American Gods [2017-2021]
American Gods is one of those niche shows that aren’t made for everyone. If you like the sci-fi religion infused genre, it’s one of the most amazing shows you’ll ever watch. If that’s not your thing, avoid it at all costs.
Based on Neil Gaiman‘s 2001 book of the same name, the show follows Shadow Moon (played by the amazing Ricky Whittle), a man serving three years in prison. Moon is given an early release and is hired as Mr Wednesday’s (Ian McShane deserved an Emmy for this role) bodyguard and finds himself in a strange world where a battle is brewing between the Old Gods and the New Gods.
Two weeks ago, Starz recently cancelled the show days before the last episode of Season 3 aired due to low ratings in the United States. Now that the secret is out, let’s get to the great, good, and dreadful things about American Gods.
Three seasons with lots of difficulties
First, there’s a consensus that the initial season of American Gods is a masterpiece that opened with wildly ambitious gambits. Opening on a high note is great especially when you manage to reward viewers with great visual riches that are only matched by its narrative impact. I loved it and I wanted more. Lots more.
Sadly, that first season was plagued with production issues: From changing showrunners after the first season following “creative differences with the network” to the fact that two main actors leaving.
Season two got a new showrunner and it showed! It was bad and confusing. The main plot suddenly got less attention in favor to multiple pointless threads. But it introduced us to the adventures of an unexpected couple: A leprechaun and a Shadow Moon’s undead wife.
As for the third season, American Gods producers cleaned up their act. Infused with some new blood, the newest season has a tighter focus and some strong performances that made me have faith again in the franchise. Sadly, they killed some fan favorites,
However, that wasn’t the case for everyone as Starz chose to cancel it. On the other hand, talks have surfaced about the show getting a TV movie to wrap up the story.
Should you watch it?
It’s not for everyone. The show is intertwined enough that you can’t watch Season 2 and getting it, without Season one. The art direction, VFX and visual choreography in general makes it worth it for most people.