I was absolutely beyond delight when I learned that one of my most all time favorite books was going to be adapted into a series! I suffered through the almost forgotten agony of waiting a full week between episodes when the show was released! It was as awful as we all remember those dark days. But the show was worth it.
The adaptation between mediums, with a few plot points adjusted for improved continuity, came together really well.
Warning! This is not a show for devout, religious, easily offended people. American Gods is for the rest of us who have questioned, "Did God make mankind AFTER we made you?"
Author Neil Gaiman wrote the novel American Gods in 2001 and it’s still relevant today. At first skeptical, Gaiman’s involvement in the tv show made me think it would actually do the novel justice. And it does. The casting is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Each actor becomes their character and I found myself loving them on the small screen almost as much as I did in print. Ricky Whittle takes on the difficult task of portraying lead character Shadow Moon with a level of believability I didn’t expect to see.
This is not a show for the faint of heart in my opinion. It’s violent and gory, filled with “adult” language and themes including sexuality. None of it feels gratuitous however and these occurrences only lift the series instead of bogging it down.
This is one of those book adaptations that could’ve so easily gone horribly wrong. Luckily, it didn’t. You can feel Neil Gaiman’s influence throughout each episode and it’s brilliant. I’m excited to see what happens in season two.
"American Gods" is taking a slow burn approach to adapting its source material, covering about the first 100 pages from Neil Gaiman's novel. Or, at least, so I've been told by people who have read the book. Ian McShayne's performance as Mr. Wednesday is a highlight of the show. As well as the several visual asides that narrate how the various old gods of the world came to America. These vignettes are beautifully filmed and make me want to drink in all the detail on the printed page that the series isn't able to adapt