some things that I liked about it, and so there is hope that season 2 will be better.

I will probably watch season 2 when it comes out to see if it gets better and / or to see if it ends the story.

The end,

-John Jr

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