ASBO's Watching: American Gods



Gods. Con men. Futuristic Limos: An American television series has you enter into a world of infinite intrigue. 

“Give me a f*****g clue,” says ex-convict Shadow Moon in the second episode of American Gods, his words summing up how audiences feel watching this television series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name.

Today, there are many TV series centred on Superheroes  – Flash, Daredevil, and Arrow, to name a few. However, unlike these shows, which try to ground the supernatural in reality, American Gods fully embraces the strange, supernatural world.

It is a challenging watch as it is tough to pinpoint both the storyline and where the show is headed. That said, the stunning visuals of giant hammers bleeding, futuristic limos, and extreme violence help keep you engaged as the show slowly reveals its narrative.

It also helps that the show has the intriguing face of strange Mr. Wednesday, played by Ian McShane. Mr. Wednesday’s humour and stone cold expressions alone are enough to keep you interested and wanting more.

As I mentioned in the opening sentence, we feel like Shadow Moon most of the time. We, too, are finding out about this strange world. Though it may be demanding, if you’re looking for a show that is out of the box, American Gods is one for you.

American Gods is an Amazon Prime exclusive.

Humza Hussain