American Gods : series premier review (spoiler free)
After decades of waiting, finally the Hugo and Nebula award winning scifi/fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman arrives as a live-action television series.
Those that know about it, the fans, the readers have long been filled with doubts, as Gaiman’s work tends to be multi-layered, dark-and-stylish at the same time as to how its execution would be. Glad to say the first episode of the series proves to be somewhere at-par with the expectations.
Starring Ricky Whittle (of The 100 fame) as the protagonist Shadow Moon, who is recruited by Mr. Wednesday played quite authentic to the written version by Ian McShane, to work for him. The plot in its essence tells of a battle between Old Gods that migrated to Americas, but are being threatened slowly into extinction by other Gods of the new world.
The first episode is tightly written, cast is well introduced. The series seems to have the correct mood and it could go even more darker (following the book story line). The opening scene itself sets the introduction of the narrative quite well.
The CGI seems a bit over the top, used quite a lot and things are shown more rather than told. Let’s hope it tones down a bit as we go along.
All in all, it is too early to call this a masterpiece, or another Game of Thrones. What remains to be seen is how it attracts the non-readers and would the production and storytelling improve as we go along.
Created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for television, the series definitely shows their mark as stalwarts who know clearly what they are doing. A lot is at stake here to do justice to a masterpiece work or fiction.
We would recommend everyone to check this series out for sure and keep fingers crossed.
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