The Gods of TV
Every so often a sci-fi or fantasy show comes along that everyone just has to watch. “True Blood”, “Game of Thrones”, “The Walking Dead”. There is plenty of blood, sex, drama and of course shocks. With “True Blood” over, “Game of Thrones” almost at its end, we are only left with “The Walking Dead”, and it’s companion show “Fear the Walking Dead”, which is coming into its own. Now I know there are plenty of other shows out there, myself included, that I would throw into the mix, but these seems to be the very few shows that cut through with so many people are talked about practically every episode. And now there is a new God of the TV show: “American Gods”.
I was luckily enough to be invited to the European premiere by Amazon Prime, and I have to say, I was blown away from the first episode. It isn’t easy for a show to have you hooked from the first episode. “Game of Thrones” certainly didn’t do that for me, “The Walking Dead” did. But I think “American Gods” has stollen the title of the most wow factor in a premiere episode. No spoilers here, but when you watch that Bilquis scene, you will know what I’m talking about.
So what is the show about?
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel, “American Gods” follows Shadow Moon (yep that’s the name he was given), played by Rickie Whittle (“Hollyoaks”, “The 100”, Austenland), who is released from prison to a life turned upside down. No wife, no job and no idea what he is going to do with his life. He meets Mr. Wednesday (played by Ian McShane, “Lovejoy”), who hires him as a bodyguard as they travel across America, but all does not seem so straight and narrow, or indeed normal, and leaves Shadow questioning the world he lives in where God exists and magic is real.
Mr. Wednesday, a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, is full of perverse wisdom, curious magic, and grand plans to unite the Old Gods in a battle for power against the New Gods.
There is a great ensemble of characters, including a 6.5 down on his luck leprechaun called Mad Sweeny (played by Pablo Schreiber, 13 Hours, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and a God of technology (played by British actor Bruce Langley in his breakout role, who thanked us smartphone owners for our worship at the premiere). But the most remembered will be Goddess Bilquis (played by Yetide Badaki, “Aquarius”, “Masters of Sex”). Why? Well I can’t tell you without spoiling it for you, so you will just have to watch the first episode. But I promise you will never look at a woman in a red dress in quite the same way again.
So, I hope I have done enough to convince you to watch it.
Episodes will be available weekly on Amazon Prime in the UK, with the first episode premiering on Monday 1 May.
The new God of TV
You will never forget Bilquis' intro