TV review: American Gods (Episodes 1 and 2)

Following a slew of production attempts over the years, including an HBO incarnation and at least one stab at a feature film, Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods, a phantasmagorical journey through the immigrant experience and soul of America, finally receives the television treatment – and it gets off to an intense, haunting start.

The wait has definitely been worth it, and not just because the show is now premiering in an all-too-appropriate context where various powers in the United States seem set to undermine change and progress, particularly when it comes to faith and a multicultural society. The source material’s definitely been updated where necessary to reflect the back half of the 2010s more than the early 2000s, but the central ideas of Gaiman’s novel have proved all too prescient…

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